The Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) reminded employers and other interested stakeholders on June 23, 2021, that the three-day filing window to submit an H-2B Application for Temporary Employment Certification (Form ETA-9142B and appendices) requesting a work start date of October 1, 2021, will open on July 3, 2021, at 12 a.m. ET and close on July 5, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. ET. This three-day period is the earliest an employer may file an application for an October 1, 2021, work start date, which is the first day of the semiannual visa allotment for the first half of fiscal year 2022. OFLC said that employers seeking start dates of October 2, 2021, or later must comply with the timeliness requirements at 20 CFR § 655.15(b).

OFLC said that H-2B applications requesting an October 1, 2021, work start date will be denied if they are filed before the start date.

OFLC will randomly order for processing all H-2B applications requesting a work start date of October 1, 2021, that are filed during the three-day filing window using randomization procedures published in the Federal Register on March 4, 2019.

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