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NPWC Processing Times (as of 05/31/2018)
Processing Queue Request Date

H-1B

March 2018

H-2B

May 2018

PERM

March 2018
  Submission Date
Redeterminations PERM/H-1B: April 2018
Center Director Reviews

H-1B: None Pending
H-2B: None Pending
PERM: April 2018

*Correction to Redeterminations and H-2B Center Director Review processing month.

The National Prevailing Wage Center (NPWC) is currently processing the dates posted on iCERT above which 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 NPWC is unable to give priority processing or expedite prevailing wage determinations as requests are processed in the order in which they are received. However, each prevailing wage request is unique, and processing times may vary depending on material facts and individual circumstances of the request. NPWC gives each prevailing wage request its careful attention and processes each request as efficiently as possible. The Department encourages employers to continue to request a prevailing wage determination (PWD) for the H-2B program at least 60 days before the date the determination is needed. Requestors may check case statuses via the iCERT portal at https://icert.doleta.gov/ or contact our Helpdesk for a status on the application at flc.pwd@dol.gov.

Program Average Number of Days to Issue Wage Determinations
Month OES (Calendar Days) Non-OES (Calendar Days)
H-1B May 2018 73 80
H-2B May 2018 26

36

PERM May 2018 72 78

The NPWC determination processing times on iCERT above reflect the average amount of time to issue wage determinations (by program) that were issued during the month listed. The actual processing time for each employer’s prevailing wage application may vary from the average depending on material facts and individual circumstances of the request. OFLC is only reporting the average processing time for all prevailing wage applications for the most recent month.


PERM Processing Times (as of 05/31/2018)

Processing Queue Priority Dates
Month Year
Analyst Review January 2018
Audit Review September 2017
Reconsideration Requests to the CO April 2018

The Analyst Review and Audit dates posted on iCERT above reflect the month and year in which cases were filed that are now being adjudicated at the Atlanta National Processing Center. *The Reconsideration Request to the CO dates posted on iCERT above reflect the month and year in which cases that are now being reviewed at the Atlanta National Processing Center were appealed. For various reasons, we may be completing the processing of applications filed prior to the month posted on iCERT. If your application was filed more than 3 months prior to the month posted, you may contact our Helpdesk for a status on the application at plc.atlanta@dol.gov.

Determinations Average Number of Days to Process PERM Applications
Month Calendar Days
Analyst Review May 2018 139
Audit Review May 2018 249

The Analyst Review and Audit Review determination processing times on iCERT above reflect the amount of time to process applications for the month. The actual processing time for each employer PERM application may vary from the average depending on the material facts and circumstances. OFLC is only reporting the average processing time for all PERM applications for the most recent month.


H-2A Processing Times (updated as of close of business 6/8/2018)

Case Receipt Week Total Cases Submitted* Total Cases Issued First NOA or NOD Percent Receipt Week Issued NOA or NOD
Most Recent Week Completed

May 27 - Jun 2

209 209 100%
Current Processing Week

Jun 3 - Jun 8

245 8 3%

*Figures may change slightly because applications submitted, then withdrawn are excluded.

These tables are intended to help employers understand the processing of H-2A applications on a weekly basis. The tables indicate the calendar week from which employer applications initially received at the Chicago National Processing Center (CNPC) are under active review and issued either a Notice of Acceptance (NOA) or a Notice of Deficiency (NOD), as well as the percentage of all cases received during that calendar week that have been issued an initial or 1st action. As soon as all 1st actions for applications received during the calendar week are issued (i.e., 100% complete), the CNPC will move to the next calendar week of applications received and the chart will be updated accordingly.

Processing Activity Total Cases Current Status
Average Number of Days to Process *Complete Cases (cumulative over the last 2 weeks) 356 26 Calendar Days
Average Number of Days to Process Incomplete Cases (cumulative over the last 2 weeks) 104 38 Calendar Days

*A “complete” H-2A application is defined as one containing all the documentation required by law or regulation (e.g., recruitment report, farm labor contractor license, housing inspection report) necessary for the OFLC to issue a final decision 30 days before the employer’s start date of work. For “incomplete” applications, OFLC must either issue Notice of Denial or provide employers with additional time to submit documents necessary to meet program requirements. Providing additional time could extend the processing time of any individual application beyond 30 days, thereby increasing average processing times. The actual processing time for each particular H-2A application may vary from the average depending on material facts and individual circumstances of the case. OFLC is only reporting the average processing time for H-2A applications for which processing was completed over the most recent two-week period.


