It looks like there will be a delay in the launch of the new iCert PERM portal for processing labor certifications (LCs). As planned, the new LCA system will launch on April 15, 2009, when employers and attorneys can set up their iCert accounts and begin submitting the new LCA forms through the iCert portal. A month after its launch of the LCA portal, as of May 15, 2009, LCAs will only be accepted through the iCert system. The existing LCA online system will continue to accept LCA filings through May 14, 2009, at which time it will only be online for case status checks and LCA withdrawals.
Employers and applicants should be aware of the upcoming changes to both the LCA and PERM/LC processes. We will continue to track changes to the DOL’s iCert portal system and will update our readers.