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by Joel Stewart

Everything about PERM!

The PERM Center is privately owned and operated by Joel Stewart, P.A. and offers a user-friendly portal to provide research information about PERM alien labor certification for EB2 and EB3 employment-based immigration in the United States.

Customized research is offered to stakeholders upon request.

Explore the world of PERM


PERM 101

PERM 101 is an online course available only to subscribers of the PERM Center. The course provides a logical sequence of topics to understand everything about PERM.  Click here to see the entire syllabus for the course.  Members may take the whole course or simply choose one or more topics, and may use the PERM Center Bulletin Board to chat on-line with other members about the material in PERM 101. Click to see an a table of contents of the course material in PERM 101.

Notice: Please note that PERM 101 is not legal advice but an educational tool ibased on historical information regarding alien labor certification. Since each topic is constantly being updated in PERM 101, subscribers should use additional reference materials and consul with their attorneys for legal advice. 

Professional and Bar Associations

National Bar Associations include sections offer an opportunity to obtain up-to-date information about PERM which may pass across the desks of several different government agencies, like the Department of Labor, Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the State Department. There is also an extensive network of state and local bars which maintain stakeholders informed on PERM. 

Alien Labor Certification Appeals

Pre-PERM Decisions 1988-2006)

Panels of Administrative Law Judges

BALCA (En Banc Decisions 2006 to Present)

Designated Panels of Administrative Law Judges

Decisions of the Administrative Review Board

Appeals From BALCA Denials

Discretionary Review by the Secretary of Labor

Modification of All PERM Cases in Progress

Other PERM Learning Materials

Office of Foreign Labor Certification

Official on-line teaching aids for stakeholders.

AILA University

A window to AILA learning materials.


A website with articles from professional authorities.

FGI Hi-Tec PERM Monthly

The FGI Hi-Tech Monthly is offered by Fakhoury Global Immigration to provide PERM news updates for employers, HR managers, and other stakeholders.  

Joel Stewart interviews stakeholders and discusses the new PERM Form 9089 effective June 1, 2023, Prevailing Wage Form 9141, and Addendums. 

PERM Center Podcast


The Office of Foreign Labor Certification publishes news about PERM in dated, chronological log which can be researched for current and past policies. 

Laws & Regulations

The Immigration & Nationality Act. (INA)

Federal Law

DOL Regulations

PERM Rule 20 CFR 656 et seq.

DOL Forms

Forms 9141 & 9089

DOL Instructions

Instructions to Forms 9141 & 9089

Published Decisions

Federal Courts

Policy and Guidance

Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals

Review on the Record

Frequently Asked Questions

Reasonable Interpretative Guidance

Agency Comments

Comments published in the Federal Register

Stakeholder Meetings

Minutes from Stakeholder Meetings

Agency Memoranda

Agency Memoranda

Questions to Help Desk

Stakeholder Emails to OFLC

Letters from DOL

Letters from DOL to Attorneys or Members of the Public

DOL Speeches

Speeches and Answers to Questions at AILA or Other Conferences

Amicus Briefs

Persuasive Arguments by Stakeholders

Administrative Appeals Office

USCIS Review of PERM

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Benefits of being a Member

The Perm Center is a one stop destination for members to gain access to invaluable information and resources.

PERM 101

IA survey of labor certificaion law  offering research material.

FGI Hi-Tec PERM Monthly

A monthly update of everything PERM in one easy place. 

The PERM Center Podcast

A unique source of information in convenient podcast format. 

The PERM Blog

The official blog of the PERM Center on news from OFLC, BALCA, & more.

PERM Monthly

Urgent updates by Email delivered from Joel Stewart to your mailbox.

PERM Community

Monthly live Zoom Conferences hosted by Joel Stewart. 



Joel Stewart has taken the spaghetti of all the sources on PERM: legislations, rules, FAQs, cases etc. and reintegrated them into a simple and luminously logical progression of how to do PERM. In each of the chapters, he uses articles by notable practitioners and his own extensive commentary to provide deep insights on every aspect of PERM. If you are a seasoned PERM practitioner, you will appreciate the clarity of the organization seen in the table of contents below and will discover many new insights in every chapter. For anyone relatively new to PERM, Joel Stewart serves as a trusted guide to your mastering the lay of the land of this complex area. This book belongs in the library shelf of every PERM practitioner......(ILW Publishers)


Gain access to valuable resources on everything PERM .

  • PERM Essentials

    Every year
    Enjoy the benefits of Members Only.
    • PERM Email
    • PERM Center Blog
    • PERM Community
  • Best Value

    PERM Priority

    Every year
    Includes all PERM Essentials plus additional benefits below:
    • PERM 101 Comprehensive PERM Curriculum
    • Hi Tec PERM Monthly
    • Monthly Live Zoom-In Meetings
    • PERM Community Bulletin Board
  • PERM Research

    Assistance to find research material on a specific PERM Issue.
    Valid for 7 days
    • PERM Rule
    • BALCA Decisions
    • Technical Issues
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