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

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

Average PERM processing times in August:

  • Adjudication – 106 days.
  • Audit review – 226 days.

PWD processing: The National Prevailing Wage Center is currently processing requests filed in July and earlier for H-1B and PERM cases. Redeterminations are being considered on appeals filed in August and earlier for H-1B and PERM cases. Center director reviews are being conducted on appeals filed in August for H-1B and PERM cases.

Average time for issuance of prevailing wage determinations in August:

  • H-1B – 91 days (OES), 109 days (non-OES).
  • PERM – 91 days (OES), 102 days (non-OES).

The Labor Department reports PERM and PWD processing timeframes 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 June or earlier and is awaiting prevailing wage determinations for requests filed in July or earlier.

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