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Understanding Timing in PERM Labor Certification Recruitment

In the intricate world of U.S. immigration, securing a PERM Labor Certification stands as a crucial milestone for foreign nationals aspiring to obtain permanent residency. At the heart of PERM Labor Certification lies the recruitment process, where sponsoring employers must test the U.S. labor market through various recruitment methods for “able, willing, qualified, and available” U.S. workers.

A frequently asked question pertains to the timing of the recruitment process: when does it occur, and what is the typical duration for completion?

Generally, the employer has 2 options when deciding when to begin the recruitment process.  The employer can begin advertising (1) while the prevailing wage application is pending or (2) after the Prevailing Wage Determination (PWD) is issued. Examining the strategic implications of when to commence the recruitment process involves weighing both advantages and challenges. Explore this topic further in the following article: Strategic Insights into PERM and Prevailing Wage Determinations for U.S. Employers

The recruitment process takes at least 60 days to complete. The employer must conduct recruitment during a 30- to 180-day period prior to filing a PERM application. All recruitment steps must occur at least 30 days, but not more than 180 days, before the filing of the PERM application. One of the three additional recruitment steps for professional occupations may be completed during the 30-day period before filing the PERM application.

For a thorough overview of the recruitment process, please visit: Exploring the Basics of PERM Recruitment

Register now for our UPCOMING WEBINAR – Mastering PERM Recruitment: The Heart of the PERM Labor Certification Process where we delve deeper into the intricacies of PERM recruitment and provide valuable insights to enhance recruitment strategies.

Reddy Neumann Brown PC. has been serving our clients for over 25 years. Our team is dedicated to helping our clients navigate the U.S. business immigration system by offering prompt, practical, and professional advice. Because the U.S. business immigration system can be tricky, it is always best to contact a qualified immigration attorney to help come up with the proper solution for each individual case.

By: Camille Joson

Camille Joson is a Senior Associate Attorney in Reddy Neumann Brown PC’s PERM Labor Certification Department, where she assists clients in the beginning stages of the employment-based green card process. Camille guides clients through the PERM Labor Certification process from start to finish and has handled hundreds of PERM applications throughout her career.