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NPWC Processing Times (as of 2/29/2020)

Processing QueueRequest Date
H-1BNovember 2019
H-2BFebruary 2020
PERMNovember 2019
CW-1February 2020
Submission Date
RedeterminationsH-1B:January 2020
PERM:January 2020
Center Director ReviewsCW-1:None Pending
H-1B:February 2020
H-2B:None Pending
PERM:February 2020

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.

ProgramAverage Number of Days to Issue Wage Determinations
MonthOES (Calendar Days)Non-OES (Calendar Days)
CW-1February 20192727
H-1BFebruary 2019120111
H-2BFebruary 20192639
PERMFebruary 2019118110

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 2/29/2020)

Processing QueuePriority Date
Analyst ReviewOctober 2019
Audit ReviewJune 2019
Reconsideration Request to the CODecember 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.

DeterminationsAverage Number of Days to Process PERM Applications
MonthCalendar Days
Analyst ReviewFebruary 201992
Audit ReviewFebruary 2019244

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 3/28/2020)

I. Issuance of Initial Notices of Acceptance (NOA) or Deficiency (NOD)

Case Receipt WeekTotal Cases Submitted1Total Cases Issued First NOA or NODPercent Receipt Week Issued NOA or NOD
MOST RECENT WEEK COMPLETED
Mar 15 - Mar 21259259100%
CURRENT PROCESSING STATUS
Mar 22 - Mar 282706725%

II. Average Case Processing Times(measured in calendar days)

Processing ActivityTotal CasesCurrent Status
Average Number of Days to Process Complete2Cases (cumulative over the last 2 weeks)55026 Calendar Days
Average Number of Days to Process Incomplete Cases (cumulative over the last 2 weeks)19729 Calendar Days

[1] Withdrawn and rejected applications are excluded from the total so these numbers may fluctuate.
[2] A Complete H-2A application is defined as one containing all the documentation (e.g.,housing inspection report,workers'compensation,recruitment report) necessary for the OFLC Certifying Officer to issue a final determination 30 days before the start date of need.


H-2B Processing Times(updated as of close of business March 28,2020)
Applications Received for Requested Date of Need from October 1,2019 through March 31,2020
STEP 1STEP 2STEP 3STEP 4
Filing WindowTotal Cases Submitted3 &Positions RequestedTotal Cases Issued First NOA or NODPercent of First NOA or NOD IssuedTotal Cases Pending - Post NOA or NOD Issued4Total Cases Issued Final Decision &
Positions Certified
July 2019732
(18,552 Workers)
732100%--732
(16,788 Workers)
Aug 2019342
(7,474 Workers)
342100%--342
(7,466 Workers)
Sept 2019230
(10,180 Workers)
230100%--230
(9,550 Workers)
Oct 2019465
(15,261 Workers)
465100%--465
(14,090 Workers)
Nov 2019275
(7,210 Workers)
275100%--275
(6,472 Workers)
Dec 201989
(2,870 Workers)
89100%--89
(2,340 Workers)
Jan 2020513
(213 Workers)
13100%6
(44 Workers)
7
(155 Workers)
Total Cases Issued Final Decision and Positions Certified (for FY 2020 First Half Visa Cap)2,140
(57,113 Workers)
Applications Received for Requested Date of Need from April 1,2020 through September 30,2020
STEP 1STEP 2STEP 3STEP 4
Filing
Window
Total Cases Submitted4 &Positions RequestedTotal Cases Issued First NOA or NODPercent of First NOA or NOD IssuedTotal Cases Pending - Post NOA or NOD Issued3Total Cases Issued Final Decision &
Positions Certified
Jan 2-4
Group A6
2,007
(34,868 Workers)
2,007100.0%8
(92 Workers)
1,999
(33,908 Workers)
Jan 2-4
Group B6
1,086
(19,104 Workers)
1,086100.0%5
(54 Workers)
1,081
(18,353 Workers)
Jan 2-4
Group C6
1,059
(18,997 Workers)
1,059100.0%23
(307 Workers)
1,036
(17,911 Workers)
Jan 2-4
Group D6
1,088
(18,589 Workers)
1,088100.0%107
(1,677 Workers)
977
(16,405 Workers)
Jan 2-4
Group E6
236
(4,154 Workers)
236100.0%77
(1,252 Workers)
158
(2,847 Workers)
Jan 2 - 472
(30 Workers)
2100.0%2
(30 Workers)
--
Jan 5 - 1141
(775 Workers)
41100.0%29
(490 Workers)
12
(285 Workers)
Jan 12 - 1883
(1,188 Workers)
83100.0%49
(790 Workers)
34
(398 Workers)
Jan 19 - 2530
(395 Workers)
30100.0%22
(269 Workers)
8
(126 Workers)
Jan 26 - Feb 165
(802 Workers)
65100.0%61
(750 Workers)
4
(52 Workers)
Feb 2 - 8110
(1,096 Workers)
110100.0%104
(1,063 Workers)
6
(33 Workers)
Feb 9 - 15135
(1,463 Workers)
135100.0%135
(1,463 Workers)
--
Feb 16 - 2288
(962 Workers)
88100.0%88
(962 Workers)
--
Feb 23 - 2923
(258 Workers)
23100.0%23
(258 Workers)
--
Mar 1 - 760
(1,768 Workers)
6086.9%60
(1,768 Workers)
--
Mar 8 - 1472
(2,476 Workers)
72100.0%72
(2,476 Workers)
--
Mar 15 - 2135
(1,183 Workers)
3394.3%33
(1,077 Workers)
--
Total Cases Issued Final Decision and Positions Certified (for FY 2020 Second Half Visa Cap)5,316
(90,318 Workers)

