PERM LABOR CERTIFICATION
PERM Labor Certification is a process whereby employers obtain permanent
residency for their employees. Often times, their employees are in nonimmigrant
visa categories such as H-1B or L-1, among others. PERM Certification
allows an employer to make these nonimmigrant employees into permanent
employees. In other words, PERM Certification results in the employee
obtaining permanent residency, also known as the green card. This is beneficial
both to the employee and the employer, and is generally viewed as a "win-win" scenario.
HOW DOES ONE INITIATE PERM CERTIFICATION?
Many times, employees wish to initiate the PERM Certification process because
they are eager to get their green cards. However, it is important to note
that the PERM certification process
must be initiated by the employer, not the employee, and ultimately, it will
be the employer that petitions for the employee. This process cannot start
without the consent and active cooperation of the employer. Although the
employee receives a substantial benefit from the PERM Certification process,
it is the employer who is the beneficiary of the application and the client
of the employment immigration attorney.
The first step in initiating the process is by consulting with an experience
Orange County immigration attorney. During this consultation, the goals
of the employee and employer are discussed. After an agreement has been
reached, the immigration law firm will begin the complex process of PERM
Certification. This requires filing prevailing wage requests with the
Department of Labor, cooperating with the employer's human resources
department in the recruitment process, and ultimately, filing all the
necessary documents and petitions for a successful PERM Certification.
WHAT EMPLOYEES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR PERM CERTIFICATION?
Any employee in valid immigration status, who has permission to work, also
known as work authorization, is eligible. The most common examples are
individuals on H-1B visas, although many other visa categories with work
authorization are eligible.
CONTACT THE IMMIGRATION LAW OFFICE OF ASHKAN YEKRANGI, P.C.
PERM Certification is an extremely complex and timely process. There are
several agencies involved, including the
Department of Labor and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). A skilled
Orange County immigration lawyer will seamlessly guide an employer through
the PERM process.
We invite you to contact our Southern California office today.