UPDATE: Prevailing Wage Processing Timeline

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Previously, we reported that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) confirmed that “the processing of Prevailing Wage Determinations, redeterminations, and Center Director Reviews has been temporarily suspended” and we explained that this will impact the filing of PERM applications.  Subsequently, processing resumed but with backlogs.  To update you, DOL has provided an update on its plans for becoming “current” on issuing prevailing wage determinations:

Prevailing Wage Processing Timeline:

PERM: Week of October 23, 2011
H-1B: Week of November 6, 2011
H-2B: Week of December 18, 2011

“Current” carries a different meaning in each program:

A prevailing wage determination is “current” in the PERM and H-1B programs when it is issued within 60 days of submission. For H-2B prevailing wage determinations, “current” is within 30 days of submission in accordance with the program’s regulations. These dates may be subject to change based on actions not anticipated by the Department at this time such as any additional judicial determinations.

The PWD appeals are being processed as resources allow with priority being placed on becoming current on initial PWD requests in each of the respective program areas.

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