News On PERM And Labor Cert Backlogs
DOL recently published its semi-annual regulatory agenda, a close reading
of which suggests that big news may be in the pipeline on both PERM and the
labor cert backlog reduction effort.
On the backlog reduction effort, which has already been funded to an
unprecedented level by Congress, the language is straightforward
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule 07/00/04
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No
We read this to mean that DOL will publish an interim final rule this month
which would create two "backlog reduction centers" (a.k.a. DOL Service
Centers) in Dallas and Philadelphia. This would lead to a significant
reduction in labor cert processing times in the most backlogged states over
the next 12-24 months, with a comcomitant change in labor cert strategy for
many law firms (e.g. RIR may take even longer than traditional cases after
the backlog has disappeared!). This would also mark a further diminishing
of the SWAs' role in labor certs.
By contrast, the language on PERM is lengthier and more ambiguous
Anticipated Cost and Benefits: Preliminary estimates of the anticipated
costs and benefits have not been determined at this time. Preliminary
estimates will be developed after a decision is made as to what
regulatory amendments are necessary and after the implementing forms
and automated systems to support a streamlined permanent labor
certification process have been developed.
[ ... ]
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM 05/06/02 67 FR 30465
NPRM Comment Period End 07/05/02 67 FR 30466
Final Action 07/00/04
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined
The contrast in the language between the backlog reduction effort and PERM
is readily apparent. We read this to mean that DOL has hit roadblocks on its
PERM plans, but will take some "Final Action" later this month. This could
mean many things including that PERM needs to be republished as a proposed
rule for another round of comments, or that DOL may publish an interim rule
and fight it out in the courts. It is possible that DOJ/DHS have expressed
concerns on possible fraud under PERM, or other objections from OMB or the
employer community have stayed its hand somewhat. DOL is playing the cards
pretty close to its chest, and it is possible that considerations of
different constituencies within DOL may be at work.
Immigration Daily will keep you informed on developments on both the labor
cert backlog reduction and PERM.
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DOL Publishes Semi-Annual Regulatory Agenda
The Department of Labor published its semi-annual regulatory agenda, including immigration-related provisions, especially labor certification related rule-making.
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