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Prevailing Wage Determination Processing Times (as of 05/01/2024)

Processing Queue

OEWS Receipt Datei

Non-OEWS Receipt Datei

CW-1

March 2024

-

H-1B

November 2023

April 2023

H-2B

March 2024

March 2024

PERM

November 2023

March 2023

Redeterminations

H-1B: January 2024

PERM: December 2023

Center Director Reviews

CW-1: None Pending

H-1B: None Pending

H-2B: March 2024

PERM: March 2024

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ii Withdrawn and voided requests are excluded from the total, which may cause the numbers for previous months to fluctuate.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

February 2024

5

March 2024

62

April 2024

198

H-1B

Receipt Monthii

Remaining Requests

April 2023

1

May 2023

3

June 2023

6

July 2023

4

August 2023

0

September 2023

5

October 2023

15

November 2023

17

December 2023

144

January 2024

254

February 2024

304

March 2024

519

April 2024

442

 

H-2B

Receipt Monthii

Remaining Requests

March 2024

124

April 2024

1,787

 

PERM

Receipt Monthii

Remaining Requests

February 2023

3

March 2023

37

April 2023

99

May 2023

95

June 2023

105

July 2023

95

August 2023

115

September 2023

254

October 2023

542

November 2023

1,457

December 2023

10,487

January 2024

15,897

February 2024

16,775

March 2024

17,975

April 2024

17,451

 


PERM Processing Times (as of 5/01/2024)
Processing QueuePriority Date
Analyst ReviewMay 2023
Audit ReviewDecember 2022
Reconsideration Request to the COJuly 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 ReviewMarch 2024387
Audit ReviewMarch 2024478

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 5/18/2024)

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
May 5 - 11272272100%
CURRENT PROCESSING STATUS
May 12 - 1826215057%
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)44517 Calendar Days
Average Number of Days to Process Incomplete Cases (cumulative over the last 2 weeks)14233 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 5/22/2024)

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%--

318

(10,559 Workers)

Nov 2023

597

(12,936 Workers)

597100%--

598

(12,068 Workers)

Dec 2023

1,246

(22,148 Workers)

1,246100%--

1,246

(21,221 Workers)

Jan 2024

63

(612 Workers)

63100%

5

(16 Workers)

58

(371 Workers)

Feb 2024

3

(1 Workers)

3100%

3

(1 Workers)

--
Mar 2024

1

(2 Workers)

1100%

1

(2 Workers)

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

5,681

(102,747 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

2,130

(33,596 Workers)

2,130100%

1

(30 Workers)

2,129

(30,902 Workers)

Jan 2-4 Group B

1,249

(18,761 Workers)

1,249100%

1

(26 Workers)

1,248

(17,843 Workers)

Jan 2-4 Group C

1,176

(18,547 Workers)

1,176100%

1

(4 Workers)

1,175

(17,075 Workers)

Jan 2-4 Group D

1,156

(18,127 Workers)

1,156100%

3

(55 Workers)

1,153

(17,288 Workers)

Jan 2-4 Group E

1,138

(17,035 Workers)

1,138100%

6

(218 Workers)

1,132

(15,589 Workers)

Jan 2-4 Group F

939

(14,709 Workers)

939100%

32

(395 Workers)

907

(13,394 Workers)

Jan 2-4 Group G

91

(1,794 Workers)

91100%

7

(54 Workers)

84

(1,644 Workers)

Jan 2-45

6

(91 Workers)

6100%--

6

(33 Workers)

Jan 5-6

6

(56 Workers)

6100%

1

(8 Workers)

5

(46 Workers)

Jan 7-13

38

(561 Workers)

38100%

9

(190 Workers)

29

(164 Workers)

Jan 14-20

70

(798 Workers)

70100%

10

(86 Workers)

60

(380 Workers)

Jan 21-27

46

(440 Workers)

46100%

6

(39 Workers)

40

(289 Workers)

Jan 28 - Feb 3

211

(1,485 Workers)

211100%

10

(50 Workers)

201

(1,222 Workers)

Feb 4-10

115

(971 Workers)

115100%

9

(166 Workers)

106

(722 Workers)

Feb 11-17

488

(10,617 Workers)

488100%

127

(3,536 Workers)

361

(6,086 Workers)

Feb 18-24

64

(751 Workers)

64100%

48

(632 Workers)

16

(107 Workers)

Feb 25-Mar 2

49

(632 Workers)

49100%

39

(450 Workers)

10

(55 Workers)

Mar 3-9

70

(601 Workers)

70100%

63

(562 Workers)

7

(0 Workers)

Mar 10-16

39

(639 Workers)

39100%

38

(614 Workers)

1

(0 Workers)

Mar 17-23

35

(351 Workers)

35100%

34

(346 Workers)

1

(0 Workers)

Mar 24-30

23

(605 Workers)

23100%

23

(605 Workers)

--
Mar 31-Apr 6

31

(500 Workers)

31100%

31

(500 Workers)

--
Apr 7-13

19

(284 Workers)

19100%

19

(284 Workers)

--
Apr 14-20

27

(354 Workers)

27100%

27

(354 Workers)

--
Apr 21-27

33

(736 Workers)

33100%

33

(736 Workers)

--
Apr 28-May 4

24

(424 Workers)

24100%

24

(424 Workers)

--
May 5-11

23

(523 Workers)

23100%

23

(523 Workers)

--
May 12-18

28

(109 Workers)

621.4%

6

(17 Workers)

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

8,671

(122,839 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 5/18/2024)
 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

(714 Workers)

161100%--

161

(424 Workers)

December

118

(378 Workers)

118100%--

118

(228 Workers)

January

169

(667 Workers)

169100%

2

(25 Workers)

167

(406 Workers)

February

143

(493 Workers)

143100%

7

(27 Workers)

136

(284 Workers)

March

127

(535 Workers)

127100%

23

(107 Workers)

104

(231 Workers)

April

623

(2,249 Workers)

623100%

598

(2,142 Workers)

25

(66 Workers)

May

256

(1,194 Workers)

24495.3%

244

(1,163 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

691

(2,889 Workers)

68799.4%135
(541 Workers)

552

(1,360 Workers)

Renewal of CW-1 Visas9

1,070

(4,173 Workers)

1,06299.3%

740

(2,938 Workers)

322

(842 Workers)

TOTALS1,761
(7,062 Workers)
1,74999.3%875      
(3,479 Workers)

874

(2,202 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.