Will Sequestration Affect the Processing of Labor Certifications?

On April 11, 2013, representatives from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) and the Department of Labor (“DOL”) met to discuss the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (“OFLC”). In this meeting, AILA questioned whether the DOL employee furloughs that are expected to occur as a result of sequestration will affect the processing of labor certifications at the OFLC. The DOL stated that it has plans in place to ensure that it meets its regulatory and statutory requirements. It is currently within its processing time goals and is developing further plans to maintain these processing goals when sequestration occurs. Based on these comments, we remain hopeful that sequestration will not impact the processing of labor certification cases.

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