BOOCHEVER, Circuit Judge:
Lord Jim's petitions
On January 22, 1982, the NLRB entered a final order dismissing the underlying unfair labor practice complaint against Lord Jim's, thereby triggering the thirty-day time limit under the EAJA:
5 U.S.C. § 504(a)(2). Although Lord Jim's contends that its application for attorney's fees was mailed February 19, 1982, and was received in the NLRB Regional Office on February 22, 1982, the NLRB found that it did not receive the application in its Washington, D.C. office until February 24, 1982, more than thirty days after entry of the final disposition in the underlying proceeding.
II. STANDARD OF REVIEW
This court has jurisdiction over the underlying unfair labor practices adjudication under section 10(f) of the National Labor Relations Act, 29 U.S.C. § 160(f), and thus over the award of fees under the EAJA. 5 U.S.C. § 504(c)(2). We may modify an agency fee determination only if we find that the agency abused its discretion. Id. Lord Jim's, however, challenges the constitutionality of the NLRB's filing requirements. This due process challenge and the NLRB's conclusion that it lacked jurisdiction involve questions of law and are subject to de novo review. See Columbia Manufacturing Corp. v. NLRB, 715 F.2d 1409, 1410 (9th Cir.1983) (per curiam); but see Monark Boat Co. v. NLRB, 708 F.2d 1322, 1326 (8th Cir.1983).
III. PROVISION AS JURISDICTIONAL
Lord Jim's contends that the thirty-day filing period should be liberally construed, as if it were a statute of limitations. We disagree. The thirty-day period is jurisdictional, see Columbia Manufacturing, 715 F.2d at 1410, and the NLRB therefore has no authority to act on applications filed beyond this period.
IV. NLRB REGULATIONS
Lord Jim's also attacks several NLRB rules and regulations as violative of due process. First, Lord Jim's argues that the NLRB's failure to notify it more promptly of the final disposition denied it its statutory rights and that the thirty-day period should not begin until the party has actual notice of the disposition. Because the EAJA time limitation is jurisdictional, the NLRB does not have the power to toll the time period until parties receive actual notice. Otherwise, the NLRB would have to read the statute to permit a filing "within thirty days after receipt of notice of a final disposition," see Monark Boat, 708 F.2d at 1327-28 (emphasis in original), and this would expand jurisdiction. In this case Lord Jim's received notice of the NLRB's decision at the latest within seven days,
Lord Jim's next contends that the NLRB's requirement that an EAJA application be received by the NLRB in Washington, D.C., rather than merely in a regional office, 29 C.F.R. § 102.148 (1984), violates due process by preventing equal access to statutory rights. Congress, however, in enacting the EAJA, permitted each agency to establish procedures for the processing of applications that are consistent with its existing organization. 5 U.S.C. § 504(c)(1); see also 46 Fed.Reg. 15,895 (1981) (Chairman of Administrative Conference noted agency regulations cannot be identical). The NLRB's requirement that EAJA applications be filed in its central office is consistent with its existing procedures and does not generally prejudice parties. We hold that the requirement as applied in this case does not violate due process.
Finally, Lord Jim's contends that the NLRB's requirement of receipt, not merely mailing, of an application for attorney's fees within thirty days after entry of the final disposition violates due process. The EAJA requires only that a party seeking attorney's fees "submit" an application within thirty days, 5 U.S.C. § 504(a)(2); neither it nor the legislative history defines the term. The NLRB, under 29 C.F.R. § 102.148(a) (1984), interpreted "submit" to mean "file," which under NLRB regulations, 29 C.F.R. § 102.114(b) (1984), means that the application "must be received by the Board...." The Eighth Circuit in Monark Boat, 708 F.2d at 1328-29, upheld this interpretation as consistent with cases holding that a document is filed in a court only when it is received, not when it is mailed. See, e.g., In re Bad Bubba Racing Products, Inc., 609 F.2d 815, 816 (5th Cir.1980); United States v. Easement and Right-of-Way, 386 F.2d 769, 771 (6th Cir.1967), cert. denied, 390 U.S. 947, 88 S.Ct. 1034, 19 L.Ed.2d 1136 (1968). But cf. EAJA rules for the FCC, 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.4(e), 1.1521 (1984)(application to be filed in same manner as other pleadings in the proceeding); and OSHA, 29 C.F.R. §§ 2200.8(c), 2204 (1984)(filing deemed effected at the time of mailing). We agree that the NLRB's interpretation complies with due process.
Lord Jim's petition for review of the NLRB's order dismissing an application for an award under the EAJA is