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Cap Reached for Additional H-2B Visas for FY 2019
Posted on 10 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, June 7, 2019 "USCIS has received enough petitions to reach the additional maximum 30,000 visas made available for returning workers under the H-2B numerical limit (also called a cap) for fiscal year (FY) 2019. As previously announced ... Read More

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OFLC Announces New H-2B Application Forms For Use Beginning July 3, 2019, and Schedule for Electronic Filing in the FLAG System
Posted on 7 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

OFLC, June 6, 2019 "The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) has received OMB approval for revisions to the H-2B Application for Temporary Employment Certification (Form ETA-9142B) and corresponding appendices, and related forms and instructions... Read More

Tags: 9142 , oflc , flag , H-2B

DHS, DOL Post H-2B Rule (May 8, 2019)
Posted on 6 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Here is an Advance Copy of the rule to be published on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Read More

DOL H-2B Processing Changes Open for Comment (Mar. 4, 2019)
Posted on 2 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 42 / Monday, March 4, 2019 Selection Procedures for Reviewing Applications Filed by Employers Seeking Temporary Employment of H–2B Foreign Workers in the United States " The Department of Labor’s (Department’s... Read More

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DOL to Revise H-2B Procedures
Posted on 27 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOL, Feb. 26, 2019 February 26, 2019. Department Announces Updates to its Procedures for Processing H-2B Applications for Temporary Labor Certification "The Department today announced updates to its procedures for processing H-2B applications... Read More

Small Businesses Ask DHS to Release More H-2B Visas
Posted on 22 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

In a 40-page letter dated Feb. 22, 2019 and endorsed by hundreds of employers and organizations, the H-2B Workforce Coalition urged DHS Sec. Nielsen and DOL Sec. Acosta to immediately release the full number of additional H-2B visas authorized by the... Read More

DHS Notice: H-2 Visa Program Country List (Jan. 18, 2019)
Posted on 18 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 13 / Friday, January 18, 2019 "Under Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may generally only approve petitions for H–2A and H–2B nonimmigrant... Read More

Tags: visas , H-2B , H-2A

OFLC Issues H-2B Processing Announcement (Jan. 11, 2019)
Posted on 14 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

OFLC, Jan. 11, 2019 "In continuing to keep the public well-informed regarding submission and processing of H-2B Applications for Temporary Employment Certification and the iCERT system, the Department of Labor (the Department) has the following... Read More

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DOL on H-2B Processing (Jan. 8, 2019)
Posted on 9 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOL OFLC, Jan. 8, 2019 - "The Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) is making this public service announcement to alert employers and other interested stakeholders about the high volume of applications received... Read More

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Unprecedented H-2B Visa Demand Hits DOL
Posted on 8 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOL OFLC, Jan. 7, 2019 - " OFLC Issues Last Status Update Today on the iCERT System. LAST OPERATING STATUS : The Department's iCERT Rapid Response Team has continued to monitor the iCERT system, which has consistently been open for service... Read More

Tags: DOL , oflc , icert , H-2B

iCERT Update, Jan. 7, 2019
Posted on 7 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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... Read More

Tags: icert , H-2B

iCERT Updates from DOL (Jan. 3, 2019)
Posted on 4 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOL Office of Foreign Labor Certification Jan. 3, 2019: OFLC Issues Status Update on Availability of the iCERT System The iCERT system for application processing is tentatively scheduled to open at 2:00 p.m. EST on MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2019. The Department... Read More

Tags: DOL , oflc , icert , H-2B , H-2A

DOL Posts iCERT Notice (Jan. 2, 2019)
Posted on 2 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOL, Jan. 2, 2019 "The iCERT Portal System is currently unavailable. IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT (Updated January 2, 2019, 12:00PM EST): Within the first five minutes of opening the semi-annual H-2B certification process on January 1, 2019, the U... Read More

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DOL iCERT Website Crash Affects 33,000 H-2B Visas
Posted on 1 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Employers vying for the 33,000 H-2B visas (for temporary, non-agricultural workers) with an April 1, 2019 start date were poised last night to e-file critical document packets at one nanosecond past midnight, EST. See: December 27, 2018. H-2B Application... Read More

Tags: DOL , oflc , icert , H-2B

DOL Will Sort H-2B Applications Down to the Millisecond - Federal Register (July 2, 2018)
Posted on 2 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 127 / Monday, July 2, 2018 - "For H–2B applications filed on or after July 3, 2018, OFLC will sequentially assign H–2B applications to analysts based on the calendar date and time on which the applications... Read More

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