Immigration Library: Reduction in Recruitment (RIR)

An RIR (Reduction in Recruitment) is the fast track version of the Labor Certification process. A U.S. employer may petition for an RIR if the employer has, during a period of at least six (6) months, attempted to fill the position with reasonable efforts and has failed to find qualified U.S. workers. In essence, the employer is stating that the Labor Certification process is not necessary since the employer has already tested the labor market without success.

If the State Workforce Commission finds that the evidence provided supports that the job recruitment campaign was continuous and a good faith effort was made to fill the position, the State supervised job recruitment campaign is waived and the case is recommended to the Department of Labor (DOL) for expedited review.

The RIR option provides substantial time savings at both the State and DOL level. For example, a Labor Certification process may take up to forty-two (42) months in Texas compared to the RIR process which may be completed within 6-12 months.

Since the RIR is filed for a prospective employment, it does not matter whether the alien works for the employer (petitioner) during the Labor Certification process or after it is approved. Meanwhile, the employer who applies for a Labor Certification on behalf of the alien is not required to maintain the alien as an employee. The employer may terminate the alien's employment, current or prospective offer at any time without any liability. The employee, however, has to work for a reasonable period of time for the employer after he/she receives permanent residency status.

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