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Current PERM Processing Times (July 9, 2015)

Our office handles a substantial number of ETA Form 9089 – Permanent Labor Certification (“PERM”) applications and we are closely monitoring the current PERM processing times not only for the benefit of our clients but also to be able to predict longer-term trends in PERM processing.

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) has provided an update on the current PERM filing and processing statistics in addition to the processing dates as of July 9, 2015.

Current PERM Processing Times

The processing times report by DOL for this month suggests slight increase in the PERM processing times compared to the last couple of months.    Regular PERM cases should take around seven months.

The processing times, as reported by DOL, are as follows:

  • Regular processing: December 2014.  DOL is processing PERM applications with priority dates of December 2014.  This report suggests that the processing times remain largely unchanged.   Accordingly, regular PERM processing times should be around seven months.   Our office has experienced PERM approvals consistent with this timeline and we can confirm it.    The PERM processing times have increased over the last few months – from around five to seven months — we hope that DOL will be able to change this trend and decrease their regular PERM processing times over the next months.
  • Audited applications: March 2014.  DOL is processing PERM audits which have a priority date (date of filing of the PERM application) of March 2014.  This processing times report indicates that DOL is working more aggressively on decreasing the (already long) PERM audit backlog.    Accordingly, audited PERM applications are processed approximately 15 months after the initial PERM was filed and the priority date established.
  • Appealed applications (requests for reconsideration to the Certifying Officer):May  2015.  DOL is processing PERM appeals (requests for reconsideration to the certifying officer) which were appealed in May 2015.  There is an increase in this metric – only a few months ago it used to take 30-45 days to hear from the Certifying Officer.  Now, it may take 2 to 3 months to hear from the Certifying Officer after a PERM case is denied and a request for appeal is sent to the Certifying Officer.
  • “Government error” appealed applications. DOL has indicated that PERM appeals in this category are reviewed on a 30-45 day timeline.   However, after filing an appeal, DOL does not make an indication whether a PERM appeal is accepted to be processed under the  “government error” queue or under the regular appeal queue.   As a result, DOL has indicated that the only way to know whether a PERM appeal has been accepted for processing under the “government error” queue is to wait for 45 days for response.  If the PERM appeal is reviewed within this time, this would be an indication that a PERM appeal has been accepted (and reviewed) under the “government error” queue.  If no response is received 45 days after filing of a PERM appeal, then this should be an indication that the PERM is pending under the regular appeals queue.

Conclusion

The July 2015 PERM processing times report shows that the PERM processing times are largely unchanged but the PERM audit processing times are decreasing.     e are hopeful that DOL will be able to work on reversing this trend and start bringing the PERM processing times down over  the next months.

Our office has developed a great practice handling PERM filings and/or audit/appeal responses so please do not hesitate to contact us if we can help you.  Also, we will continue monitoring the PERM processing times and analyze any updates.  Please visit us again or subscribe to our free weekly newsletter to ensure that you obtain this and related immigration-related news and announcements.

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PERM, H-1B and Prevailing Wage Case Processing Statistics from the Department of Labor (FY2015 Q3)

The Department of Labor has provided some updates for the third quarter of the Fiscal Year 2015 (April 1, 2015 to June 30, 2015) on their processing of PERM, H-1B LCA and prevailing wage determination cases and we are happy to share them with our clients and readers.

DOL Processing Statistics (Third Quarter, 2015 Fiscal Year)

PERM

According to the PERM case report, during the quarter, there were 20,289 new cases received (an increase of 5% from the prior quarter and almost exactly the same number of filing compared to the third quarter of the year prior), 16,890 certified (slight decrease over the previous quarter), 2,151 denied (significant increase of more than double compared to prior quarters based on comparable number of applications)  and 1,029 withdrawn (about the same as the prior quarter).

There are 63,097 applications pending as of June 28, 2015 which is largely unchanged compared to recent quarters .   Out of these cases, approximately 68% are in analyst review stage (increase by several percentage points), 22% under audit review (significant decrease, from 30% six months ago) and 9% on appeal (slight increase).

CILG Comment:  while these numbers indicate that the rate of filings and approvals remains more or less unchanged, the percentage of cases in audit stage has dropped significantly while the rate of denial has doubled.   This suggests that DOL is putting more effort on clearing audit cases and subsequently denying more PERM applications.

