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 “Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders.”
The employer filed a LC which was accepted for processing on May 17, 2007. ETA Form 9089 indicated that the position was a nonprofessional occupation. The CO denied certification on the grounds that the job order was not placed with the State Workforce Agency (SWA) for a period of 30 days in violation of the regulations. The Employer responded by requesting reconsideration stating that it had placed two different job orders but did not provide any supporting evidence that reflected proof of either of the posting dates listed on Form 9089. The Employer further added that “any errors are immaterial and minor in the overall effect and outcome of the labor certification.” The CO issued a letter of reconsideration finding that the application was denied because the job order placed with the SWA was not posted for a period of 30 days.
PERM Regulation 20 C.F.R. § 656.17 (e) controls and it provides:
(2) Nonprofessional occupations: If the application is for a nonprofessional occupation, the employer must at a minimum, place a job order and two newspaper advertisements within 6 months of filing the application. The steps must be conducted at least 30 days but no more than 180 days before the filing of the application.
(i) Job Order. Placing a job order with the SWA serving the area of intended employment for a period of 30 days. The start and end dates of the job order entered on the application serve as documentation of this step.
In the instant case, the Employer did not place the job order with the SWA for a period of 30 days. As Form 9089 indicates, the first job order was placed for only a period of 29 days, and the second job order would have run afoul of the regulations, as it was filed less than 30 days before submission of the application. Additionally, the Employer did not produce any evidence of either of the job orders. BALCA stated that failure to post a job order for a period of thirty days is a substantive violation of the regulations.
Accordingly, the Board affirmed the decision of the CO in denying labor certification.