PERM & Prevailing Wage Processing Updates Issued by DOL

January 12, 2023

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 slightly longer than November 2022  based  on DOL data      

  • Average PERM  PWD processing times were slightly shorter than November 2022 based on DOL data 

What are the Changes for PERM?      

As of Dec. 31, 2022, the DOL was adjudicating PERM applications filed in or before April 2022. The agency was conducting audit reviews for PERM applications filed in or before January 2022  and reviewing appeals for reconsideration filed in or before June 2022.    

Average  PERM  processing  times  were  255 days for adjudication, which is six days longer than November 2022. The average PERM processing time for audit review was 356 days, which is 12 days shorter than the previous month.  

What are the Changes for PWD?      

As of Dec. 31, 2022, the DOL was processing PERM PWD requests filed in January 2022 for determinations based on DOL wage data and for determinations based on other submitted wage sources.  The DOL was processing PERM  PWD redetermination requests for cases filed in May 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 Christina Elder, 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.

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