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Prevailing Wage Determination Processing Times (as of 10/31/2022)

Processing Queue

OES Receipt Datei

Non-OES Receipt Datei

CW-1

September 2022

N/A

H-1B

January 2022

February 2022

H-2B

September 2022

August 2022

PERM

January 2022

December 2021

Redeterminations

H-1B: May 2022

PERM: May 2022

Center Director Reviews

CW-1: None Pending

H-1B: None Pending

H-2B: October 2022

PERM: None Pending

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

July 2022

260

259

41

August 2022

161

158

41

September 2022

141

63

42

October 2022

230

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H-1B

Receipt Monthii

Requests Received

Determinations

Issuediii

Average Calendar Days to Processiv

November 2021

280

278

188

December 2021

240

231

183

January 2022

358

159

194

February 2022

373

166

193

March 2022

425

175

189

April 2022

437

99

192

May 2022

372

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June 2022

303

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July 2022

270

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August 2022

306

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September 2022

398

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October 2022

224

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H-2B

Receipt Monthii

Requests Received

Determinations

Issuediii

Average Calendar Days to Processiv

June 2022

1,881

1,877

44

July 2022

2,119

2,116

42

August 2022

2,514

2,476

41

September 2022

3,401

1,833

40

October 2022

3,844

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PERM

Receipt Monthii

Requests Received

Determinations

Issuediii

Average Calendar Days to Processiv

October 2021

13,757

13,752

184

November 2021

12,595

12,572

190

December 2021

12,282

12,217

185

January 2022

14,033

12,369

187

February 2022

15,437

13,256

188

March  2022

17,585

14,899

190

April 2022

17,611

7,781

194

May 2022

15,980

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June 2022

16,658

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July 2022

16,573

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August 2022

18,244

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September 2022

17,029

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October 2022

16,570

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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 10/31/2022)
Processing Queue Priority Date
Analyst Review February 2022
Audit Review December 2021
Reconsideration Request to the CO May 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 October 2022 249
Audit Review October 2022 368

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 11/26/2022)

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
Nov 13 - 19 301 301 100.0%
CURRENT PROCESSING STATUS
Nov 20 - 26 424 195 47%
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) 377 19 Calendar Days
Average Number of Days to Process Incomplete Cases (cumulative over the last 2 weeks)

77

31 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 11/26/2022)

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 2022

7,742

(130,377 Workers)

7,742

100%

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7,742

(120,546 Workers)

Feb 2022

488

(4,825 Workers)

488

100%

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488

(3,890 Workers)

Mar 2022

282

(4,166 Workers)

282

100%

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282

(3,249 Workers)

Apr 2022

138

(1,834 Workers)

138

100%

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138

(1,059 Workers)

May 2022

110

(1,373 Workers)

110

100%

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110

(573 Workers)

Jun 2022

97

(1,418 Workers)

97

100%

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97

(351 Workers)

Jul 20225

23

(141 Workers)

23

100%

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23

(33 Workers)

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

8,880

(129,701 Workers)

Applications Received for Requested Date of Need from October 1, 2022 through March 31, 2023
  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 3-5 Group A

1,300

(28,568 Workers)

1,300

100%

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1,300

(25,050 Workers)

Jul 3-56

6
(55 Workers)

6

100%

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6

(46 Workers)

Jul 6-9

148
(3,552 Workers)

148

100%

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155

(2,557 Workers)

Jul 10-16

152

(3,838 Workers)

152

100%

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152

(3,730 Workers)

Jul 17-23

311

(5,613 Workers)

311

100%

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311

(5,096 Workers)

Jul 24-30

167

(4,107 Workers)

167

100%

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16

(3,167 Workers)

Jul 31-Aug 6

301

(5,404 Workers)

301

100%

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301

(5,108 Workers)

Aug 7-13

145

(3,582 Workers)

145

100%

1

(5 Workers)

144

(3,449 Workers)

Aug 14-20

195

(5,434 Workers)

195

100%

1

(12 Workers)

194

(3,535 Workers)

Aug 21-27

104

(2,042 Workers)

104

100%

1

(5 Workers)

103

(1,871 Workers)

Aug 28-Sep 3

136

(3,717 Workers)

136

100%

1

(1 Workers)

135

(2,930 Workers)

Sep 4-10

71

(1,152 Workers)

71

100%

1

(1 Workers)

70

(1,048 Workers)

Sep 11-17

74

(932 Workers)

74

100%

0

(0 Workers)

74

(714 Workers)

Sep 18 - 24

46

(714 Workers)

46

100%

3
(32 Workers)

43

(426 Workers)

Sep 25 - Oct 1

41

(762 Workers)

41

100%

2

(64 Workers)

39

(541 Workers)

Oct 2 - 8

119

(4,911 Workers)

119

100%

7

(122 Workers)

112

(4,697 Workers)

Oct 9 -15

30

(816 Workers)

30

100%

9

(104 Workers)

21

(707 Workers)

Oct 16 - 22

46

(1,519 Workers)

46

100.0%

18

(300 Workers)

28

(989 Workers)

Oct 23 - 29

42

(1,111 Workers)

42

100.0%

24

(448 Workers)

18

(558 Workers)

Oct 30 - Nov 5

181

(4,727 Workers)

181

100.0%

179

(4,715 Workers)

2

(8 Workers)

Nov 6 - 12

54

(1,387 Workers)

54

100%

54

(1,387 Workers)

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Nov 13 - 19

167

(3,057 Workers)

47

28.1%

47

(996 Workers)

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Nov 20 - 26

55

(2,428 Workers)

0

0.0%

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

3,375

(66,364 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 July, 2022 with a requested start date of need within the FY 2022 Second Half Cap (April 1, 2022 to September 30, 2022).
[6] Applications submitted with requested date of need of October 2, 2022.


CW-1 Processing Times8 (updated as of close of business 11/26/2022)
  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

May

407
(1,277 Workers)

407

100%

1

(1 Workers)

406
(1,055 Workers)

June

759
(3,115 Workers)

759

100%

14

(20 Workers)

745
(2,222 Workers)

July

192
(633 Workers)

192

100%

13

(61 Workers)

179
(349 Workers)

August

198
(706 Workers)

198

100%

86

(257 Workers)

112

(258 Workers)

September

116
(550 Workers)

116

100%

71

(373 Workers)

45

(155 Workers)

October

137

(553 Workers)

137

100%

116

(476 Workers)

21

(60 Workers)

November

108

(497 Workers)

51

47.2%

51

(272 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

967

(4,512 Workers)

923

95.4%

250
(1,063 Workers)

673

(2,253 Workers)

Renewal of CW-1 Visas12

950

(2,819 Workers)

937

98.6%

102

(397 Workers)

835
(1,846 Workers)

TOTALS

1,917
(7,331 Workers
)

1860

97.0%

352
(1,460 Positions)

1,508

(4,099 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.