PERM Advertising and Recruitment Process

PERM Advertising and Recruitment Process

Before filing the permanent labor certification application, the employer must conduct recruitment of U.S. workers for the job being offered. There are two job categories: professional or non-professional occupation. Professional occupations require a minimum Bachelor’s degree to qualify.

Step 1: Prevailing Wage Determination

We submit the job description and business information to the Department of Labor for the Employer’s review and approval. This usually takes 5 to 10 business days to process.

Step 2: Recruitment & Advertising

Recruitment process varies depending on the category. Advertising expenses range from $1,500 to $3,000- expenses paid by the employer.

Recruitment Time: Employer must conduct the recruitment no more than 180 days but no less than 30 days prior to the date of submitting the labor certifications.
Job Order: Employer must place a job order with the local SWA for 30 days (CALJOBS). The state and end dates of the job order entered on the application will serve as documentation of this step.
Advertisements in Newspaper or Professional Journals: Employer must place an advertisement in a newspaper of general circulation on two different Sundays.
In-House Posting: Employer must post an internal job posting with all DOL required information for a period of 10 consecutive business days.

If it is a Professional position (EB2 & EB3), PERM requires the Employer to post in at least 3 of the following:
- Job fairs
- Employer’s website
- Job search web site other than the employer’s (i.e. Monster.com)
- On-campus recruiting
- Trade/Professional organizations
- Private employment firms
- Employee referral program, including incentives
- Local/Ethnic newspapers
- Radio & Television advertisements
- Advertisement language must include- Name of employer, where to send resumes, contact information, & description and location of job.

Step 3: Applicant Review

Employers must interview U.S. applicants that meet minimum requirements and must document everything in their recruitment report. The employer must have a reason for rejecting applicants and include details in their recruitment report.


Must be performed during the 6 months prior to filing the labor certification application, but 30 days before.
Employers must keep a full set documentation for at least 5 years from the date of submission.