Labor Department posts PERM, prevailing wage processing updates

5 Apr 22

UNITED STATES

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

PERM Processing: As of March 31, the department was adjudicating applications filed in September and earlier, conducting audit reviews on applications filed in July and earlier, and reviewing appeals for reconsideration filed in October and earlier.

Average PERM processing times:

  • Adjudication – 182 days.
  • Audit review – 283 days.

PWD Processing: As of March 31, the National Prevailing Wage Center was processing PWD requests filed in October and earlier for H-1B (OES) cases, September and earlier for H-1B (non-OES) cases, October and earlier for PERM (OES) cases and August and earlier for PERM (non-OES) cases, according to the Labor Department. Redeterminations were being considered on appeals filed February and earlier for H-1B cases and PERM cases. Center director reviews were being conducted for PERM cases filed in February and earlier.

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 September and earlier and is starting to see PWDs for requests filed in October and earlier for H-1B (OES) cases, September and earlier for H-1B (non-OES) cases, October and earlier for PERM (OES) cases and August and earlier for PERM (non-OES) cases.

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

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