As the name implies, a permanent labor certification (PERM) allows an employer to hire a foreign worker to work permanently in the United States. Obtaining a PERM requires approval from the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA) as well as Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS). This process involves multiple steps and detailed petitions and applications, including a showing that the employer has recruited American workers for the job but has been unable to fill the position with able, willing, and qualified workers.
Even if DOL approves the certification, the employer must still file a petition (I-140) with CIS to complete the process. We help employers navigate the entire process from start to finish, preparing, reviewing and filing documentation, and interacting with government agency officials as necessary.