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NPWC Processing Times (as of 12/31/2019)
Processing QueueRequest Date
H-1BSeptember 2019
H-2BDecember 2019
PERMSeptember 2019
CW-1December 2019
 Submission Date
RedeterminationsH-1B: November 2019
PERM: November 2019
Center Director ReviewsCW-1: None Pending
H-1B: December 2019
H-2B: None Pending
PERM: None Pending

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.

ProgramAverage Number of Days to Issue Wage Determinations
MonthOES (Calendar Days)Non-OES (Calendar Days)
CW-1December 20192727
H-1BDecember 2019120111
H-2BDecember 20192639
PERMDecember 2019118110

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 12/31/2019)

Processing QueuePriority Date
Analyst ReviewSeptember 2019
Audit ReviewApril 2019
Reconsideration Request to the COJuly 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 ReviewDecember 201992
Audit ReviewDecem244

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 01/24/2020)

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
Jan 12 - Jan 18612612100%
CURRENT PROCESSING STATUS
Jan 19 - Jan 25563356%

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

Processing ActivityTotal CasesCurrent Status
Average Number of Days to Process Complete2 Cases (cumulative over the last 2 weeks)61729 Calendar Days
Average Number of Days to Process Incomplete Cases (cumulative over the last 2 weeks)28828 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 January 24, 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
(8,126 Workers)
342100%1
(1 Worker)
339
(7,238 Workers)
Sept 2019232
(10,237 Workers)
232100%2
(31 Workers)
228
(9,550 Workers)
Oct 2019465
(15,261 Workers)
465100%5
(285 Workers)
460
(14,015 Workers)
Nov 2019278
(7,265 Workers)
278100%7
(90 Workers)
271
(6,504 Workers)
Dec 201989
(2,870 Workers)
89100%19
(879 Workers)
70
(1,462 Workers)
Jan 2020513
(213 Workers)
753.8%3
(148 Workers)
4
(15Workers)
Total Cases Issued Final Decision and Positions Certified (for FY 2020 First Half Visa Cap)2,100
(55,557 Workers)
 
H-2B Processing Times (updated as of close of business January 24, 2020)
Applications Received for Requested Date of Need from April 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020
 STEP 1STEP 2STEP 3STEP 4
Filing WindowTotal 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
2,016
(34,894 Workers)
2,016100.0%1,832
(31,751 Workers)
184
(3,069 Workers)
Jan 2-4
Group B6
1,114
(19,704 Workers)
00.0%50
(815 Workers)
--
Jan 2-4
Group C6
1,101
(19,616 Workers)
00.0%----
Jan 2-4
Group D6
1,150
(19,639 Workers)
00.0%----
Jan 2-4
Group E6
248
(4,260 Workers)
00.0%----
Jan 2 - 473
(33 Workers)
00.0%----
Jan 5 - 1145
(824 Workers)
00.0%----
Jan 12 - 1884
(1,192 Workers)
00.0%----
Jan 19 - 2534
(487 Workers)
00.0%----
Total Cases Issued Final Decision and Positions Certified (for FY 2020 Second Half Visa Cap)184
(3,069 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 (updated as of close of business 1/24/2020)

 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
May106
(327 Positions)
106100%--106
(132 Positions)
June1,558
(4,211 Positions)
1,558100%1
(2 Positions)
1,557
(3,047 Positions)
July2,160
(6,302 Positions)
2,160100%--2,158
(4,648 Positions)
August1,044
(2,446 Positions)
1,044100%2
(2 Positions)
1,042
(1,682 Positions)
September339
(1,158 Positions)
339100%7
(12 Positions)
332
(648 Positions)
October197
(732 Positions)
197100%12
(64 Positions)
185
(276 Positions)
November145
(790 Positions)
145100%112
(616 Positions)
34
(83 Positions)
December121
(464 Positions)
12099.2%102
(390 Positions)
18
(25 Positions)
January121
(447 Positions)
4940.5%49
(193 Positions)
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Types of Applications
 STEP 1STEP 2STEP 3STEP 4
MonthTotal 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 Visas41,841
(7,132 Positions)
1,77996.6%270
(1,086 Positions)
1,571
(3,305 Positions)
Renewal of CW-1 Visas53,950
(9,745 Positions)
3,93999.7%56
(98 Positions)
3,894
(7,320 Positions)
TOTALS5,791
(16,877 Positions)
5,71898.7%326
(1,445 Positions)
5,465
(10,625 Positions)

CW-1 worker means 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).
Figures may change slightly because applications submitted, then withdrawn are excluded
Total number of pending applications that either received a NOA and actively recruiting for U.S. workers or responding to a NOD issued by the CO.
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.
Indicates employer is requesting to extend the employment of a foreign worker in CW-1 visa status.