FLAG System to Replace ICERT in Processing LCAs, starting October 1st

As part of the Office of Foreign Labor Certification ‘s (OFLC) technology modernization initiative, the FLAG System has been developed to replace the legacy iCERT System.

Employers and employer representatives must begin use of OFLC’s FLAG System for the Labor Condition Application (LCA) programs covering the H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 visa classifications starting October 1.

  • Beginning September 16, 2019, the FLAG System's LCA Program Module will be enabled to begin preparing H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 applications using the Form ETA-9035E. However, the FLAG System will not permit the submission of LCA applications until 12:00 pm (ET) on October 1, 2019.

  • OFLC will continue to accept online submissions of the Form ETA-9035E through the iCERT System until 11:59 am (ET) on October 1, 2019. The ability to submit LCA applications using the iCERT System will be deactivated at 12:00 pm (ET) on that date.

  • OFLC will process all LCA applications submitted through the iCERT System, and stakeholders will be able to access their iCERT System accounts to check the status of applications submitted through the iCERT System.

  • Foreign Labor Application Gateway (FLAG) is a cloud-based portal designed to improve customer service, and modernize the administration of foreign labor certification programs.

This is an update provided by KNG Law. Employers with any questions about labor condition application (LCA) requirements for the H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 visa programs, please email info@kngarcialaw.com.