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Current Processing Times for Prevailing Wage Determinations (PWD) Requests

EB-2/EB-3 immigrants and those seeking H-1B visas cannot be offered wages less than the “prevailing wage” of their target U.S. occupations. The prevailing wage is considered the “going rate” or normal pay for U.S. occupations in a given geographic area (for a given skill level). Thus, knowing the prevailing wage is necessary for H-1B, EB-2 and EB-3 cases. To receive a prevailing wage determination (PWD), employers can use the Department of Labor’s iCert Portal. (For those who intend to employ highly skilled H-1B workers, the easy to use Foreign Labor Certification Data Center is an option.)

The first table below reflects current National Prevailing Wage Center (NPWC) processing times for Prevailing Wage Determination requests, sorted by case type. The second reflects processing times for Redeterminations—which are recourse for employers who believe that the determined wage is too high—and Center Director Reviews, which are for challenging Redeterminations.

Processing Times for Prevailing Wage Determinations
Processing QueueRequest DateStatus
H-1BOctober 2016Current
H-2BJanuary 2017Current
PERMOctober 2016Current

The right column represents the submission months of cases now being processed. PWDs for all case types are taking around sixty days to process, which is considered to be optimal processing time by the Department. The PERM category is for those seeking permanent residence (through EB-2 or EB-3).

Processing Times for Redeterminations and CDRs
Submission Date
RedeterminationsH-1B – November 2016
PERM – November 2016
Center Director ReviewsPERM/H-1B – November 2016
PERM/H-2B – January 2017

In case the determined prevailing wage is higher than what the employer was prepared to pay or is in general unusually high, he or she can request a Redetermination. If this does not yield a desirable result, the employer can ask for the Center Director to review the case. (The dates in this chart mean the same thing as they do in the one above.)

If you submitted a PWD request prior to its corresponding date posted above, but have not received one yet, please contact The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates, Co., LPA.


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