Current PERM Processing Time 2020, Check Case Status

  By Am22tech    Updated  4 Dec, 20

PERM Processing Time Today04 Dec

Fastest PERM ApprovalA-20115-46873

5 month 5 days

Time Taken

25 Nov, 20

Approval Date

23 Jun, 20

Receipt Date

Fastest PWD

4 month 22 days

Receipt: 14 Jul, 20

Fastest PERM Audit

10 month 24 days

Receipt: 14 Jan, 20

Fastest PERM Reconsider

3 month 22 days

Receipt: 13 Aug, 20

Total Max Out Time

Job Ad + PWD + PERM + i140

Average - premium i1401 year

Job Ad: 75d
PWD: 142d
PERM: 155d
i140: 15d

Fastest - regular i1401 year 3 month

Job Ad: 75d
PWD: 142d
PERM: 155d
i140: 92d

PERM Case Status Check

Enter your PERM case number to estimate approval time. You can also check the PERM approvals that are being tracked.

Use your PERM ETA case number to check your PERM approval status with this app. The PERM case number starts with the letter ‘A’ to mean Atlanta service center.

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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.

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.

Check PERM on DOL Site?

You cannot track your PERM status online on the official DOL FLAG website as it can only be accessed by your employer or attorney.

There are other ways to find the current PERM processing time though:

  • Disclosure Data: DOL shares the PERM approval data on its disclosure data page quarterly in an excel sheet format. You can download and see past PERM case details. This data is usually delayed by 3 months.
  • AM22Tech PERM Processing Time: We collect PERM approval data shared by users on various online forms and merge it with DOL’s official PERM disclosure data to show you the current PERM processing time using the app given above.
  • – This Online tracking forum shows the user-contributed PERM case data. The data is crowdsourced.

PERM Case Number

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.

PERM A number and i140 A number are different and have different purpose:

  • PERM ETA Case Number format is A-NNNNN-NNNNN with 10 digits
  • The Alien number (also called A number) under the beneficiary section on I-140 Approval Notice is A-NNN-NNN-NNN with 9 digits.

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 the DOL website and in the above case status check. There is no need to worry as it is possible that the 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.


  By Am22tech  

Recent discussion on forum

  1. pravin.nerkar

    My PERM application was filed on Sep 21st 2019 . Its almost 4 months ( 120 days ) since its submitted to Atlanta processing center . I checked the status with my employer . its showing “Analyst review” since last 2 weeks .

    How long would it take to final decision . My max out is coming very close ( in Feb 2020)

    If I have to go back to India , how many days I have to keep behind before my max out date .


  2. dhananjaybhandari

    Hi @parvin.nerkar ,

    How were you checking status of your perm case ? I have file number with me and I am not able to check it at all. Also did you get the decision ? For me it’s been 2.5 months that my PERM has been filed and do not have any updates.

  3. anil_am22

    Hi @dhananjaybhandari

    You are asking the same questions multiple times. Have patience.

  4. mkvmishra

    Thanks Anil for your answer. I really love this forum.

  5. vandu15

    Hi Pravin

    Any Change in your Perm Approval Status?

  6. pravin.nerkar

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

  7. 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 !

  8. vandu15

    Any update on your Perm Status?

  9. Jeet

    Hi Anil,
    I am looking for your advice, My new employer filled my PERM on August 8th 2019 and its got audited.
    My employer is saying that, which will get approved within 2 months. is that true?
    How long will take to approve audited PERM?


  10. anil_am22

    Hi @pnombre and @Jeet

    Please see current PERM processing times here.

  11. carlitos4y20

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

  12. Shawn

    I understand the PERM processing timeline tool is in BETA. But I thought I’d ask just in case. The expected time for my PERM to arrive on the tool just added 3 months to the timeline. Is this intentional by the algorithm or a bug? It was 29 May until a week ago. Now it says 24 August!

  13. madev

    Hi Designation or Job role is doesn’t matter for PERM process, you are good and nothing to worry and you can expect your approval by this week end. Good luck.

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