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PERM Processing for Permanent Residency

Permanent Residency may be obtained in various ways – family sponsorship, political asylum, diversity lottery, or employment based. PERM is the term used for processing permanent residency based on employer sponsorship. 

PERM stands for Program Electronic Review Management process, that is the new Labor Certification process required as part of an employer-based petition for Permanent Residency.

With the expanding compliance regulations, a comprehensive manual was created to assist with PERM processing for international faculty and staff.  The manual provides flowcharts, forms, and guidance on the PERM process.

PERM Manual