What is PERM?

PERM is the abbreviation of “Program Electronic Review Management.” It is the current program to be used for the application of Labor Certification. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has started using the program since 2004.

Who should use PERM?

Employers seeking to file green card petition under employment based immigration – second preference (EB-2) and employment based immigration – third preference (EB-3) should use PERM to apply for Labor Certification.

How does PERM work?

The employer who will apply for PERM should first obtain a Prevailing Wage Determination from a State Workforce Agency (SWA) where the offered job position is located. The employer then should start the recruitment procedure for the position. If the employer finds that there aren’t readily able, qualified, and willing U.S. workers to apply for the position, the employer should then complete and submit a detailed form about the job information, wage, recruitment efforts, and recruitment results, etc, to the DOL PERM processing center. The PERM processing center will review the application form and determines whether the application meets all the requirements in the regulations. The DOL may audit a case randomly or by choice. If the PERM processing center is satisfied that the application meets all the requirements, the DOL will certify the application and issue the Labor Certification.

How to apply for PERM?

The application should be filed using form ETA-9089 with the US Department of Labor.

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