Immigration Law

iCERT Update, Jan. 7, 2019

OFLC, Jan. 7, 2019

OFLC Issues Step-by-Step Instructions for Emergency Backup H-2B Applications Filing Process if iCERT System Disruption Occurs.

The iCERT system for application processing is scheduled to open at 2:00 p.m. EST on MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2019.

The Department has enhanced system capacity and performed intensive testing and performance tuning on the iCERT system to simulate the expected activity of a large number of simultaneous system users. Out of an abundance of caution, the Department is prepared to activate an emergency application filing process, called the H-2B Case Submission Ticketing Portal, in the unlikely event a system disruption occurs or the Department determines that it is prudent to activate.

During the stakeholder conference call held on Friday, January 4, 2019, the Department committed to providing the stakeholder community with procedural information on the emergency application filing process before 12:00 p.m. EST today. Accordingly, the Department provided iCERT system account holders, who have a pending H-2B application containing a start date of work on or after April 1, 2019, with step-by-step instructions for using the H-2B Case Submission Ticketing Portal. The electronic mail (e-mail) communications were issued throughout the early morning hours today. To view a sample of the electronic communication sent to iCERT system account holders with a pending H-2B application, please click here.

Important Reminder: This web service portal will only be activated in the event of an emergency or the Department's determination that it is prudent to activate and upon electronic notice from the Department through the iCERT system website (