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Category: PERM Center

  • Navigating the PERM Recruitment Process

    One of the key points within the PERM process is the recruitment phase. The recruitment process is an essential step to the PERM process because it tests the labor market to prove there are no authorized and qualified U.S. workers available for the job an employer is trying to hire a foreign national to fill. […]
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  • Adjustment of Status or Immigrant Visa Processing: Which is Better?

    The last step in the green card process is asking the U.S. government to create the physical green card. This can be done in two ways, either through Adjustment of Status (AOS) or through Immigrant Visa Processing (IVP). Each option has their own benefits and faults, it is important to look at current processing times […]
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  • What is a Priority Date? The Visa Bulletin Explained

    Congress limits the number of foreign nationals that may immigrate permanently to the U.S. each year. Since there are more people who apply than the number of immigrant visas that will be issued on an annual basis, a backlog is created. In addition to setting an overall limit on the number of green cards that […]
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  • PERM: Successor in Interest

    If a company has been acquired, merged or had a significant change in its ownership, this may have an impact on a foreign national’s PERM application.  If the legal entity of the employer changes while the PERM application is pending with DOL, the application may become invalid unless the new company meets several criteria to qualify […]
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  • Job Portability: Understanding “Same or Similar” in an I-140 World

    Sometimes, foreign nationals wish to take a new position with their same employer or even with a different company during the green card process. This may be permitted so long as the new job offer is in the “same or a similar” occupational classification as the job offer for which the Form I-140 petition was […]
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  • Form I-140: Immigrant Petition for Employment-based Green Cards – Approval and Revocation

    Once the PERM process is complete and the PERM has been certified by DOL, the sponsoring employer next files Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). The petitioner must provide evidence that the applicant holds the qualifying educational credentials and skills requirements, and that the company has the […]
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  • The Difference Between EB-2 & EB-3 PERMs

    In an employment-based green card case based on a PERM labor certification, there are two possible categories: EB2 and EB3. Some of you watching might know that the difference between these two categories is significant, boiling mostly down to concerns with processing times. The EB-2 or EB-3 category impacts the timing of the applicant’s ability […]
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  • Visa Bulletin, Priority Dates, & PERMs

    In PERM green card cases, you might often hear the term “priority date.”  So what exactly is that, and how does it relate to the Visa Bulletin? Well, the number of employment-based green cards issued each year is limited to a statutory threshold. Since there are more people who apply than the number of immigrant visas […]
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  • Tips for Drafting the PERM Job Description

    The PERM green card process is quite a time-consuming and expensive investment that requires technical review and thoughtful strategizing at the outset. The full PERM process itself before filing an I-140 petition takes months, typically at least six to eight at a minimum.  When working with my clients, we spend a good amount of time […]
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  • PERM & I-140 Work Experience Letters

    At the I-140 stage of filing a PERM green card, employees must prove that they gained the required work experience and skills noted on the certified PERM.  How do they do it? With work experience and employment confirmation letters from their former employers. USCIS is pretty nit-picky with these letters. The best kind of evidence is […]
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