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Preparing Schedule A Designation Petitions for Physical Therapists and Professional Nurses

For Schedule A occupations, the Department of Labor (DOL) has predetermined there are not sufficient U.S. workers who are able, willing, qualified, and available. Because of the occupational shortage of these U.S. workers, the DOL has “pre-certified” Schedule A occupations. An employer who wishes to hire a person for a Schedule A occupation is not required to test the U.S. labor market and file a PERM application with the DOL.

The following supporting documentation is required for Schedule A Designation Petitions for Physical Therapists and Professional Nurses:

  • Form I-140;
  • An uncertified PERM application;
  • Form G-28 if represented by an attorney;
  • A Prevailing Wage Determination;
  • Copy of the Notice of Filing;
  • Copies of all in-house media, whether electronic or printed, in accordance with the normal procedures used in the employer’s organization for the recruitment of similar positions;
  • Translations of any document not in English;
  • Evidence that the employer has the ability to pay the proffered wage;
  • Educational diploma and transcripts;
  • License in home country;
  • License in the state of intended employment or letter indicating applicant is qualified to sit for the licensing exam upon entry; and
  • Health care certification/VisaScreen (not required to submit with the I-140 petition but can submit if available).

By: Camille joson

Camille Joson is a Senior Associate Attorney in the firm’s PERM Labor Certification Department, where she assists clients in the beginning stages of the green card process.