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H-2A Proposed Rule, Request for Comments
Posted on 19 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 07/26/2019. "The Department of Labor (Department or DOL) proposes to amend its regulations regarding the certification of temporary employment of nonimmigrant workers employed... Read More

Tags: DOL , H-2A

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

Tags: DOL , oflc , H-2B

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

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 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

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

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

DOJ, DOL Partner to Combat Visa Abuse, Protect U.S. Workers
Posted on 1 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, July 31, 2018 - "Today, the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the Department of Labor (DOL) expanded their collaboration to better protect U.S. workers from discrimination by employers that prefer to hire temporary visa... Read More

DOL to Crack Down on H-2A Violators in Oklahoma; Watermelon Growers First Target
Posted on 12 Apr 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Agriculture plays a significant role in Oklahoma's economy, with nearly 80,000 farms contributing to the state's production and providing jobs for thousands of workers. Farmworkers play an essential role in producing our nation's food... Read More

DOL Expands Visa Protection for Trafficking Victims
Posted on 4 Apr 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez today announced that the labor department's Wage and Hour Division will begin to exercise its authority to certify applications for trafficking victims seeking "T" visas. The division will also... Read More

Notice to Stakeholders Regarding H-2A Certifications - DOL, Oct. 21, 2013
Posted on 21 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"As a result of the unique perishable nature of agricultural commodities in the H-2A program, OFLC will temporarily (for a period not to exceed 30 days) implement the following mailing procedure: Upon certification of an H-2A application, the... Read More

News Excerpts From the March 15 Bender's Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 4 Mar 2013 by LexisNexis Immigration Law Community Staff

EOIR Releases Statistics for FY2012 The Executive Office for Immigration Review has released its statistical yearbook for fiscal 2012. As expected, the backlog of cases before EOIR continued to grow, with 326,255 pending proceedings before immigration... Read More

News Excerpts From the April 1, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 23 Mar 2015 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

H-2B Interim Final Rule Expected in April | On March 4, 2015, the federal district court in the Northern District of Florida vacated the Department of Labor's (DOL) 2008 H-2B regulations on the ground that the DOL lacks authority under the INA... Read More