H-2B Processing Times (updated as of close of business 6/8/2018)

Applications Received from January 1 to June 30, 2018
Case Receipt     Week      Total Cases Submitted1   

Total Cases Issued First 
NOA or NOD

Percent Receipt Week Issued NOA or NOD Total Cases Issued Final Decision &
Workers Certified
Most Recent Week
Jan 1 4,421
(79,623 Workers)
4,421 100% 4,400
(76,687 Workers)
Jan 2 - Jan 6 376
(6,449 Workers)
376 100% 374
(5,126 Workers)
Jan 7 - Jan 13 131
(2,352 Workers)

131

100% 130
(1,527 Workers)
Jan 14 - Jan 20 87
(1,358 Workers)
87 100% 79
(428 Workers)
Jan 21 - Jan 27 62
(1,126 Workers)
62 100% 61
(709 Workers)
Jan 28 - Feb 3 150
(1,840 Workers)
150 100% 150
(1,457 Workers)
Feb 4 - Feb 10 68
(776 Workers)
68 100% 68
(543 Workers)
Feb 11 - Feb 17 127
(1,565 Workers)
127 100% 127
(1,238 Workers)
Feb 18 - Feb 24 52
(548 Workers)
52 100% 52
(434 Workers)
Feb 25 - Mar 3 38
(296 Workers)
38 100% 36
(214 Workers)
Mar 4 - Mar 10 36
(409 Workers)
36 100% 34
(336 Workers)
Mar 11 - Mar 17 35
(597 Workers)
35 100% 31
(304 Workers)
Mar 18 - Mar 24 21
(325 Workers)
21 100% 17
(240 Workers)
Mar 25 - Mar 31 17
(347 Workers)
17 100% 14
(82 Workers)
Apr 1 - Apr 7 31
(517 Workers)

31

100% 24
(346 Workers)
Apr 8 - Apr 14 17
(354 Workers)
17 100% 13
(166 Workers)
Apr 15 - Apr 21 19
(351 Workers)
19 100% 17
(122 Workers)
Apr 22 - Apr 28 16
(96 Workers)
16 100% 10
(7 Workers)
Apr 29 - May 5 11
(204 Workers)
11 100% 8
(100 Workers)
May 6 - May 12 11
(134 Workers)
11 100% 3
(11 Workers)
May 13 - May 19 11
(160 Workers)
11 100% 1
(20 Workers)
May 20 - May 26 8
(251 Workers)
8 100% N/A
Total Cases Issued Final Decision & Workers Certified
(for cases received from January 1, 2018 through July 31, 2018)  
5,649
(89,097 Workers)
Current Processing Week
May 27 - Jun 2 14
(1,149 Workers)
1 11% N/A

1Figures may change slightly because applications submitted, then withdrawn and rejected are excluded.

These tables are intended to help employers understand the processing of H-2B applications on a weekly basis. The tables indicate the calendar week from which employer applications initially received at the CNPC are under active review and issued either a Notice of Acceptance (NOA) or a Notice of Deficiency (NOD), as well as the percentage of all cases received during that week that have been issued an initial or 1st action. As soon as all 1st actions for applications received during any particular calendar week are issued (i.e., 100% complete), the CNPC will move to the next calendar week of applications received and the chart will be updated accordingly.

Processing Activity Total Cases Current Status
Average Number of Days to Process Cases with No Deficiencies (cumulative over the last 2 weeks) 9 41 Calendar Days
Average Number of Days to Process Cases with Deficiencies (cumulative over the last 2 weeks) 30 59 Calendar Days

This table displays the average number of calendar days it takes the CNPC to process cases and issue a NOA with no deficiencies, as measured from the case receipt date to the date a final determination is issued. Although each employer application and recruitment effort is unique, we believe that displaying a cumulative average based on the last two weeks of all cases processed to a final determination will provide employers with information that can help them plan for their workforce needs in relation to the expected start date of work. The actual processing time for each particular H-2B application may vary from the average depending on material facts and individual circumstances of the case. OFLC is only reporting the average processing time for H-2B applications for which processing was completed over the most recent two-week period.

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