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Foreign Labor Certification (PERM)

Experienced Immigration Lawyers for Employers

If you are seeking to hire one or more employees from another country to work for you in the United States, you will likely need to complete the foreign labor certification process — also known as Program Electronic Review Management (PERM) — in order to demonstrate your need for foreign labor.

At the law firm of Yeager & Etkind, our immigration lawyers guide employers through the PERM process. With offices in Rockville, Maryland; Washington, D.C.; and Arlington and McLean, Virginia, we serve employers throughout the region. Contact us to discuss how we can help you.

Helping You Bring Qualified Workers From Abroad

Whether you are seeking to sponsor a specific employee for a temporary work visa or employment-based green card, or seeking more generally to recruit employees from abroad, the PERM process is generally a prerequisite.

There are only a few categories of professionals — including registered nurses — that are exempt from PERM requirements. National interest waivers are also available in situations where prospective immigrants would make important contributions to the nation.

The general purpose of PERM is to demonstrate that offering a position to a foreign worker will not displace U.S. workers who have the minimal qualifications for the job in question.

Although often completed in conjunction with employee-driven visa applications, the PERM application itself is employer-driven. Employers must conduct recruitment and test the marketplace for minimally qualified U.S. workers. We will advise you on the steps you must go through in order to complete the recruitment requirement.

Basing Our Representation on Long Experience

Our attorneys have extensive immigration law experience and have been helping employers through the alien labor certification process through the many legal, regulatory and procedural changes that have affected the program over the years.

If you are looking to hire employees from abroad, don't hesitate to contact us to learn what you will be required to do in order to comply with the PERM requirements.