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H-1B Petitions Accepted Without Labor Condition Applications

Nov 16, 2009 | H-1B

On November 5, 2009, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced a temporary 120-day grace period where it will accept H-1B petitions filed without a Labor Conditions Application (“LCA”) that has been certified by the Department of Labor (“DOL”).  Normally, a certified LCA must accompany an H-1B petition.  However, since the DOL implement its new “iCERT” system, there have been delays in the processing and certification of LCAs.  As such, to petitioning employers,  USCIS will begin to accept H-1B petitions filed with uncertified LCAs for a 120-day period, commencing November 5, 2009 and through March 4, 2010.

Read the USCIS press release for more information.



Ruchi Thaker