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. These letters serve as proof that the employee has met the requirements for employment in the U.S. and is eligible 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 legal permanent residents with the same qualifications and experience as the intended foreign employee. To do this, employers must present Employment Verification Letters from current or former employers as “affirmative evidence” that their intended foreign employee possessed similar qualifications and experience compared to domestic applicants during recruitment.
When submitting these letters, employers must make sure they only use statements that pertain directly to the employee’s job title, position duties, length of employment, salary history, and leave details. The letters must be written on company letterhead and signed by either a human resources staff member or a supervisor from any prior employer(s).
It is also advisable for employers to submit copies of relevant official documents, such as diplomas or certificates so that USCIS can verify any information provided in the Employment Verification Letters. Furthermore, depending on each case, additional documentation may be requested, so employers need to consult with experienced immigration attorneys before submitting these materials.
In conclusion, Employment Verification Letters play an integral role in the labor certification process because they offer insights into an applicant’s background, which helps USCIS assess whether they meet some minimum level of eligibility criteria when compared to U.S. workers within their given field. Employers should keep this requirement in mind when sponsoring foreign nationals for permanent residency status to avoid unnecessary delays and ensure efficient processing times throughout the application process.
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