PERM & Prevailing Wage Processing Updates Issued by DOL

May 9, 2022 Anne Walsh

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  March 2022  based on DOL data    
  • Average PERM  PWD processing times were similar to March 2022  based on DOL data

What are the Changes for PERM?      

On  April 30, 2022, the DOL was  adjudicating PERM applications  filed in or before October 2021. The agency was conducting audit reviews for PERM applications filed in or before August  2021  and reviewing appeals for reconsideration filed in or before December 2021. Average PERM processing times were 192 days for adjudication, which is slightly longer than in March. The average PERM processing time for audit review was 283 days, which was the same as the previous month.

What are the Changes for PWD?      

On April 30, 2022, the DOL was processing PERM PWD requests filed in October 2021 for determinations based on DOL wage data and for determinations based on other submitted wage sources.  As in March, the DOL continued to process  PERM  PWD redetermination requests for cases filed in February 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 Anne Walsh, 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

Anne is a Partner with Global Immigration Associates. In this role, she provides counsel for companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500 corporations and their foreign national employees. Anne’s practice focuses on obtaining visas and employment-based green cards in all categories; immigration compliance arising from corporate changes, such as reorganizations and restructuring; and office relocations and company immigration policies and best practices. She also has extensive experience preparing and reviewing business immigration filings, requests for further evidence and appeals, and in researching and analyzing immigration statutes, policy and procedure. Anne works with clients in several industries, including software, cloud technology, manufacturing and electronics. In addition to her employment-based practice, Anne provides counsel for individuals pursuing visas and green cards through family relationships.

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