The DOL’s Employment and Training Administration issued an interim final rule on April 16, 2009 to extend the transition period of the application filing procedures currently in effect for all H-2A employers with a date of need on or before July 1, 2009, as established in the H-2A final rule published on December 18, 2008, and in effect as of January 17, 2009. The transition period has been extended to include all employers with a date of need on or before January 1, 2010. Comments about the rule must be submitted by May 18, 2009.

The interim final rule is available here.