Expediting the Labor Certification Process
Finding the right person for the job can be difficult enough. If that person is from another country, you need a quality advocate to guide you. Program Electronic Review Management, also known as PERM, is the first part of the labor certification process. As part of our business sponsorship practice, we help many employers bring the qualified professionals that they want. If you own or run a business, and you wish to sponsor a foreign worker, we can help. Contact The Law Offices of Susan W. Scheer to talk to our responsive, experienced legal team.
Employment Based Immigration Cases — Before and After PERM
Before PERM, stage one of the labor certification process could take up to four years, and was completed entirely by mail. The government introduced the PERM program a year and a half ago. As of now, after you register via computer, stage one only takes six to ten months.
Ironically, this has caused backlog in stage two. After you receive your certification, you must apply for your employee’s I-140 immigrant visa petition. Although you can progress quickly onto an adjustment of status appointment, there is an adjustment of status backlog. For sponsorship cases, the visas being granted in December 2006 were applied for in 2002 for skilled workers and 2001 for unskilled workers.
The labor certification process takes time and skill. Although an attorney’s help is not required by law, an experienced immigration lawyer can outline all of your options for you. We can also make sure that everything is filed correctly, and in a timely matter, thus reducing any unnecessary delay.
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