DOL to Issue PERM Labor Certifications Electronically Through September 30

June 22, 2020 | United States of America

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the Department of Labor will continue issuing PERM labor certifications electronically through September.

In response to the COVID-19 National Emergency, the DOL’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification began emailing PERM labor certifications electronically in March 2020. Initially, the agency planned to issue electronic PERM labor certifications through June 30, 2020. However, it will now issue certifications electronically through September 30, 2020.

While the precautions remain in place, employers will receive certified PERM labor certifications through email rather than regular mail. Employers should add the email address for the DOL National Processing Center to their email address book to ensure they receive a PERM labor certificate electronically.

Provided it has the employer’s mandatory signature, USCIS will consider an electronic PERM certification to be evidence of an “original labor certification” for filing a Form I-140 petition.