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Prevailing Wage Determination Processing Times (as of 4/30/2022)

Processing Queue

OES Receipt Datei

Non-OES Receipt Datei

CW-1

March 2022

N/A

H-1B

October 2021

September 2021

H-2B

March 2022

March 2022

PERM

October 2021

October 2021

Redeterminations

H-1B: February 2022

PERM: February 2022

Center Director Reviews

CW-1: March 2022

H-1B: None Pending

H-2B: None Pending

PERM: March 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

March 2022

284

209

41

April 2022

498

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H-1B

Receipt Monthii

Requests Received

Determinations

Issuediii

Average Calendar Days to Processiv

June 2021

303

301

166

July 2021

226

226

152

August 2021

296

290

179

September 2021

308

282

176

October 2021

269

213

171

November 2021

292

1

159

December 2021

257

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January 2022

377

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February 2022

401

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March 2022

454

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April 2022

462

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H-2B

Receipt Monthii

Requests Received

Determinations

Issuediii

Average Calendar Days to Processiv

February 2022

465

454

45

March 2022

533

197

47

April 2022

1,337

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PERM

Receipt Monthii

Requests Received

Determinations

Issuediii

Average Calendar Days to Processiv

June 2021

13,004

13,002

171

July 2021

13,366

13,355

170

August 2021

14,489

14,215

183

September 2021

13,665

13,135

184

October 2021

13,783

11,595

182

November 2021

12,721

237

172

December 2021

12,446

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January 2022

14,256

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February 2022

15,670

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March 2022

17,947

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April 2022

17,899

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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 4/30/2022)
Processing Queue Priority Date
Analyst Review October 2021
Audit Review August 2021
Reconsideration Request to the CO December 2021

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 April 2022 192
Audit Review April 2022 283

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 5/14/2022)

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
May 1 - 7 282 282 100%
CURRENT PROCESSING STATUS
May 8 - 14 229 102 44.5%
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) 424 21 Calendar Days
Average Number of Days to Process Incomplete Cases (cumulative over the last 2 weeks) 209 39 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 5/19/2022)

Applications Received for Requested Date of Need from October 1, 2021 through March 31, 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

Jul 2021

1,446

(32,508 Workers)

1,446

100%

3
(40 Workers)

1,443

(30,439 Workers)

Aug 2021

603

(14,678 Workers)

603

100%

1
(2 Workers)

602

(12,907 Workers)

Sep 2021

462

(18,691 Workers)

462

100%

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462

(16,048 Workers)

Oct 2021

183

(6,318 Workers)

183

100%

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183

(5,850 Workers)

Nov 2021

214

(4,865 Workers)

214

100%

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214

(4,300 Workers)

Dec 2021

451

(9,407 Workers)

451

100%

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451

(8,273 Workers)

Jan 20225

50

(72687 Workers)

50

100%

5
(31 Workers)

45

(151 Workers)

Total Cases Issued Final Decision and Positions Certified (for FY 2021 First Half Visa Cap)

3,400

(77,968 Workers)

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 1-3 Group A

2,041

(34,809 Workers)

2,041

100%

3
(74 Workers)

2,038
(33,030 Workers)

Jan 1-3 Group B

1,148
(18,765 Workers)

1,148

100%

3
(122 Workers)

1,145
(17,558 Workers)

Jan 1-3 Group C

1,054
(18,280 Workers)

1,054

100%

5

(144 Workers)

1,049
(16,961 Workers)

Jan 1-3 Group D

992
(17,237 Workers)

992

100%

4
(117 Workers)

988
(16,183 Workers)

Jan 1-3 Group E

943
(16,468 Workers)

943

100%

6
(93 Workers)

937
(15,228 Workers)

Jan 1-3 Group F

952

(17,403 Workers)

952

100%

21
(596 Workers)

931
(15,701 Workers)

Jan 1-3 Group G

102

(1,561 Workers)

102

100%

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102
(1,473 Workers)

Jan 1-36

2
(9 Workers)

2

100%

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2

(6 Workers)

Jan 4-8

116
(1,384 Workers)

116

100%

21
(332 Workers)

95
(833 Workers)

Jan 9-15

118
(1,674 Workers)

118

100%

21
(335 Workers)

97
(864 Workers)

Jan 16-22

78
(851 Workers)

78

100%

15
(198 Workers)

63
(495 Workers)

Jan 23-29

56
(918 Workers)

56

100%

17
(285 Workers)

39
(95 Workers)

Jan 30 - Feb 5

225
(1,819 Workers)

225

100%

61
(302 Workers)

164
(1,334 Workers)

Feb 6-12

90
(928 Workers)

90

100%

23
(295 Workers)

67
(431 Workers)

Feb 13-19

194
(1,583 Workers)

194

100%

44
(557 Workers)

150
(839 Workers)

Feb 20-26

81

(1,140 Workers)

81

100%

34
(606 Workers)

47
(442 Workers)

Feb 27 - Mar 5

94
(1,109 Workers)

94

100%

38

(491 Workers)

56
(523 Workers)

Mar 6-12

87
(1,118 Workers)

87

100%

44
(451 Workers)

43
(612 Workers)

Mar 13-19

56
(1,009 Workers)

56

100%

46
(431 Workers)

10

(562 Workers)

Mar 20-26

33
(921 Workers)

33

100%

32
(911 Workers)

1
(0 Workers)

Mar 27 - Apr 2

51
(520 Workers)

51

100%

51
(520 Workers)

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Apr 3-9

34

(297 Workers)

34

100%

34
(297 Workers)

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Apr 10-16

40
(929 Workers)

40

100%

40
(929 Workers)

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April 17-23

33
(421 Workers)

33

100%

33
(421 Workers)

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Apr 24-30

22
(207 Workers)

22

100%

22
(207 Workers)

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May 1-7

35
(497 Workers)

35

100%

35
(497 Workers)

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May 8-14

19
(337 Workers)

10

52.6%

10
(273 Workers)

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May 15-21

24
(385 Workers)

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

8,022
(123,174 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 January, 2022 with a requested start date of need within the FY 2022 First Half Cap (October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022).
[6] Applications submitted with requested date of need of April 2, 2022.


CW-1 Processing Times8 (updated as of close of business 5/14/2022)
  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% 1
(1 Workers)
62
(120 Workers)
March 121
(615 Workers)
121 100% 19
(59 Workers)
102
(452 Workers)
April 551
(2,009 Workers)
456 82.8% 449
(1,687 Workers)
7
(11 Workers)
May 131
(409 Workers)
41 31.3% 41
(165 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

479

(2,325 Workers)

457

95.4%

60

(226 Workers)

397

(1,255 Workers)

Renewal of CW-1 Visas12

764

(2,632 Workers)

601

78.7%

450

(1,686 Workers)

151
(265 Workers)

TOTALS

1,243
(4,957 Workers
)

1,058

85.1%

510
(1,912 Positions)

548

(1,520 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.