Change in Recruitment Guidance Issued for ‘Special Handling’ Cases


For colleges and universities that sponsor foreign national teachers in the greencard process, there has been a recent (and positive!) change.

The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced that they will now allow the use of an electronic or web-based national professional journal instead of using a print journal when conducting recruitment for college and university teachers under the “Special Handling” labor certification (PERM) process. The advertisement must be posted for at least 30 calendar days on the journal’s website, and the employer must be able to document the start and end dates of the advertisement.

Previously, when a college or university wanted to sponsor a foreign national teacher for a greencard, they were required to place a print advertisement in a national journal, even if this was not the normal course of recruiting. However, the government is now allowing the use of electronic or web-based advertisements that meet their guidelines.

If you have any questions on this new guidance or how that may affect future cases, please let us know.

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