Prevailing Wage Determinations

The prevailing wage report provides some detailed breakdown of the rate of filings in addition to details about top employers, top occupations and top areas.   During the third quarter, there were approximately 39,000 prevailing wage determination requests filed — of those, 35,658 were for PERM cases (increase of 16% compared to prior year’s period), 1,771 were for H-1B cases (decrease of 7%) and 1,422 were for H-2B cases (increase of 31% year-over-year).     In terms of activity, 30,164 prevailing wage determinations were issued during the third quarter and the pending load has increased from 16,958  during the prior quarter to 23,528 in the third quarter of FY2015 which also represents an increase of 64% compared to the prior year’s period.

CILG Comment:   we are seeing a notable increase in the rate of prevailing wage filings, especially for PERM cases which is likely to result in a higher number of PERM applications and, ultimately, longer PERM processing  times.   Additionally, the number of prevailing wage applications pending at DOL is significantly higher, which suggests longer prevailing wage request wait times.

H-1B/LCA

The H-1B/LCA report also provides a breakdown in the rate of filings, in addition to some details about the top LCA filers and the top positions and geographic areas.    Since this quarter fell entirely outside of the H-1B cap filing season, the number of LCA filings is lower compared to other quarters during the year, and especially Q2 of 2015.  Even then, there were 115,837  H-1B LCA filings in the third quarter, noting a significant decrease from the almost 300,000 LCAs filed during the second quarter of the year (due to the H-1B cap season).   However, compared to the same period of last year, there is a fifteen percent increase in the number of LCA filings.   During the quarter, there were 114,984 LCAs certified for 223,859 positions (one LCA can include more than 1 position).

According to DOL, 100% of the LCAs are processed timely within seven days of receipt.     The rate of LCA denial is fairly low (2,678 out of 126,307 determinations) and the main reasons remain (1) FEIN mismatch or failure to verify before LCA filing  or (2) prevailing wage tracking number issues.

Conclusion

The third quarter of the FY2015 shows a significant increase in the number of DOL filings in a number of categories.  Perhaps most notable is increase in the PERM denial rate, likely as a result of DOL’s efforts to decrease the share of PERM cases in audit stage.   Similarly, the PERM prevailing wage requests and the overall number of pending prevailing wage applications pending rose significantly over the prior year period, signaling continued strong rate of upcoming PERM filings and possibly longer prevailing wage processing times.   Thus, in turn, is likely to translate increase in the PERM case processing times.    We are hopeful that DOL would continue to work on decreasing its load and processing times, especially for the PERM cases (see the most recent PERM processing times report).

We will continue monitoring DOL processing metrics and report any notable developments and trends.      Please visit us again, contact us, or subscribe to our free weekly newsletter to ensure that you obtain this and related immigration-related news and announcements.

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Current PERM Processing Times (June 1, 2015)

Our office handles a substantial number of ETA Form 9089 – Permanent Labor Certification (“PERM”) applications and we are closely monitoring the current PERM processing times not only for the benefit of our clients but also to be able to predict longer-term trends in PERM processing.

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) has provided an update on the current PERM filing and processing statistics in addition to the processing dates as of June 1, 2015.

Current PERM Processing Times

The processing times report by DOL for this month suggests slight increase in the PERM processing times compared to the last couple of months.    Regular PERM cases should take around seven months.

The processing times, as reported by DOL, are as follows:

  • Regular processing: November 2014.  DOL is processing PERM applications with priority dates of November 2014.  This report suggests that there is a slowdown in the processing times for regular PERM cases.  Accordingly, regular PERM processing times should be around seven months.   Our office has experienced PERM approvals consistent with this timeline and we can confirm it.    The PERM processing times have increased over the last few months – from around five to seven months — we hope that DOL will be able to change this trend and decrease their regular PERM processing times over the next months.
  • Audited applications: December 2013.  DOL is processing PERM audits which have a priority date (date of filing of the PERM application) of December 2013.  This processing times report has remained more or less consistent over the last few months.    Accordingly, audited PERM applications are processed approximately 18 months after the initial PERM was filed and the priority date established.
  • Appealed applications (requests for reconsideration to the Certifying Officer): April  2015.  DOL is processing PERM appeals (requests for reconsideration to the certifying officer) which were appealed in April 2015.  There is an increase in this metric – only a few months ago it used to take 30-45 days to hear from the Certifying Officer.  Now, it may take 2 to 3 months to hear from the Certifying Officer after a PERM case is denied and a request for appeal is sent to the Certifying Officer.
  • “Government error” appealed applications. DOL has indicated that PERM appeals in this category are reviewed on a 30-45 day timeline.   However, after filing an appeal, DOL does not make an indication whether a PERM appeal is accepted to be processed under the  “government error” queue or under the regular appeal queue.   As a result, DOL has indicated that the only way to know whether a PERM appeal has been accepted for processing under the “government error” queue is to wait for 45 days for response.  If the PERM appeal is reviewed within this time, this would be an indication that a PERM appeal has been accepted (and reviewed) under the “government error” queue.  If no response is received 45 days after filing of a PERM appeal, then this should be an indication that the PERM is pending under the regular appeals queue.

