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DOL Rule Allows for Electronic Filing of H-1B Labor Condition Applications

  • December 13, 2001

A new rule promises to improve processing efficiency and reduce wait times involved with obtaining certified Labor Condition Applications in connection with H-1B visa petitions. In addition to the current options of filing LCAs by facsimile transmission or by mail, scheduled to go into effect Jan. 14, 2002, there will be the third option of using the new electronic filing system. Intended to improve customer service, the rule will allow for submission of LCAs electronically on a Labor Department website.

Electronic filing will enable DOL's Employment and Training Administration to process LCAs more efficiently, "without the technical and administrative uncertainties inherent in the technology currently available to process applications," the rule said.

Employers seeking to hire under the H-1B visa program must first complete an LCA to provide certain information to the Labor Department regarding wages, working conditions, and benefits available to the foreign workers.

Please contact the Jackson Lewis Immigration Practice Group for more information or with specific questions and concerns.

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