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Prevailing Wage Determination Processing Times (as of 1/31/2024)

Processing Queue

OEWS Receipt Datei

Non-OEWS Receipt Datei

CW-1

February 2024

-

H-1B

August 2023

April 2023

H-2B

January 2024

January 2024

PERM

July 2023

February 2023

Redeterminations

H-1B: August 2023

PERM: June 2023

Center Director Reviews

CW-1: None Pending

H-1B: August 2023

H-2B: October 2023

PERM: October 2023

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.             
ii Withdrawn and voided requests are excluded from the total, which may cause the numbers for previous months to fluctuate.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.

 

CW-1

Receipt Monthii

Remaining Requests

December 2023

5

January 2023

170

H-1B

Receipt Monthii

Remaining Requests

February 2023

2

March 2023

6

April 2023

18

May 2023

18

June 2023

159

July 2023

250

August 2023

205

September 2023

196

October 2023

194

November 2023

266

December 2023

206

January 2024279
 

H-2B

Receipt Monthii

Remaining Requests

December 2023

12

January 2024

393

 

PERM

Receipt Monthii

Remaining Requests

February 2023

43

March 2023

85

April 2023

116

May 2023

137

June 2023

318

July 2023

864

August 2023

8,596

September 2023

16,715

October 2023

13,785

November 2023

14,403

December 2023

12,989

January 2024

16,047

 


PERM Processing Times (as of 1/31/2024)
Processing QueuePriority Date
Analyst ReviewJanuary 2023
Audit ReviewDecember 2022
Reconsideration Request to the COMarch 2023

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
DeterminationsMonthCalendar Days
Analyst ReviewJanuary 2024393
Audit ReviewJanuary 2024480

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 2/17/2024)

I. Issuance of Initial Notices of Acceptance (NOA) or Deficiency (NOD)
Case Receipt WeekTotal Cases Submitted1Total Cases Issued First NOA or NODPercent Receipt Week Issued NOA or NOD
MOST RECENT WEEK COMPLETED
Feb 4 - 10671671100%
CURRENT PROCESSING STATUS
Feb 11 - 1764137959%
II. Average Case Processing Times (measured in calendar days)
Processing ActivityTotal CasesCurrent Status
Average Number of Days to Process Complete2 Cases (cumulative over the last 2 weeks)1,38822 Calendar Days
Average Number of Days to Process Incomplete Cases (cumulative over the last 2 weeks)76536 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 2/17/2024)

Applications Received for Requested Date of Need from Oct 1, 2023 through Mar 31, 2024
 STEP 1STEP 2STEP 3STEP 4
Filing WindowTotal Cases Submitted& Positions RequestedTotal Cases Issued NOA or NODPercent Issued a First NOA or NODTotal Cases Pending - Post NOA or NOD Issued4Total Cases Issued Final Decision & Positions Certified
July 2023

2,657

(52,487 Workers)

2,657100%--

2,657

(44,874 Workers)

Aug 2023

573

(9,837 Workers)

573100%--

573

(8,811 Workers)

Sep 2023

232

(5,330 Workers)

232100%--

232

(4,853 Workers)

Oct 2023

318

(10,931 Workers)

318100%

1

(4 Workers)

317

(10,559 Workers)

Nov 2023

598

(12,946 Workers)

598100%

6

(85 Workers)

592

(12,048 Workers)

Dec 2023

1,254

(22,406 Workers)

1,254100%

20

(594 Workers)

1,234

(21,139 Workers)

Jan 2024

72

(693 Workers)

4055.6%

2

(8 Workers)

38

(302 Workers)

Total Cases Issued Final Decision and Positions Certified (for FY 2024 First Half Visa Cap)

5,643

(102,586 Workers)

Applications Received for Requested Date of Need from Apr 1, 2024 through Sep 30, 2024
 STEP 1STEP 2STEP 3STEP 4
Filing WindowTotal Cases Submitted& Positions RequestedTotal Cases Issued NOA or NODPercent Issued a First NOA or NODTotal Cases Pending - Post NOA or NOD Issued4Total Cases Issued Final Decision & Positions Certified
Jan 2-4 Group A

2,139

(33,631 Workers)

2,139100%

563

(8,693 Workers)

1,576

(23,139 Workers)

Jan 2-4 Group B

1,277

(19,241 Workers)

1,27699.9%

1,274

(19,214 Workers)

2

(0 Workers)

Jan 2-4 Group C

1,237

(19,414 Workers)

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Jan 2-4 Group D

1,240

(19,307 Workers)

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Jan 2-4 Group E

1,295

(18,942 Workers)

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Jan 2-4 Group F

1,184

(18,787 Workers)

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Jan 2-4 Group G

118

(2,231 Workers)

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Jan 2-45

6

(91 Workers)

--------
Jan 5-6

11

(129 Workers)

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Jan 7-13

44

(638 Workers)

--------
Jan 14-20

74

(844 Workers)

--------
Jan 21-27

49

(422 Workers)

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Jan 28 - Feb 3

223

(1,612 Workers)

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Feb 4-10

124

(1,015 Workers)

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Feb 11-17

603

(8,880 Workers)

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Total Cases Issued Final Decision and Positions Certified (for FY 2024 Second Half Visa Cap)

1,578

(23,139 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, 2024.


CW-1 Processing Times (updated as of close of business 2/17/2024)
 STEP 1STEP 2STEP 3STEP 4
Month of ReceiptTotal Cases Submitted& Positions RequestedTotal Cases Issued NOA or NODPercent Issued a First NOA or NODTotal Cases Pending - Post NOA or NOD Issued7Total Cases Issued Final Decision & Positions Certified
October

164

(832 Workers)

164100%

1

(15 Workers)

163

(563 Workers)

November

161

(718 Workers)

161100%

3

(25 Workers)

158

(404 Workers)

December

120

(383 Workers)

120100%

25

(100 Workers)

95

(169 Workers)

January

185

(723 Workers)

18298.4%

179

(689 Workers)

3

(1 Workers)

February

101

(354 Workers)

33.0%

3

(8 Workers)

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Types of Applications
 STEP 1STEP 2STEP 3STEP 4
Application TypeTotal Cases Submitted6 & Positions RequestedTotal Cases Issued NOA or NODPercent Issued a First NOA or NODTotal Cases Pending - Post NOA or NOD Issued7Total Cases Issued Final Decision & Positions Certified
New CW-1 Visas8

491

(2,095 Workers)

44189.8%130
(495 Workers)

311

(886 Workers)

Renewal of CW-1 Visas9

240

(915 Workers)

18978.8%

81

(342 Workers)

108

(251 Workers)

TOTALS731  
(3,010 Workers)
63086.2%211                 
(837 Workers)

419

(1,137 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.