Green Card Through PERM
The experienced business immigration lawyer at Porter Law Office, LLC guides employers and employees in Columbus, Ohio and throughout the United States through the complicated procedures involved in the PERM immigration process.
If your company is looking to hire foreign workers, contact Porter Law Office, LLC to review your options, establish a hiring plan that meets your specific needs, and implement that plan to secure the necessary work authorizations.
Many employers hire foreign nationals in temporary positions—such as H-1B visas—and later decide to sponsor that worker for a green card through PERM. Porter Law Office, LLC can assist you with PERM and other employment-based immigration issues.
The PERM Process Requirements
The PERM process is generally comprised of three major stages: (i) the filing of the labor certification; (ii) the approval of Form I-140, Petition for Alien Worker; and (iii) filing for the green card on Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status once the employee’s priority date is current.
Each major stage requires compliance with applicable governmental rules and regulations. Carefully planning must done at all stages of the PERM process.
Recruitment, I-140, and I-485
As part of the PERM process, the employer must obtain a prevailing wage from the State Workforce Agency (SWA). Then, the employer must place a 30-day job order, an internal notice within the employer’s premises for 10 business days, and engage in substantial recruitment, which must have occurred within very specific deadlines set forth under the immigration regulations.
As part of the labor certification, the Department of Labor (the “DOL”) must certify to the USCIS that there are not sufficient U.S. workers able, willing, qualified and available to accept the job opportunity in the area of intended employment and that employment of the foreign worker will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers. This task is accomplished by means of the recruitment process.
After the labor certification has been approved, the employer must file a petition on Form I-140 and eventually the I-485 green card application. The I-485, however, cannot be filed until the workers “priority date” is current meaning that an immigrant visa becomes available. More information can be found on the Department of State’s visa bulletin.
This process is complex and heavily dependent on meeting very specific deadlines. If you are considering hiring a foreign national permanently through PERM, contact Porter Law Office, LLC today.
Practice Pointer: Foreign nationals employed in the United States may have a U.S. tax obligation. Porter Law Office, LLC can review your current situation and advise you on your filing obligations with the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”). See International Tax Representation.
Contact an Experienced Columbus Immigration Lawyer
The experienced employment immigration lawyer at Porter Law Office, LLC is dedicated to assisting your business navigate the complex PERM immigration process. By hiring Porter Law Office, LLC, you be partnering with an experienced employment immigration lawyer who understands what it takes to overcome the legal hurdles, bureaucratic hassles, and frustrating paperwork associated with the PERM process. Porter Law Office, LLC is conveniently located in Gahanna and Columbus, Ohio. If you need help with the PERM process, or any other immigration issue, contact Columbus employment immigration lawyer Matthew R. Porter today for free consultation to discuss your options.
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