We provide a wide range of immigration services that can help meet employers’ short- and long-term human resource needs.
Temporary Work Visas
- Intracompany Transfers (L-1A and L-1B)
- Treaty Traders and Investors (E-1 and E-2)
- Professional Workers (H-1B)
- Artists and Entertainers (O and P)
- NAFTA Professionals (TN)
Temporary Non-Work Visas for Visiting Employees
- Business Visitors (B-2)
Green Cards (Permanent Work Visas)
- EB-1 First Preference:
- Foreign Nationals with Extraordinary Ability
- Outstanding Professors and Researchers
- Multinational Managers or Executives
- EB-2 Second Preference:
- Foreign Nationals with an Advanced Degree
- Foreign Nationals with Exceptional Ability
- Foreign Nationals Seeking a National Interest Waiver
- EB-3 Third Preference:
- Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Unskilled Workers
- EB-4 Fourth Preference:
- Religious Workers
- EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program
The PERM Process
We are also skilled at managing the PERM process, a prerequisite for any employer who wishes to hire a foreign worker to work permanently in the United States if the foreign worker otherwise qualifies for the EB-2 or EB-3 immigrant visa categories.
PERM is an acronym for the Program Electronic Review Management system used by the Department of Labor (DOL) to process the ETA-9089 or permanent labor certification application. PERM is also used loosely to refer to the process by which an employer applies for labor certification, the pre-requisite to sponsoring a foreign national for a permanent employment opportunity. If DOL certifies the employer's application, then the employer may file an employment-based immigration petition for its employee-beneficiary. PERM requires three steps.
- Step 1: The employer sends a prevailing wage request to the NPWC (National Prevailing Wage and Helpdesk Center) in Washington, D.C. to determine the salary range for the job opportunity. The NPWC bases its prevailing wage determination (PWD) on the average wages paid for a similar job in the geographic area of the occupation. Immigration law mandates foreign workers receive the same prevailing wage as U.S. workers for the same job in the same location. It takes about 30 days to receive a PWD from the NPWC.
- Step 2: The employer makes a good faith effort to recruit U.S. workers for the job. Three advertisements are required: posting in the relevant state’s job bank; advertisement in the newspaper employment section in the area of the job with the ad running for two consecutive Sundays; and ten days of job postings at the employer’s business. An additional three advertisements must be posted through job fairs, private employment agencies, job search websites, or through any other comparable methods of job notifications.
- Step 3: After 30 days of running advertisements, if there are no viable applicants, the employer files a PERM application using form ETA 9089 with the DOL. The ETA 9089 presents information about the job, such as its location, educational and experience requirements, duties, and the prevailing wage. It is incumbent upon the employer to maintain accurate and detailed records of recruitment. There is no filing fee for the ETA 9089. It takes approximately four months for the DOL to review and certify the PERM application.
The process for PERM is the first step of most employment-based filings. It is a time-sensitive and complicated process which requires assistance from a qualified immigration lawyer.