Conclusion

The June 2015 PERM processing times report shows that the PERM processing times are increasing over the last couple of months.   We had noticed gradual increase in the PERM processing times earlier in the year and it appears that this trend of gradual increase in the processing times continues.      We are hopeful that DOL will be able to work on reversing this trend and start bringing the PERM processing times down over  the next months.

Our office has developed a great practice handling PERM filings and/or audit/appeal responses so please do not hesitate to contact us if we can help you.  Also, we will continue monitoring the PERM processing times and analyze any updates.  Please visit us again or subscribe to our free weekly newsletter to ensure that you obtain this and related immigration-related news and announcements.

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Current PERM Processing Times (February 6, 2015)

Our office handles a substantial number of ETA Form 9089 – Permanent Labor Certification (“PERM”) applications and we are closely monitoring the current PERM processing times not only for the benefit of our clients but also to be able to predict longer-term trends in PERM processing.

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) has provided an update on the current PERM filing and processing statistics in addition to the processing dates as of February 6 2015.

Current PERM Processing Times

This month does not bring much change in the PERM processing times – regular PERM cases still take around five months.     The processing time of PERM applications in audit increases by one month compared to our prior monthly report.

The processing times, as reported by DOL, are as follows:

  • Regular processing: September 2014.  DOL is processing PERM applications with priority dates of September  2014.  There is no change in the expected duration of a PERM case compared to the January 2015 report.    Accordingly, regular PERM processing times should be around five months.   Our office has experienced PERM approvals consistent with this timeline and we can confirm it.    The PERM processing times have remained steady at five months — we hope that DOL will be able to decrease their regular PERM processing times over the next months.
  • Audited applications: June 2013.  DOL is processing PERM audits which have a priority date (date of filing of the PERM application) of June 2013.  There is a delay of one additional month in the expected PERM audit review time compared to last month’s report.    Accordingly, audited PERM applications are processed approximately 20-21 months after the initial PERM was filed and the priority date established.
  • Appealed applications (requests for reconsideration to the Certifying Officer): February 2015.  DOL is processing PERM appeals (requests for reconsideration to the certifying officer) which were appealed in February 2015.  There is no change in this category, compared to our last report.    Accordingly, PERM requests for reconsideration are processed within approximately a month after PERM appeal (motion for reconsideration to the Certifying Officer) is filed.
  • “Government error” appealed applications. DOL has indicated that PERM appeals in this category are reviewed on a 30-45 day timeline.   However, after filing an appeal, DOL does not make an indication whether a PERM appeal is accepted to be processed under the  “government error” queue or under the regular appeal queue.   As a result, DOL has indicated that the only way to know whether a PERM appeal has been accepted for processing under the “government error” queue is to wait for 45 days for response.  If the PERM appeal is reviewed within this time, this would be an indication that a PERM appeal has been accepted (and reviewed) under the “government error” queue.  If no response is received 45 days after filing of a PERM appeal, then this should be an indication that the PERM is pending under the regular appeals queue.

Conclusion

The February 2015 PERM processing times report shows that the PERM processing times remain largely unchanged over the last couple of months.  We had noticed gradual decrease in the PERM processing times earlier in the year; however, the last one or two monthly reports suggest that the processing times remain steady.      We are hopeful that the trend of improvement in the processing times would continue in the next months.

Our office has developed a great practice handling PERM filings and/or audit/appeal responses so please do not hesitate to contact us if we can help you.  Also, we will continue monitoring the PERM processing times and analyze any updates.  Please visit us again or subscribe to our free weekly newsletter to ensure that you obtain this and related immigration-related news and announcements.

