What is LCA?
LCA is Labor Condition Application. LCA is required for filing H1B work visa application. Form 9035 is used to fill up LCA application.
H1B1 and E3 visa applications also need LCA to inform American workers and protect their rights.
How to Check LCA Status
You can check your LCA application status online on ICERT website.
1. Go to iCERT DOLETA website. Enter your application number (H1B LCA or any other visa).
2. Check Recaptcha check box.
3. Click ‘Search button’.
4. Your LCA status is shown on right hand side. LCA certified status means your LCA is approved.
LCA Processing Time
LCA processing time is 5 to 10 days when filed online on ICERT website.
H1B1 from Singapore, Chile and E3 from Australia applicants can directly apply for their work visa in US embassy with approved LCA.
PERM Status Online
You cannot check your PERM case status online. Only your employer or attorney has access to DOL website to monitor your case status while it is pending. Your green card sponsor employer will also receive the PERM audit notice if your application is part of about 30% cases which are normally audited.
You will be able to see the status as ‘Certified’ when your Permanent labor application is finally approved though.
New FLAG system
The Foreign Labor Application Gateway (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.
Beginning June 10, 2019 – OFLC will accept Prevailing Wage Determination (PWD Form ETA-9141) online applications in the new FLAG system for all visa programs. You will be able to submit it with iCERT System until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Sunday, June 9, 2019.
USCIS Case Number Vs LCA Case Number
You cannot get the USCIS Case number from LCA or ETA Case Number. USCIS receipt number is different than LCA number.
It is possible that your employer files a common LCA for multiple employees and hence multiple employees has same LCA case number. See the box 7 in LCA section B in image below.
LCA includes information about full time job along with start and end date. Your SOC code and job title is very important part of H1B specialty occupation criteria.
You should choose it very carefully as USCIS denies the application if your job does not require special skills.
LCA Approval Duration
LCA is usually requested for 3 years. Your H1B application can be approved only for the term as per LCA validity.
You can reuse approved LCA for filing another H1B application but the end date on H1B cannot be greater than LCA end date.
LCA posting vs LCA Certification
LCA posting means that your employer posts LCA on publicly visible area in your office. LCA certification is applying for LCA approval with Department of Labor (DOL).
In cases of H1B Amendment, you need certified LCA whereas in case of changing working location within same MSA where no amendment is required, you can only do LCA posting.
LCA can be posted at either your home or at employer headquarters building if you are working from home on work visa.
Recently, DOL made it mandatory to mention your end client name on LCA to avoid denials.
Is LCA data publicly available?
LCA is available for public online on ICERT website. You can see your co-worker salary, job title and employer data online easily.
If you are working in USA on H1B visa, your LCA will also be available online. You can find your H1B employer’s US office address and email from LCA section D – employer point of contact information:
What is an LCA iCERT Case Number?
iCERT case numbers are generated by the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) Department of Labor for each application you submit for processing.
OFLC case numbers format:
[Visa Program Designation]-[3-digit Visa ID]-[5-digit Julian Date]-[6-digit Number Assignment]
Visa Program designation includes the following values:
- G, A = PERM Application
- I = Labor Condition Application
- H = H-2A and H-2B Applications
3-Digit Visa ID (000) values are hard coded and include the following values:
- 100 = Basic PERM Application
- 101 = PERM Application for Professional Athletes
- 200 = H-1B
- 201 = H-1B1 Chile
- 202 = H-1B1 Singapore
- 203 = E-3 Australian
- 300 = H-2A
- 400 = H-2B
Next 5 digits indicate the Julian Date on which the case was submitted for processing.
Next 6 digits indicate a random number assigned to the case by the iCERT System.
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