PERM, prevailing wage determination processing updates

4 May 18

UNITED STATES

The Labor Department has posted processing times current as of April 30 for permanent labor certification (PERM) applications and prevailing wage determination (PWD) requests.

PERM processing: Applications filed in December and earlier are now being adjudicated, according to the department. Audit reviews are being conducted on applications filed in August and earlier, and appeals filed in April and earlier are being reviewed for reconsideration.

Average PERM processing times in April:

  • Adjudication – 147 days.
  • Audit review – 251 days.

PWD Processing: The National Prevailing Wage Center is currently processing requests filed in February and earlier for H-1B and PERM cases. Redeterminations are being considered on appeals filed in March and earlier for H-1B and PERM cases. Center director reviews are being conducted on appeals filed in February and earlier for PERM cases. The department reported that it had no center director reviews pending for H-1B cases.

Average times for issuance of prevailing wage determinations in April:

  • H-1B – 76 days (OES), 80 days (non-OES).
  • PERM – 76 days (OES), 75 days (non-OES).

The Labor Department reports PERM and PWD processing time frames on its iCERT page.

BAL Analysis: BAL’s internal case tracking is consistent with the Labor Department processing times. BAL is seeing approvals for PERM applications filed in December and is awaiting PWDs for requests filed in February and earlier.

This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice group. For additional information, please contact berryapplemanleiden@balglobal.com.

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