The process is the same for H1B, H1B1, & E3.
Note: The Labor Condition Application Requirement is not Labor Certification
Using Private Wage Surveys for Prevailing Wage
The process for obtaining a Labor Condition Application (LCA) from the OFLC under the H-1B, H-1B1 (Chile and Singapore), and E-3 (Australia) programs involve the following basic steps:
- Step 1: Obtain a Prevailing Wage: The required wage rate must be the higher of the actual wage rate (the rate the employer pays to all other individuals with similar experience and qualifications who are performing the same job), or the prevailing wage (a wage that is predominantly paid to workers in the same occupational classification in the area of intended employment at the time the application is filed). In addition, an employer is not permitted to pay a wage that is lower than a wage required under any other applicable Federal, State or local law. Employers are encouraged, but not required, to obtain a prevailing wage from the National Prevailing Wage Center (NPWC). For the H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 programs, a prevailing wage application may be submitted to the NPWC, or the employer may independently determine the prevailing wage at the time it files its Labor Condition Application.
- Step 2: Filing a LCA with the Chicago National Processing Center: Employers must submit a Labor Condition Application (Form ETA-9035/ 9035E) to the Dept. of Labor (DOL) electronically (unless permitted to mail in) through the FLAG system attesting to compliance with the requirements of the H-1B, H-1B1 or E-3 program. LCAs must not be submitted more than 6 months before the beginning date of the period of employment.
- Step 3: Case Processing &Next Steps: LCAs are reviewed by DOL within seven (7) working days for completeness and obvious errors or inaccuracies. Employers may check the status of applications they submitted and directly access their certified applications at any time by logging into the FLAG. Employers with certified LCAs may proceed with the process of obtaining an H-1B, H-1B1 or E-3 visa through USCIS and DOS.