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PERM - Registration Guide For Employers And Attorneys

by Carl Shusterman

PERM requires that the employer register online, set up an account and create a sub-account for their attorney. It is imperative that employers set up their accounts themselves. The Department of Labor ("DOL") has indicated that it can track URLs and will deny cases where it was not the employer who created the account. We suggest practitioners walk their clients through this process in order to render the company's registration process less problematic.

To create a PERM account, an employer needs to take the following steps:

  1. Start online at

  2. Click on "Register," and again on "Set up Employer Profile."

  3. Accept the registration terms and conditions.

  4. Complete the next screen, which requests the name and title of the employer's contact person, along with the employer's name, address and Federal ID Number. This screen also asks for the company's North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code, a six-digit classification number assigned based on the industry sector in which the employing entity is engaged. To determine the proper NAICS code, see

  5. Submit all requested information and select a User Name and Password.

Assuming the above information is provided correctly, the employer will soon receive two confirmation e-mails from the DOL. The first confirms the employer's username and temporary password, while the second provides a PIN Number.


PERM document 1


PERM document 2

If the employer does not receive these emails within a few hours of submitting their corporate information, they will likely be required to provide additional documentation to verify bona-fide business operations (this may include copies of corporate tax documents, articles of incorporation, etc.). The DOL requires this documentation be mailed to the DOL local office with jurisdiction over the case Attn: Employer Existence.

The Department of Labor had offered guidance on how to avoid this:

  1. Always use the address where the employer's headquarters is located, as the DOL will look for this address to verify the company's bona-fide operations.
  2. Avoid "doing business as" (dba) names. Use the legal name of the company.
  3. If a company has several Employer Identification Numbers, use the EIN number that the company used at the time of filing its articles of incorporation. Register a subsidiary only if it is a separately incorporated entity.

To register a legal representative as an authorized user (i.e. create a sub-account):

  1. Start at
  2. Login using your Username and temporary password.
  3. Enter you old password and create a new password.
  4. Login again using new permanent password.
  5. Go to "Manage Account" and select "Add New User."
  6. You will be asked to provide the following information:

    • First Name
    • Last Name
    • Address
    • Phone
    • Fax
    • User Type
    • E-mail
    • Username (This must be 8-15 characters long and cannot include any special characters.)
    • Security Access (Provides the attorney with access to the following fields: "Edit Applications," "Add/Reuse Applications," and "Withdraw Applications.")

At this point, the attorney will receive an e-mail containing the username, temporary password and PIN (See PERM document 3), and can begin preparing and submitting PERM applications for the employer.

About The Author

Carl Shusterman is a certified Specialist in Immigration Law, State Bar of California Former U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service Attorney (1976-82) Board of Governors, American Immigration Lawyers Association (1988-97).
Phone: (213) 623-4592 Fax: (213) 623-3720
Law Offices of Carl Shusterman, 624 So. Grand Ave., Suite 1608
Los Angeles, California 90017

The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of ILW.COM.

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