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NPWC Processing Times (as of 12/31/2018)
Processing Queue Request Date

H-1B

September 2018

H-2B

December 2018

PERM

August 2018
  Submission Date
Redeterminations H-1B: November 2018
PERM: November 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 December 2018 114 --
H-2B December 2018 27

37

PERM December 2018 113 132

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 12/31/2018)

Processing Queue Priority Dates
Month Year
Analyst Review October 2018
Audit Review June 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 December 2018 75
Audit Review December 2018 204

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 1/19/2019)

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

Jan 6 - Jan 12

812 812 100%
Current Processing Week

Jan 13 - Jan 19

577 126 22%

*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) 609 28 Calendar Days
Average Number of Days to Process Incomplete Cases (cumulative over the last 2 weeks) 145 39 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 1/19/2019)

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% 299
(6,252 Workers)
Sept 1 - 30 178
(5,399 Workers)
178 100% 177
(5,386 Workers)
Oct 1 - 31 293
(9,030 Workers)
293 100% 293
(7,303 Workers)
Nov 1 - 30 624
(19,861 Workers)
624 100% 624
(16,596 Workers)
Dec 1 - 22 162
(3,935 Workers)
162 100% 162
(1,343 Workers)
Total Cases Issued Final Decision & Workers Certified
(for cases received from July 3, 2018 through December 31, 2018)  
2,317
(52,995 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 75
(1,686 Workers)
75 100% --
Total Cases Issued Final Decision & Workers Certified
(for cases received from January 1, 2019 through July 2, 2019)  
--
Current Processing Week
January 7 5,185
(94,239 Workers)
1,121 22% --
Jan 8 - Jan 12 167
(3,556 Workers)
-- -- --
 
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) 45 35 Calendar Days
Average Number of Days to Process Cases with Deficiencies (cumulative over the last 2 weeks) 80 53 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.