On October 1, 2007, the U.S. Department of Labor announced that the ¡¨traditional¡¨ and the ¡§RIR¡¨ permanent foreign labor certification program's backlog has been eliminated, with nearly 99 percent of cases completed and the remainder awaiting responses from employers.
For almost three years, more than 300 workers in two processing centers at Dallas and Philadelphia reviewed approximately 363,000 pending labor applications, a backlog created as a result of legislative changes in 1997 and 2000.
The Permanent Labor Certification Program processes employer requests for foreign workers when U.S. workers are not available, willing and able to fill job openings. Statutory changes to the Immigration and Nationality Act in 1997 and 2000 led to a dramatic increase in paper applications to this employment-based program. Attempts to curb the growing backlog culminated with the November 2004 opening of temporary facilities in Dallas and Philadelphia dedicated solely to eliminating the backlog.
From the beginning, the DOL pledged that the backlog would be eliminated by September 30, 2007. Both of the Backlog Elimination Centers have started a transition and shutdown phase that will continue through December.
With the elimination of the backlog, the Department will have more manpower to review the current PERM applications. In the past two years, most of the PERM cases are approved without being audited. With the reviewing heightened, the possibility of a case facing auditing will be higher. Petitioners will need to have an experienced attorney to guide them through the complicate procedure. We at Lin & Valdez have successfully handled numberless PERM applications. Please contact us immediately. The best help you need in PERM application is just a click away!