Labor Department posts PERM, prevailing wage processing updates

7 May 21

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 April 30, the department was adjudicating applications filed in October and earlier, conducting audit reviews on applications filed in June and earlier, and reviewing appeals for reconsideration filed in November and earlier.

Average PERM processing times:

  • Adjudication – 221 days.
  • Audit review – 348 days.

PWD Processing: As of April 30, the National Prevailing Wage Center was processing PWD requests filed in November and earlier for H-1B and PERM cases, according to the Labor Department. Redeterminations were being considered on appeals filed in March and earlier for H-1B and PERM cases. Center director reviews were being conducted for H-1B and PERM cases filed in April and earlier.

Average times for issuance of PWDs:

  • H-1B – 145 days (OES), 129 days (non-OES).
  • PERM – 143 days (OES), 126 days (non-OES).

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 October and earlier and is starting to see PWDs for requests filed in November and earlier.

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

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