ETA Form 9089 and Its Role in the Hiring of Foreign Workers

If you wish to live and work in the United States, one of the easiest ways to make that happen is through employer sponsorship. This starts with ETA Form 9089. Your employer will need to fill this out and submit it before you can secure your work visa. Here is a general overview of how these matters are handled.


ETA Form 9089 is the Application for Permanent Employment Certification, which is available through the U.S. Department of Labor. It is always completed and filed by the employer seeking to employ the foreign worker.

Once completed, the form contains basic information like the name of the worker, his or her address, the employer’s contact information and other details. It also includes details that could derail the visa approval. Sections F, G, H and I discuss wages and recruitment. There is also Section J, which shows how the foreign worker is qualified for the position.


If there is a place where an employer can make a big mistake, it is in the wage and recruitment section. Basically, employers cannot bring in a foreign worker if U.S. workers are left unconsidered or as a means to forgo market wages. The information in Sections F, G, H and I in Form 9089 help assess that situation.

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