PERM labor certification is a fantastic means for foreign nationals to gain expedited permission to work here in the United States. Our firm has helped countless clients through the PERM labor certification process over the years, and we are ready to assist you as well. Please read on and contact an experienced employment immigration lawyer from Lightman Law Firm to learn more about the process and how our legal team can guide you through it.
What is PERM Labor Certification?
PERM stands for Program Electronic Review Management and is the current method of Labor Certification required for many of the categories of obtaining a green card through employment.
It is an internet-based process that is used by the United States Department of Labor to certify to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that there are no qualified United States workers able, willing, qualified, and available to accept the job at the prevailing wage for that occupation in the area of intended employment and that employment of the foreign national will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed United States workers.
Employers are required to file a Prevailing Wage Determination Request form with the United States Department of Labor prior to filing the labor certification. The Department of Labor will then determine a fair employee wage level based on the job description and expectations.
Once an employer obtains the labor certification, he or she must file Form I-140 with USCIS. As long as the priority date is current, the employee may qualify for filing an adjustment of status application.
How Long Does the Process Take?
The PERM procedures, which were introduced on March 28, 2005, were designed to expedite the Labor Certification process and streamline the process. Unless there is an audit, the Department of Labor generally adjudicates most cases within 45-60 days.
In most cases of obtaining a green card through employment, the employer will need to file the Labor Certification and have it approved by the Department of Labor prior to submitting a petition on behalf of the foreign national with the USCIS.
Contact a PERM Labor Certification Lawyer
Whether you are an employer or an employee, if you need assistance with a PERM labor certification matter, you can turn to us. Our experienced employment immigration attorneys can help fill out the necessary paperwork, ensure it’s submitted on time, and work to expedite the process on your behalf. Contact Lightman Law Firm today to schedule your initial consultation with our dedicated legal team.