The Labor Department has posted processing times current as of Feb. 28 for permanent labor certification (PERM) applications and prevailing wage determination (PWD) requests.

PERM Processing: Applications filed in November and earlier are now being adjudicated, according to the department. Audit reviews are being conducted on applications filed in August and earlier, and appeals filed in November and earlier are being reviewed for reconsideration.

Average PERM processing times in February:

  • Adjudication – 107 days.
  • Audit review – 222 days.

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

  • H-1B – 126 days (OES), 141 (non-OES).
  • PERM – 125 days (OES), 145 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 November and earlier and is seeing PWDs for requests filed in October and earlier.

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