BALCA upholds denial of Labor Certification – Job Order Placement Period Insufficient

The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA) recently affirmed the final determination of a Certifying Officer (CO) denying labor certification (LC) for an alien worker for the position of “Financial Manager.”

The employer filed an application for LC which was accepted for processing on April 12, 2007. Form 9089 provided that the State Workforce Job Order had a start date of February 5, 2005 and an end date of February 13, 2005. The CO thereafter denied certification on several grounds, one being that the Job Order was not placed for a period of 30 days as required by the governing regulations.

PERM Regulation 20 C.F.R. § 656.17(e)(1)(i)(A) controls and it provides that an employer must place a job order with the SWA serving the area of intended employment for a period of 30 days for professional occupations. The start and end dates of the job order entered on the application shall serve as documentation of this step.

The Employer failed to address the timing issue, and as such, the Board had to affirm the decision of the CO in denying labor certification.

To read the entire decision: Matter of Pacific Lumber Supply, Inc.