The Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ) adjudicates several types of immigration-related cases that originate from the Employment and Training Administration. The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA) principally hears appeals brought by employers whose applications to certify non-U.S. citizens to work in the U.S. have been denied.

Individual ALJs also adjudicate cases involving non-immigrant worker programs, such as H-1B, H-2A and H-2B cases brought by the Wage and Hour Division. See Information for Aliens and Employers.

Interested persons may obtain information about the status of a BALCA appeal or immigration case by using the Case Status Lookup.

Laws and Policies



  • Federal Court Decisions
    Selected decisions relating to permanent and temporary alien labor certification.
  • ACM Decisions
    Decisions involving enforcement of the limitations imposed on employers using alien crew members for longshore activities in U.S. ports; Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. 1288(c) and (d); 20 C.F.R. Part 655, Subpart G (D cases)
  • ARN Decisions
    Decisions involving attestations by facilities using nonimmigrant aliens as registered nurses; Immigration Nursing Relief Act of 1989; 20 C.F.R. Part 655, Subparts D and E (H1-A cases), and 20 C.F.R. Part 655, Subparts L and M (H1-C cases)
  • ETA, ESA, JSA and WPA Decisions
    Decisions involving the Job Service Complaint System; Wagner-Peyser Act of 1933, as amended, 29 U.S.C. 49 et seq.; 38 U.S.C. Chapters 41 and 42; 20 C.F.R. Part 658
  • JSW Decisions
    Appeals of prevailing wage determinations made by the ETA at the request of the Wage and Hour Division pursuant to 20 C.F.R. §655.731(d) during the course of an investigation into an employer's H-1B Labor Condition Application (LCA). These appeals reference the procedures used in Job Service Complaint System hearings.
  • LCA Decisions
    Decisions involving labor condition applications and requirements for employers using aliens on H-1B visas in specialty occupations; 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b), 1182(n); 20 C.F.R. Part 655, Subparts H and I
  • PED Decisions
    Debarment and revocation appeals relating to PERM, H-1B, and H-2B labor certification programs; 20 C.F.R. § 655.31(e)(4) and (5); 20 C.F.R. § 655.182(f)(2) and (3); 20 C.F.R. § 655.171(b) and 655.181(b)(2) and (3); 20 C.F.R. §§ 656.26(a), 656.31(f), 656.32.
  • PWD Decisions
    Prevailing Wage Determination appeals relating to PERM, H-1B, and H-2B labor certification applications
  • TAE Decisions
    Decisions involving temporary alien employment arising under the Immigration & Nationality Act, 8 USC 1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a); 1188(c) (H-2A and H-2B visas - ESA enforcement actions) [29 C.F.R. Part 501]
  • TLC Decisions
    Decisions involving temporary labor certification arising under 8 USC 1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a); 1188(c) (H-2A visas - ETA actions) [20 C.F.R. Part 655, Subpart B]
  • TLN Decisions
    Decisions involving temporary labor certification arising under 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(b) (H-2B visa - ETA actions) [20 C.F.R. Part 655, Subpart A]
  • TNE Decisions
    Decisions involving temporary nonagricultural alien employment (H-2B visas) - WHD enforcement actions [20 C.F.R. § 655.71]
  • For decisions involving the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Workers Protection Act ("MSP"), see the Miscellaneous Traditional caselist.

Job Descriptions

Wage Information

Additional Information

Employment and Training Administration (ETA)

Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

Office of the Solicitor (SOL)