The process of filing a labor certification is as complex as it is lengthy. Before beginning your PERM application, experienced attorneys at our firm will consider your specific situation and evaluate every immigration option available to you. If we find PERM is not your best bet, then we’ll let you know of any alternative processes, such as National Interest Waiver or EB-1 petitions, that could avoid a labor certification application altogether.
If you’re interested in a case evaluation at no charge, feel free to send us your resume and employer’s information by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by fax to (713) 771-8368. After reviewing your materials, we’ll advise you on the course of action we believe to be best for you.
After you retain us for your labor certification case, our seasoned attorneys will facilitate your application by taking the following steps:
- Collect all relevant information about and documentation from the sponsoring employer and the alien beneficiary.
- Review and analyze the alien employee’s qualifications and the job position’s requirements, including such facets of the prospective job as education required, duties, and setting. If a foreign degree evaluation or degree equivalent is required, we will advise the client accordingly.
- Draft the job description and select qualifications based on the information provided.
- Discuss and resolve with the alien beneficiary any issues concerning the job description and requirements.
- Work with the employer to revise and finalize the job description and requirements.
- Assist the employer in registering for the PERM online filing system.
- Submit the necessary information to obtain a prevailing wage determination from the National Prevailing Wage Center (NPWC).
- Advise the employer on legal procedures applicable to the job recruitment process, according to U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) rules and guidelines.
- Draft the job posting and propose advertising and posting schedules for the employer’s review and approval.
- Arrange newspaper advertisements, the job order (either directly or through an advertising agent), and all external postings, upon the client’s consent. We’ll also prepare content of the advertisements and postings, again with the client’s consent.
- Work with the employer on arranging other applicable recruitment activities (e.g., posting of the job opening on the employer’s website, in which case we’ll prepare the content and submit it to the employer for posting.) We may also refer the employer to a recruiting firm, which is one of the permitted additional recruitment activities.
- Clarify the legal guidelines for the employer on screening and interviewing applicants.
- Coordinate all subsequent recruitment activities, providing guidance on how to respond to the applicants. Note that your attorney cannot make recruitment decisions.
- Offer convenient forms for the employer to use in collecting and documenting the recruitment process. We’ll additionally maintain an exhaustive set of records, which includes extensive documentation relating to recruitment, to satisfy a potential DOL audit.
- Review all recruitment information collected from the employer and draft the required recruitment report on behalf of the employer.
- Prepare the online PERM application form and provide a copy to the employer and the prospective alien employee for review before filing.
- Submit the online PERM application after both the employer and the prospective alien employee approve.
- If DOL selects the application for an audit, then we’ll work closely with the employer to comply with the request.
- Communicate with DOL after submission of the application about any legal issues, and respond to any requests for additional information pertaining to the PERM case.
If you are thinking of retaining our firm for your PERM labor certification application, refer to our Attorney’s Fees and Filing Fees page.
Overall, PERM labor certification is an extremely complicated and time-sensitive procedure. We recommend that you consult with an experienced immigration attorney. Over the years, Zhang & Associates has successfully handled hundreds of PERM cases. If you would like to contact us, we’re available by phone at (713) 771-8433, or you can visit us at one of our eight U.S. locations. We’re also conveniently available by e-mail at email@example.com. Our attorneys will use their experience, expertise, and teamwork to ensure the highest quality of service for your PERM case.
For more detailed information on PERM labor certification, including minimum requirements and USCIS policies, refer to the following links: