Reduction In Recruitment

This is a method of seeking Labor Certification for employment of an alien prior to applying for a green card.  Under the RIR method, an employer filing a permanent labor certification application may ask for a waiver or reduction of the full recruitment provisions of Federal regulations by filing a written request with the State Employment Security Agency (SESA). A RIR can be granted for any occupation, except those listed on Schedule B. The employer must prove that an adequate test of the labor market was made at prevailing wages and working conditions through sources normal to the occupation and industry within the six-month period preceding the filing of the application with the SESA. The Department of Labor  encourages RIRs in cases where there is little or no availability of U.S. workers; no restrictive requirements; and the employer is offering prevailing wages. RIR requests are given expedited processing by SESAs and ETA Regional Offices. 

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