Change of Address for the National Prevailing Wage Center: Prevailing Wage Determination Requests for Use in the E-3, H-1B, H-1B1, H-2B, and Permanent/“Green Card” Visa Programs, 5485-5486 [2016-01848]

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 21 (Tuesday, February 2, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 5485-5486]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-01848]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration


Change of Address for the National Prevailing Wage Center: 
Prevailing Wage Determination Requests for Use in the E-3, H-1B, H-1B1, 
H-2B, and Permanent/``Green Card'' Visa Programs

AGENCY: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (Department) is providing notice that 
the Office of Foreign Labor Certification's National Prevailing Wage 
Center, responsible for the processing of prevailing wage determination 
requests for use in the E-3 (Australia), H-1B, H-1B1 (Chile/Singapore), 
H-2B, and the permanent/``green card'' visa programs is relocating 
within Washington, DC effective on January 11, 2016.

DATES: Effective Date: This notice is effective on January 11, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William W. Thompson, II, Acting 
Administrator, Office of Foreign Labor Certification, U.S. Department 
of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Box 12-200, Washington, DC 
20210-0001; Telephone: (202) 513-7350 (this is not a toll-free number).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) assigns specific 
responsibilities to the U.S. Secretary of Labor for the administration 
of certain employment-based immigration programs that require a labor 
certification, a labor condition application, or a labor attestation 
(LCA). In the case of a labor

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certification, these statutory responsibilities include, determining 
that there are not able, willing, qualified and available U.S. workers 
for a position and location for which certification is being requested, 
and that the employment of the foreign worker(s) will not have an 
adverse impact on similarly employed U.S. workers.
    Employers seeking to hire foreign workers in the D-1, E-3, H-1B, H-
1B1, H-2A, H-2B, or the permanent/``green card'' visa programs must 
first apply to the Secretary of Labor to obtain a labor certification 
or for the approval of a labor condition application, or a labor 
attestation. The Secretary has delegated the responsibilities for the 
administration of these programs to the Employment and Training 
Administration's (ETA) Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC).
    Before obtaining a certification from the Department, most 
employers must first obtain a Prevailing Wage Determination (PWD) for 
the appropriate occupation and area of intended employment from OFLC. 
Since January 1, 2010, the receipt and processing of PWD requests for 
use in the E-3, H-1B, H-1B1, H-2B, and the permanent/``green card'' 
programs has been centralized in OFLC's National Prevailing Wage Center 
(NPWC) in Washington, DC.
    The purpose of this Notice is to inform the public that the NPWC is 
relocating within Washington, DC and provide a new mailing address.

II. NPWC Address

    Old Address: U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training 
Administration, Office of Foreign Labor Certification, National 
Prevailing Wage Center, 1341 G Street, Suite 201, NW., Washington, DC 
20005-3105; Telephone: (202) 693-8200; Facsimile (202) 693-8260.
    New Address: U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training 
Administration, Office of Foreign Labor Certification, National 
Prevailing Wage Center, 200 Constitution Avenue NW.; Room N-5311, 
Washington, DC 20210; Telephone: (202) 693-8200; Facsimile (202) 693-
8260.
    The NPWC is fully operational at the new address on January 11, 
2016. Affected stakeholders should direct any mailed correspondence 
addressed to the NPWC at the new address on and after January 11, 2015. 
Currently, the vast majority of PWD requests and related correspondence 
are submitted electronically to the NPWC. However, to ensure a smooth 
transition to the new address, the NPWC will rely on the standard 
United States Postal Service for mail forwarding from the old to the 
new address after the effective date of this Notice.

 III. NPWC Email Help Desk

    The change in the physical address for the NPWC will not affect the 
NPWC Email Help Desk. Members of the public who require technical 
assistance with PWD requests and/or related matters may continue to 
direct their inquiries to the National Prevailing Wage Center Help Desk 
at FLC.PWD@dol.gov.

Portia Wu,
Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration.
[FR Doc. 2016-01848 Filed 2-1-16; 8:45 am]
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