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NPWC Processing Times (as of 4/30/2019)
Processing Queue Request Date

H-1B

January 2019

H-2B

April 2019

PERM

January 2019

CW-1

April 2019
  Submission Date
Redeterminations H-1B: March 2019
PERM: March 2019
Center Director Reviews

H-1B: None Pending
H-2B: April 2019
PERM: February 2019

*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 April 2019 118 123
H-2B April 2019 28 40
PERM April 2019 118 117
CW-1 April 2019 22 --

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 4/30/2019)

Processing Queue Priority Dates
Month Year
Analyst Review February 2019
Audit Review October 2018
Reconsideration Requests to the CO December  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 April 2019 99
Audit Review March 2019 212

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 5/11/2019)

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

Apr 28 - May 4

220 220 100%
Current Processing Week

May 5 - May 11

222 5

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) 175 27 Calendar Days
Average Number of Days to Process Incomplete Cases (cumulative over the last 2 weeks) 71 36 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 5/17/2019)

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 - 31 762
(16,132 Workers)
762 100% 762
(16,115 Workers)
Aug 1 - 31 300
(6,606 Workers)
300 100% 298
(6,252 Workers)
Sept 1 - 30 178
(5,399 Workers)
178 100% 176
(5,386 Workers)
Oct 1 - 31 293
(9,030 Workers)
293 100% 290
(7,303 Workers)
Nov 1 - 30 624
(19,861 Workers)
624 100% 618
(17,375 Workers)
Dec 1 - 22 162
(3,935 Workers)
162 100% 152
(3,165 Workers)
Total Cases Issued Final Decision & Workers Certified
(for cases received from July 3, 2018 through December 31, 2018)  
2,296
(55,596 Workers)
 
Applications Received from January 1 to July 2, 2019
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 - Jan 6 73
(1,674 Workers)
73 100% 73
(1,607 Workers)
January 7 4,941
(89,558 Workers)
4,941 100% 4,925
(81,418 Workers)
Jan 8 - Jan 12 123
(1,920 Workers)
123 100% 118
(1,098 Workers)
Jan 13 - Jan 19 81
(1,501 Workers)
81 100% 80
(912 Workers)
Jan 20 - Jan 26 61
(1,143 Workers)
61 100% 52
(290 Workers)
Jan 27 - Feb 2 117
(1,640 Workers)
117 100% 116
(1,246 Workers)
Feb 3 - Feb 9 80
(1,091 Workers)
80 100% 80
(907 Workers)
Feb 10 - Feb 16 137
(1,498 Workers)
137 100% 136
(1,334 Workers)
Feb 17 - Feb 23 50
(475 Workers)
50 100% 50
(459 Workers)
Feb 24 - Mar 2 33
(563 Workers)
33 100% 32
(493 Workers)
Mar 3 - Mar 9 58
(1,172 Workers)
58 100% 57
(756 Workers)
Mar 10 - Mar 16 38
(488 Workers)
38 100% 38
(182 Workers)
Mar 17 - Mar 23 19
(174 Workers)
19 100% 16
(138 Workers)
Mar 24 - Mar 30 19
(273 Workers)
19 100% 18
(237 Workers)
Mar 31 - Apr 6 25
(458 Workers)
25 100% 21
(248 Workers)
Apr 7 - Apr 13 6
(146 Workers)
6 100% 6
(60 Workers)
April 14 - Apr 20 17
(395 Workers)
17 100% 9
(32 Workers)
Apr 21- Apr 27 15
(107 Workers)
15 100% 7
(20 Workers)
Total Cases Issued Final Decision & Workers Certified
(for cases received from January 1, 2019 through July 2, 2019)  
5,834
(91,437 Workers)
Current Processing Week
Apr 28- May 4 11
(129 Workers)
11 100%

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May 5 - May 11 6
(32 Workers)
3 50% --
 
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 45 Calendar Days
Average Number of Days to Process Cases with Deficiencies (cumulative over the last 2 weeks) 28 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.