Employment Verification Letters are an important part of the PERM labor certification process for employers who are applying for U.S. permanent residence status for their foreign employees. When employers sponsor employees for an employment-based green card, the employer must confirm the jobs minimum educational, skill, and work experience requirements. These employment verification letters serve as proof that the employee has met the requirements for the position that the employer intends to sponsor the employee on to receive a Green Card.
The PERM regulations require employers to demonstrate to USCIS that they made a good-faith effort to recruit qualified U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents with the same qualifications and experience the the position requires. Consequently, the employer must also show that the employee meets the minimum requirements. To do this, employers must present Employment Verification Letters from current or former employers as “affirmative evidence” that their intended foreign employee possessed the minimum qualifications and experience required.
Employment verification letters typically include the employee’s designation as full time or part time, job title, position duties, and length of employment. The letters must be written on company letterhead and signed by either a human resources staff member or a supervisor from the prior employer(s).
Overall, Employment Verification Letters play an integral role in the labor certification process if the position requires certain work or skill experience because they offer insights into an applicant’s background, which helps USCIS assess whether they meet some minimum level of eligibility criteria for the position.
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