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Volume X, Issue 5 October 2016

In This Issue 

1. USADWEB Donates to Hurricane Matthew Relief in U.S. and Haiti
2. DOL Releases Practice Tip for Filing Recruitment Report
United States Unemployment Rate September 2016
4. PERM Processing Times as of October 1, 2016 

1. USADWEB Donates to Hurricane Matthew Relief in U.S. and Haiti

The southeastern United States and Haiti were devastated this month by Hurricane Matthew. The storm left over 1,600 people dead and 1.4 million people in Haiti in need of food and assistance.

USADWEB feels a special connection with our global neighbors given the nature of our work within the immigration field. To contribute to the relief efforts, USADWEB made donations to Direct Relief and CARE. Direct Relief is a non-profit humanitarian aid organization that operates throughout the United States and in 70 countries worldwide. It is providing disaster relief in both the U.S. and Haiti in response to Hurricane Matthew. CARE is one of the largest humanitarian organizations in Haiti, which is currently providing clean drinking water, food assistance, and emergency supplies.

The Weather Channel has provided a detailed list of charities and emergency relief organizations that are assisting in the aftermath of the storm for those who would like to donate.

2. DOL Releases Practice Tip for Filing Recruitment Report

The Department of Labor (DOL) released a practice tip in October that addresses how detailed the employer's recruitment report should be.

The report must list:

  • The total number of U.S. applicants who applied
  • The total number of U.S. applicants hired
  • The total number of U.S. applicants who were rejected
Applicants who were rejected must be further categorized according to the lawful job-related reason for rejection. The DOL advises that the employer should "indicate the total number of U.S. applicants who were interviewed for the job opportunity as well as list the names of each U.S. worker rejected under each category." Categories must be unique to each reason or set of reasons for rejection.  According to an example provided by the DOL, this means there should be a separate category for an applicant who lacks the required education, and a separate category for an applicant who lacks both required education and special skills.

Most important to note is that the total number of U.S. applicants rejected should equal the total number of applications received, otherwise the application risks being denied.

The DOL provided two best practice examples for reference: Sample Recruitment Report 1 and Sample Recruitment Report 2.

3. United States Unemployment Rate September 2016

The unemployment rates around the country can greatly impact a company's decision to sponsor an application for labor certification. When unemployment rates are high, companies may elect not to proceed with the certification process. Rates can vary by state and industry. There are several states with jobless rates that are well below the national average. Employers in these states may be more available to sponsor employees. USADWEB is providing information on the current unemployment rates as a convenient tool to assist you as you prepare your cases. The unemployment rate increased from 4.9% to 5% in September.

4. PERM Processing Times as of October 1, 2016

PERM processing times are important to you and your clients. Therefore, each month USADWEB is pleased to be able to update you on the current processing times for reviews, audits, and appeals as reported on


PERM Processing Times
Processing Queue Priority Dates
Month Year
Analyst Reviews July 2016
Audits February 2016
Reconsideration Requests to the CO August 2016
Gov't Error Reconsiderations Current

The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) is working diligently to reduce the Permanent Labor Certification Program's pending caseload. The dates on the above table reflect the month and year in which applications are now being adjudicated at the Atlanta National Processing Center. If you need assistance with an application that was filed more than 3 months prior to the month posted, you can contact the OFLC Helpdesk at

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USADVolume X, Issue 5 October 2016

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