Office of Foreign Labor Certification Announces Schedule for E-Filing of LCAs

October 22, 2019

By Immigration Group

This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, theĀ Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Laura Danielson is an active member.

Basic RGBThe Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) has announced its schedule for electronic filing of labor condition applications (LCAs) in the Foreign Labor Application Gateway (FLAG) System. Affected LCA programs include the H-1B, H-1B1 and E-3 visa classifications. OFLC noted:

  • Beginning September 16, 2019, the FLAG System’s LCA Program Module was enabled and stakeholders were able to begin preparing H-1B, H-1B1 and E-3 applications using the Form ETA-9035E. However, the FLAG System did not permit the submission of LCA applications until 12 noon ET on October 1, 2019.
  • The ability to submit LCA applications using the iCERT System was deactivated at 12 noon on October 1, 2019.
  • OFLC will process all LCA applications submitted through the iCERT System, and stakeholders will be able to access their iCERT System accounts to check the status of applications submitted through the iCERT System.

OFLC has created instructional videos on how to create and manage a FLAG System account and prepare the Form ETA-9035E, on the OFLC notice page (scroll to 9/5/19).