Posted by: ohksatriaku | March 20, 2008

DOL ETA Announces Planned Changes in Non-Electronic Filing Locations

DOL ETA Announces Planned Changes in Non-Electronic Filing Locations
March 10, 2008
The DOL’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) recently announced administrative changes in the locations where future non-electronic applications must be filed under the permanent foreign labor certification program and temporary foreign labor certification programs administered by the ETA’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC). The Atlanta National Processing Center (NPC) will receive all applications for permanent labor certification under the Program Electronic Review Management (PERM) System, and the Chicago NPC will receive all applications for temporary labor certification under the programs as identified below. These new addresses will be effective June 1, 2008 and starting June 16, 2008 applications filed at a wrong location will be returned to the applicant.

Atlanta National Processing Center

Address:

U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training
Administration, Atlanta National Processing Center
Harris Tower, 233 Peachtree Street, NE., Suite 410
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Telephone: (404) 893–0101
Facsimile: (404) 893–4642
Help desk e-mail: plc.atlanta@dol.gov

Affected Applications:

Permanent Labor Certification Program

The Department strongly encourages employers to file PERM applications using the Permanent Online System at http://www.plc.doleta.gov. Effective June 1, 2008, employers who do not wish to file online must mail their PERM applications directly to the Atlanta NPC.

Professional Athletes: There are special procedures for the permanent employment of immigrant professional athletes. Effective June 1, 2008, employers must file PERM applications under the special procedures for professional athletes directly with the Atlanta NPC.

Chicago National Processing Center

Address:

U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training
Administration, Chicago National Processing Center
844 North Rush Street, 12th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Telephone: (312) 886–8000
Facsimile: (312) 353–3352
Help desk email: plc.chicago@dol.gov

Affected Applications:

D–1 Temporary Program

Effective June 1, 2008, employers must file Attestations for D–1 Nonimmigrant Crewmembers performing longshore activities directly with the Chicago NPC.

H–1B, H–1B1, and E–3 Temporary Nonimmigrant Programs

Except as authorized below, employers must continue to file H–1B, H–1B1, and E–3 Labor Condition Applications (LCAs) using the LCA Online System at http://www.lca.doleta.gov. Effective June 1, 2008, employers with physical disabilities authorized by the OFLC National Office to file LCAs using U.S. mail must file directly with the Chicago NPC.

H–1C Temporary Program

Effective June 1, 2008, employers must file Attestations for H–1C Nonimmigrant Nurses directly with the Chicago NPC.

H–2A Temporary Labor Certification Program

Effective June 1, 2008, employers must file applications for H–2A temporary labor certification concurrently with the Chicago NPC and the State Workforce Agency (SWA) serving the area of intended employment. If a fixed-site employer has one or more worksites in the same area of intended employment, and the area of intended employment lies in the jurisdiction of more than one SWA, the employer must file a single application concurrently with the Chicago NPC and the SWA in the State where the work will begin.

H–2B Temporary Labor Certification Program

Employers must continue to file applications for H–2B temporary labor certification (including those filed for tree planting and related reforestation activities) with the SWA serving the area of intended employment. If an employer has one or more worksites in the same area of intended employment (i.e., Metropolitan Statistical Area), and the area of intended employment lies in the jurisdiction of more than one SWA, the employer may file a single application with the SWA in the State where the work will begin. However, for all applications filed with the SWA on or after June 1, 2008, the SWA must send completed applications to the Chicago NPC.
Logging: Employers must continue to file applications with their respective SWAs for temporary labor certification for the logging industry, i.e., Maine, New Hampshire, New York, or Vermont SWA. However, for all applications filed with the SWA on or after June 1, 2008, the SWA must send the completed applications directly to the Chicago NPC.
Entertainers: Employers must continue to file applications for H–2B temporary labor certification with the SWA Offices Specializing in Entertainment (OSEs) in Austin, New York, or Sacramento. After processing, the SWA OSE must continue to send all completed applications to the Chicago NPC.
Emergency boilermaker applications and professional athletes: Effective June 1, 2008, employers must file applications for H–2B temporary labor certification for emergency boilermakers and professional athletes directly with the Chicago NPC.
Administrative Changes in Requesting Withdrawals

Beginning June 1, 2008, all requests for withdrawals of PERM applications must be submitted to the Atlanta NPC. All requests for withdrawals of LCAs, labor certifications for H–2A or H–2B, or H–1C attestations that cannot be made electronically must be submitted to the Chicago NPC.

Beginning June 1, 2008, the National OFLC will no longer receive any foreign labor certification applications. By centralizing the filing of labor certification applications and specializing each NPC, the Department of Labor hopes to increase operational efficiencies in each program, improve customer service that reduces confusion with respect to where permanent and temporary labor certification applications should be filed, enhance efforts to combat fraud and abuse within and across each program, and promote greater consistency and uniformity in the adjudication of labor certification applications.

For the first 15 calendar days after the effective date of this Notice, applications and attestations filed with the incorrect NPC or OFLC National Office will be forwarded to the correct NPC. However, beginning Monday, June 16, 2008, applications and attestations filed with the incorrect NPC or OFLC National Office will be returned to the filer for proper filing. 


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