The Department of Labor (DOL) will change its procedures for processing H-2B applications for labor certification. This change came about after the Office of Foreign Labor Certification’s (OFLC’s) current electronic filing system crashed on Jan 1 due to “unprecedented demand.”

Beginning July 3, 2019 OFLC will randomly order and assign for processing all of the H-2B applications requesting the earliest start date of work permitted under the semi-annual visa allocation (i.e., October 1 or April 1) and filed during the first three calendar days of the regulatory time period for filing H-2B applications. Once first actions are issued, OFLC will randomly assign for processing all other H-2B applications filed on a single calendar day.

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