What are the procedures in PERM application?

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    PERM application is a complicated process that involves both the U.S. employer and the alien beneficiary. 


    I. Free Evaluation

    1. Initial Evaluation
    a. Complete the PERM Labor Certification Evaluation Questionnaire; Please Click Here for the 
    b. E-mail the above Questionnaire and resume to Attorney for a free evaluation; and
    c. Attorney e-mails an evaluation of the case.

    2. Follow-Up Communications
    a. Send follow-up questions to Attorney via e-mail or phone; and
    b. Attorney answers follow-up questions and makes necessary clarifications.

    II. Establishing Attorney-Client Relationship

    1. Obtain the Attorney-Client Agreement (“Agreement”)
    a. If you are interested in retaining Attorney to handle your case, notify the Attorney to get an 

    2. Important Things You Need to Know Before Signing the Agreement
    a. Whether your employer will sponsor and pay for your PERM Labor Certification Application;
    b. The specific services covered by the agreement;
    c. Whether the legal services listed include answering audits;
    d. Whether extra fees will be charged for a service you need but not listed in the Agreement;
    e. Whether you fully understand what Attorney has explained to you regarding the chance and 
    the risk your case bears; and

    3. Sign the Agreement and Pay the Initial Legal Fee
    a. Sign the Agreement by an authorized representative of the employer; and
    b. Mail the signed agreement along with a check payment of the initial legal fee.

    4. Attorney-Client Relationship
    a. Attorney receives the Agreement and payment of the initial legal fee;
    b. Attorney signs the Agreement and the attorney-client relationship is established;
    c. Both the employer and the beneficiary are clients;
    d. Attorney mails a photocopy of the signed Agreement to the beneficiary

    III. Processing the Case

    1. Draft Job Description
    a. Attorney e-mails a set of Questionnaires to the employer and beneficiary;
    b. Employer and beneficiary complete and e-mail the Questionnaire to the Attorney;
    c. Attorney drafts the job description and design the qualifications according to the information 
    provided; and
    d. Attorney will work with the employer and the beneficiary to revise the job description and 
    qualification requirements; and
    e. This step will take approximately 2 weeks.

    2. Obtain Prevailing Wage
    a. Once the job description is finalized, Attorney will submit the necessary information to 
    obtain a prevailing wage determination from the State Workforce Agency; and
    b. This step will take approximately 2-3 weeks.

    3. Place Advertisements
    a. Attorney proposes an advertising schedule for the employer’s review and approval;
    b. Attorney e-mails sample documents and instructions on the recruitment and interview 
    c. Attorney arranges for newspaper advertisement upon the employer’s consent and e-mail a 
    quote to the employer for authorization and payment information;
    d. Employer reviews and fax or e-mail the completed payment information for the newspaper 
    e. Attorney assists employer to arrange for other applicable advertisement steps according to 
    the advertising schedule, including State Job Order, internal posting, and other applicable 

    4. Conduct Interviews 
    a. After completion of advertisements, employer must wait at least 30 days for responses to the 
    b. Employer designates a company representative to review and screen applications;
    c. If necessary, the representative will conduct interviews for qualified applicants following 
    guidelines sent by the Attorney, and keep record of the screening and interview process;
    d. Employer or beneficiary may send questions to Attorney via e-mail or telephone regarding 
    the interview process; and
    e. This step will take approximately 1-2 months.

    IV. After PERM Labor Certification is Filed

    1. Employer receives e-mail notification from Department of Labor (“DOL”) to complete online 
    questionnaire within 7 calendar days to verify sponsorship of beneficiary;

    2. Employer completes the online questionnaire. Failure to complete the questionnaire on time 
    may delay or lead to a denial of the PERM Labor Certification;

    3. Attorney receives e-mail from the Department of Labor confirming the PERM Labor 
    Certification has been received and submitted for processing;

    4. If DOL agrees that the employer conducted the required recruitment and found no qualified 
    and available U.S. workers for the position, the PERM will be certified within 45-60 days;

    5. Attorney receives the certified PERM and notify the employer and beneficiary;

    6. The employer mails the payment due for the legal fees upon certification (approval);

    7. Attorney explains the I-140 process and mails the certified PERM to employer and 
    beneficiary; and

    V. Audit

    1. If the DOL chooses to audit the petition, there is a 30-day period to respond; and

    2. Attorney will request additional documents from employer, if necessary, and respond as 

    VI. After PERM Labor Certification

    1. I-140 Immigrant Petition
    a. After PERM is certified, the next step is filing the I-140 to show the employer’s ability to pay 
    the prevailing wage and evidence that the beneficiary possesses the required qualifications for the 
    b. Premium Processing. This is an expedited service of 15-calendar day processing for the I-140 
    for $1,000 filing fee. Please ask the Attorney whether this service is available at the time of filing.

    2. I-485 Adjustment of Status Application
    a. Applicant (PERM beneficiary) and family members file I-485 when visa numbers are 
    available; and
    b. Applicant (PERM beneficiary) may be eligible to concurrently file I-140 and I-485 if visa 
    numbers are current.

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