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Employment Development Department
Employment Development Department

Hiring Foreign Workers

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Employers may, under certain circumstances, bring foreign workers into the United States (U.S.) for permanent or temporary employment. Approval from several government entities is required, however, certain aspects of the approval process are coordinated by the Employment Development Department (EDD).

Foreign Labor Certification Program

This program, authorized by the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1986, allows businesses who anticipate a shortage of domestic workers to apply to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for temporary permits to hire foreign workers through two programs:

The EDD assists the DOL in administering these programs in California. For more information, visit:
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Office of Foreign Labor Certification.

Contact EDD

For additional contact information, visit Contact EDD.