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PERM Labor Certification

PERM: Labor Certification, Green Card

  • One of the most commonly used avenues for obtaining U.S. Permanent Residency (i.e., a "green card") through employment is through the PERM Labor Certification process.
  • In general, this process requires a U.S. employer to offer a foreign national a permanent, full time, job, and to "sponsor" the individual by fiilng this type of case. 
  • The key part of this process is the recruitment process, by which the U.S. employer must undertake a recruitment process, conforming to specific requirements, in order to establish that there are no U.S. workers to fill the position which is being offered to the foreign national.  This is what is known as "Labor Certification".  (Other detailed requirements and rules apply).
  • This process is available for most types of jobs; however, there are certain jobs which do not qualify because the law deems that there are sufficient U.S. workers to fill those jobs, as a matter of law.

Why choose Antao & Chuang, Attorneys at Law?

  • Our law firm has considerable experience in representing clients in PERM Labor Certification cases.  We have represented clients in U.S. immigration matters since 1991.
  • Our attorneys work with the employer to help guide them through this complex process, as well as the foreign national, until the case is complete.
  • When you retain our law firm, you are dealing with a law firm of licensed U.S. Attorneys. In the U.S., only licensed attorneys are authorized to practice law. Therefore, individuals who hire a non-law firm company (such as "Visa Whatever.com") are typically NOT represented by a law firm. Instead, those types of companies often treat immigration matters as a non-legal service, and then they hire an immigration attorney to advise them. So, you actually don't have an attorney-client relationship with anyone. You wouldn't choose a dry cleaner for legal services. So, make sure that YOU are actually retaining attorneys, who are representing YOU as your attorney before the relevant U.S. government agencies, in an attorney-client relationship. At Antao & Chuang, Attorneys at Law, we are a LAW FIRM of licensed ATTORNEYS who represent clients in U.S. Immigration matters.
  • When you retain our law firm, you communicate directly with one of our Attorneys.
  • For most cases, we can communicate by email, telephone, facsimile, in order to prepare the case.
  • You can access legal counselling from a licensed attorney from anywhere in the world.
  • We offer competitive Flat Fees, all spelled out in a retainer agreement (so there are no hidden costs).

What our Legal Services Include:

  1. REVIEW: We request the relevant information and documents from you (relating to the sponsoring company and beneficiary), and review this documentation.
  2. ANALYSIS: We analyze the case, and address any pertinent legal issues, including issues relating to the your degree, the job duties, etc. If a foreign degree evaluation is required, we advise the client accordingly, and either retain an expert evaluator for that purpose, or accept the client's previously obtained evaluation.
  3. COUNSELING ON RECRUITMENT PROCESS: under the rules and guidelines of the U.S. Labor Department, we advise the employer on the legal issues and legal procedures applicable to the recruitment process for the PERM Labor Certification. 
  4. DRAFTING OF LEGAL DOCUMENTS. We draft the necessary legal documents for the sponsoring company's hiring official to sign, and deliver a package of the legal documents to the company with detailed instructions regarding the required signatures, etc.
  5. LEGAL COUNSELING. We counsel you regarding the presentation of the petition, and discuss with you any issues which may have been raised by U.S. Immigration, and your options regarding same.
Upon request, we will email to you a copy of our retainer agreement for your review, with no obligation.

What we charge

For a standard PERM Labor Certification case, our law firm charges $4,500 in basic attorney's fees for the principal applicant, payable in structured installments, plus reimbursements for any courier charges. This basic attorney's fee for the principal applicant includes the attorney's fee for the PERM Labor Certification portion, the immigrant petition (I-140), and the adjustment of status or consular processing.  Under the current rules of the U.S. Labor Department, the employer (and not the prospective employee) must pay for the labor certification portion of this fee.  The fees charged by the government agencies, or third parties (such as the government approved civil surgeons for the medicals), etc., are not included in the aforementioned fee.  We can email our retainer agreement (which spells out all of the terms and conditions) to you for review, with no obligation.

We accept VISA, MASTERCARD, and JCB.

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About Antao & Chuang

Attorney Roger S. Antao Attorney Enna Chuang


Since 1991, Antao & Chuang, Attorneys at Law, has served clients located throughout the U.S. and the world in U.S. immigration matters (including H-1B, J waivers, L, E, O, P visa cases, green card cases, and other immigration matters). We represent individuals and companies (from small companies to major multi-national corporations).


If you retain our firm for your visa case, we will advise you on key legal issues, identify the necessary information for your case, prepare the necessary documents, file the case, enter our representation before the relevant U.S. government agencies or U.S. Consulate/Embassy as your attorneys, and communicate with the U.S. government agencies or U.S. Consulate/Embassy as your attorneys, as necessary. If you retain our firm for a consultation, we can advise you on specific legal issues or provide you with guidance regarding key decisions, as well as a summary of your available options.

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