The Labor Certification Application is the first step in the permanent residence process. The employer must obtain a certified labor certification from the Department of Labor that certifies that there are no able, willing, qualified and available U.S. workers to accept the job opportunity in the area of intended employment and that employment of the […]
After the Labor Certification Application is certified by DOL, the employer submits the approved Labor Certification to USCIS with a Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker and additional documentation attesting that the employee possesses the minimum qualifications stated on the Labor Certification and that the employer has the ability to pay the wage.
Upon the approval of the I-140, the employee files with USCIS to adjust his/her employment based nonimmigrant status to that of a lawful permanent resident (immigrant visa or green card).
Yes. The process differs in many ways, including alternative recruitment requirements.