According to the news released by the American Immigration Lawyer＊s Association yesterday on September 13, 2005, the total number of cases forwarded to the two labor certification backlog reduction centers was approx. 345,000. In addition, there are still cases in the San Francisco and New York regional office, which will be closed in early Jan. 2006.
Approximately 90% of the cases now at the centers have had at least partial data entry. However, it is only with full data entry that the 45 day letters are sent out. There are at least 100,000 pending cases on which only partial data entry has been done. During the next few months, the Centers will be working to complete full data entry on these cases and issue the 45 day letters.
The Centers have been working RIR and traditional cases where recruitment was completed previously and no further recruitment was required. While they are not yet ready to process cases that will require recruitment, in the coming months, they will be preparing to work these cases and preparing to deal with all related issues such as prevailing wage and job orders. To date, the Centers have adjudicated tens of thousands of cases.
Email addresses have been provided to identify and bring to DOL attention special handling cases pending at the Centers. They are: