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NPWC Processing Times (as of 10/31/2019)
Processing Queue Request Date
H-1B July 2019
H-2B August 2019
PERM July 2019
CW-1 October 2019
  Submission Date
Redeterminations H-1B: October 2019
PERM: October 2019
Center Director Reviews CW-1: None Pending
H-1B: October 2019
H-2B: October 2019
PERM: October 2019

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)
CW-1 October 2019 15 16
H-1B October 2019 107 93
H-2B October 2019 26 52
PERM October 2019 106 90

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 10/31/2019)

Processing Queue Priority Date
Analyst Review July 2019
Audit Review February 2019
Reconsideration Request to the CO May 2019

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 August 2019 70
Audit Review March 2019 239

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 11/2/2019)

Case Receipt Week Total Cases Submitted1 Total Cases Issued First NOA or NOD Percent Receipt Week Issued NOA or NOD
Most Recent Week Completed
Oct 20-26 107 107 100%
Current Processing Week
Oct 27- Nov 2 181 24 13%

1Figures 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 Complete2 Cases (cumulative over the last 2 weeks) 88 26 Calendar Days
Average Number of Days to Process Incomplete Cases (cumulative over the last 2 weeks) 128 29 Calendar Days

2A “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 11/2/2019)

Applications Received from July 3 to December 31, 2019
Case Receipt Week Total Cases Submitted**    Total Cases Issued First 
NOA or NOD
Percent Receipt Week Issued NOA or NOD Total Cases Issued Final Decision &
Workers Certified
Most Recent Week
Jul 3-5
(Group A)
468
(11,691 Workers)
468 100% 468
(11,279 Workers)
Jul 3-6 10
(121 Workers)
10 100% 10
(121 Workers)
Jul 7-13 62
(1,665 Workers)
62 100% 62
(1,579 Workers)
Jul 14-20 106
(2,442 Workers)
106 100% 106
(1,949 Workers)
Jul 21-27 61
(2,004 Workers)
61 100% 59
(1,653 Workers)
Jul 28-Aug 3 72
(1,634 Workers)
72 100% 69
(1,382 Workers)
Aug 4-10 81
(1,643 Workers)
81 100% 81
(1,438 Workers)
Aug 11-17 78
(1,875 Workers)
78 100% 77
(1,588 Workers)
Aug 18-24 75
(2,572 Workers)
75 100% 73
(1,995 Workers)
Aug 25-31 58
(1,028 Workers)
58 100% 58
(997 Workers)
Sep 1-7 70
(1,288 Workers)
70 100% 67
(1,184 Workers)
Sep 8-14 50
(5,043 Workers)
50 100% 43
(4,449 Workers)
Sep 15-21 65
(1,275 Workers)
65 100% 56
(898 Workers)
Sep 22-28 40
(2,980 Workers)
40 100% 31
(2,090 Workers)
Sep 29-Oct 5 90
(3,223 Workers)
90 100% 57
(1,964 Workers)
Oct 6-12 46
(1,242 Workers)
46 100% 14
(611 Workers)
Oct 13-19 141
(4,764 Workers)
141 100% --
Total Cases Issued Final Decision & Workers Certified
(for cases received from July 3, 2019 through December 31, 2019)  
1,321
(35,177 Workers)
Current Processing Week
Oct 20- 26 192
(5,270 Workers)
139 72.4% --

3Figures 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) 67 26 Calendar Days
Average Number of Days to Process Cases with Deficiencies (cumulative over the last 2 weeks) 99 41 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.


CW-1 Transitional Worker Visa Program (updated as of close of business 11/2/2019)

  STEP 1 STEP 2 STEP 3 STEP 4
Month of Receipt Total Cases Submitted4 & Positions Requested Total Cases Issued First NOA or NOD Percent Receipt Week Issued NOA or NOD Total Cases Pending - Post NOA or NOD Issued5 Total Cases Issued Final Decision &
Workers Certified
May 106
(327 Positions)
106 100% -- 106
(132 Positions)
June 1,537
(3,986 Positions)
1,537 100% 14
(27 Workers)
1,523
(3,041 Positions)
July 2,151
(6,258 Positions)
2,151 100% 91
(266 Workers)
2,060
(4,587 Positions)
August 1,070
(2,516 Positions)
1,070 100% 261
(697 Workers)
809
(1,474 Positions)
September 358
(1,213 Positions)
358 100% 259
(890 Positions)
99
(1 Positions)
October 209
(764 Positions)
197 94.3% 185
(621 Positions)
12
(0 Positions)
CW-1 worker means any foreign worker who is lawfully present in the Commonwealth and authorized to DHS to perform temporary labor or services under 48 U.S.C 1806(d)
Types of Applications
  STEP 1 STEP 2 STEP 3 STEP 4
Type Total Cases Submitted4 & Positions Requested Total Cases Issued First NOA or NOD Percent Receipt Week Issued NOA or NOD Total Cases Pending - Post NOA or NOD Issued1 Total Cases Issued Final Decision &
Workers Certified
New
Employment6
1,540
(5,600 Positions)
1,526 99.1% 443
(1,632 Workers)
1,083
(2,338 Positions)
Renewal of Approved Employment7 3,893
(9,475 Positions)
3,893 99.9% 367
(869 Workers)
3,526
(7,060 Positions)
TOTALS 5,435
(15,075 Positions)
5,419 99.7% 810
(2,501 Workers)
4,609
(9,398 Positions)

4Figures may change slightly because applications submitted, then withdrawn and rejected are excluded.
5Total number of pending applicaitons that either received a NOA and actively recruiting for US worker or responding to a NOD issued by the CO.
6"New Employment" indicates employer is requesting to hire a foreign worker who is not alredy performing work in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in CW-1 visa status.
7"Renewal of Approved Employment" indicates employer is requesting to extend the employment of a foreign worker in CW-1 visa status.