What is PERM?
PERM (also known as Alien Labor Certification, or AEC) is the first step in the employment based permanent resident (“green card”) process. When filing a PERM application, the Company follows government mandated recruitment steps in an effort to find a U.S. worker for a defined position. If no U.S. workers are found, the Company files a PERM attesting that it made a good faith effort to test the U.S. labor market and that it has not been successful in finding a willing, able or qualified U.S. workers to fill the position. In addition, the Company attests that the employment of the foreign national would not unfavorably affect the wages or working conditions of U.S. workers in similar positions. The PERM approval is the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) certification that there were no qualified U.S. workers for the position to be held by the foreign and allows the Company to file an I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announcing their intention to employer the foreign Beneficiary in the green card position full time on a permanent basis.