Today at Berkeley Lab

New Export Control Certification Requirement

Effective today, February 22, 2011, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) requires that employers, including all University of California campuses and Berkeley Lab, certify they have reviewed the U.S. export control regulations and have determined whether a license is required to release controlled technology or technical data to applicable non-immigrant workers. This certification requirement now appears on Form I-129, which is used for the petition application of H-1B, L-1, and O-1A visas. At this time, the requirement is not extended to other types of visas.

To ensure that Berkeley Lab is in full compliance with this requirement, the International Researchers and Scholars Office (IRSO) in conjunction with the Lab’s Export Control Officer, Nancy Ware, have developed a certification questionnaire that will be provided to each Principal Investigator (PI) or supervisor sponsoring an H-1B petition on behalf of a non-immigrant worker. The questionnaire must be completed and returned to IRSO before the petition can be filed.

The IRSO staff will work closely with the sponsoring PIs/supervisors and the applicable HR Center to ensure appropriate handling of each case as well as provide advice on alternatives to H-1B petitions that may be more time and/or cost effective.

For questions concerning this requirement or the export control regulations, contact Nancy Ware, Berkeley Lab Export Control Officer (x7096; NMWare@lbl.gov) or Wade Crosson, HR Service Center Manager (x7301; WMCrosson@lbl.gov).