The process of labor certification involves testing the U.S. Labor markets to ensure
there are no qualified U.S. Workers for a position.  This process was radically
modified when the U.S. Department of Labor published the new labor certification
rule, which went in effect on March 28, 2005.  Effectively known as PERM, this new
procedure modified the recruit requirements and filing procedures, which
emphasizes the use of on-line fling by all employers.  

PERM was originally hailed by most immigration practitioners as the solution to
reduce the severe backlogs created by traditional and reduction in recruitment labor
certification methods which were pending as long as six years.  

Recently, the priority dates for employment visa categories have become
unavailable, which in effect makes the expeditious quality of PERM moot, as the
waiting period for priority dates to become current may be as long as four years for
some categories.

The PERM application process is the first step for employers to bring qualified
workers into the United States.  Upon certification by the Department of Labor, a
petition is then filed with the USCIS Service Center with jurisdiction.  

Please note that PERM is not an amnesty program nor does it cure unlawful entry or
failure to maintain lawful status.   

For more information on the PERM process please feel free to schedule a free
consultation with the attorneys of Isais & Pfeiffer, LLP.
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