DOL Plans Randomized Processing Of H-2B Visa Applications

Law360 (February 26, 2019, 10:53 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Labor announced on Tuesday a proposal to stop processing applications for H-2B visas on a first-come-first-served basis, instead assigning the applications a random place in the processing queue.

The agency said in a Tuesday press release that the proposed change comes in response to an incident in early January when the Office of Foreign Labor Certification’s iCERT filing system crashed due to “unprecedented demand” for the H-2B visas typically sought for workers in fields such as hospitality and tourism.

“Because of the intense competition for H-2B visas in recent years, there have been challenges to handle the...

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