The Labor Department has posted processing times current as of July 31 for permanent labor certification (PERM) applications and prevailing wage determination (PWD) requests.

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

Average PERM processing times in July:

  • Adjudication – 98 days.
  • Audit review – 246 days.

PWD Processing: The National Prevailing Wage Center is currently processing requests filed in May and earlier for H-1B and PERM cases. Redeterminations are being considered on appeals filed in July and earlier for H-1B and PERM cases. Center director reviews are being conducted on appeals filed in May and earlier for PERM cases. The department reported that it had no center director reviews pending for H-1B cases.

Average times for issuance of prevailing wage determinations in July:

  • H-1B – 94 days (OES), 85 days (non-OES).
  • PERM – 94 days (OES), 82 days (non-OES).

The Labor Department reports PERM and PWD processing time frames on its iCERT page.

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 May and is awaiting PWDs for requests filed in May and earlier.

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