Labor Certification to Hire Foreign Workers
If your company is considering hiring foreign workers, there's a good chance that you'll need a labor certification from the United States Department of Labor. But what does the labor certification do, how does it impact your ability to hire workers from other countries, and how do you get one? This guide explains.
What is a Labor Certification?
A labor certification allows the United States government to ensure that jobs are available to Americans, and that the employer isn't going to take advantage of foreign workers. Additionally, this certification shows the U.S. government that jobs offered to foreign workers won't adversely affect American workers’ job opportunities, working conditions or wages.
If your company is hiring for a permanent position, you must have a labor certification. That's true whether you intend to hire just one foreign worker or a hundred foreign workers. Without a labor certification, companies that are required to have one face heavy penalties, including fines.
Does Your Company Need a Labor Certification to Hire Foreign Workers?
Before your company can hire foreign workers on a permanent basis, it must apply for and receive a labor certification from the U.S. Department of Labor. (See the following section for more information on hiring temporary workers without a labor certification.)
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