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Immigration Law

New OEWS Technical Release Notes (June 25, 2021)

OFLC, June 25, 2021

"OFLC Issues Technical Release Notes for the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics Update for the July 2021 through June 2022 Wage Year

The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) has published the latest prevailing wage data from the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) as generated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for July 2021 through June 2022.

OFLC intends to delay implementing the 2018 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) codes until July 2022. OFLC will continue using the 2010 SOC during the July 2021 through June 2022 wage year and will apply the OEWS 2019 Hybrid Structure wage estimates generated by BLS for the 2010 SOC occupations. BLS has announced that it will solely use the 2018 SOC in Spring 2022 when it publishes the May 2021 OEWS estimates. Currently, O*NET is still undergoing data collection, and there are several 2018 SOC occupations that lack data for certain occupational norms, such as job zone information. For these reasons, OFLC plans to delay implementation of 2018 SOC until the July 2022 wage year.

OFLC is rescinding in full Round 2 of National Prevailing Wage and Helpdesk Center Frequently Asked Questions, published on June 23, 2020, because these questions pertained to the July 2020 through June 2021 wage year that has already passed.

Lastly, OFLC is providing technical release notes, which explain how OFLC will continue to apply the OEWS 2019 Hybrid Structure to the 2010 SOC occupations for the July 2021 through June 2022 wage year.