OFLC Announces Permanent Issuance of Electronic PERM Labor Certifications
October 2nd, 2020
On September 25, 2020 the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) announced that it will be permanently adopting the electronic issuance of PERM labor certifications to employers and authorized attorneys and agents. OFLC began electronically issuing PERM labor certifications in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This was intended to be a temporary measure, but it will now be implemented into the foreseeable future.
On July 30, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) signed an agreement with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) which, among other things, allows DHS access to all PERM applications submitted to OFLC through the online system. DHS can also verify that a PERM application has been certified through the online system. Because of the enhanced ability to collaborate effectively through this system, the electronic issuance of PERM labor certifications is significantly more practical and streamlined.
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This information comes from a news release from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA Doc. No. 20092537).