PERM & Prevailing Wage Processing Updates Issued by DOL

November 18, 2021 Ian Love

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 longer compared to September 2021     

  • Average PWD processing times decreased slightly based on DOL data     

What are the Changes for PERM?    

On Oct. 31, 2021, the DOL was adjudicating applications filed in or before June 2021. It was conducting audit reviews for PERM applications filed in or before January 2021 and reviewing appeals for reconsideration filed in or before June 2021. Average PERM processing times were 159 days for adjudication and 316 days for audit review.     

What are the Changes for PWD?    

On Oct. 31, 2021, the DOL was processing PWD requests that were filed in or before February 2021. The DOL was processing PWD redetermination requests filed in September 2021. The average processing times for PWD requests were 167 days (based on DOL data) and 235 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.    

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Envoy is pleased to provide you this information, which was prepared in collaboration with Ian Love, 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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