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

PERM processing: Applications filed in March and earlier are now being adjudicated, according to the Labor Department. Audit reviews are being conducted on applications filed in November and earlier, and appeals filed in May and earlier are being reviewed for reconsideration.

Average PERM processing times in May:

  • Adjudication – 71 days.
  • Audit review – 221 days.

PWD processing: The National Prevailing Wage Center is currently processing requests filed in March and earlier for H-1B cases and PERM cases. Redeterminations are being considered on appeals filed in March or earlier for H-1B and PERM cases. Center Director Reviews are being conducted on appeals filed in April for H-1B and PERM cases.

Average time for issuance of prevailing wage determinations in May:

  • H-1B – 96 days (OES), 117 days (non-OES).
  • PERM – 97 days (OES), 113 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 March 2017 or earlier and is awaiting prevailing wage determinations for requests filed in March or earlier.

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