A DOL fact sheet provides Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) PERM program statistics for the period October 1, 2008 – December 31, 2008.

Completed cases breakdown

  • Total PERM applications received: 20,752 (18,863 electronic; 1,889 mail-in)
  • Total PERM applications completed: 4,571 (3,074 certified; 1,328 denied; 169 withdrawn)

Processing priority dates as of 12/31/2008

  • Final reviews: June 2008
  • Audits: August 2007
  • Standard appeals: April 2007
  • Government error appeals: Current

PERM Certification highlights for the period October 1, 2008 – December 31, 2008:

  • Approximately 3,074 cases were certified during the first quarter of FY 2009; 74% of foreign workers on H-1B visas. The top 5 states of intended employment for these permanent labor certifications were California (509), New York (474), New Jersey (326), Florida (211); and Pennsylvania (173);
  • Alien beneficiaries representing 122 different countries were certified for permanent employment in the U.S. The top 10 countries of citizenship of alien beneficiaries included India (1,219), China (254), Canada (174), South Korea (120), Philippines (113), Mexico (99), United Kingdom (79), Colombia (54), Venezuela (52), and France (46); and
  • Top job titles certified for permanent employment included Computer Software Engineers (632), Computer Systems Analysts (194), Computer and Information System Managers (135), Financial Analysts (115), Electronics Engineers (105), Electrical Engineers (88), Accountants (77), Mechanical Engineers (76), Restaurant Cooks (71), and Operations Research Analysts (70).