This article is from the FAQ, by with numerous contributions by others.
This depends on the state you reside. It can take anywhere from 4 months
to 2 years.
There is a list of approximate Labor certification processing time sorted
statewide. Any additions/modifications should be sent to
The list can be found at our web site:
Q: What is "Reduction in Recruitment (RIR)?"
It is a process whereby the labor certification may be speeded up
considerably. Note: the operative words are "may be."
In RIR, we demonstrate to the Department of Labor that the employer has
already unsuccessfully conducted a recruitment effort. They have a history
of trying to recruit for the position under labor certification.
1. RIR applications are supposed to be placed on fast track
2. You will not have to advertise again
1. You may end up losing a little time
2. Your labor certification may end up being too generic
Let me add, with all due respect for the complexity of the undertaking,
the various DOL regions are undertaking different approaches. The following
comments are reported from my conversations this past week with various DOL
regions (I am just reporting some of them to show the different approaches.
I always find it useful to speak with the powers that be and get some
guidance regarding their current thinking before we file a labor