Foreign Labor Certification
The Foreign Labor Certification program processes foreign nationals coming to Mississippi to work, study, do research, or teach under the Alien Employment Certification program. The program is designed to assure that the admission of aliens into this country to work on a permanent or temporary basis will not adversely affect the job opportunities, wages, and working conditions of U. S. workers.
On March 28, 2005, the Department of Labor implemented the Program Electronic Review Management system (PERM), a system for processing alien employment certification applications through the U. S. Department of Labor using machine-readable forms for faster processing. Under PERM, all new permanent applications for work in Mississippi must be filed directly with the federal processing center in Atlanta. All permanent applications currently on file, including those in progress, and applications received postmarked on or before March 27, 2005, will be sent to the federal backlog reduction center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Any permanent applications received which are postmarked on or after March 28, 2005 will be returned to the employer with instructions to file the application under PERM.
For additional information, including information on how to file, select here.
Under PERM, employers are required to place their job orders with the local WIN Job Center nearest the place of employment. Additional information related to the permanent alien certification process can be found by selecting the Foreign Labor Certification Questions link below.
PERM did not change the certification process for temporary agricultural applications (H-2A) and temporary non-agriculture applications (H-2B). To learn more about these programs, select one of the links below or select the Foreign Labor Certification contact.
Foreign Labor Certification Questions
Department of Labor Forms & Instructions
Foreign Labor Certification Policies and Regulations
H2A Certifications Temporary Agricultural Program
H2B Certification for Temporary Non-Agricultural Work
Mississippi Newspaper Information
U.S. Citizen & Immigration Service
H2A Employer Handbook
H2B Job Order Form
Prevailing Wage Information Request
Housing Inspection Checklist & OSHA Regulations