New Labor Certification Process for H-2B workers
FOREIGN LABOR APPLICATION GATEWAY (FLAG)
H-2B workers are temporary, non-agricultural workers that enter the U.S. as visitors with work authorization. These workers are often employed in seasonal jobs such as landscaping, roofing, as carnival workers.
On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, DOL’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) notified stakeholders that starting Monday, June 10, 2019, all prevailing wage determination requests (ETA Form 9141) must be filed through the new Foreign Labor Application Gateway (FLAG) system and that as of Sunday, June 9, 2019, at 11:59 pm (ET), the iCERT system will be deactivated for ETA Form 9141 filings.
FLAG is a cloud-based portal designed to replace OFLC’s current iCERT System and will serve as the new application filing and case management solution for all foreign labor certification programs, including H-2A, H-2B, LCA, CW-1, Prevailing Wage and PERM applications.
Three Countries, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia and Philippines have been removed from the list of participating Countries due to their non-cooperation with the issuance of travel documents for deportees.