|Submitted||Aug. 4, 2016|
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To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
Copies of all applications for H1-B visas from 1995-2000. Applications from 2000-2007 are available through www.flcdatacenter.com, while applications from 2006 to the present are available through www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov. However, more historic applications are not currently available.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.
Your request has been assigned to our Employment and Training Administration (ETA) with tracking number 811126. When they begin processing it, you will be able to track its progress at www.dol.gov/foia<http://www.dol.gov/foia>. If you need to contact them about it for any reason, please submit your inquiry through firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> or phone 202-693-3705. In addition, it would be helpful to include the tracking number in the Subject line of any submission to the agency or to have it available at the time of a call.
Government Information Specialist, Office of Information Services
Office of the Solicitor | Management & Administrative Legal Services
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Avenue NW, Rm. N2420
Washington, DC 20210
(202) 693-5442 (O) | (202) 693-5389 (F) | firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> (E)
Department of Labor
Employment and Training Administration
Office of Foreign Labor Certification
August 19, 2016
DEPT MR 27634
411 A Highland Avenue
Somerville, Massachusetts 02144-2516
Sent Via Email (firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>)
RE: Freedom of Information Act Response Letter
Tracking Number 811126 - Subject: H-1B Visa Applications 1995 - 2000
Dear Ms. Aheam:
Thank you for your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated August 4, 2016, which was sent to the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) on August 9, 2016, for processing. You requested copies of aged documents regarding H- 1B Visa Applications filed with the Department from 1995 to 2000.
Currently, the iCert Visa Portal System is used to retain temporary Employment Certifications, but our August 18, 2016, as well as previous similar searches of this system did not yield any responsive records; therefore, we must provide a "no records" response to your request. While OFLC retains actual applications and records for five years following final disposition, aged records and images are destroyed thereafter, in accordance with retention schedules. Aggregated Disclosure Data is preserved on a more permanent basis and OFLC has proactively released this data to the public on our websites, in advance of FOIA requests. You can access limited text versions of aged disclosure files dating back as far as 2001 on the Foreign Labor Certification Data Center Online Wage Library at: http://www.flcdatacenter.com/. The information is catalogued according to temporary programs and years.
Although you have not been denied access to any physical record, you may file an appeal with the Solicitor of Labor within 90 days from the date of this letter. You may direct your appeal, clearly marked as "FOIA Appeal" as follows: via fax to (202) 693-5538; via e-mail to FOIAAppeals@dol.gov<mailto:FOIAAppeals@dol.gov>; or, by regular mail to the Solicitor of Labor, Division of Management and Administrative Legal Services, Room N-2420, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20210. Your appeal must state the grounds for the appeal, and include supporting statements/arguments, a copy of your original and/or revised request, and a copy of this letter.
I hope this information is helpful
FOIA Program Manager
Office of Foreign Labor Certification