The Latest from Backlog Elimination Centers (BECs)

The department of labor (DOL) set up a new infrastructure to significantly reduce cases that built up over the years.


Through its computerized labor certification processing distributed to different backlog elimination centers across the United States, it has been able to remove the bottleneck of approvals. Currently, the Backlog Elimination Centers have successfully entered the data on 350, 000 applications (90% of all cases) either partially or completely.

The entry reflects all kinds of cases: Supervised Recruitment, Reduction in Recruitment (RIR), and Special Handling. Still, there are about 100, 000 files or 29% of all cases whose data have to yet be fully transferred. All of the data applicable to a case have to be entered before the DOL issues the 45-day letters that request the employers if they wish to continue with the processing of their applications. The DOL expects to eliminate the remaining backlogs in a few more months’ time.

The DOL authorized BECs to work on both RIR (applications submitted using the pre-PERM system) and non-RIR cases. So far, the Backlog Elimination Centers (also known as Backlog Processing Center or BPCs), have been processing non-RIR cases for which the full recruitment procedures had been completed. At Philadelphia’s BEC, cases whose priority dates ranged from June 2001 to March/April 2002 got approved. The implication of this is that the FIFO (First-In/First-Out) system could be inconsistent depending on the particular circumstances (workload or special handling) of the center.

At the Dallas center, for example, the priority dates of cases that got approved ranged from October 2002 to January 2003, which demonstrates the center-by-center variations in processing time. IF you believe that you can make a strong case for immediate processing (Special Handling), you may contact the Philadelphia center at specialhandling@PHI.DFLC.US; for Dallas direct your email to specialhandling@DAL.DFLC.US.