When is it helpful to have lawyers involved? There are certainly a few situations, some more sombre than others. Some of the more sombre events when a lawyer is needed include working out a divorce settlement agreement or interpreting a will. There are plenty of other, more exciting times when a lawyer can really come in handy. Anyone that has immigrated countries will know that a lawyer will make all the difference between a perfect application and one that falls short for any number of reasons.
Like any other immigration procedure, PERM requires a lot of paperwork and a specific series of steps that must be taken in order for the application to be accepted. It can certainly be overwhelming for a foreigner to interpret and comply with every aspect of US immigration law. If any one of these steps is missed, or if any one little box is not ticked, then the application is wasted. So, in a very general sense, working with a law firm will ensure the highest likelihood of a successful PERM application and, in the process, save both employer and foreign national a lot of confusion, stress, and work. A lawyer is paid for their knowledge and expertise – and in the case of PERM when deadlines might be tight, knowing exactly what to do will save tons of time.
Here are some other reasons why working with an attorney will speed up the PERM process:
Submit the Documents and Sit Back – It’s not quite that easy, but it’s certainly pretty straightforward. The lawyer will ask the employer and foreign national to submit all relevant paperwork. This means that the employer must already have a prevailing wage assessment and that the foreign national has compiled all their relevant previous work history.
The Lawyer Analyzes the Case – PERM has been around since 2005, and in that time many cases have passed through the courts. Some of these cases have seen initial DOL assessment overruled by the Judge, while others have been rejected on grounds that they misinterpreted the responsibilities. Each occupation has as different set of expectations in terms of wage and recruitment style, and so depending on the industry there might be some room to breath with the application. Only a lawyer who has studied other cases pertaining to the occupation will know.
Get the Recruitment Right – Once the cases have been looked over the lawyer will know what kinds of recruitment practices will be allowed. The employer will be advised on this and go from there.
Get the Papers Straight – A great lawyer will draft all the papers for their client so that there is no confusion or wasted time. Having everything in order will give a great impression to the US Immigration Agency that adjudicates the applications.
Tips for a Strong Presentation – The layer will also know how to present in the most formal and convincing way. Having gone through the process before they will know how to discuss labor advertising and the importance of maintaining a steady immigration flow for the health of the labor market.