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DOL iCert will be replaced by new FLAG System

IMPORTANT: The Department of Labor' iCert System will be replaced by the new FLAG System. Starting Oct. 1, 2019, all LCA applications for H-1B, H-1B1 and E-3 must be submitted through the FLAG System.

How do I check my labor certification case status?

iCERT case status check

If your case was filed through the Department of Labor's iCERT system, you can use DOL's iCert online tool to check the status of your PERM labor certification, Labor Condition Application (LCA for H-1B), or H-2A/H-2B Application. Your employer or attorney should have your case number to access the iCert system. Important: iCert is being replaced by the new cloud-based FLAG system (see below). If your case was filed through the new FLAG system, your employer or attorney will need to log into their FLAG account to check the status.

How long does it take to process an LCA case?

Seven days.

What is FLAG?

The Foreign Labor Application Gateway (FLAG) is a cloud-based portal designed to replace OFLC's current iCERT System and will serve as the new application filing and case management solution for all foreign labor certification programs.

Throughout 2019, online filing of labor certification will gradually move to the FLAG system. CW-1 is the first, followed by H-2B, H-2A, and finally H-1B, H-1B1 and E-3.

My case should have been approved by now, can I contact DOL?

If your case is at least 3 months outside the current processing window, you may send an email to [email protected] and inquire about your case status.

What is an iCERT case number?

When your employer submits an application online, the iCERT system generates a unique case number. You must have this number to check the status of your application online.

An iCERT case number contains 15 digits and is in this format: G-100-yyyyy-ZZZZZZ

  • The first digit represents the category of the iCERT case:
    • G: PERM Application
    • I: Labor Condition Application (LCA)
    • H: H-2A and H-2B Applications
  • The next 3-digit number represents a subcategory:
    • 100 = Basic PERM Application
    • 101 = PERM Application for Professional Athletes
    • 200 = H-1B
    • 201 = H-1B1 Chile
    • 202 = H-1B1 Singapore
    • 203 = E-3 Australian
    • 300 = H-2A
    • 400 = H-2B
  • The next 5 digits (yyyyy) indicate the Julian Date on which the iCERT case was submitted
  • The last 6 digits (ZZZZZZ) indicate a serial number randomly assigned by the iCERT System.
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