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Our Immigration Office in Chicago, IL Assists with Labor Certification

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Employers seeking to sponsor a foreign national for permanent residency in the United States have to clear specific hurdles prior to becoming a permanent resident. Among these hurdles is testing the labor market to ensure there are no qualified U.S. workers available for the foreign national’s position. The employer may then apply for certification from the U.S. Department of Labor.

A Chicago labor certification lawyer from Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C. can help you through the process.

A Chicago PERM lawyer is ready to help employers

The certification, as stated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, verifies that:

  • There are insufficient available, qualified and willing U.S. workers to fill the position being offered at the prevailing wage
  • Hiring a foreign worker will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers

It is up to the employer to prove to the U.S. Department of Labor that it has not hired workers with less experience or training for the same position. The employer must at least pay what is considered the prevailing wage for the area of employment. The job qualifications must fit what’s usually required for that occupation unless the employer can prove there’s some necessity that makes more restrictive job requirements necessary.

The top five occupations receiving certification between Oct. 1, 2011, and July 8, 2012, were:

  • Computer/math
  • Architecture/engineering
  • Management
  • Business/financial
  • Healthcare practitioners and technical

The top five industries where certification was granted during the same period were:

  • IT-related
  • Manufacturing
  • Information, media, telecommunication
  • Education
  • Finance and insurance

To apply for the certification, the employer must fill out an Application for Permanent Employment Certification or ETA Form 9089.

Our Chicago PERM attorneys work with the employer to craft an appropriate job description and satisfy the complex recruitment requirements. We can also respond to Department of Labor audits or applications. Put the knowledge of our Chicago PERM lawyers to work for you.

Call a Chicago labor certification lawyer today

Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan believes that immigration makes America stronger. Hardworking immigrants built our nation, and our immigration office in Chicago, IL is dedicated to supporting newcomers to our country.

Our immigration lawyers in Chicago have the knowledge to steer you through this complex process. We are recognized leaders in the field of immigration law. Call us at (312) 427-6163 or contact us online. Our office is located in downtown Chicago.