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NPWC Processing Times (as of 11/30/2018)
Processing Queue Request Date

H-1B

August 2018

H-2B

November 2018

PERM

August 2018
  Submission Date
Redeterminations H-1B: October 2018
PERM: October 2018
Center Director Reviews

H-1B: None Pending
H-2B: November 2018
PERM: October 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 November 2018 101 115
H-2B September 2018 24

30

PERM September 2018 100 115

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 11/30/2018)

Processing Queue Priority Dates
Month Year
Analyst Review September 2018
Audit Review May 2018
Reconsideration Requests to the CO October 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 November 2018 65
Audit Review November 2018 200

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 12/8/2018)

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

Nov 25 - Dec 2

326 326 100%
Current Processing Week

Dec 3 - Dec 9

378 9 2%

*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) 324 23 Calendar Days
Average Number of Days to Process Incomplete Cases (cumulative over the last 2 weeks) 34 35 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 12/8/2018)

Applications Received from July 3 to December 31, 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
Jul 3 457
(12,073 Workers)
457 100% 450
(10,005 Workers)
Jul 4 - Jul 7 38
(1,315 Workers)
38 100% 37
(1,193 Workers)
Jul 8 - Jul 14 58
(1,349 Workers)
58 100% 58
(1,092 Workers)
Jul 15 - Jul 21 139
(4,160 Workers)
139 100% 137
(2,835 Workers)
Jul 22 - Jul 28 55
(1,248 Workers)
55 100% 55
(823 Workers)
Jul 29 - Aug 4 100
(2,248 Workers)
100 100% 97
(1,609 Workers)
Aug 5 - Aug 11 37
(933 Workers)
37 100% 37
(741 Workers)
Aug 12 - Aug 18 69
(1,551 Workers)
69 100% 67
(1,417 Workers)
Aug 19 - Aug 25 65
(2,055 Workers)
65 100% 62
(1,302 Workers)
Aug 26 - Sep 1 52
(1,626 Workers)
52 100% 50
(1,383 Workers)
Sep 2 - Sep 8 58
(1,464 Workers)
58 100% 58
(1,406 Workers)
Sep 9 - Sep 15 44
(923 Workers)
44 100% 43
(600 Workers)
Sep 16 - Sep 22 47
(1,853 Workers)
47 100% 43
(1,625 Workers)
Sep 23 - Sep 29 35
(2,132 Workers)
35 100% 23
(1,622 Workers)
Sep 30 - Oct 6 77
(2,921 Workers)
77 100% 72
(2,807 Workers)
Oct 7 - Oct 13 51
(1,326 Workers)
51 100% 43
(852 Workers)
Oct 14 - Oct 20 76
(1,699 Workers)
76 100% 54
(1,221 Workers)
Oct 21 - Oct 27 60
(1,907 Workers)
60 100% 41
(1,271 Workers
Oct 28 - Nov 3 454
(13,920 Workers)
454 100% 305
(9,212 Workers)
Nov 4 - Nov 10 114
(5,019 Workers)
114 100% 40
(714 Workers)
Nov 11 - Nov 17 154
(6,035 Workers)
154 100% 19
(531 Workers)
Total Cases Issued Final Decision & Workers Certified
(for cases received from July 3, 2018 through December 31, 2018)  
1,803
(44,373 Workers)
Current Processing Week
Nov 18 - Nov 24 43
(3,136 Workers)
48 98% N/A
 
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  (cumulative over the last 2 weeks) 377 30 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.