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PERM, H-1B and Prevailing Wage Case Processing Statistics from the Department of Labor (FY2015 Q1)

The Department of Labor has provided some updates for the first quarter of the Fiscal Year 2015 (October 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014) on their processing of PERM, H-1B LCA and prevailing wage determination cases and we are happy to share them with our clients and readers.

DOL Processing Statistics (First Quarter, 2015 Fiscal Year)

PERM

According to the PERM case report, during the quarter, there were 23,133 new cases received (an increase of 7% from the prior quarter and a significant 31% increase compared to the same period of the previous year), 16,192 certified (slight increase over the previous quarters), 1,322 denied (increase, but in proportion of the rate of new filings) and 1,104 withdrawn (about the same as the prior quarter).

There are 64,810 applications pending as of December 31, 2014 which is about 8% increase in the pending case load.   Out of these cases, approximately 60% are in analyst review stage (no change to prior quarter), 30% under audit review (no change) and 8% on appeal (slight decrease.)

Prevailing Wage Determinations

The prevailing wage report provides some detailed breakdown of the rate of filings in addition to details about top employers, top occupations and top areas.   During the first quarter, there were approximately 38,000 prevailing wage determination requests filed — of those, 29,870 were for PERM cases (increase of 27% compared to prior year’s period), 1,476 were for H-1B cases (increase of 5%) and 6,334 were for H-2B cases (increase of 38%).     In terms of activity, 31,946 prevailing wage determinations were issued during the first quarter and the pending load has increased from 14,619 during the prior quarter to 18,282 in the first quarter of FY2015.

H-1B/LCA

The H-1B/LCA report also provides a breakdown in the rate of filings, in addition to some details about the top LCA filers and the top positions and geographic areas.    Since this quarter fell entirely outside of the H-1B cap filing season, the number of LCA filings is lower compared to other quarters during the year, and especially Q2 of 2014.  Even then, there were 80,520  H-1B LCA filings in the first quarter, noting a decrease of about 13% compared to the prior quarter.   During the quarter, there were 77,691 LCAs certified for 169,282 positions (one LCA can include more than 1 position).

According to DOL, 100% of the LCAs are processed timely within seven days of receipt.     The rate of LCA denial is fairly low (1,761 out of 89,367 determinations) and the main reasons remain (1) FEIN mismatch or failure to verify before LCA filing  or (2) prevailing wage tracking number issues.

Conclusion

The first quarter of the FY2015 shows a significant increase in the number of DOL filings in a number of categories.  Perhaps most notable is the increase in PERM filings – 31% increase over the prior year and 7% increase over the prior quarter.   Similarly, the PERM prevailing wage requests rose by 27% over the prior year period, signaling continued strong rate of upcoming PERM filings.   Thus, in turn, is likely to translate increase in the PERM case processing times.    We are hopeful that DOL would continue to work on decreasing its load and processing times, especially for the PERM cases (see the most recent PERM processing times report).

We will continue monitoring DOL processing metrics and report any notable developments and trends.      Please visit us again, contact us, or subscribe to our free weekly newsletter to ensure that you obtain this and related immigration-related news and announcements.

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Current PERM Processing Times (January 7, 2015)

Our office handles a substantial number of ETA Form 9089 – Permanent Labor Certification (“PERM”) applications and we are closely monitoring the current PERM processing times not only for the benefit of our clients but also to be able to predict longer-term trends in PERM processing.

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) has provided an update on the current PERM filing and processing statistics in addition to the processing dates as of January 7, 2015.

Current PERM Processing Times

This month does not bring much change in the PERM processing times – regular PERM cases still take around five months.     The processing time of PERM applications in audit also remains unchanged compared to our prior monthly report.

The processing times, as reported by DOL, are as follows:

