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Labor Certification Under PERM - Frequently Asked Questions


Can a permanent Labor Certification application be amended by the DOL after certification is granted?

Only in cases of DOL error, will changes be made to a Labor Certification after approval. All other post-certification amendments must be submitted to the USCIS when a Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker is filed.


How can I obtain a duplicate copy of an approved permanent Labor Certification application?

To obtain a duplicated copy of an approved permanent Labor Certification application, the employer should request in writing that the USCIS ask the DOL to provide a copy of a permanent Labor Certification if it has been lost. It is the DOL and USCIS policy not to provide copies to individuals.

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Are there any shortcuts to filing a permanent Labor Certification application?

If prior unsuccessful recruitment efforts have been conducted within the last six months, a letter requesting Reduction in Recruitment may be submitted with the application at the time of filing with the State Workforce Agency (SWA). These applications are given expedited processing if they meet specific conditions like:

  • The employer must provide evidence of a pattern of normal industry recruitment efforts conducted in the six months preceding the application filing date. A single three day ad does not constitute an acceptable pattern
  • The application must list only the minimum experience requirements and standard requirements for training and education. The job duties/responsibilities on the application must not exceed those considered normal for the occupation

How long will it take to receive the Labor Certification or denial?

The Online application system will automatically determine, within minutes, if the submitted Labor Certification Application is certified or denied based on information that was entered. Faxed applications will receive notification within seven business days.

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