The permanent residency process is a multi-step process involving both the Department of Labor (DOL) and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This process is a three-way partnership between IFSS, the hiring department and the applicant/employee.
The hiring department is encouraged to contact IFSS with any questions about the permanent residency process and to discuss procedures. Once the process has started, email forms to IFSS at email@example.com. IFSS will advise on more specific timeframes as it moves through the process.
WAGE DETERMINATION AND RECRUITMENT EVALUATION
In order to sponsor an EB-2 Special Handling Labor Certification permanent residency petition, the University must have conducted national recruitment that meets the U.S. Department of Labor standards. The standards are:
- One full advertisement must be in a professional journal of national circulation for at least 30 days.
- The ad must include the title, duties, minimum education, training and experience requirements listed (the same as what is listed in the UW’s PVL). If the ad is in a journal online, it must be available for at least 30 days.
- Any preferred requirements listed in the advertisement are deemed implicit requirements by the federal government and the selected international applicant must meet the preferred requirements as well.
- No minimally qualified US worker applies.
To determine if the recruitment meets the above standards, please send the following documents to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Copy of original PVL
- Copy of all the advertisements
The University must also agree to pay at least 100% of the prevailing wage as determined by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Once IFSS knows the recruitment meets the above standards and the UW is paying at least the prevailing wage, it can proceed with preparing the Labor Certification (aka PERM, aka 9089). Please send the following documents to email@example.com.
- Employee Intake Form (formerly the Beneficiary Form)
- CV, with current appointment included
- Original offer letter and any subsequent amendments/revisions
- Hiring Authority Recruitment Summary
- Spreadsheet with job related reasons for non-selection of the other applicants
- Search Committee Report
- Statement of Beneficiary’s Qualifications
- Notice PVL
- Other documents as needed based on the recruitment and employee’s situation
IFSS will submit the Labor Certification electronically once all the timelines and deadlines are met. There is no fee for this application.
The date the Labor Certification is submitted is the priority date for the employee.