The US Department of Labor’s Office for Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) plays a pivotal role in the employment of foreign workers through its Prevailing Wage Determination (PWD) and Permanent Labor Certification (PERM) processes. Understanding the intricacies of these processes and tracking their processing times is crucial for both employers and foreign workers. Let’s delve into the details.

Unveiling the Foreign Labor Application Gateway (FLAG)

FLAG serves as the primary platform for submitting labor certification and prevailing wage applications. Acting as a communication channel with OFLC, FLAG ensures that all decisions are electronically dispatched to applicants and partner agencies, streamlining the application procedure.

Deciphering the Prevailing Wage Determination (PWD)

In adherence to US Immigration Law, the DOL ensures that employing a foreign worker doesn’t negatively impact the wages and working conditions of US workers. The Prevailing Wage Determination (PWD) sets the standard wage for employees in a specific occupation in the intended employment region, upholding the law and safeguarding US workers’ earnings.

Understanding the Labor Condition Application (LCA)

Essential for PERM applications, H-1B visas, and E-3 visas, the Labor Condition Application (LCA) validates that foreign workers receive wages equal to either the actual wage rate or the prevailing wage. The DOL reviews LCAs for completeness and errors within seven working days.

Navigating the Permanent Labor Certification Process (PERM)

Parallel to PWD, the PERM process allows US employers to hire foreign workers for permanent positions. It assures the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that there’s a shortage of US workers and that hiring foreign workers won’t negatively impact the wages and conditions of similarly employed US workers.

Current Processing Times for PWD and PERM

Stay updated on the most recent processing times for PWD and PERM applications on the OFLC website, with monthly updates under “Additional Outside Resources.”

Tracking Progress: LCA, PWD, or PERM

Utilize the OFLC “Case Status Search” to track the progress of your PWD, LCA, or PERM. Ensure you have your ETA Case Number ready for efficient tracking.

Empower your journey through the OFLC with insights into PWD and PERM processing times, ensuring a seamless and informed experience.

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