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An article published in the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) covers the preliminary step in the process of obtaining a green card for a worker, also known as the permanent labor certification (PERM). The article says that the process has become much trickier to fill out, stating that “there’s no such thing as a small error in the process.”

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Immigration attorney Yova A. Borovska told the publication that “it is possible that the Department of Labor (DOL) will choose to audit the ETA-9089 after it is filed."

She continued to tell SHRM that “it is common practice to have an ‘audit file’ ready before the PERM application is filed, to ensure that in the event of an audit the employer is able to respond promptly.”

Suggesting five best practices for using PERM, Borovska added that applicants should use checklists and reminders to keep track of steps and deadlines, think ahead and pay close attention to the instructions and directions provided by the DOL.