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.

Secretarial Review

Notice of Secretary's Withdrawal of Jurisdiction, Overlook Harvesting Co., LLC, 2021-TLN-00205 (Dec. 3, 2021)


Immigration and Nationality Act

Code of Federal Regulations

BALCA Administration



  • Federal Court Decisions  
    Selected decisions relating to permanent and temporary alien labor certification.
  • ACM Decisions  
    Alien crew members for longshore activities in U.S. ports (WHD enforcement actions); Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. 1288(c) and (d); 20 C.F.R. Part 655, Subpart G (D cases)
  • ARN Decisions  
    Alien 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  
    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  
    Prevailing wage determination appeals during investigation into an employer's H-1B labor condition application (LCA);  20 C.F.R. § 655.731(d)
  • LCA Decisions  
    Labor condition applications (LCA) (H-1B - WHD enforcement); 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 (PERM, H-1B, and H-2B); 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 (PERM, H-1B, and H-2B labor certification applications)
  • TAE Decisions  
    Temporary alien employment (H-2A and H-2B visas - WHD enforcement); Immigration & Nationality Act, 8 USC 1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a); 1188(c); 29 C.F.R. Part 501
  • TLC Decisions  
    Temporary labor certification determinations (H-2A visas - ETA actions); 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a); 1188(c); 20 C.F.R. Part 655, Subpart B
  • TLN Decisions  
    Temporary labor certification determinations (H-2B visa - ETA actions); 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(b); 20 C.F.R. Part 655, Subpart A
  • TNE Decisions  
    Temporary nonagricultural alien employment (H-2B visas - WHD enforcement); 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)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)