DOL will issue PERM approvals by email rather than paper approval.
This change is only applicable for the period between Mar 25 to June 30, 2020 due to the Coronavirus emergency.
DOL might extend the June 30 date if the Coronavirus situation does not improve.
PERM approval email should save time as it will reach the employer electronically rather than USPS mail.
The PERM processing time should remain the same though.
USCIS should accept the email approval for i140 filing.
DOL has asked employers to print the PERM approval in color, sign and date before sending it to USCIS with Form I-140.
DOL has requested to accept the printed Form ETA-9089, containing all signatures, as satisfying the requirement that petitioners provide evidence of an original labor certification.
DOL will send the certified Form ETA-9089 and Final Determination letter by email.
DOL will send the PERM approval email only to the employer or their attorney. Employees cannot receive PERM approval email.