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Prevailing Wage Determination Processing Times (as of 7/31/2022)

Processing Queue

OES Receipt Datei

Non-OES Receipt Datei

CW-1

June 2022

N/A

H-1B

January 2022

December 2021

H-2B

June 2022

May 2022

PERM

January 2022

December 2021

Redeterminations

H-1B: April 2022

PERM: April 2022

Center Director Reviews

CW-1: None Pending

H-1B: None Pending

H-2B: May 2022

PERM: May 2022

iThe above dates reflect the month and year in which applications were filed (request date) or submission date of the appeal request for Redeterminations or Center Director Review. The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) encourages employers to request a prevailing wage determination for the H-2B program at least 60 days before the date the determination is needed. For various reasons, OFLC may be completing the processing of applications filed prior to the month posted.

 

CW-1

Receipt Monthii

Requests Received

Determinations

Issuediii

Average Calendar Days to Processiv

June 2022

220

130

43

July 2022

249

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H-1B

Receipt Monthii

Requests Received

Determinations

Issuediii

Average Calendar Days to Processiv

September 2021

292

287

183

October 2021

263

256

179

November 2021

268

257

184

December 2021

236

223

178

January 2022

356

66

166

February 2022

376

3

178

March 2022

434

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April 2022

437

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May 2022

358

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June 2022

290

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July 2022

277

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H-2B

Receipt Monthii

Requests Received

Determinations

Issuediii

Average Calendar Days to Processiv

May 2022

2,350

2,345

45

June 2022

1,836

1,236

44

July 2022

2,122

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PERM

Receipt Monthii

Requests Received

Determinations

Issuediii

Average Calendar Days to Processiv

September 2021

13,034

13,015

186

October 2021

13,138

13,110

184

November 2021

12,046

11,990

190

December 2021

11,746

11,589

184

January 2022

13,517

8,605

177

February 2022

14,904

446

176

March 2022

17,109

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April 2022

16,941

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May 2022

15,329

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June 2022

15,992

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July 2022

15,991

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ii Withdrawn and voided requests are excluded from the total so these numbers may fluctuate.
iii Determinations issued does not include requests for Redetermination or Center Director Reviews.
iv These processing times indicated the average processing time for all prevailing wage applications received in the specific month. Actual processing times for each employer’s prevailing wage request may vary from average depending on material facts and individual circumstances of the case.


PERM Processing Times (as of 7/31/2022)
Processing Queue Priority Date
Analyst Review December 2021
Audit Review October 2021
Reconsideration Request to the CO March 2022

These dates reflect the month and year in which cases were filed and are currently being adjudicated. The Reconsideration Request to the CO date reflects the month and year in which cases that are currently being reviewed were appealed. For various reasons, OFLC may be completing the processing of applications filed prior to the month posted. If your application was filed more than three months prior to the month posted, you may contact the OFLC PERM Helpdesk for a status on the application at plc.atlanta@dol.gov.

Average Number of Days to Process PERM Applications
Determinations Month Calendar Days
Analyst Review July 2022 221
Audit Review July 2022 296

These dates reflect the amount of time to process applications. Actual processing times for each employer’s PERM application may vary from the average depending on material facts and individual circumstances of the case. OFLC is reporting the average processing time for all PERM applications for the most recent month.


H-2A Processing Times (updated as of close of business 8/6/2022)

I. Issuance of Initial Notices of Acceptance (NOA) or Deficiency (NOD)
Case Receipt Week Total Cases Submitted1 Total Cases Issued First NOA or NOD Percent Receipt Week Issued NOA or NOD
MOST RECENT WEEK COMPLETED
Jul 24 - 30 147 147 100%
CURRENT PROCESSING STATUS
Jul 31 - Aug 6 142 74 52%
II. Average Case Processing Times (measured in calendar days)
Processing Activity Total Cases Current Status
Average Number of Days to Process Complete2 Cases (cumulative over the last 2 weeks) 396 21 Calendar Days
Average Number of Days to Process Incomplete Cases (cumulative over the last 2 weeks) 160 33 Calendar Days

[1] Withdrawn and rejected applications are excluded from the total so these numbers may fluctuate.
[2] A complete H-2A application is defined as one containing all the documentation (e.g., housing inspection report, workers' compensation, recruitment report) necessary for the OFLC Certifying Officer to issue a final determination 30 days before the start date of need.


