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DOL, Sept. 26, 2012 : " FY 2012 Selected Statistics by Program. The Office of Foreign Labor Certification has posted updated program factsheets containing the FY 2012 selected statistics for the: Permanent Labor Certification Program Prevailing Wage Determination Program; H-1B Temporary...

OFLC Notice: Electronic Filing of H–2A and H–2B Labor Certification Applications Through the iCERT Visa Portal System

"The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is announcing the implementation of electronic filing for the submission of nonimmigrant temporary labor certification applications under the H– 2A and H–2B visa programs through the Department of Labor’s (Department) iCERT Visa...

OFLC on Hurricane Sandy Extension Requests

"Question: Will the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) allow for extensions or other reasonable case-accommodations in light of the damage done by Hurricane Sandy? Answer: Yes. We recognize that Hurricane Sandy generated significant damage to businesses up and down the East Coast, closing...

OFLC FY 2012 Q4 Disclosure Files

" The OFLC PERM, H-2A, H-2B, Prevailing Wage, and H-1B program disclosure data files for Quarter 4 of FY 2012 are now available in CSV format. Click here to access the disclosure files and corresponding record layouts. Historical OFLC program disclosure files for prior fiscal years prior to 2008...

OFLC Performance Data for FY13 Q2 Posted

"The OFLC PERM, H-2A, H-2B, Prevailing Wage, and H-1B program disclosure data files for Quarter 2 of FY 2013 are now available. Click here to access the disclosure files and corresponding record layouts." - DOL, May 6, 2013 .

OFLC Stakeholder Notice regarding handling of applications and responses after government shutdown

"OFLC appreciates the challenges the regulated community has experienced as a result of the lapse in appropriations, which resulted in the cessation of the operation of OFLC's electronic systems, and further resulted in a backlog of documents submitted to OFLC during that period by mail, hand...

FY2012 OFLC Report Released

" The 2012 Annual Report presents information on the Prevailing Wage Determination Process, Permanent Labor Certification, and Temporary Nonimmigrant Labor Certification for FY 2012. The report also contains State Employment-Based Labor Certification Profiles, information on STEM-related occupations...

OFLC PERM Audit Plan Released

"Section 212(a)(5)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act requires the Secretary to certify the admissibility of a foreign national for employment only when the Secretary can certify that the employment of that foreign worker will not adversely impact the wages and working conditions of US workers...

Why Was My PERM Selected For Audit?

"The OFLC Audit Plan presents Audit and Supervised Recruitment Tiers which specify the types of cases that will be targeted for Audit Review and tagged for Supervised Recruitment. As the DOL has indicated, this plan is being released in response to a FOIA request. Past practice informs us that the...

News Excerpts from the March 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Federal Judge Certifies Class Action in Mandatory Detention Lawsuit On February 10, 2014, U.S. District Judge Michael Ponsor certified a class consisting of noncitizens in Massachusetts who are challenging their mandatory detention under Section 236(c) of the INA. The class representative, Mark...

OFLC Stats Updated: June 5, 2014

"The Office of Foreign Labor Certification has posted updated program factsheets containing the Quarter 3 TD FY 2014 selected statistics for the Permanent Labor Certification Program, Prevailing Wage Determination Program, H-1B Temporary Visa Program, H-2A Temporary Agricultural Visa Program, and...

OFLC Updates Prevailing Wage Data

"On July 1, 2014, OFLC uploaded the newest prevailing wage data from the Occupational Employment Survey as generated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the year from July 2014 - June 2015. The effective date is July 1, 2014. Prevailing wages issued from the National Prevailing Wage Center will...

DOL OFLC Updates - Sept. 2014

"The Office of Foreign Labor Certification has posted updated program factsheets containing the FY 2014 Q4 TD selected statistics for the Permanent Labor Certification Program , Prevailing Wage Determination Program , H-1B Temporary Visa Program , H-2A Temporary Agricultural Visa Program , and H...

OFLC Updates Program Factsheets as of 8/31/2014

"The Office of Foreign Labor Certification has posted updated program factsheets containing the FY 2014 Q4 TD selected statistics for the Permanent Labor Certification Program , Prevailing Wage Determination Program , H-1B Temporary Visa Program , H-2A Temporary Agricultural Visa Program , and H...

Data Death at DOL, R.I.P. Records, Bye-Bye Bytes

"H-1B Legacy records no longer available On July 8, 2013, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) approved OFLC's revised retention schedule following a 30-day period of public notice and review. As part of its review and approval process, NARA determined employer applications...

OFLC FY 2014 Q4 Cumulative Disclosure Data Now Online

" The OFLC PERM, H-2A, H-2B, Prevailing Wage, and H-1B program disclosure data files for Quarter 4 of FY 2014 are now available. Click here to access the disclosure files and corresponding record layouts." - DOL, Nov. 13, 2014.

Guide to Using OFLC’s Search FAQs

"The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) lists answers to frequently asked questions for each of the program areas administered by the OFLC. As there are a number of FAQs for each program area, OFLC has implemented a new tool on its Web site, Search FAQs...

OFLC Implements Search FAQs Feature

" The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) has updated the FAQ page of its official website with a new keyword search function, Search FAQs . Users may now search the FAQ page by using a single keyword or exact phrase to identify items in the FAQ database that correspond to keywords or characters...

OFLC FY 2015 Q1 Cumulative Disclosure Data Now Online

"The OFLC PERM, H-2A, H-2B, Prevailing Wage, and H-1B program disclosure data files for Quarter 1 of FY 2015 are now available. Click here to access the disclosure files and corresponding record layouts." - DOL, Jan. 22, 2015 .

OFLC Issues Additional Guidance on H-2Bs, CATA, Surveys

"On Dec. 23, 2014, the Department announced procedures to implement the Court's decision in Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas et al v. Perez, No. 14-3557 (3rd Cir.Dec. 5, 2014), which were applicable to (1) employers with pending prevailing wage requests based on an employer-provided...

DOL OFLC FAQ on H-2B Private Wage Surveys

U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration Office of Foreign Labor Certification Frequently Asked Questions H-2B Program – Employer-Provided Surveys March 2015

OFLC on H-2B Restart - Mar. 18, 2015

Prohibition of DOL H-2B Processing Temporarily Lifted "On March 18, 2015, the federal district court in the Northern District of Florida issued an order effectively permitting DOL to restart its processing of H-2B applications under the 2008 rule immediately and to continue processing applications...

DOL Announces Emergency H-2B Procedures, Posts Processing Info

DOL, Feb. 19, 2016 : OFLC Announces Emergency Procedures Initiative for Backlogged H-2B Applications The Employment and Training Administration's (ETA) Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) is presently experiencing significant delays in processing employers' H-2B applications for...

DOLETA OFLC Data Updated, 3-31-16

DOL, April 8, 2016 - "The Office of Foreign Labor Certification has posted updated program factsheets containing the Quarter 2 FY 2016 selected statistics for the Permanent Labor Certification Program , Prevailing Wage Determination Program , H-1B Temporary Visa Program , H-2A Temporary Agricultural...

OFLC Data Nerds Rejoice! - FY 2016 Q3 Data Posted by DOL

DOL, July 20, 2016 - " The OFLC PERM, H-2A, H-2B, Prevailing Wage, and H-1B program disclosure data files for Quarter 3 of FY 2016 are now available. Click here to access the disclosure files and corresponding record layouts."