- Posted October 17, 2013 by
Jersey City, New Jersey
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shutdown over: What next?
DOL iCert still down inspite of reopening the government - Update
- dsashin, CNN iReport producer
Update - Thanks to CNN for approving this report and taking this up. The DOL iCERT portal is finally up and running now. Thanks, Navneet!
After all the drama over the last 15 days the government has finally opened but the pain has not ended.
The DOL site for filing LCA's says - http://icert.doleta.gov/
"The iCERT system is currently unavailable
This Web application is currently unavailable due to the suspension of Federal government services. It will be available again when the Federal government resumes operations. "
There are certain immigration issues that are associated with the U.S. Department of Labor before any nonimmigrants in H-1B can deal with the USCIS. For instance, currently H-1B extension cannot be filed without a "certified" labor condition application which is handled by the DOL. When it comes to this issue, there are two types of H-1B professionals: One involves those who have filed the required LCA with the DOL but cannot obtain certification and cannot file H-1B extension.The other involves the H-1B who has yet to file LCA and cannot file LCA now because the DOL does not take in any application online or by mail. In the meantime, their current H-1B status is running out. AILA has been seeking a help from the USCIS to allow filing of H-1B extension without a "certified" labor condition application. The USCIS remains mum. The story does not end there. There are some H-1B professionals who are approaching H-1B six-year limit. The only ways they can extend their H-1B status include three options: One is to leave and stay out of the country to stretch out the reach of six year limit.
This is totally unacceptable given the fact that the all the employees were asked to report back. They have also been offered back wages as part of the deal so that no one has to go through hardships. Then why is it that other people should face hardships even after the circus has ended.
This is the painful state that we are in and there is no reprieve.
I would request CNN to take this up.