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Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Labor Condition Application for Nonimmigrant Workers

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ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(A)). This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Office of National Programs is soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension of the collection for ETA form 9035—Labor Condition Application for Nonimmigrant Workers. A copy of the proposed Information Collection Request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addressee section of this notice.

DATES:

Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the addressee's section below on or before October 24, 2005.

ADDRESSES:

William L. Carlson, Chief, Division of Foreign Labor Certification, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room C-4312, Washington, DC 20210. Mr. Carlson may be reached at (202) 693-3010; this is not a toll-free number.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Gregory Wilson, Program Analyst, Division of Foreign Labor Certification, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room C-4312, Washington, DC 20210. Mr. Wilson may also be reached at (202) 693-3010; this is not a toll-free number.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

The Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA) requires that before any foreign worker may be admitted or otherwise provided status as an H-1B, H-1B1, or E-3 nonimmigrant the prospective employer must have filed with the Department of Labor (Department) a Labor Condition Application (LCA). Employers must state on the LCA that they will offer prevailing wages and working conditions, that there is not a strike or lockout in the course of a labor dispute in the occupational classification at the place of employment, and that they have provided notice of filing in conspicuous locations at the place of employment. Further, the employer must make certain documentation available for public examination. The Department's review of each LCA filed is limited by law solely to a review for completeness or “obvious inaccuracies.” Complaints may be filed with the Department alleging a violation of the LCA process. If reasonable cause is found to believe a violation has been committed, the Department will conduct an investigation and, if appropriate, assess penalties. The INA places a limit on the number of foreign workers who can be admitted to the United States on H-1B, H-1B1, or E-3 visas. The INA generally limits H-1B workers to a maximum of a six-year duration of stay under H-1B status, although extensions are permitted for certain foreign workers on whose behalf a labor certification or employment-based immigrant petition has been pending for 365 days or more. The INA requires that the Department make available for public examination in Washington, DC, a list of employers which have filed LCAs.

II. Review Focus

Currently, the Department is soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension of the collection for ETA form 9035—Labor Condition Application for Nonimmigrant Workers. The Department is particularly interested in comments which:

  • Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;
  • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information Start Printed Page 49318including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
  • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and
  • Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses.

A copy of the proposed ICR can be obtained by contacting the office listed above in the addressee section of this notice.

III. Current Actions

Type of Review: Extension with change.

Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Labor.

Title: Labor Condition Application for Nonimmigrant Workers.

OMB Number: 1205-0310.

Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit institutions; Federal government; State, local, or tribal government.

Form: ETA 9035.

Total Respondents: 200,000.

Frequency of Response: On occasion.

Total Responses: 325,200.

Average Burden Hours per Response: 45 minutes.

Estimate Total Annual Burden Hours: 279,170.

Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval of the ICR; they will also become a matter of public record.

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Dated: August 17, 2005.

Emily Stover DeRocco,

Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration.

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[FR Doc. 05-16691 Filed 8-22-05; 8:45 am]

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