PERM (Program Electronic Review Management), initiated in 2005 by the US Department of Labor, is the most common program through which an employer can sponsor an employee for a green card.Although PERM replaced an earlier Labor Certification that was extremely cumbersome and lengthy (applications routinely took more than 5 years to process–and this was only the first of three potentially lengthy steps to the green card), it too can be very burdensome and lengthy. However, it does offer some improvement over the old labor certification system in speed.
PERM applications may be submitted online or by mail (online is much preferable). No supporting documentation is required with the new PERM application form, which is very detailed. However, the US Department of Labor (DOL) reserves the right to audit an employer’s PERM file to ensure compliance with all filing and record-keeping requirements. So creating and maintaining supporting documentation for each PERM application is highly recommended.
Prior to filing a PERM application, an employer sponsor and/or its legal representative must do the following: