Where the employer filed the ETA Form 9089 within six months of the SWA job order, but notwithin 180 days, BALCA overturned the Certifying Officer’s denial, finding that it was unfair to punish the employer because of a potential conflict between the terms “6 months” and “180 days” found at 20 CFR §656.17(e)(2), which provides the timing requirements for when an employer must place an SWA job order and file an application for a nonprofessional occupation.

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BALCA Declines to Penalize Employer for Timing Inconsistency in 656.17(e)(2)