Labor Condition Application Law and Legal Definition

All H-1B visa petitioners have to apply and receive preliminary approval, called a Labor Condition Application (LCA), from the Department of Labor for receiving subsequent visa approval. Submitting and receiving approval of the LCA through the US Department of Labor (DOL) is the first of two main steps in the H-1B application process.

LCA is used by employers as supporting evidence for the petition for an H-1B visa. Only first issuance H-1B visas are subject to the legislated numeric limitation. Since January of 2002 employers have had the option to file H-1B applications through the LCA E-File online system or through automated fax system.