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DHS/USCIS RIN: 1615-AC63 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: Amended Rules Concerning Discretionary Review by the Secretary of Labor 

The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Labor are jointly issuing this rulemaking to extend DOL’s recently established system of discretionary Secretary of Labor review to H-2B temporary labor certification cases (H-2B cases) pending before or decided by the Department of Labor’s Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals and to make technical, conforming changes to regulations governing the timing and finality of those decisions and of decisions from the Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board in H-2B cases.  The rule will ensure consistency with the recently established discretionary review processes governing other cases under DOL’s May 2020, final rule and Secretary of Labor’s Order 01-2020. Following receipt of an adverse comment, the Departments withdrew the direct final rule on February 3, 2021 (86 FR 7927). The Departments are reviewing the public comments received.

Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
CFR Citation: 20 CFR 655    20 CFR 18    20 CFR 503   
Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(E)(iii), 1101(a)(15)(H)(i) and (ii), 8 U.S.C. 1103(a)(6), 1182(m), (n), (p), and (t), 1184(c), (g), and (j), 1188, and 1288(c) and (d)    sec. 3(c)(1), Pub. L. 101–238, 103 Stat. 2099, 2102 (8 U.S.C. 1182 note)    sec. 221(a), Pub. L. 101–649, 104 Stat. 4978, 5027 (8 U.S.C. 1184 note)    sec. 303(a)(8), Pub. L. 102–232, 105 Stat. 1733, 1748 (8 U.S.C. 1101 note)    sec. 323(c), Pub. L. 103–206, 107 Stat. 2428    sec. 412(e), Pub. L. 105–277, 112 Stat. 2681 (8 U.S.C. 1182 note)    sec. 2(d), Pub. L. 106–95, 113 Stat. 1312, 1316 (8 U.S.C. 1182 note)    29 U.S.C. 49k    Pub. L. 107–296, 116 Stat. 2135, as amended    Pub. L. 109–423, 120 Stat. 2900    8 CFR 214.2(h)(4)(i)    8 CFR 214.2(h)(6)(iii)    sec. 6, Pub. L. 115–218, 132 Stat. 1547 (48 U.S.C. 1806)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  01/04/2021  86 FR 29   
Direct Final Rule  01/04/2021  86 FR 1   
NPRM Comment Period End  01/19/2021 
Direct Final Rule; Withdrawal   02/03/2021  86 FR 7927   
Final Rule  09/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Related to 1290-AA43  Related Agencies: Joint: DOL/OS; 
Agency Contact:
Charles Nimick
Chief, Business and Foreign Workers Division, Office of Policy and Strategy
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
5900 Capital Gateway Drive, Suite 4S190,
Camp Springs, MD 20588-0009
Phone:240 721-3000