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Backlog Elimination Center

The Permanent Labor Certification program had historically operated under the burden of a very large backlog of cases. This backlog grew through a continuing increase in normal applications and had been exacerbated in 1997 and 2000 by reinstatement of Section 245(i) of the Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA).

When the PERM system for Permanent Labor Certification was introduced in March 2005, there was an existing backlog of about 363,000 labor certification cases.

In November 2004, DOL created two temporary facilities called Backlog Elimination Centers (BECs) or Backlog Processing Centers, one in Dallas and another in Philadelphia. All cases from regional centers were transferred to the two central BECs.

DOL intended to eliminate the backlog by the end of 2006.

On October 1st, 2007, DOL announced that nearly 99 percent of cases had been completed. [1]

The Backlog Elimination Centers (BECs) in Dallas and Philadelphia closed on December 21, 2007.


BEC Processing Problems

DOL’s own assessment shows constant revision of internal targets. See Q 2.1, p. 212, of Program Assessments, Department of Labor, at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/fy2006/pma/labor.pdf [2].

  • In 2004, DOL was supposed to reduce the original backlog of 270,000 by 36.5% to 171,450.
  • In 2005, DOL was supposed to reduce the backlog by 42% from 171,450.
  • DOL’s original goal: eliminate backlog by end of FY 2006.
  • DOL’s current status: data entry for all backlogged cases will be finished by June 2006. The backlog elimination target date is end of FY 2007.
  • Labor Certification backlog processing at the Philadelphia BEC (PBEC) and Dallas BEC (DBEC) is non-transparent.
  • There is no chronological order to approvals.
  • DOL estimated that all cases would be entered into a database by Summer 2005, but later revised that estimate to Summer 2006.

What is the 45 day Letter

When the state workforce agencies transfered their applications to the Backlog Reduction Centers (BEC), the BEC sent a 45-day letter to the petitioner and the attorney to confirm if they were still interested in proceeding with the pending application(some were pending for 4-5 years).

References

IV and the Labor Certification Backlog

45-day Letter

Further Info and Discussions

Dallas backolg center

Service centers holding adjustment application

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