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.
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