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Foreign Labor Application Gateway

This newly-modernized portal will help U.S. employers find qualified workers while ensuring protections for U.S. and foreign workers.


The Foreign Labor Application Gateway (FLAG) is a cloud-based portal designed to replace OFLC's current iCERT System and will serve as the new application filing and case management solution for all foreign labor certification programs. Enhancements will include:

User Accounts

Form Preparation

Case Alerts

Improved Access
to OFLC Decisions

Latest Announcements

June 14, 2018

OFLC Announces Webinar on June 21, 2019, to Demonstrate the Foreign Labor Application Gateway System

As part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s compliance assistance and technology modernization initiatives, the Foreign Labor Application Gateway (FLAG) System will replace the iCERT System in order to improve customer service and modernize the foreign labor certification process. With regards to the H-2B program, this enhanced platform will be effective on July 3, 2019. The Employment and Training Administration’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification invites stakeholders to participate in a webinar demonstrating the FLAG System and provide an opportunity for stakeholders to ask questions through an online chat room.

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June 6, 2018

OFLC Announces New H-2B Application Forms For Use Beginning July 3, 2019, and Schedule for Electronic Filing in the FLAG System

The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) has received OMB approval for revisions to the H-2B Application for Temporary Employment Certification (Form ETA-9142B) and corresponding appendices, and related forms and instructions. These revisions will better align information collection requirements with the Department’s regulations, provide greater clarity to employers on regulatory requirements, standardize and streamline information collection to reduce employer time and burden preparing applications, and promote greater efficiency and transparency in OFLC’s review and issuance of labor certification decisions under the H-2B program. This new form must be used for all new H-2B applications beginning July 3, 2019.

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What's Coming Soon...

January - March 2019

  • FLAG Registration and Beta

    Ability to create your account and explore the future-state FLAG portal without the ability to file applications.

  • CW-1 filing in FLAG

    Ability to file applications electronically for the new CW-1 visa program only.

April - June 2019

  • H-2B and Prevailing Wage filing in FLAG

    Ability to file Prevailing Wage applications (e.g., ETA-9141) and new OMB-approved H-2B applications (e.g., ETA-9142B).

  • H-2A filing in FLAG

    Ability to file new OMB-approved applications electronically for H-2A program (e.g., ETA-9142A).

July - September 2019

  • H-1B filing in FLAG

    Ability to file applications electronically for H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 programs (e.g., ETA-9035).

October - December 2019

Disclaimer: Schedule is estimated and may be subject to change. Timeline above not to scale.