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Prevailing Wage Determination Processing Times (as of 06/01/2024)

Processing Queue

OEWS Receipt Datei

Non-OEWS Receipt Datei

CW-1

April 2024

-

H-1B

January 2024

June 2023

H-2B

April 2024

March 2024

PERM

December 2023

April 2023

Redeterminations

H-1B: January 2024

PERM: December 2023

Center Director Reviews

CW-1: None Pending

H-1B: August 2023

H-2B: February 2024

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ii Withdrawn and voided requests are excluded from the total, which may cause the numbers for previous months to fluctuate.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

February 2024

4

March 2024

6

April 2024

56

May 2024

178

H-1B

Receipt Monthii

Remaining Requests

May 2023

1

June 2023

6

July 2023

3

August 2023

0

September 2023

2

October 2023

3

November 2023

9

December 2023

21

January 2024

187

February 2024

263

March 2024

449

April 2024

400

May 2024

671

 

H-2B

Receipt Monthii

Remaining Requests

March 2024

16

April 2024

354

May 2024

2,211

 

PERM

Receipt Monthii

Remaining Requests

March 2023

1

April 2023

30

May 2023

55

June 2023

82

July 2023

73

August 2023

90

September 2023

138

October 2023

172

November 2023

638

December 2023

1,140

January 2024

10,911

February 2024

15,146

March 2024

16,232

April 2024

15,717

May 2024

13,937

 


PERM Processing Times (as of 6/01/2024)
Processing QueuePriority Date
Analyst ReviewMay 2023
Audit ReviewDecember 2022
Reconsideration Request to the COAugust 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 6/8/2024)

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 26 - Jun 1279279100%
CURRENT PROCESSING STATUS
Jun 2 - 829817659%
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)38918 Calendar Days
Average Number of Days to Process Incomplete Cases (cumulative over the last 2 weeks)13636 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 6/8/2024)

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%--

597

(12,058 Workers)

Dec 2023

1,246

(22,148 Workers)

1,246100%--

1,246

(21,221 Workers)

Jan 2024

63

(612 Workers)

63100%

1

(1 Workers)

62

(385 Workers)

Feb 2024

2

(8 Workers)

2100%----
Total Cases Issued Final Decision and Positions Certified (for FY 2024 First Half Visa Cap)

5,685

(102,761 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

1,248

(18,735 Workers)

1,248100%--

1,248

(17,843 Workers)

Jan 2-4 Group C

1,176

(18,547 Workers)

1,176100%--

1,176

(17,075 Workers)

Jan 2-4 Group D

1,156

(18,127 Workers)

1,156100%

1

(12 Workers)

1,155

(17,326 Workers)

Jan 2-4 Group E

1,138

(17,035 Workers)

1,138100%

4

(70 Workers)

1,134

(15,609 Workers)

Jan 2-4 Group F

937

(14,697 Workers)

937100%

6

(23 Workers)

931

(13,636 Workers)

Jan 2-4 Group G

91

(1,794 Workers)

91100%

1

(12 Workers)

90

(1,676 Workers)

Jan 2-45

6

(91 Workers)

6100%--

6

(33 Workers)

Jan 5-6

5

(48 Workers)

5100%--

5

(46 Workers)

Jan 7-13

38

(561 Workers)

38100%

2

(11 Workers)

36

(279 Workers)

Jan 14-20

70

(798 Workers)

70100%

5

(25 Workers)

65

(425 Workers)

Jan 21-27

46

(440 Workers)

46100%

1

(8 Workers)

45

(305 Workers)

Jan 28 - Feb 3

210

(1,483 Workers)

210100%

1

(3 Workers)

209

(1,252 Workers)

Feb 4-10

115

(971 Workers)

115100%

2

(20 Workers)

113

(862 Workers)

Feb 11-17

483

(10,540 Workers)

483100%

21

(1,934 Workers)

462

(7,558 Workers)

Feb 18-24

64

(749 Workers)

64100%

4

(18 Workers)

60

(657 Workers)

Feb 25-Mar 2

49

(632 Workers)

49100%

4

(23 Workers)

45

(359 Workers)

Mar 3-9

70

(598 Workers)

70100%

4

(52 Workers)

66

(447 Workers)

Mar 10-16

38

(624 Workers)

38100%

5

(73 Workers)

33

(449 Workers)

Mar 17-23

35

(352 Workers)

35100%

9

(98 Workers)

26

(113 Workers)

Mar 24-30

21

(565 Workers)

21100%

10

(361 Workers)

11

(7 Workers)

Mar 31-Apr 6

31

(500 Workers)

31100%

10

(160 Workers)

21

(247 Workers)

Apr 7-13

19

(284 Workers)

19100%

4

(55 Workers)

15

(197 Workers)

Apr 14-20

27

(352 Workers)

27100%

7

(73 Workers)

20

(255 Workers)

Apr 21-27

29

(627 Workers)

29100%

12

(343 Workers)

17

(206 Workers)

Apr 28-May 4

19

(243 Workers)

19100%

4

(102 Workers)

15

(141 Workers)

May 5-11

23

(523 Workers)

23100%

13

(230 Workers)

10

(48 Workers)

May 12-18

27

(108 Workers)

27100%

23

(87 Workers)

4

(19 Workers)

May 19-25

16

(170 Workers)

16100%

16

(170 Workers)

--
May 26- June 1

16

(194 Workers)

1062.5%

10

(176 Workers)

--
June 2 - 8

23

(267 Workers)

14.3%

1

(15 Workers)

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

9,147

(127,972 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 6/8/2024)
 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%

3

(21 Workers)

140

(284 Workers)

March

126

(532 Workers)

126100%

2

(12 Workers)

124

(231 Workers)

April

587

(2,111 Workers)

587100%

311

(1,055 Workers)

276

(459 Workers)

May

472

(2,016 Workers)

40886.4%

386

(1,705 Workers)

4

(0 Workers)

June

254

(1,042 Workers)

10.4%

1

(3 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

824

(3,413 Workers)

70085.0%112
(412 Workers)

588

(1,374 Workers)

Renewal of CW-1 Visas9

1,370

(5,372 Workers)

1,17785.9%

594

(2,424 Workers)

583

(1,225 Workers)

TOTALS2,194
(8,785 Workers)
1,87785.6%706  
(2,836 Workers)

1,171

(2,599 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.