Practice Alert: PERM Special Handling Denials Based on Use of and Appear to Be a Training Issue

AILA members have reported PERM denials issued by the Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) for PERM special handling cases where the chosen national professional journals used for the recruitment process were or Employers in higher education have long been using such journals for recruitment purposes.

AILA’s Department of Labor Liaison Committee raised this issue with the OFLC to determine if there has been a recent policy change. In response, OFLC indicated that there has not been a policy change and that such denials appear to be the result of a training issue. OFLC has indicated that employers with such denials should seek a Request for Reconsideration (RFR) through the online Case Management System (CMS). RFRs filed in this manner will reach OFLC more quickly and will also allow the OFLC to track the requests more easily. OFLC has asked that members avoid contacting the Atlanta National Processing Center (ANPC) about this issue.

Please let AILA’s DOL Liaison Committee know if you have ongoing problems with this issue, by submitting a report to In the email subject line, please indicate “PERM Special Handling Denials.”

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 19062792.