The new Form ETA-9141, Application for Prevailing Wage Determination is set to go live on May 3, 2021. DOL held a webinar on April 27, 2021, regarding the new changes to the form. A presentation slide may be downloaded here. Any saved drafts that haven’t been submitted will be deleted on May 3, 2021. Other updates include:
- Processing time for PERM and prevailing wage determination is not expected to improve due to increased workload and limited resources. We do see a slight improvement in Prevailing Wage Determination of 4 months instead of the posted 5 months. PERM processing is about 8 months without audit. Note however that posted processing times are just averages, and some applications may take longer.
- Certified PERM application (ETA-9089) may now be downloaded from the PERM portal. Previously, it is only available by email from DOL at the time of certification.
- Updated wages will become effective on July 1, 2021. As with every year, wages may go up or down. It may be a good idea to file an LCA in support of H-1B prior to July 1, 2021 to lock in the current wage if it is favorable.