Department of Labor (DOL)

The U.S. Department of Labor has an office responsible for executing the obligations of the Secretary of Labor under Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended, related to allowing foreign workers to enter the United States for employment. The INA controls the admission of foreign workers into the country and gives the responsibility of the execution of these provisions to the Attorney General and the Secretary of State as the principal administrators. It is called the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) and is part of the Labor Department branch known as the Employment and Training Administration (ETA).

The OFLC is in charge of processing labor certification applications for employers who wish to bring foreign workers into the United States. It also decides whether or not there is enough evidence to demonstrate that there are no other U.S. workers qualified and/or not willing to take the job for the offered wage and that the foreign worker has the adequate education and skills to carry out the job. By doing so, OFLC ensures that the temporary or permanent presence of an immigrant worker will not negatively affect the job market or working conditions of United States workers in the area of employment in question.

Although employment based immigration is largely handled by the Department of Labor, it must also go through other government agencies such as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which is part of the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of State.



Aplicaciones de Trabajo:

Jueces de Derecho Administrativo y BALCA (Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals):

Informacion Laboral:

Salarios Vigentes:

H-2A: Trabajadores Agricolas (Sistema por Internet del ETA):

Regiones del Departamento de Trabajo (DOL) – ETA: