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Under "Schedule A", these qualified individuals are deemed to be "pre-certified" and do not have to undergo the Labor Certification procedure (which is often quite lengthy).

Should an employer withdraw an earlier application and refile under PERM?

According to the Labor Department:

The Department of Labor does not provide counsel as to questions of this nature. However, employers are reminded refiled labor certification applications must conform to the provisions of the PERM regulation.

Is it possible to provide more specific guidelines for drafting PERM advertisements?

Is it possible to provide more specific guidelines for drafting PERM advertisements? For example, where there are multiple openings for the job offered which of the following, if not all, would be acceptable: "5 Attorneys," "Attorneys" or "Attorneys, multiple openings"?

According to the Labor Department:

As stated in the advertising requirements provision, the advertisement must provide a description of the vacancy specific enough to apprise U.S. workers of the job opportunity for which certification is sought. At issue in evaluating whether the advertisement meets this criterion is whether the advertisement is written to attract the interest of the greatest number of qualified U.S. workers and encourage them to apply, not whether specific words or phases have, or have not, been used. The advertisement will be reviewed to ensure that it reasonably describes the vacancy and reflects the job opportunity as described on the ETA Form 9089. With respect to the examples, any one of the three can be used as long as it is specific enough, under the circumstances, to apprise U.S. workers of the job opportunity. In any event, if employers feel it necessary, employers may always include more detail.

What standards will be used in making labor certification determinations under the new, streamlined system?

According to the Labor Department:

The standards used in making labor certification determinations under the new system will be substantially the same as those used in arriving at a determination in the former system. The determination will continue to be based on:
  • whether there are not sufficient United States workers who are able, willing, qualified and available;
  • whether the employment of the alien will have an adverse effect on the wages and working conditions of United States workers similarly employed;
  • and whether the employer has met the procedural requirements of the regulations.

PERM FAQs

PERM Frequently Asked Questions. This section lists some of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding PERM.

What forms or documents must the employer include in an application?

According to the Labor Department:

The employer must file a completed Application for Permanent Employment Certification, ETA Form 9089.

Except as required for applications filed under § 656.5, Schedule A, supporting documentation need not be filed with the application, but the employer must provide the required supporting documentation if the employer's application is selected for audit or if the Certifying Officer otherwise requests it.

Will the National Processing Centers issue confirmations of receipt for mail-in applications?

According to the Labor Department:

No, the National Processing Centers will not issue confirmations of receipt for mail-in applications. If the employer wishes to maintain a record of having mailed the application, it is recommended that a mail service which provides such documentation be used.

When advertising for a professional occupation, must the required steps be different?

When advertising for a professional occupation, must the required steps, i.e., the job order, the two print advertisements, and the three additional recruitment steps be different?

According to the Labor Department:

Generally, all the required steps must be different. Steps can not be duplicated nor can one step be used to satisfy two requirements, except in the case of copies of web pages generated in conjunction with the newspaper advertisements which can serve as documentation of the use of a web site other than the employers. For example, the employer can not count two advertisements in a local and/or ethnic newspaper, or two postings on a web site, as two steps. Similarly, the employer can not use a professional journal in lieu of a second Sunday newspaper advertisement and then count it again as an additional "trade or professional organizations" recruitment step, or count the job order again as an additional "web site other than the employer's" step.

Effective Date

Questions regarding the effective date of the new PERM regulation:

May I post a Notice of Filing for a permanent labor certification indefinitely?

According to the Labor Department:

Yes, an employer may post a Notice of Filing indefinitely, provided that at the time of filing the permanent labor certification application, the Notice of Filing was posted for at least 10 consecutive business days and those 10 consecutive business days all fell within 30 to 180 days prior to filing the application. In addition, the Notice of Filing must contain the correct prevailing wage information, the correct job description and must comply with all other Department of Labor regulatory requirements.

Does the employer's address need to be included in the advertisement?

According to the Labor Department:

No, the employer’s physical address does not need to be included in the advertisement. Employers may designate a central office or post office box to receive resumes from applicants, provided the advertisement makes clear where the work will be performed.

As of March 28, 2005, will all previously filed labor certification applications be converted and/or processed under PERM?

According to the Labor Department:

No, labor certification applications filed prior to March 28, 2005, will not be automatically converted and/or processed under PERM. Applications filed under the regulation in effect prior to March 28, 2005, will continue to be processed at the appropriate Backlog Processing Center under the rule in effect at the time of filing. As of March 28, 2005, applications (Form 750) will no longer be accepted under the regulation in effect prior to March 28, 2005, and instead new applications (Form 9089) will need to be filed under PERM at the appropriate National Processing Center. Only if an employer chooses to withdraw an earlier application and refile the application for the identical job opportunity under the refile provisions of PERM will a previously filed application be processed under the PERM regulation.

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