Small Business Glossary and Definitions

What is Labor Certification?

Labor Certification is a requirement by the U.S. government that a U.S. company seeking to hire a non-U.S. citizen to perform a job must meet certain criteria for the hire. Employers must demonstrate that hiring the applicant is basely on the lack of available U.S. workers for the job, a lack of particular skills in the U.S. market, and what the impact of hiring a non-U.S. citizen might have on the U.S. job market.

Labor certification is part of the U.S. immigration process. Foreign workers applying for permanent residency in the U.S. must demonstrate they are not displacing qualified U.S. workers by being hired by a U.S. employer.