PERM Definition

The short name by which the "Labor Certification for the Permanent Employment of Aliens in the United States" is known. These regulations, drafted by the Department of Labor (DOL) and made effective in 2005, were meant to overhaul and improve the process for employer submissions and DOL handling of the "labor certification applications" filed by employers wanting to hire a foreign-born worker. For example, PERM introduced a new electronic filing option, and detailed recruitment requirements such as the need for Sunday edition newspaper ads. The PERM regulations are found at 20 C.F.R. Parts 655 and 656.