Employers seeking to obtain permanent residence for a foreign worker generally have to obtain a “labor certification” (LC) from the Department of Labor (DOL) as the first step in the process. DOL uses a system known as “PERM” to allow employers to file applications forsuch LC.
What is PERM?
PERM (Program Electronic Review Management) is a system through which employers submit an electronic application to DOL to attest that they have taken the required steps to recruit U.S. workers and that they have been unable to find a qualified U.S. worker for the position. Employers are responsible for keeping documentation of the recruitment and the documentation is submitted to DOL as a result of an audit. To read more, click here.