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Prevailing Wage Determination Processing Times (as of 11/30/2021)

Processing Queue

OES Receipt Datei

Non-OES Receipt Datei

CW-1

November 2021

N/A

H-1B

May 2021

March 2021

H-2B

October 2021

October 2021

PERM

April 2021

February 2021

Redeterminations

H-1B: November 2021

PERM: October 2021

Center Director Reviews

CW-1: None Pending

H-1B: None Pending

H-2B: November 2021

PERM: November 2021

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

November 2021

55

12

28

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H-1B

Receipt Monthii

Requests Received

Determinations

Issuediii

Average Calendar Days to Processiv

February 2021

322

321

143

March 2021

459

444

153

April 2021

401

384

159

May 2021

286

253

165

June 2021

306

212

160

July 2021

233

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August 2021

308

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September 2021

326

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October 2021

298

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November

299

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H-2B

Receipt Monthii

Requests Received

Determinations

Issuediii

Average Calendar Days to Processiv

September 2021

2,817

2,816

29

October 2021

4,195

3,907

32

November 2021

2,966

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PERM

Receipt Monthii

Requests Received

Determinations

Issuediii

Average Calendar Days to Processiv

February 2021

13,431

13,279

150

March 2021

16,398

15,046

156

April 2021

18,061

15,855

161

May 2021

10,407

9,021

165

June 2021

13,031

9,084

159

July 2021

13,468

10

152

August 2021

14,692

2

111

September 2021

13,907

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October 2021

14,037

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November 2021

12,937

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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 11/30/2021)
Processing Queue Priority Date
Analyst Review June 2021
Audit Review February 2021
Reconsideration Request to the CO June 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 November 2021 158
Audit Review November 2021 310

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 11/27/2021)

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
Nov 14 - Nov 20 339 339 100%
CURRENT PROCESSING STATUS
Nov 21 - Nov 27 422 139 32.9%
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) 228 20 Calendar Days
Average Number of Days to Process Incomplete Cases (cumulative over the last 2 weeks) 86 37 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 11/27/2021)

Applications Received for Requested Date of Need from April 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021
  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 2021

5,367

(97,271 Workers)

5,367

100%

3
(294 Workers)

5,364

(94,065 Workers)

Feb 2021

310

(3,397 Workers)

310

100%

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310

(3,237 Workers)

Mar 2021

128

(1,972 Workers)

128

100%

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128

(1,570 Workers)

Apr 2021

52

(620 Workers)

52

100%

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52

(369 Workers)

May 2021

68

(901 Workers)

68

100%

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68

(346 Workers)

Jun 2021

47

(643 Workers)

47

100%

1
(10 Workers)

46

(395 Workers)

Jul 20215

8

(63 Workers)

8

100%

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8
(31 Workers)

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

5,968

(99,998 Workers)

Applications Received for Requested Date of Need from October 1, 2021 through March 30, 2022
  STEP 1 STEP 2 STEP 3 STEP4
Filing Window Total Cases Submitted4 & 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

Jul 3-5 Group A

855

(20,640 Workers)

855

100%

4
(46 Workers)

851
(19,747 Workers)

Jul 6 - Jul 10

146
(2,531 Workers)

146

100%

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146

(2,226 Workers)

Jul 11 - Jul 17

224
(5,562 Workers)

224

100%

3
(66 Workers)

221

(5,014 Workers)

Jul 18 - Jul 24

103
(1,980 Workers)

103

100%

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103

(1,856 Workers)

Jul 25 - Jul 31

112
(2,064 Workers)

112

100%

1
(33 Workers)

111
(1,542 Workers)

Aug 1 - Aug 7

173

(3,536 Workers)

173

100%

2

(8 Workers)

171
(3,364 Workers)

Aug 8 - Aug 14

110

(3,400 Workers)

110

100%

1

(2 Workers)

109
(2,913 Workers)

Aug 15 - Aug 21

195
(4,579 Workers)

195

100%

2
(41 Workers)

193
(4,035 Workers)

Aug 22 - Aug 28

86
(2,245 Workers)

86

100%

1
(20 Workers)

85
(1,921 Workers)

Aug 29 - Sept 4

207
(13,182 Workers)

207

100%

3
(55 Workers)

204
(11,716 Workers)

Sept 5 - Sept 11

133
(2,267 Workers)

133

100%

3
(134 Workers)

130
(2,052 Workers)

Sept 12 - Sept 18

105
(2,015 Workers)

105

100%

3
(156 Workers)

102
(1,604 Workers)

Sept 19 - Sept 25

33
(856 Workers)

33

100%

5
(47 Workers)

28
(735 Workers)

Sept 26 - Oct 2

33
(1,471 Workers)

33

100%

2
(105 Workers)

31
(403 Workers)

Oct 3 - Oct 9

83
(3,126 Workers)

83

100%

11
(406 Workers)

72
(2,680 Workers)

Oct 10 - Oct 16

37
(859 Workers)

37

100%

4
(137 Workers)

33
(682 Workers)

Oct 17 - Oct 23

37
(1,146 Workers)

37

100%

5
(87 Workers)

32
(1,050 Workers)

Oct 24 - Oct 30

19
(1,016 Workers)

19

100%

12
(834 Workers)

7
(149 Workers)

Oct 31 - Nov 6

87
(1,849 Workers)

87

100%

82
(1,695 Workers)

5
(154 Workers)

Nov 7 - Nov 13

34
(777 Workers)

34

100%

33
(771 Workers)

1
(6 Workers)

Nov 14 - Nov 20

67
(1,404 Workers)

42

62.7%

42
(1,009 Workers)

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Nov 21 - Nov 27

20
(367 Workers)

0

0.0%

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

2,635
(63,849 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.

 


CW-1 Processing Times8 (updated as of close of business 11/27/2021)
  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
July 368
(1,148 Workers)
368 100% -- 368
(795 Workers)
August 214
(845 Workers)
214 100% 6
(20 Workers)

208
(492 Workers)

September 91
(316 Workers)
91 100% 5
(15 Workers)
86
(185 Workers)
October 74
(322 Workers)
74 100% 33
(190 Workers)
41
(90 Workers)
November 89
(407 Workers)
89 100% 88
(406 Workers)
1
(0 Workers)
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

516

(2,054 Workers)

516 100%

102

(537 Workers)

414

(931 Workers)

Renewal of CW-1 Visas12

320

(984 Workers)

320 100%

30

(94 Workers)

290
(631 Workers)

TOTALS

836
(3,038 Workers
)

844 100%

132
(631 Positions)

704

(1,562 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.