Employment-based visas are available for eligible foreign workers who meet certain requirements. Before a foreign worker can be hired however, businesses must follow certain steps to allow them to hire an eligible foreign worker. One such requirement is that a business must attest that a US citizen cannot perform the work of the position they are trying to hire for. To prove that their company meets this requirement, the business must complete the permanent labor certification (PERM) process with the US Department of Labor (DOL).
Immigrants to the United States seeking an employment-based visa do not have any specific responsibilities when it comes to this stage of the immigration process. That said, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) does advise that immigrants seeking employment in the US could benefit from an understanding of the program. However, the PERM process is solely the domain of employers. Businesses seeking foreign workers must receive PERM certification from DOL prior to seeking immigration authorization with USCIS.
PERM certification requires the DOL to verify that hiring a foreign worker for the position in question will not have a negative effect on workers in the United States. Specifically, DOL examines how the hiring of the position will affect the wages, working conditions, and job opportunities of American workers. With all the sensitive information potentially involved, it is very important for businesses seeking PERM certification to be precise.
The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth helps businesses seeking to hire foreign workers complete the PERM labor certification process. Our immigration attorneys have been helping people who want to work in the United States, and the businesses the hire them, since 1984. We provide free initial consultations and can explain how our law firm customizes its services to help your company meet its business goals. Call us now at 888-517-9888!