  • Regular processing: August 2014.  DOL is processing PERM applications with priority dates of August  2014.  There is no change in the expected duration of a PERM case compared to the December 2014 report.    Accordingly, regular PERM processing times should be around five months.   Our office has experienced PERM approvals consistent with this timeline and we can confirm it.    The PERM processing times have remained steady at five months — we hope that DOL will be able to decrease their regular PERM processing times over the next months.
  • Audited applications: June 2013.  DOL is processing PERM audits which have a priority date (date of filing of the PERM application) of June 2013.  There is no change in the expected PERM audit review time compared to last month’s report.    Accordingly, audited PERM applications are processed approximately 19-20 months after the initial PERM was filed and the priority date established.
  • Appealed applications (requests for reconsideration to the Certifying Officer):January 2015 .  DOL is processing PERM appeals (requests for reconsideration to the certifying officer) which were appealed in January 2015.  There is no change in this category, compared to our last report.    Accordingly, PERM requests for reconsideration are processed within approximately a month after PERM appeal (motion for reconsideration to the Certifying Officer) is filed.
  • “Government error” appealed applications. DOL has indicated that PERM appeals in this category are reviewed on a 30-45 day timeline.   However, after filing an appeal, DOL does not make an indication whether a PERM appeal is accepted to be processed under the  “government error” queue or under the regular appeal queue.   As a result, DOL has indicated that the only way to know whether a PERM appeal has been accepted for processing under the “government error” queue is to wait for 45 days for response.  If the PERM appeal is reviewed within this time, this would be an indication that a PERM appeal has been accepted (and reviewed) under the “government error” queue.  If no response is received 45 days after filing of a PERM appeal, then this should be an indication that the PERM is pending under the regular appeals queue.

Conclusion

The January 2015 PERM processing times report shows that the PERM processing times remain largely unchanged over the last couple of months.  We had noticed gradual decrease in the PERM processing times earlier in the year; however, the last one or two monthly reports suggest that the processing times remain steady.      We are hopeful that the trend of improvement in the processing times would continue in the next months.

Our office has developed a great practice handling PERM filings and/or audit/appeal responses so please do not hesitate to contact us if we can help you.  Also, we will continue monitoring the PERM processing times and analyze any updates.  Please visit us again or subscribe to our free weekly newsletter to ensure that you obtain this and related immigration-related news and announcements.

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Current PERM Processing Times (December 2, 2014)

Our office handles a substantial number of ETA Form 9089 – Permanent Labor Certification (“PERM”) applications and we are closely monitoring the current PERM processing times not only for the benefit of our clients but also to be able to predict longer-term trends in PERM processing.

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) has provided an update on the current PERM filing and processing statistics in addition to the processing dates as of December 2, 2014.

Current PERM Processing Times

This month does not bring much change in the PERM processing times – regular PERM cases still take around five months.     The processing time of PERM applications in audit increases slightly (by a month) compared to our prior monthly report.

The processing times, as reported by DOL, are as follows:

  • Regular processing: July 2014.  DOL is processing PERM applications with priority dates of July 2014.  There is no change in the expected duration of a PERM case compared to the October 2014 report.    Accordingly, regular PERM processing times should be around five months.   Our office has experienced PERM approvals consistent with this timeline and we can confirm it.    The PERM processing times have remained steady at five months — we hope that DOL will be able to decrease their regular PERM processing times over the next months.
  • Audited applications: May 2013.  DOL is processing PERM audits which have a priority date (date of filing of the PERM application) of May 2013.  There is a slight delay of about one month in the expected PERM audit review time compared to last month’s report.    Accordingly, audited PERM applications are processed approximately 19-20 months after the initial PERM was filed and the priority date established.
  • Appealed applications (requests for reconsideration to the Certifying Officer): December 2014.  DOL is processing PERM appeals (requests for reconsideration to the certifying officer) which were appealed in December 2014.  There is no change in this category, compared to our last report.    Accordingly, PERM requests for reconsideration are processed within approximately a month after PERM appeal (motion for reconsideration to the Certifying Officer) is filed.
  • “Government error” appealed applications. DOL has indicated that PERM appeals in this category are reviewed on a 30-45 day timeline.   However, after filing an appeal, DOL does not make an indication whether a PERM appeal is accepted to be processed under the  “government error” queue or under the regular appeal queue.   As a result, DOL has indicated that the only way to know whether a PERM appeal has been accepted for processing under the “government error” queue is to wait for 45 days for response.  If the PERM appeal is reviewed within this time, this would be an indication that a PERM appeal has been accepted (and reviewed) under the “government error” queue.  If no response is received 45 days after filing of a PERM appeal, then this should be an indication that the PERM is pending under the regular appeals queue.

Conclusion

The December 2014 PERM processing times report shows that the PERM processing times remain largely unchanged over the last couple of months.  We had noticed gradual decrease in the PERM processing times earlier in the year; however, the last one or two monthly reports suggest that the processing times remain steady.      We are hopeful that the trend of improvement in the processing times would continue in the next months.

Our office has developed a great practice handling PERM filings and/or audit/appeal responses so please do not hesitate to contact us if we can help you.  Also, we will continue monitoring the PERM processing times and analyze any updates.  Please visit us again or subscribe to our free weekly newsletter to ensure that you obtain this and related immigration-related news and announcements.