H-2B Processing Times (updated as of close of business 8/6/2022)

Applications Received for Requested Date of Need from April 1, 2022 through September 30, 2022
  STEP 1 STEP 2 STEP 3 STEP4

Filing Window

Total Cases Submitted& Positions Requested

Total Cases Issued NOA or NOD

Percent of First NOA or Total NOD Issued

Total Cases Pending - Post NOA or NOD Issued4

Total Cases Issued Final Decision & Positions Certified

Jan 2022

7,742

(130,377 Workers)

7,748

100%

3
(54 Workers)

7,739

(120,546 Workers)

Feb 2022

488

(4,825 Workers)

448

100%

2
(19 Workers)

486

(3,881 Workers)

Mar 2022

282

(4,166 Workers)

282

100%

2

(12 Workers)

280

(3,249 Workers)

Apr 2022

138

(1,834 Workers)

138

100%

4

(13 Workers)

134

(1,059 Workers)

May 2022

111

(1,384 Workers)

111

100%

3

(7 Workers)

108

(563 Workers)

Jun 2022

97

(1,418 Workers)

97

100%

15

(95 Workers)

82

(309 Workers)

Jul 20225

29

(253 Workers)

27

93.1%

20
(130 Workers)

7

(0 Workers)

Total Cases Issued Final Decision and Positions Certified (for FY 2022 Second Half Visa Cap)

8,836

(129,607 Workers)

Applications Received for Requested Date of Need from October 1, 2022 through March 31, 2023
  STEP 1 STEP 2 STEP 3 STEP4
Filing Window Total Cases Submitted& Positions Requested Total Cases Issued NOA or NOD Percent of First NOA or Total NOD Issued Total Cases Pending - Post NOA or NOD Issued4 Total Cases Issued Final Decision & Positions Certified

Jul 3-5 Group A

1,326

(29,453 Workers)

1,326

100%

702

(15,261 Workers)

624

(13,618 Workers)

Jul 3-56

6
(55 Workers)

6

100%

6

(55 Workers)

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Jul 6-9

159
(3,640 Workers)

159

100%

165

(3,695 Workers)

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Jul 10-16

156

(3,901 Workers)

156

100%

156

(3,901 Workers)

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Jul 17-23

320

(5,796 Workers)

230

100%

320

(5,796 Workers)

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Jul 24-30

175

(4,210 Workers)

115

65.7%

115

(2,934 Workers)

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Jul 31 - Aug 6

311

(5,827 Workers)

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Total Cases Issued Final Decision and Positions Certified (for FY 2022 Second Half Visa Cap)

624

(13,618 Workers)

[3] Withdrawn and rejected applications are excluded from the total so these numbers may fluctuate.
[4] Total number of pending applications that received a NOA and are actively recruiting for U.S. workers or responding to a NOD.
[5] Applications filed in July, 2022 with a requested start date of need within the FY 2022 Second Half Cap (April 1, 2022 to September 30, 2022).
[6] Applications submitted with requested date of need of October 2, 2022.


CW-1 Processing Times8 (updated as of close of business 8/6/2022)
  STEP 1 STEP 2 STEP 3 STEP4
Month of Receipt Total Cases Submitted9 & Positions Requested Total Cases Issued NOA or NOD Percent of First NOA or Total NOD Issued Total Cases Pending - Post NOA or NOD Issued10 Total Cases Issued Final Decision & Positions Certified
October 73
(321 Workers)
73 100% -- 73
(253 Workers)
November 91
(431 Workers)
91 100% -- 91
(252 Workers)
December 126
(590 Workers)
126 100% -- 126
(240 Workers)
January 87
(386 Workers)
87 100% -- 87
(192 Workers)
February 63
(196 Workers)
63 100% -- 63
(120 Workers)
March 121
(615 Workers)
121 100% 1
(1 Workers)
120
(489 Workers)
April 531
(1,952 Workers)
531 100% 3
(6 Workers)
528
(1,631 Workers)
May 417
(1,302 Workers)
417 100% 279
(881 Workers)
138
(279 Workers)
June 817
(3,281 Workers)
573 70.1% 566
(2,139 Workers)
7
(0 Workers)

July

258

(877 Workers)

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August

79

(292 Workers)

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Types of Applications
  STEP 1 STEP 2 STEP 3 STEP 4
Application Type Total Cases Submitted2 & Positions Requested Total Cases Issued NOA or NOD Percent of First NOA or Total NOD Issued Total Cases Pending - Post NOA or NOD Issued3 Total Cases Issued Final Decision & Positions Certified

New CW-1 Visas11

1,136

(5,437 Workers)

804

70.8%

329
(1,507 Workers)

475

(1,441 Workers)

Renewal of CW-1 Visas12

1,527

(4,806 Workers)

1,278

83.7%

520

(1,520 Workers)

758
(2,015 Workers)

TOTALS

2,663
(10,243 Workers
)

2,082

78.2%

849
(3,027 Positions)

1,233

(3,456 Workers)

           

8CW-1 worker means any foreign worker who is lawfully present in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and authorized by Department of Homeland Security to perform temporary labor or services under 48 U.S.C. 1806(d).
9Figures may change slightly because applications submitted and subsequently withdrawn are excluded.
10Total number of pending applications that either received a NOA and actively recruiting for U.S. workers or responding to a NOD.
11Indicates employer is requesting to hire a foreign worker who is not already performing work in the CNMI in CW-1 visa status.
12Indicates employer is requesting to extend the employment of a foreign worker in CW-1 visa status.