Bottomline: BALCA appeals take approximately 3.5 to 4 years from the date the appeal is filed.
- Appeals from PERM denials with BALCA office are currently taking about 3.5 - 4 years from date of docket
- Dockets are a few months backlogged right now - after BALCA receives the case from DOL, it takes about 5-6 months for them to issue the Docketing Notice
BALCA: The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals is an administrative body which reviews appeals against denials of PERM labor certification cases. BALCA also handles a number of Department of Labor review cases. For more information visit this link: http://www.dol.gov/appeals/aliens.htm
Workflow of appeal: Appeal is filed with Certifying Officer ---> CO Prepares the file and sends it to BALCA ---> BALCA (basically) dockets the appeal after notice to parties