Labor Certification Law and Legal Definition

Labor certification is an immigration concept in the U.S. It is a procedure to be followed by U.S. employers who wish to hire the services of a foreign non-immigrant worker on a permanent basis. Labor certification is the first step in the sponsorship process for the green card.

Labor certification is issued by the Secretary of Labor and contains attestations by U.S. employers as to the number of U.S. workers available to be employed and the effect of the alien's employment on the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers. The availability of labor in the U.S. is determined at the time of a visa application, and at the location where the applicant wishes to work.