The U.S. Department of Labor issues a Labor Conditions Application (LCA) or Labor Conditions Certification (LCC) to companies that plan on hiring foreign workers. This certificate gives the company the right to hire employees who are not U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. Once the company has the certificate, the company can sponsor workers to visit the United States with a visa.
Before issuing a Labor Conditions Certification, the Department of Labor will determine whether a company needs to hire a foreign worker. The Department of Labor will verify that an American worker was unable or unwilling to do the job. The Certification also shows that the foreign worker’s salary will be on par with the salary of a U.S. worker. This protects the foreign worker from unsafe or unfair work environments.