Reduction in Recruitment Requests (RIR)
U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") Regional
Offices and State Employment Security Agencies ("SESAs") encourage reduction in
recruitment ("RIR") requests on labor certification applications:
For occupations for which there is little or no
Which contain no restrictive requirements;
Which meet the prevailing wage; and
For which the employer can show adequate recruitment
through sources normal to the occupation and industry within the preceding 6 months.
RIR requests will be given expedited processing by SESAs
and DOL Regional Offices.
The employer needs to submit evidence of "on-going,
extensive" recruitment within the past 6 months (some form of recruitment must cover
the entire 6 months time period). For example:
Newspaper advertising (Advertisement must be placed in a
newspaper of general circulation or an appropriate trade journal. Based on DOLs
position, we suggest that the employer run 3 or more newspaper ads in the 6 months,
preferably spread out over the first 5 months, leaving the 6th month for job
applicants to respond.) Save original tear sheets of newspaper ads/journal ads (the entire
page, including newspaper name, date, and the ad) or ad agencys proof sheets of ads.
Hand written verification of the publication and the date ad was run, is not
Internet (Employers own web site job posting or
internet job posting service such as Career Mosaics, Yahoo, Monster Board, etc.)
Internal Job Posting: (For ten consecutive days), submit
the employers internal job listing or bulletins.
Employee Referral Bonus Program: submit a copy of the
employers referral program.
Cal Jobs: (California
Job Browsing System web site) Need active CA tax ID number. Submit a copy of the
employers job order, clearly showing the employers tax account number, the EDD
job order number and the ad placed by the employer. The job listing service is free. It
usually lasts for 2 weeks, but the employer can change it to a longer period.
On-campus recruitment: include ads for the campus
recruitment and evidence that the company attended the campus recruitment job fairs on the
Head Hunters: submit a list of agents used and a copy of
at least one contract with an agent.
Job Fairs/Trade Shows: include ads for job fairs/trade
shows and evidence that the company attended the job fairs on the dates advertised.
Other Types of Recruitment: submit copies of other types
of recruitment used by the employer.
The employer need not submit resumes from job applicants,
but has to submit a statement summarizing recruitment efforts. The statement should
indicate the number of resumes that were received (at least an approximate figure), the
number of interviews which were conducted, and the number of U.S. workers (mainly U.S.
citizens and U.S. permanent residents) who were actually hired.