On May 12 2009 by William A. Stock

DOL Delays iCERT Effective date

I previously posted about the DOL’s iCERT system, its new “portal” through which employers could prepare and file Labor Condition Applications for H-1B petitions.  DOL previously announced that the iCERT system would become mandatory as of this Friday (right now, while we can file LCAs through iCERT, we can also file them through the existing system).

Because of the large number of errors and glitches identified by users of the iCERT portal in the three weeks since it became available to file LCAs, DOL told the American Immigration Lawyers Association, NAFSA and other stakeholders today that it would be announcing a delayed effective date for when the new iCERT portal would become mandatory.

According to AILA, June 30, 2009 will be the new date for iCERT to be the exclusive means to obtain a certified LCA for H-1B purposes.  Until then, either iCERT or the existing LCA Online system can be used to file LCAs.