PERM & Prevailing Wage Processing Updates Issued by DOL

August 5, 2022 Susannah Nichols

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 several weeks longer compared to June 2022  based  on DOL data    
  • Average PERM  PWD processing times were the same as June 2022 based on DOL  data    

What are the Changes for PERM?      

As of July 31, 2022, the DOL was  adjudicating PERM applications  filed in or before December 2021. The agency was conducting audit reviews for PERM applications filed in or before  October 2021  and reviewing  appeals for reconsideration filed in or before March 2022.  

Average  PERM  processing  times  were  221 days  for adjudication, which is about three weeks longer than in June. The average PERM processing time for audit review was 296 days, which is slightly longer than the previous month.

What are the Changes for PWD?      

As of July 31, 2022, the DOL was processing PERM PWD requests filed in January 2022 for determinations based on DOL wage data and December 2021 for determinations based on other submitted wage sources.  The DOL was processing PERM  PWD redetermination requests for cases filed in April 2022. 

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.      

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Envoy is pleased to provide you this information, which was prepared in collaboration with Susannah Nichols, who is a Partner at Global Immigration Associates (GIA), one of the two independent U.S. law firms Envoy exclusively works with on the Envoy Platform (the "U.S. Law Firms").      

Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative.

About the Author

Susannah is a Partner at Global Immigration Associates where her practice focuses on H-1B, L-1, TN, E and O-1 nonimmigrant visas, as well as PERM and EB-1 employment based green cards.

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