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Prevailing Wage Determinations Take About Two Months

Ever since the Prevailing Wage Determination (PWD) system was centralized in early 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor has been taking about two months to issue PWDs.  PWDs are generally sought in the context of proceeding with employment-based green cards, H-1B, H-1B1, H-2B, and E-3 visa categories.  Although employers planning to file employment-based green cards can proceed with recruitment prior to obtaining a PWD, it is not prudent to do so.  One reason to abstain from such aggressive approach is if the PWD wage as determined by the Department of Labor ends up higher than the wage employer used to undertake recruitment efforts, such recruitment will need to be repeated with the new wage.  Thus, much earlier planning and filing of PWD, anticipating a two-month processing time is highly recommended.  As always, consult with your immigration attorney in properly planning your case. 

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