A newspaper of general circulation as referred to by CFR 656.17 can be thought of as the largest daily newspaper in a given area that publishes on Sundays.
There are some technical aspects of a newspaper of general circulation which we can go into in this article.
The issues start where a job site is located exactly between two major areas, or is located nowhere near any major city.
This is where the phrase Metropolitan Statistical Area comes in. For example, even though a job site located in Fairfax, Virginia, it can actually be considered as part of the Washington DC Metropolitan Area, thereby allowing for the Washington Post to be used as newspaper of general circulation.
This is because the DC Metro Area is the largest pool of potentially qualified Americans that can apply for the job. You’d still make every effort to also cover Virginia, but perhaps with just a single Sunday, or two “locals”.
Remember, the PERM guidelines for a mandatory 2 Sundays in print don’t mean you need to limit the scope of recruitment. In fact it’s better to cover many bases, as you’ll never need to go to court to file a Motion To Reconsider for having not recruited in good faith.
A job site in The Villages, Florida, is another great example of how hard it is to determine a newspaper of general circulation. There’s only swamplands to the East, and the only close major city is 30 miles away in Ocala FL.
So you’d do 2 Sundays in the local Sunday paper (newspaper of general circulation), 1 Sunday on Ocala, and 2 locals, a radio, and on-line job search posting.
Newspaper circulation should be your last concern when dealing with the many pitfalls of PERM.
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