This is another interesting decision handed down recently by the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA). In May the Department of Labor's appeals arm handled a case which spoke to the importance of clearly providing evidence for why local recruitment efforts came up short. For our friends in and around Columbus it is yet another instance of why expert counsel is so critical in the employment certification process.
In September of 2007 a company filed an Application for Alien Employment Certification for a position titled "Software Engineer." According to the Employer, the position required a Master's degree in Computer Science and either two years experience in the specific job offered or a "suitable combination of education, training, or experience."
Later that year a Certifying Officer (CO) issued an audit that requested all recruitment documentation, including a report required by the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.). The response from the Employer stated that two candidates were evaluated for the position. But based on the resumes submitted, their experience with respect to key web-related software "indicated a serious gap in the skill sets required to meet the goals and objectives of the company."
In September of 2009 the Employer's request was denied by the CO on five separate grounds. The CO felt the recruitment report made only a "generalized statement" about the U.S. workers not meeting the position's minimum requirements. A failure to include an "unaltered" copy of the notice of filing, wage determination and web advertisement was listed, as were three cases where the Employer's paperwork was inconsistent or lacking a requisite piece of information.
In October the Employer requested reconsideration. With that request the Employer attached an amended report explaining its rejections of the two U.S. candidates, as well as information clearing up the issues with its paperwork.
And while in June of 2010 the CO found the information regarding wage determination and job order to be acceptable, they still did not find the recruitment report met C.F.R. standards. The CO stated it did not even consider the amended recruitment report.
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