Labor certification refers to an immigration process concept in the U.S. in which employers have to confirm that there are no qualified American workers to fill up the position so they have to hire someone of foreign nationality on the basis of legal and permanent residence.
Labor certification is a process that U.S. employers must go through in order to hire foreign workers on a permanent basis through the Employment-Based Immigration process. It involves obtaining approval from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that the employer has made a good faith effort to recruit U.S. workers for the position and that there are no qualified U.S. workers available to fill the position.
The employer must demonstrate that hiring a foreign worker will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of U.S. workers similarly employed in the area of intended employment. The labor certification process is a critical step in obtaining permanent residence through the Employment-Based Immigration process.