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[Federal Register: February 8, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 25)]
[Page 6734-6735]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access []



Employment and Training Administration

Announcement of the Mailing Addresses for Applications Not Filed 
Electronically Under the New Permanent Foreign Labor Certification 
(PERM) Program

AGENCY: Employment and Training Administration, Labor.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The regulation to implement the re-engineered permanent 
foreign labor certification program (PERM) was published in the Federal 
Register on December 27, 2004, with an effective date of March 28, 
2005. See 69 FR 77326. The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) 
of the Department of Labor (Department or DOL) is issuing this notice 
to announce the mailing addresses for employers that choose to file 
applications by mail under the new permanent foreign labor 
certification program. The Department encourages employers to file 
applications electronically as applications submitted by mail will not 
be processed as quickly as those filed electronically.
    As of December 13, 2004, the Department opened two new National 
Processing Centers in Atlanta and Chicago. The National Processing 
Centers will handle permanent labor certification cases filed under the 
PERM system. In addition, these centers will process all applications 
that are withdrawn from the current permanent labor certification 
program and re-filed under the new PERM program.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Carlson, Chief, Division of 
Foreign Labor Certification, Employment and Training Administration, 
200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room C-4312, Washington, DC 20210; 
Telephone: (202) 693-3010 (this is not a toll-free number).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The new PERM regulation is effective March 
28, 2005. Under the PERM program, employers will submit their 
applications for permanent labor certification directly to DOL using 
either electronic or mail-in options. Employers will, among other 
things, be required to obtain a prevailing wage determination from the 
appropriate State Workforce Agency (SWA) prior to filing their 
applications with DOL.
    Until March 27, 2005, employers must continue to submit 
applications for permanent labor certification to State Workforce 
Agencies. All applications

[[Page 6735]]

for permanent labor certification received by the SWAs postmarked March 
28, 2005 or later will be returned to the sender.
    Employers choosing to use the e-filing option under the new PERM 
program will complete their applications via the Internet at
 A major advantage of e-filing 

is the on-line system's ability to assist employers by instantaneously 
checking for obvious errors. This option will also speed the process of 
evaluating the applications, and prevent data entry errors.
    For employers choosing to submit an application for permanent 
employment certification by U.S. mail, applications must be sent to one 
of the two National Processing Centers, as explained below.
    If the area of intended employment is in one of the following 
states or territories, then the PERM application must be mailed to the 
Atlanta Processing Center at the address listed below:
    Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, 
Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New 
York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South 
Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington DC, 
West Virginia, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training 
Administration, Harris Tower, 233 Peachtree Street, NE., Suite 410, 
Atlanta, Georgia 30303; Phone: (404) 893-0101, Fax: (404) 893-4642.
    If the area of intended employment is in one of the following 
states or territories then the PERM application must be mailed to the 
Chicago Processing Center at the address listed below:
    Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, 
Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, 
Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, 
Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, 
Wyoming, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training 
Administration, 844 North Rush Street, 12th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 
60611; Phone: (312) 886-8000, Fax: (312) 886-1688.

    Signed in Washington, DC, this 31st day of January, 2005.
Emily Stover DeRocco,
Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration.
[FR Doc. 05-2373 Filed 2-7-05; 8:45 am]