The new LCA Form (ETA-9035) will be available for use starting TODAY, April 15. However, the current version of the form will still be accepted through May 14. Starting on May 15, LCAs may be filed only through the iCERT system. DOL will disable the existing online system, but employers/attorneys will continue to have online access for case status checks and LCA withdrawals.
The most notable thing about the new LCA system is that DOL advises users to expect processing times for LCAs to increase up to 7 business days as there will be an official review and DOL certification of each LCA submitted. Employers and attorneys will need to plan accordingly.
The DOL will start accepting the new PERM Form ETA-9089 for processing on July 1. Again, the current version of the ETA-9089 will be accepted through July 31. Starting on August 1, PERM applications may be filed only through the iCERT system. DOL will disable filing functionality in the existing online system, but will continue to provide online access for case status checks and PERM application withdrawals.
The iCert portal will enable employers and attorneys or agents to set up sub-accounts for multiple users, called “associate accounts,” and assign different levels of privileges (filing, withdrawal, etc.). Each associate account user can have an individual username and password. This is a big change from the existing system where only the employer can set up a new sub-account. DOL designed the new system as an “open” system where any individual can set up an account or multiple accounts as either the “employer” or “attorney or agent”.