BALCA upholds denial of Labor Certification – Job Order Placed 184 days prior to CO’s date stamp

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 nonprofessional position of “Drywall taper.”

The employer filed a LC which was mailed on September 20, 2006 and accepted for processing on September 22, 2006. ETA Form 9089 indicated that the State Workforce Agency (SWA) job order was run from March 22, 2006 through March 26, 2006. The CO issued a denial letter on July 5, 2007 on the basis that the job order was completed more than 180 days prior to the submission of the labor application.

PERM Regulation 20 C.F.R. § 656.17(e)(2) controls and it provides that if the application is for a nonprofessional occupation, the employer must place a job order no more than 180 days before the filing of the application. Furthermore, the filing date for a mailed application is the date the CO stamps it as received, not the postmark date. In the instant case, the SWA job order was placed 184 days prior to the CO’s date stamp. Even if the date was calculated from when the employer shipped the application, the SWA job order was still untimely.

Accordingly, the Board affirmed the decision of the CO in denying labor certification.

Matter of The Drywall Doctors