Green Card Through Employment
An Immigrant Visa (also known as a “green card” or lawful permanent residence) allows a person to reside and work in the U.S. permanently.
Permanent residence may be obtained through employment in a variety of ways. The most common method is through sponsorship by an employer under a process known as the Labor Certification application, or PERM. This employer-driven process is highly regulated and requires that the employer conduct real world recruitment to test the labor market to ensure that there are no available, qualified, and willing U.S. workers to fill the position, and that the employment will not have an adverse effect on the wages and working conditions of similarly situated U.S. workers.
The Labor Certification process can be long and tedious and requires several steps to be carefully completed until the green card is ultimately issued. It is impossible to predict the exact date a person will get his or her green card through this process because timing depends on many factors, including the level of education and experience required for the job, the country of the person’s birth, and government backlogs at the various stages. U.S. IMMIGRATION LAW GROUP, LLP’s extensive experience in this area guides employers through this process, avoiding major mine fields and arriving at the ultimate goal of attaining a green card for a valued foreign worker.