Yes, PERM is not a new type of Visa, but a way to speed up the labour certification process. Nurses wont benefit from it since nurses are exempted from Labour Certification part of the GC Process. If my understaning on PERM is correct, Perm may affect nurses negatively, Since it will lengthen the queue (increase the demand ) for a Visanumber as more non-nurses will be soon eligible to stand in the Visanumber queue. Right now, since the LabourCertification process is a 3 year process, there are less people who are eligible to stand in the Visanumber (I140/485) queue. If, if implemeted successfully, PERM will shorten the Labour certification process to 3 months and add more people to the VisaNumber queue.
Again, my understanding is PERM has some (negative) after effets on Nurse petition (I 140) as well, since the employer (attorney) has to file some more documents like Standard Wages Docuement (or something like that) as part of the petition. Previously nurse Employers (Hospitals) was not required to do that for a nurse, but PERM adds that complexity.
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I thought PERM was just a new way of filing the labor certification portion of the green card. As nurses are Schedule A and therefore exempt it doesn't help plus it still doesn't affect those nurses caught up in the EB3 retrogression.