PERM, prevailing wage determination processing updates

9 Sep 16


The Labor Department has posted processing times as of Sept. 1 for permanent labor certification (PERM) applications and prevailing wage determination (PWD) requests.

  • PERM processing: The agency is currently processing analyst reviews for PERM applications filed in June 2016 and earlier. Audit reviews are being conducted on applications filed in January 2016 and earlier, and appeals filed in July 2016 and earlier are being reviewed for reconsideration. The processing queue is current for cases that have been appealed based on government error.
  • PWD processing: The National Prevailing Wage Center is currently processing requests for prevailing wage determinations filed in May 2016 and earlier for H-1B and PERM cases. Redeterminations are being considered on appeals filed in May 2016 and earlier for H-1B and PERM cases. Center Director Reviews are being conducted on appeals filed in May 2016 for H-1B and PERM cases.

The Labor Department reports PERM and prevailing wage determination processing time frames on its iCERT web 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 June 2016 or earlier and  awaiting prevailing wage determinations for requests filed in May 2016.

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

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