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Department of Labor Introduces Online Filing for H-2A and H-2B Foreign Labor Certification Applications; Publishes Selected Statistics on H-2A, H-2B and Three Additional Programs
Sep 28, 2012

The Employment and Training Administration has announced that it will introduce electronic processing for H-2A and H-2B foreign labor certification applications filed by U.S. employers or their authorized representatives. The September 28, 2012 FEDERAL REGISTER describes the new process.

H-2A and H-2B program modules will be integrated in the existing iCERT Visa Portal System managed by the Employment and Training Administration’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification. Key features include online account management, which will enable employers to manage client membership lists; the ability to prepare, submit, and track H-2A and H-2B applications; and the option to reuse applications from previous seasons, thereby reducing data entry time. Real-time electronic form validations will warn users of missing data entries, helping them avoid application processing delays, and email notifications will keep users informed throughout the application process. In addition, the paperless submission process will significantly reduce administrative time and costs by enabling users to upload supporting documents for more efficient storage and retrieval.

Electronic filing for the H-2B program is scheduled to be implemented on October 15, and electronic filing for the H-2A program is scheduled to be implemented on December 10.
The H-2A and H-2B programs establish a means for U.S. employers to hire foreign workers on a temporary basis when qualified U.S. workers are not available, and the employment of those foreign workers will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of U.S. workers. More information on these programs is available at  

News Release

The Office of Foreign Labor Certification has also recently posted updated program factsheets containing FY 2012 selected statistics for the following programs:

The program information included in the factsheets is for the 2012 Fiscal Year to date (September 16, 2012).  The updated program factsheets may also be found on OFLC's Performance Data webpage.