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DOL to Implement New System for PERM Prevailing Wage Requests

On June 10, 2019 the Department of Labor (DOL) will implement their new system for Applications for Prevailing Wage Determinations (Form ETA-9141).  The DOL has developed the Foreign Labor Application Gateway (FLAG) System as part of their technology modernization initiative.  The current system, iCERT, is decades old and the DOL believes it is not keeping pace with customer demands.  The DOL will continue to accept Form ETA-9141 through the current system, iCERT, until 11:59 p.m. EST on June 9, 2019.  All new Applications for Prevailing Wage Determinations must be submitted through FLAG beginning on June 10th. 

According to the DOL, the new FLAG system is cloud-based and will:

-provide personalized user accounts

-be accessible via mobile devices

-provide automated field population and digital document signature

-provide automated case alerts

-allow for enhanced document upload capabilities

The FLAG System will start with the Form ETA-9141 on June 10, 2019 and is expected to release to other programs in 2019.  Technical assistance materials are available at https://flag.dol.gov/

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Sarah M. Kommineni

Practice Group Associate

Sarah M. Kommineni is a Practice Group Associate who focuses on strategic immigration planning and complex matters relating to visa applications and petitions. She advises Mintz clients on immigration sponsorship and counsels them on PERM and RFE matters.