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Case Processing Statistics from the Department of Labor (FY2014 Q4)

The Department of Labor has provided some updates for the fourth quarter of the Fiscal Year 2014 (July 1, 2014 to September 30, 2014) on their processing of PERM, H-1B LCA and prevailing wage determination cases and we are happy to share them with our clients and readers.

DOL Processing Statistics (Fourth Quarter, 2014 Fiscal Year)

PERM

According to the report, during the quarter, there were 21,559 new cases received (an increase of 3% from the same period in the prior year), 15,401 certified (notable decrease over the previous quarters), 1,065 denied (decrease, but in proportion of the rate of new filings) and 1,035 withdrawn (about the same as the prior quarter).

There are 59,901 applications pending as of September 30, 2014 with approximately 60% in analyst review stage (slight decrease), 30% under audit review (slight increase) and 9% on appeal (slight decrease.  It is interesting to note that there were no cases reported in supervised recruitment — we believe that this may be incorrect reporting, because there are supervised recruitment cases right now at DOL.

Prevailing Wage Determinations

The prevailing wage report provides some detailed breakdown of the rate of filings in addition to details about top employers, top occupations and top areas.   During the fourth quarter, there were approximately 37,000 prevailing wage determination requests filed — of those, 31,738 were for PERM cases (increase of 3% compared to prior year’s period), 1,558 were for H-1B cases (decrease of 14%) and 3,357 were for H-2B cases (decrease of 40%).     In terms of activity, 36,247 prevailing wage determinations were issued during the fourth quarter and the pending load has remained steady over the past quarters to about 14,619.

H-1B/LCA

The H-1B/LCA report also provides a breakdown in the rate of filings, in addition to some details about the top LCA filers and the top positions and geographic areas.    Since this quarter fell entirely outside of the H-1B cap filing season, the number of LCA filings is lower compared to other quarters during the year, and especially Q2.  Even then, there were 93,796 H-1B LCA filings in the fourth quarter.   During the quarter, there were 90,367 LCAs certified for 178,352 positions (one LCA can include more than 1 position).

According to DOL, 100% of the LCAs are processed timely within seven days of receipt.     The rate of LCA denial is fairly low (2,390 out of 100,620 determinations) and the main reasons remain (1) FEIN mismatch or failure to verify before LCA filing  or (2) prevailing wage tracking number issues.

Conclusion

The fourth quarter of the FY2014 shows increase in the number of DOL filings in a number of categories.   It is interesting to see that the rate of PERM prevailing wage requests has been going up over the past two quarters, which is likely to translate into a higher number of PERM filings and, as a result, increase in PERM case processing times.    We are hopeful that DOL would continue to work on decreasing its load and processing times, especially for the PERM cases.    We will continue monitoring DOL processing metrics and report any notable developments and trends.      Please visit us again or subscribe to our free weekly newsletter to ensure that you obtain this and related immigration-related news and announcements.

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Current PERM Processing Times (October 6, 2014)

Our office handles a substantial number of ETA Form 9089 – Permanent Labor Certification (“PERM”) applications and we are closely monitoring the current PERM processing times not only for the benefit of our clients but also to be able to predict longer-term trends in PERM processing.

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) has provided an update on the current PERM filing and processing statistics in addition to the processing dates as of October 6, 2014.

Current PERM Processing Times

This month does not bring much change in the PERM processing times – regular PERM cases still take around five months.     The processing time of PERM applications in audit remains unchanged compared to our prior report from a month ago.

The processing times, as reported by DOL, are as follows:

