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H1B Visas: Revised Labor Condition Application (LCA) and Related Forms

More changes coming. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently published a proposed revision of ETA Form 9035 and its instructions. Form 9035 is more commonly known as the Labor Condition Application (LCA), and is required for all H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 visa petitions. The proposed revisions would, among other things, limit the maximum number of workers who could be covered on a single LCA to no more than 10, and require that the intended worker(s) be identified by name on the LCA form prior to filing.

These are significant changes. The current rules allow a single LCA to cover hundreds of workers, and there is no requirement that there be any worker-identifying information on the LCA. In addition to the proposed revisions to the ETA 9035, the DOL also released a proposed version of Form WH-4, which is used by the DOL’s Wage and Hour unit to collect complaints of possible violations of the H-1B, H-1B1 and E-3 visa programs.

The DOL indicates that the proposed changes in data collection are intended to improve enforcement and investigation of LCA violations. The DOL will accept comments on the proposed form and its changes until September 7, 2012. Expect even more delays in the preparation and filings of LCA, guess it will also affect the timing for getting H1B’s filed by the deadline. We will keep you posted.