When it comes to applying for a green card through work, the most common way to do so is through the PERM-GC process. While this is by far the lengthiest and most complicated section of immigration law, there is a wealth of information available to help individuals through the process. In the previous few entries, we have covered a few of the various tips and tricks that can be used, to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible. In this entry, we will cover a few more of these tips, as well as general information as to how the PERM-GC process works. After you have filled out your application, and included all of the required information, the Department of Labor will use the form submitted to gather information on the prevailing wage. This will require a specific form be filled out by your attorney, and the response from the Department of Labor generally takes months, but they will be able to form a general idea of just how much money the average person in your position is supposed to make. It is extremely important that the company that you are filing for a green card through advertises the position internally. They must do this in a conspicuous place, and it must be posted for a period of 10 days before you can be eligible for it. In addition, the position needs to be posted in at least 2 separate “help wanted” sections of the Sunday paper, must be posted in the Department of Labor’s national job bank for 30 days, and must also be posted in 3 of the following ways:

  • The employer’s public website,
  • A public job search website other than the employer’s,
  • At public job fairs,
  • At an on-campus job recruiting office,
  • As part of an employee referral program that offers incentives,
  • With a professional or trade organization,
  • In a local ethnic newspaper, and/or
  • On radio or television

Please stay tuned for more information about the PERM-GC process, and how to benefit the most from the system.