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

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

Average PERM processing times:

  • Adjudication – 191 days.
  • Audit review – 278 days.

PWD Processing: As of May 31, the National Prevailing Wage Center was processing PWD requests filed in November and earlier for H-1B (OES and non-OES) and PERM (OES and non-OES) cases. Redeterminations were being considered on appeals filed March and earlier for H-1B cases and PERM cases. Center director reviews were being conducted for PERM cases filed in April 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 November and earlier and is starting to see PWDs for requests filed in November and earlier for H-1B and PERM cases.

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