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Prevailing Wage Determination Processing Times (as of 12/31/2022)

Processing Queue

OES Receipt Datei

Non-OES Receipt Datei

CW-1

November 2022

N/A

H-1B

January 2022

February 2022

H-2B

November 2022

November 2022

PERM

January 2022

January 2022

Redeterminations

H-1B: June 2022

PERM: May 2022

Center Director Reviews

CW-1: None Pending

H-1B: None Pending

H-2B: November 2022

PERM: November 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

September 2022

138

133

42

October 2022

229

107

43

November 2022

167

116

41

December 2022

101

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H-1B

Receipt Monthii

Requests Received

Determinations

Issuediii

Average Calendar Days to Processiv

December 2021

240

231

178

January 2022

354

216

216

February 2022

372

241

217

March 2022

421

271

200

April 2022

417

249

192

May 2022

355

77

199

June 2022

293

97

177

July 2022

264

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August 2022

304

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September 2022

221

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October 2022

221

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November 2022

220

 

 

December 2022

311

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H-2B

Receipt Monthii

Requests Received

Determinations

Issuediii

Average Calendar Days to Processiv

September 2022

3,383

3,382

42

October 2022

3,768

3,766

43

November 2022

2,452

2,211

37

December 2022

676

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PERM

Receipt Monthii

Requests Received

Determinations

Issuediii

Average Calendar Days to Processiv

December 2021

12,281

12,247

185

January 2022

14,018

13,076

194

February 2022

15,414

14,192

194

March  2022

17,566

16,087

195

April 2022

17,223

15,766

201

May 2022

15,863

13,657

203

June 2022

16,581

7,076

198

July 2022

16,540

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August 2022

18,197

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September 2022

16,971

--

44

October 2022

16,442

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--

November 2022

15,607

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December 2022

15,725

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ii Withdrawn and voided requests are excluded from the total, which may cause the numbers for previous months to fluctuate.
iii Determinations issued does not include requests for Redetermination or Center Director Reviews.
iv These processing times indicate the average processing time for all prevailing wage applications received in a specific month. The processing time for each request may vary from the average depending on the material facts and individual circumstances of the case.


PERM Processing Times (as of 12/31/2022)
Processing Queue Priority Date
Analyst Review April 2022
Audit Review January 2022
Reconsideration Request to the CO June 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 December 2022 255
Audit Review December 2022 356

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 1/21/2023)

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
Jan 8 - 14 1,201 1,201 100%
CURRENT PROCESSING STATUS
Jan 15 - 21 886 146 16.5%
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) 623 27 Calendar Days
Average Number of Days to Process Incomplete Cases (cumulative over the last 2 weeks)

564

35 Calendar Days

[1] Withdrawn and rejected applications are excluded from the total, which may cause these numbers to fluctuate.
[2] A complete H-2A application is defined as one containing all the documentation (e.g., housing inspection report, workers' compensation information, 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 1/26/2023)

Applications Received for Requested Date of Need from Oct 1, 2022 through Mar 31, 2023
  STEP 1 STEP 2 STEP 3 STEP 4

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 2022

2,111

(45,914 Workers)

2,111

100%

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2,111

(39,809 Workers)

Aug 2022

790

(17,259 Workers)

790

100%

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790

(14,726 Workers)

Sep 2022

320

(6,408 Workers)

320

100%

2

(230 Workers)

318

(4,913 Workers)

Oct 2022

244

(8,473 Workers)

244

100%

2

(54 Workers)

242

(7,469 Workers)

Nov 2022

463

(11,580 Workers)

463

100%

13

(688 Workers)

450

(9,137 Workers)

Dec 2022

852

(16,647 Workers)

852

100%

133

(2,454 Workers)

719

(13,759 Workers)

Jan 2023

42

(351 Workers)

17

40.5%

14

(62 Workers)

3

(14 Workers)

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

4,633

(89,827 Workers)

Applications Received for Requested Date of Need from April 1, 2023 through September 30, 2023
  STEP 1 STEP 2 STEP 3 STEP 4
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 1-3 Group A

2,109

(34,024 Workers)

2,069

98.1%

1,883

(30,215 Workers)

186

(3,204 Workers)

Jan 1-3 Group B

1,179
(19,379 Workers)

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--

Jan 1-3 Group C

1,296
(19,548 Workers)

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--

Jan 1-3 Group D

1,183

(19,490 Workers)

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--

--

--

Jan 1-3 Group E

1,134

(19,338 Workers)

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--

Jan 1-3 Group F

1,130

(19,502 Workers)

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--

--

Jan 1-3 Group G

339

(5,918 Workers)

--

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--

Jan 1-35

22

(302 Workers)

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--

--

Jan 4-7

85

(892 Workers)

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--

--

Jan 8-14

77

(948 Workers)

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Jan 15-21

89

(1,832 Workers)

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

57

(787 Workers)

[3] Withdrawn and rejected applications are excluded from the total, which may cause these numbers to 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 submitted with requested date of need of April 2 or 3, 2023.


CW-1 Processing Times (updated as of close of business 1/21/2023)
  STEP 1 STEP 2 STEP 3 STEP 4
Month of Receipt 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 Issued7 Total Cases Issued Final Decision & Positions Certified

October

131

(535 Workers)

131

100%

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131

(430 Workers)

November

131

(560 Workers)

131

100%

36

(90 Workers)

95

(269 Workers)

December

135

(610 Workers)

135 100%

125

(557 Workers)

10

(1 Workers)

January 

120

(507 Workers)

3 2.5%

3

(7 Workers)

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Types of Applications
  STEP 1 STEP 2 STEP 3 STEP 4
Application Type Total Cases Submitted6 & Positions Requested Total Cases Issued NOA or NOD Percent of First NOA or Total NOD Issued Total Cases Pending - Post NOA or NOD Issued7 Total Cases Issued Final Decision & Positions Certified

New CW-1 Visas8

379

(1,682 Workers)

301

79.4%

120
(549 Workers)

181

(496 Workers)

Renewal of CW-1 Visas9

138

(530 Workers)

99

71.7%

44

(105 Workers)

55
(204 Workers)

TOTALS

517
(2,212 Workers
)

400

77.4%

164
(654 Workers)

236

(700 Workers)

6Withdrawn and rejected applications are excluded from the total, which may cause these numbers to fluctuate.
7Total number of pending applications that either received a NOA and actively recruiting for U.S. workers or responding to a NOD.
8Indicates employer is requesting to hire a foreign worker who is not already performing work in the CNMI in CW-1 visa status.
9Indicates employer is requesting to extend the employment of a foreign worker in CW-1 visa status.