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Thursday, March 26, 2020

PERM Labor Certifications Delivered via Email Starting 3/25/2020

Starting 03/25/2020, through 06/30/2020, Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) will issue PERM labor certification documents, including the certified Form ETA-9089 and Final Determination letter, electronically to employers and their authorized attorneys or agents in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Original labor certification documents will be sent to attorneys and employers via UPS regular delivery only if the parties are not able to receive electronic certifications.  

As usual, upon email receipt of an electronic copy of the certified Form ETA-9089, it must be printed, and then signed and dated by all parties before it can be used to support the Form I-140 (immigrant visa petition) with USCIS: the foreign worker, attorney/preparer (if applicable), and the employer.  

According to DOL, USCIS may consider this printed Form ETA-9089, containing all signatures, as satisfying the requirement that petitioners provide evidence of an original labor certification issued by DOL.

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