The Department of Labor (DOL) has postponed obligatory use of the new iCERT online portal for labor condition applications (LCAs). Employers will now be able to use the legacy online system for H-1B, E-3 and H-1B1 LCAs through June 30.
The LCA component of iCERT is expected to become mandatory on July 1, 2009. The iCERT portal was initially scheduled to become obligatory for labor condition applications (LCAs) on May 15, 2009, but is being postponed so that DOL can make technological improvements to the new system.
DOL began accepting LCAs through the iCERT system on April 15, 2009. Since that date, users have reported numerous problems, including difficulties in registering to use the system, functionality that does not work or does not appear in the system, and problems in preparing LCAs for submission. In recent meetings with stakeholders, DOL officials collected comments and reports of problems. The agency has begun to make technological fixes to the iCERT portal and will likely continue to do so through June 30.
The legacy LCA system is available at http://www.lca.doleta.gov. The iCERT portal is available at http://icert.doleta.gov.