  • Regular processing: May 2014.  DOL is processing PERM applications with priority dates of May 2014.  There is no change in the expected duration of a PERM case compared to the September 2014 report.    Accordingly, regular PERM processing times should be around five months.   Our office has experienced PERM approvals consistent with this timeline and we can confirm it.    We hope that this continues the trend of (slight) improvement in the processing time for PERM cases.
  • Audited applications: April 2013.  DOL is processing PERM audits which have a priority date (date of filing of the PERM application) of April 2013.  There is no change in the expected PERM audit review time compared to last month’s report.    Accordingly, audited PERM applications are processed approximately 18-19 months after the initial PERM was filed and the priority date established.
  • Appealed applications (requests for reconsideration to the Certifying Officer): October 2014.  DOL is processing PERM appeals (requests for reconsideration to the certifying officer) which were appealed in October 2014.  There is no change in this category, compared to our last report.    Accordingly, PERM requests for reconsideration are processed within approximately a month after PERM appeal (motion for reconsideration to the Certifying Officer) is filed.
  • “Government error” appealed applications. DOL has indicated that PERM appeals in this category are reviewed on a 30-45 day timeline.   However, after filing an appeal, DOL does not make an indication whether a PERM appeal is accepted to be processed under the  “government error” queue or under the regular appeal queue.   As a result, DOL has indicated that the only way to know whether a PERM appeal has been accepted for processing under the “government error” queue is to wait for 45 days for response.  If the PERM appeal is reviewed within this time, this would be an indication that a PERM appeal has been accepted (and reviewed) under the “government error” queue.  If no response is received 45 days after filing of a PERM appeal, then this should be an indication that the PERM is pending under the regular appeals queue.

Conclusion

The October 2014 PERM processing times report shows that the PERM processing times remain largely unchanged compared to a month ago.    We had noticed gradual decrease in the PERM processing times earlier in the year; however, the last one or two monthly reports suggest that the processing times remain steady.      We are hopeful that the trend of improvement in the processing times would continue in the next months.

Our office has developed a great practice handling PERM filings and/or audit/appeal responses so please do not hesitate to contact us if we can help you.  Also, we will continue monitoring the PERM processing times and analyze any updates.  Please visit us again or subscribe to our free weekly newsletter to ensure that you obtain this and related immigration-related news and announcements.

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Current PERM Processing Times (September 8, 2014)

Our office handles a substantial number of ETA Form 9089 – Permanent Labor Certification (“PERM”) applications and we are closely monitoring the current PERM processing times not only for the benefit of our clients but also to be able to predict longer-term trends in PERM processing.

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) has provided an update on the current PERM filing and processing statistics in addition to the processing dates as of September 8, 2014.

Current PERM Processing Times

This month does not bring much change in the PERM processing times – regular PERM cases still take around four to five months.     The processing time of PERM applications in audit remains unchanged compared to our prior report from a month ago.

The processing times, as reported by DOL, are as follows:

  • Regular processing: April 2014.  DOL is processing PERM applications with priority dates of April 2014.  There is no change in the expected duration of a PERM case compared to the August 2014 report.    Accordingly, regular PERM processing times should be around four to five months.   Our office has experienced PERM approvals consistent with this timeline and we can confirm it.    We hope that this continues the trend of (slight) improvement in the processing time for PERM cases.
  • Audited applications: March 2013.  DOL is processing PERM audits which have a priority date (date of filing of the PERM application) of March 2013.  This is a delay of about a month compared to last month’s report.    Accordingly, audited PERM applications are processed approximately 18-19 months after the initial PERM was filed and the priority date established.
  • Appealed applications (requests for reconsideration to the Certifying Officer): September 2014.  DOL is processing PERM appeals (requests for reconsideration to the certifying officer) which were appealed in September 2014.  There is no change in this category, compared to our last report.    Accordingly, PERM requests for reconsideration are processed within approximately a month after PERM appeal (motion for reconsideration to the Certifying Officer) is filed.
  • “Government error” appealed applications. DOL has indicated that PERM appeals in this category are reviewed on a 30-45 day timeline.   However, after filing an appeal, DOL does not make an indication whether a PERM appeal is accepted to be processed under the  “government error” queue or under the regular appeal queue.   As a result, DOL has indicated that the only way to know whether a PERM appeal has been accepted for processing under the “government error” queue is to wait for 45 days for response.  If the PERM appeal is reviewed within this time, this would be an indication that a PERM appeal has been accepted (and reviewed) under the “government error” queue.  If no response is received 45 days after filing of a PERM appeal, then this should be an indication that the PERM is pending under the regular appeals queue.

Conclusion

The September 2014 PERM processing times report shows that the PERM processing times show no change in the processing times compared to a month ago with some delays in the processing times for audited PERM applications.    Over the past several months, we have observed continuing decrease (improvement) in the regular PERM processing times and on behalf of our clients, we are hopeful that this improvement trend would continue.

Our office has developed a great practice handling PERM filings and/or audit/appeal responses so please do not hesitate to contact us if we can help you.  Also, we will continue monitoring the PERM processing times and analyze any updates.  Please visit us again or subscribe to our free weekly newsletter to ensure that you obtain this and related immigration-related news and announcements.

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