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NPWC Processing Times (as of 01/31/2018)
Processing Queue Request Date

H-1B

November 2017

H-2B

January 2018

PERM

November 2017
  Submission Date
Redeterminations PERM/H-1B: December 2017
Center Director Reviews

H-1B: None Pending
PERM: December 2017
H-2B: January 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 January 2018 74 77
H-2B January 2018 28

32

PERM January 2018 73 81

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 01/31/2018)

Processing Queue Priority Dates
Month Year
Analyst Review August 2017
Audit Review June 2017
Reconsideration Requests to the CO December 2017

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 December 2017 152
Audit Review December 2017 251

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 2/22/2018)

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

Feb 4 - Feb 10

355 355 100%
Current Processing Week

Feb 11 - Feb 17

447 387 87%

*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) 633 28 Calendar Days
Average Number of Days to Process Incomplete Cases (cumulative over the last 2 weeks) 308 40 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 2/22/2018)

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 4,443
(79,958 Workers)
4,443 100% 2,541
(42,802 Workers)
Current Processing Week
Jan 2 - Jan 6 452
(7,709 Workers)
132 29% N/A
Jan 7 - Jan 13 157
(2,642 Workers)
N/A N/A N/A
Jan 14 - Jan 20 99
(1,466 Workers)
N/A N/A N/A
Jan 21 - Jan 27 68
(1,414 Workers)
N/A N/A N/A
Jan 28 - Feb 3 166
(2,126 Workers)
N/A N/A N/A
Feb 4 - Feb 10 88
(994 Workers
N/A N/A N/A
Feb 11 - Feb 17 138
(1,758 Workers)
N/A N/A N/A

1Figures may change slightly because applications submitted, then withdrawn and rejected are excluded.

Applications Received from July 1 to December 31, 2017
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 Weeks Completed
Jul 23 - Jul 29 53
(1,799 Workers)
53 100% 52
(1,152 Workers)
Sep 10 -Sep 16 55
(1,387 Workers)
55 100% 54
(901 Workers)
Oct 8 - Oct 14 52
(1,236 Workers)
52 100% 51
(1,111 Workers)
Oct 29 - Nov 4 372
(10,660 Workers)
372 100% 369
(9,506 Workers)
Nov 5 - Nov 11 114
(2,798 Workers)
114 100% 111
(2,567 Workers)
Nov 12 - Nov 18 392
(10,788 Workers)
392 100% 383
(9,798 Workers)
Nov 26 - Dec 2 60
(1,601 Workers)
60 100% 53
(668 Workers)
Dec 3 - Dec 9 53
(901 Workers)
53 100% 32
(336 Workers)
Dec 10 - Dec 16 21
(306 Workers)
21 100% 15
(100 Workers)
Dec 17 - Dec 23 26
(813 Workers)
26 100% 13
(293 Workers)
Dec 24 - Dec 30 45
(883 Workers)
45 100% 16
(149 Workers)
Total Cases Issued Final Decision & Workers Certified
(for cases received from July 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017)  
2,235
(52,212 Workers)

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) 2,104 50 Calendar Days
Average Number of Days to Process Cases with Deficiencies (cumulative over the last 2 weeks) 438 51 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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