PERM & Prevailing Wage Processing Updates Issued by DOL

May 11, 2021

Note: This article has been updated to provide the latest information on PERM and PWD processing times available from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

Key Points

  • The DOL has updated prevailing wage determination (PWD) and permanent labor certification (PERM) processing times
  • Average PERM processing times were marginally shorter compared to April 2021
  • Average PWD processing times decreased slightly based on DOL data

What are the Changes for PERM?

On April 30, 2021, the DOL was adjudicating applications filed in or before October 2020. It was conducting audit reviews for PERM applications filed in or before June 2020 and reviewing appeals for reconsideration filed in or before November 2020. Average PERM processing times were 221 days for adjudication and 348 days for audit review.

What are the Changes for PWD?

On April 30, 2021, the DOL was processing PWD requests that were filed in or before November 2020. The DOL was processing PWD redetermination requests filed in March 2021. The average processing times for PWD requests were 145 days (based on DOL data) and 129 days (non-DOL data).

Looking Ahead

This article is updated on a monthly basis to reflect updates to PERM and PWD processing times. Please visit the DOL’s website for additional information.


Envoy is pleased to provide you this information, which was prepared in collaboration with Ian Love and Anne Walsh, who are both Partners at Global Immigration Associates, P.C. (www.giafirm.com), Envoy’s affiliated law firm.

Content in this publication is not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an Envoy-affiliated attorney or another qualified professional.

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