OFLC Announces Schedule for Electronic Filing of Prevailing Wage Requests in the Foreign Labor Application Gateway (FLAG) System
Pasricha & Patel Takeaways:
Starting on Monday, June 10, 2019, the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) will begin accepting online filings of the Prevailing Wage Determination form (ETA 9141) in the FLAG (Foreign Labor Application Gateway) system for all visa programs. The current filing method of using iCERT system will continue to be acceptable until 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, June 9, 2019. And after that, all prevailing wage determination requests must be filed using the new FLAG. And those who have not done so must first create and register a new login account using the FLAG system.
But do note that any and all Form ETA 9141 prevailing wage determination requests that were filed before 12:00 a.m. EST, Monday, June 10, 2019 are still active, and applicants can continue to access the old iCERT system accounts to check on status and progress and obtain prevailing wage determinations there.
The FLAG system has been developed by the Department of Labor to be a cloud-based system that aims to improve customer service and modernize and also keep secure the administration of foreign labor certification programs through the Employment and Training Administration (ETA)’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC).
The FLAG system will eventually add more filing options, including the filing of new H-2B non-agricultural worker applications (form ETA-9142B), and then eventually the H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 programs (i.e. the Labor Condition Application form ETA 9035) in the latter part of year 2019.
For any questions about technical assistance and materials, the OFLC has also developed various instructional videos and content to help guide the users on its usage. Interested users can also visit: http://flag.dol.gov/ for more information.
And we also encourage our readers to check with our sites for any further developments and updates about this revamped process. And you can also contact our office to schedule consultation if you have any specific questions about the employment-based immigrant petition process in general.