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DOL/ETA RIN: 1205-AC16 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: ●Labor Certification for Permanent Employment of Foreign Workers in the United States; Revising Schedule A to Include Updating Occupations in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)  

The Department of Labor’s (Department) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is considering updating Schedule A of the permanent labor certification process at 20 CFR 656.5 in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) occupations. For this reason, the Department is issuing this Request for Information (RFI) so that the public may provide input on whether Schedule A serves as an effective tool for addressing current labor shortages, and how the Department may create a timely, coherent, and transparent methodology for identifying STEM occupations that are experiencing labor shortages in keeping with its requirements under the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., to ensure the employment of foreign nationals does not displace U.S. workers or adversely affect their wages and working conditions. Information received from the public will help inform decisions regarding how to improve Schedule A and ensure that its purpose is met.

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
CFR Citation: 20 CFR 656   
Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Request for Information  11/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Brian Pasternak
Department of Labor
Employment and Training Administration
200 Constitution Avenue NW, Office of Foreign Labor Certification; Room N-5311, FP Building,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-8200