The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) processing delays in both its temporary and PERM programs continue.

In June 2008, the DOL reorganized its operations to centralize its PERM processing at its Atlanta National Processing Center and its temporary program processing at its Chicago National Processing Center. Since the reorganization, processing times at both centers have escalated. The DOL has previously stated it was hiring additional analysts and contractors to reduce its processing times. However, processing times continue to increase. PERM applications are currently taking more than six months to be initially reviewed by the Atlanta National Processing Center. If an application is selected for an audit, it may take the Atlanta National Processing Center more than 18 months to review the response to the audit. The Chicago National Processing Center is currently taking approximately six weeks to complete initial reviews of H-2B temporary labor certification applications.