The Labor Department has posted processing times as of July 31 for permanent labor certification (PERM) applications.

PERM Processing: As of July 31, applications filed in May and earlier were being adjudicated. Audit reviews were being conducted on applications filed in January and earlier, and appeals filed in July and earlier were being reviewed for reconsideration.

The average PERM processing times in July were as follows:

  • Adjudication – 72 days.
  • Audit review – 217 days.

The Labor Department posted processing times for prevailing wage determination requests earlier this week.

PWD Processing: As of July 31, the National Prevailing Wage Center was processing requests filed in May and earlier for H-1B and PERM cases. Redeterminations and Center Director Reviews were also being conducted on appeals filed in June and earlier for both H-1B and PERM cases. The average times for issuance of prevailing wage determinations in July were as follows:

  • H-1B – 82 days (OES), 77 days (non-OES).
  • PERM – 82 days (OES), 77 days (non-OES).

The Labor Department reports PERM and prevailing wage determination 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 May and earlier. BAL is also receiving prevailing wage determinations for requests filed in May and earlier.

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