The Program Electronic Review Management system is used in the first step of the green card application process: labor certification. It is an entirely electronic system that aims to cut down the labor certification time to 60 days or less. Those who use this web-based application program must create and save a password for future use, and that password is set to expire in November for all users.
According to the Association of Corporate Counsel, the U.S. Department of Labor announced on Aug. 25, 2014, that all PERM account passwords will expire in November 2014. These accounts are used to prepare and submit labor certification applications, the first part of the process to apply for a green card online. All users must create a new password by Nov. 23, and it must be changed every 90 days. The purpose of this new requirement is to enhance security. The PERM system will send users reminders several times as the password nears its expiration date.
Each green card applicant must comply with a strict set of guidelines when selecting their passwords. These include:
- The password must consist of eight to 15 characters.
- These characters must consist of at least one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, a number and a special character.
- You cannot reuse any of your previous 12 passwords.
How to change your password
When you’re ready to select a new password, follow these steps:
- Log into your PERM account using your existing password.
- Click on the “My Profile” tab.
- Click on the “Login Information” tab.
- Check the option to change your password.
- Enter a new password using the PERM guidelines.
- Re-enter the password in the “Confirm Password” field.
- Click on “Save.”
If you do not remember your existing password or need help saving your new one, contact the PERM help desk for assistance.