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[Federal Register: January 7, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 5)]
[Page 1473-1474]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access []



Employment and Training Administration

Information Regarding the Relocation of Foreign Labor 
Certification Staff in the Atlanta and Chicago Regional Offices to the 
Atlanta and Chicago National Processing Centers

AGENCY: Employment and Training Administration, Labor.

ACTION:  Notice.


SUMMARY: The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the 
Department of Labor (Department or DOL) is issuing this Notice to 
announce that DOL has moved its foreign labor certification field staff 
in the Atlanta and Chicago Regional Offices to the new Atlanta and 
Chicago National Processing Centers. This Notice provides the public in 
the Atlanta and Chicago regions with contact information regarding 
these two new processing centers. All foreign labor certification 
processing activities previously conducted in the Atlanta and Chicago 
Regional Offices will now be assumed by the corresponding Atlanta or 
Chicago National Processing Centers.
    The regulation to implement the re-engineered permanent labor 
certification program was published in the Federal Register on December 
27, 2004. The National Processing Centers will continue current 
functions on an interim basis and ETA will provide additional guidance 
as to the handling of cases which will be filed under the new rule as 
well as backlogged permanent labor certification cases.
    Employers in the Atlanta and Chicago regions requesting H-2A 
workers should simultaneously submit H-2A applications to their 
appropriate State Workforce Agency (SWA) and respective National 
Processing Center. These H-2A applications should no longer be 
submitted to ETA's Atlanta or Chicago Regional Offices. Employers in 
the Atlanta and Chicago regions requesting either permanent or H-2B 
workers should continue, until ETA publishes future guidance on this 
issue, to file permanent and H-2B applications with the appropriate 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Carlson, Chief, Division of 
Foreign Labor Certification, Employment and Training Administration, 
200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room C-4312, Washington, DC 20210; 
Telephone: (202) 693-3010 (this is not a toll-free number).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The two National Processing Centers opened 
as of December 13, 2004, and assumed, on an interim basis, 
responsibility for processing Applications for Alien Employment 
Certification (ETA Form 750) for permanent employment, and H-2A, and H-
2B applications previously processed by ETA's Atlanta and Chicago 
Regional Offices. The two new National Processing Centers will handle 
permanent labor certification cases to be filed under the soon-to-be 
effective regulation implementing the new permanent labor certification 
    As recently announced, ETA has issued a new form to be used when 
filing applications under the H-1B and H-1B1 programs. Please see 69 FR 
69412 published on November 29, 2004, for additional details. The 
mailing address and fax number for H-1B and H-1B1 case processing 
operations remain the same. The H-1B and H-1B1 address and fax number 
are: ETA Application Processing Center, P.O. Box 13640, Philadelphia, 
PA 19101, Fax: (800) 397-0478.
ADDRESSES: The following new addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers 
should be used by employers and by SWAs for either inquiries or for the 
forwarding of application materials, as appropriate. Please note: for 
all application materials, inquiries, and other correspondence sent to 
either the Atlanta or Chicago National processing Center, envelopes 
should be clearly marked according to the appropriate program type, 
i.e., permanent, H-2A, or H-2B.
    Atlanta Processing Center Address: U.S. Department of Labor 
Employment and Training Administration, Foreign Labor Certification 
National Processing Center, Harris Tower, 233 Peachtree Street, Suite 
410, Atlanta, Georgia 30303, Phone: (404) 893-0101, Fax: (404) 893-

[[Page 1474]]

    Chicago Processing Center Address: U.S. Department of Labor 
Employment and Training Administration, Foreign Labor Certification 
National Processing Center, 844 North Rush Street, 12th Floor, Chicago, 
Illinois 60611, Phone: (312) 886-8000, Fax: (312) 886-1688.

    Signed in Washington, DC, this 3rd day of January, 2005.
Emily Stover DeRocco,
Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration.
[FR Doc. 05-332 Filed 1-6-05; 8:45 am]