Labor certification and national interest waiver

Practice Areas

Citizenship and NaturalizationCitizenship and Naturalization
Residence or Green CardResidence or Green Card
Family-Based PetitionFamily-Based Petition
Employment-Based PetitionsEmployment-Based Petitions
Labor certification an national interest waiverLabor certification and national interest waiver
Cuban Adjustment LawCuban Adjustment Law
Temporary Protected Status (TPS)Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
Adjustment of StatusAdjustment of Status
Work permitWork permit
Nonimmigrant VisasNonimmigrant Visas
Business visas (E1- E2 – L1) and derivativesBusiness visas (E1- E2 – L1)
Student visasStudent visas
Change of StatusChange of Status

It is the process by which a US employer is authorized by the Department of Labor to hire a foreign worker. To do this, a series of steps must be completed.

The employer requests a Prevailing Wage Determination (PWD) from the United States Department of Labor, to find out how much money people are normally paid in jobs like the one that has been offered to the foreigner.
The employer advertises and recruits for the offered job and ultimately determines that there are no qualified workers in the United States to take the job.
The employer files a PERM Worker Certification ETA Form with the Department of Labor.

It may take several months for PERM labor certification approval. It usually takes 4 to 8 months.