June 30, 2006
Update on PERM
At the American Immigration Lawyers Association conference in
San Antonio last week, top Department of Labor ("DOL") officials
provided updates on the current state of the
PERM labor certification process.
The DOL is confident that, while it is still working on overcoming
some issues with the system, the process is improving and providing
a higher level of service and quicker processing times than the
pre-PERM system. At the time of the conference, DOL officials indicated
that the PERM processing center in Chicago has adjudicated 91% of
its pending cases (52,000) cases with only 9% currently in the pipeline;
and the Atlanta processing center has adjudicated 87% (56,000) cases.
The Atlanta processing center has experienced some recent transitions
and staff changes which has affected the processing of cases filed
with this center. However, DOL expects that processing times will
decrease with the recent addition of a new Certifying Officer, who
successfully headed up the regional Atlanta DOL office prior to
the implementation of PERM.
Greenberg Traurig will provide further updates on PERM as they