Current PERM Processing Time 2020, Check Case Status

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  By Am22tech    Updated  26 May, 20

PERM Processing Time Today26 May

Fastest PERM ApprovalA-20002-01645
4 month 5 days
Time Taken
20 May, 20
Approval Date
22 Jan, 20
Receipt Date

Fastest PWD
2 month 18 days
Receipt:09 Mar, 20
Fastest PERM Audit
9 month 25 days
Receipt:05 Aug, 19
Fastest PERM Reconsider
1 month 20 days
Receipt:06 Apr, 20

Total Max Out Time
Job Ads + PWD + PERM + i140
Average - premium i1409 month 23 days
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Fastest - regular i1401 year
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PERM Case Status Check

PERM Tracker – Verified Cases

Is PERM the first step in US green card process?

PERM is the first step in the US green card process.

PWD and PERM approval is required for H1B (EB2, EB3) and L work visas applicants based on their ETA Form 9089 filing with DOL.

Does USCIS process PERM?

USCIS does not process PERM. Permanent labor is processed by DOL.

How to Check PERM Case Status Online?

PERM Checker: Use your PERM ETA case number to check your PERM approval status online above. The PERM case number starts with the letter ‘A’ which means your case is at PERM processing center in Atlanta.

The A number has the year and day of the year embedded in it. The number is assigned to your PERM case when your employer or attorney creates the case in the online DOL system for the first time. Your employer may or may not submit the case on the same day to DOl for approval.

PERM Analyst review means that your case is worked on by DOL Analyst.

ETA Case Number format is A-NNNNN-NNNNN with 10 digits and the Alien number (also called A number) under the beneficiary section on I-140 Approval Notice is A-NNN-NNN-NNN with 9 digits. Note that both numbers are different and have a different purpose.

Can i apply PERM in premium processing?

There is no premium processing available for the PERM application. i140 application has premium and can be used to speed up filing 7th-year H1B extension if you are near your max out time.

How to contact DOL if PERM is delayed?

Your employer can contact DOL Helpdesk for a status on the application at An employee cannot call DOL for checking PERM status.

How many cases are selected for PERM Audit?

Permanent Labor Certification auditing is done for 30% of cases by requesting job advertisement and employer documents.

US department of labor (DOL) also conducts supervised recruitment to find fraud.

Can I apply H1B 7th year extension with pending PERM?

You can file an H1B 7th-year extension (after completing a 6-year quota) if your PERM has been pending for more than 365 days including audit time.

Can I apply H1B 7th year extension with Approved PERM?

You can apply for an H1B 7th-year extension if your approved PERM was filed more than 365 days ago on the last day of the H1B 6th year.

As a solution to this problem, attorney’s suggest to re-capture vacation time spent outside the USA and extend your 6th-year-end date.

PERM Status Meaning


PERM certified status means it has been approved and is valid for 180 days from the date of approval.


PERM certified expired means that PERM was approved but was not used within 6 months to file i140 with USCIS.

This PERM has expired and a new PERM should be filed to get a new Green card priority date. It is possible to request the same priority date from old expired PERM but USCIS may or may not port the date. It depends on USCIS discretion.

Many people have also reported that their i140 was approved after PERM but the status still shows as ‘Certified Expired’ on DOL website and in above case status check. There is no need to worry as it is possible that DOL database is not updated and is showing wrong information.


PERM application was withdrawn by employer.


PERM application was denied by DOL.

PERM Green Card Priority Date

Your US Green card priority date is the date when you file your PERM application with DOL and not the date when the case was created online.

#1 Employment Based

If your GC needs PERM labor certification, the priority date is the date on which the DOL receives ETA Form 9089 (PERM application form).

If your GC does not need labor certification like EB1 and NIW cases, the priority date is the date of filing form I-140, I-526 or I-360.

#2 Family Based Green Cards

The GC priority date is the date U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) receives the Form I-130 petition.

Experience letter for PERM – Skill Letter

Use a PERM experience letter sample to get skills listed on the old employer’s letterhead as employment verification. This may be needed to prove your skills for the job description that is relevant for your PERM application if your case is selected for PERM Auditing. The letter also explains how to write a job description for PERM.

Normally, 30% of PERM applications are selected randomly for Audit.

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  1. vandu15

    Hi Pravin

    Any Change in your Perm Approval Status?

  2. pravin.nerkar

    No . it’s same status . No change in the status.

  3. dhananjaybhandari

    Hi @Anil.Gupta,

    My employer has filed my PERM and it’s been 70 days almost. I do have file number. When I check on your site with that number it shows me ‘Pending’. Any idea how much more time would it take to get decision ? And also how much time after that would it take to get my I-140 approved if I do it in premium? I have my H1B visa valid till Nov 2020 so getting lil worried. Please help with this.

    Thank you !

  4. vandu15

    Any update on your Perm Status?

  5. carlitos4y20

    Hi. I received my PERM certified today. My employer filed on October 17, 2019

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