[3] Withdrawn and rejected applications are excluded from the total so these numbers may fluctuate.
[4] Total number of pending applications that received a NOA and are actively recruiting for U.S. workers or responding to a NOD.
[5] H-2B Applications filed in January 2020,with a Requested Start Date of Need within the FY 2020 First Half Visa Cap (October 1,2019 through March 31,2020).
[6] H-2B Applications filed from January 2nd through January 4th,with a Requested Start Date of Need of April 1,2020,that were included in the randomization and assignment process.
[7] H-2B Applications received from January 2nd through January 4th,with a Requested Start Date of Need of April 2,2020 or later.


CW-1 Processing Times (FY 2020 activity, updated as of close of business 3/28/2020)

STEP 1STEP 2STEP 3STEP 4
Month of ReceiptTotal Cases Submitted2&Positions RequestedTotal Cases Issued First NOA or NODPercent of First NOA or NOD IssuedTotal Cases Pending - Post NOA or NOD Issued3Total Cases Issued Final Decision &
Positions Certified
October196
(728 Positions)
196100%1
(1 Positions)
195
(276 Positions)
November145
(790 Positions)
145100%1
(2 Positions)
144
(397 Positions)
December119
(462 Positions)
119100%5
(14 Positions)
114
(174 Positions)
January124
(459 Positions)
124100%35
(119 Positions)
89
(199 Positions)
February75
(864 Positions)
75100%54
(721 Positions)
21
(136 Positions)
March103
(1,537 Positions)
8582.5%84
(472 Positions)
1
(0 Workers)

Types of Applications
STEP 1STEP 2STEP 3STEP 4
Application TypeTotal Cases Submitted2&Positions RequestedTotal Cases Issued First NOA or NODPercent of First NOA or NOD IssuedTotal Cases Pending - Post NOA/NOD Issued3Total Cases Issued Final Decision &
Positions Certified
New CW-1 Visas4588
(4,481 Positions)
58499.3%125
(1,198 Positions)
459
(1,112 Positions)
Renewal of CW-1 Visas5174
(359 Positions)
16092.0%55
(131 Positions)
105
(70 Positions)
TOTALS762
(4,840 Positions)
74497.6%180
(1,329 Positions)
564
(1,182 Positions)
1 CW-1 workermeans any foreign worker who is lawfully present in the Commonwealth and authorized by DHS to perform temporary labor or services under 48 U.S.C. 1806(d).
2 Figures may change slightly because applications submitted,then withdrawn are excluded
3 Total number of pending applications that either received a NOA and actively recruiting for U.S. workers orresponding to a NOD issued by the CO.
4 Indicates employer is requesting to hire a foreign worker who is not already performing work in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in CW-1 visa status.
5 Indicates employer is requesting to extend the employment of a foreign worker in CW-1 visa status.