The Department of Labor (DOL) will continue to issue PERM labor certifications electronically through September 30, 2020. In late March, DOL’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification announced that it would e-mail certified PERM labor certifications to employers through June 30, 2020 due to the COVID-19 emergency. Today, the OFLC announced it would extend this practice through September 30, 2020.
According to DOL, USCIS may consider an electronically issued PERM that is appropriately signed as evidence of an “original labor certification” for purposes of filing a Form I-140 petition.
What it Means
Employers will continue to receive certified PERMs via e-mail instead of through the U.S. post. To ensure employers receive the certified PERM, they should ensure that the email address for the DOL National Processing Center – email@example.com – is added to their email address book.