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PERM and Visa Availability
WR Immigration Director of Visa Consulting Charlie Oppenheim and Partner Charina Garcia will update HR professionals with the latest information on PERM and Visa availability.

Mar 15, 2023 11:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Charles Oppenheim
Director of Visa Consulting @WR Immigration
Charles (Charlie) Oppenheim is WR Immigration’s Director of Visa Consulting and heads the WR Government Relations Group. For over two decades, both the White House and Congressional Leadership have turned to Mr. Oppenheim for guidance on how the green card numerical control process could be updated to meet intended goals. Prior to joining the firm, Charlie worked for the U.S. Department of State for over 43 years, as a consular officer in the Bureau of Consular Affairs since 1979. He was the Chief of the Immigrant Visa Control and Reporting Division in the Office of Domestic Operations from January 1998 through December 3, 2021, when he retired.
Charina Garcia
Partner @WR Immigration
Charina P. Garcia is the Strategy and Innovation Partner at WR Immigration and manages the firm’s Northern California offices. She represents and advises many Fortune 500 and start-up companies, as well as individuals on both employment and family-based immigration matters. She presents at many industry conferences on the intersection between law and technology focusing on the firm’s technology – WRapid™, a centralized, cloud-based technology and Enterprise Resource Planning solutions software powered by Salesforce. Her conference presentations include panels at the American Bar Association’s Women in Legal Tech Summit, Worldwide Employment Relocation Counsel’s (WERC) Global Workforce Symposium, American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Technology and Innovation Summit and Filipina Women’s Network’s Global Summit. She also has been invited to speak at Fortune 500 companies on the topic of Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion (DEAI).
Laura Bloniarz
Senior Associate @WR Immigration
Laura is a Senior Attorney at WR Immigration specializing in counseling employers to develop, maintain, and defend immigration compliance programs. She represents clients in a variety of global industries: finance, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, healthcare, supply chain, technology, and engineering services. Her clients have ranged from Fortune 100 companies to domestic startups. In her practice she supports nonimmigrant visas, labor certification, permanent residence, and citizenship matters. She regularly delivers presentations to General Counsel and HR professionals regarding the changing landscape of immigration regulations and adjudication trends, I-9 compliance and audit practices, and DHS investigations. Laura earned a JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign double majoring in Economics and Spanish.