The most recent reports suggest that Google has paused its Program Electronic Review Management (PERM), a crucial step in acquiring an employer-sponsored green card process. As if the news of mass layoffs at top tech firms wasn’t enough to frighten Indian techies working in the United States.
Google has informed foreign workers via email that the tech giant will halt any new PERM filings, leaving workers in limbo.
“I wanted to give you an update as soon as possible on the difficult decision we’ve had to make to pause new PERM applications. Because I know how this news may affect some of you and your families. “This does not affect any other visa applications or programs,” a company executive wrote in an email.
A Google employee on Team Blind, a private social networking site for certified IT professionals posted the email.
A crucial first step in obtaining a green card (permanent residence) is submitting a PERM application.
Google freezes key green card process for workers
Due to the current state of the labor market, it has become increasingly difficult for us. To support the position that the process requires employers to demonstrate that there are no qualified US workers available for the particular job.
According to the Google email, “there has been an increase in people looking for jobs”. Due to several tech companies announcing workforce reductions (hiring pauses or layoffs).
“As a result, we, along with other tech companies, have seen a notable increase in the number of PERM cases. Audited by the Department of Labor (DOL) for tech roles. Which we believe is a result of more talent,” the email went on to say. “As a result, we believe is a result of more talent,” the email continued.
However, Google stated that it would continue to support previously submitted PERM applications.
Since 2005, the current PERM regulations have been in place. A PERM application seeks certification from the Department of Labor (DOL). For a specific position in a particular location at a particular time.