PERM, prevailing wage processing updates

6 May 19

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 February and earlier are now being adjudicated, according to the department. Audit reviews are being conducted on applications filed in October and earlier, and appeals filed in December and earlier are being reviewed for reconsideration.

Average PERM processing times in April:

  • Adjudication – 99 days.
  • Audit review – 212 days.

PWD Processing: The National Prevailing Wage Center is currently processing requests filed in January 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 March:

  • H-1B – 118 days (OES), 123 days (non-OES).
  • PERM – 118 days (OES), 117 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’s published processing times. BAL is seeing approvals for PERM applications filed in February and earlier and is seeing PWDs for requests filed in January 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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