Current PERM Processing Time 2020 – PWD, Audit Case

Updated  27 Jan, 20

Fastest PERM processing time is 45 days. Average PERM processing time is 3 months. PWD approval is taking 3 months.

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. Audit cases are taking 6 months for approval.

PERM Processing Time27 Jan

Fastest PERM ApprovalA-19212-37886
6 month
Time Taken
30 Sep, 19
Approval Date
31 Jul, 19
Receipt Date

Fastest PWD
3 month 8 days
Receipt:16 Oct, 19
Fastest PERM Audit
8 month 12 days
Receipt:11 May, 19
Fastest PERM Reconsider
5 month 11 days
Receipt:17 Aug, 19

Total Max Out Time
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Fastest - premium i1401 year
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Average - regular i1401 year 2 month
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PERM is first step in US green card process. PWD and PERM approval are required for H1B (EB2, EB3) and L work visas applicants based on their ETA Form 9089 filing with DOL.

USCIS does not process PERM.

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 online DOL system for the first time. Your employer may or may not submit the case on 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 beneficiary section on I-140 Approval Notice is A-NNN-NNN-NNN with 9 digits. Note that both numbers are different and have different purpose.

PERM Application 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.

H1B 7th year extension with pending PERM

How long does PERM approval process can take in not in your hand but you can file H1B 7th year extension (after completing 6 year quota) if your PERM has been pending for more than 365 days including audit time.

Experience letter for PERM – Skill Letter

Use PERM experience letter sample to get skills listed on old employer’s letter head as an 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 job description for PERM.

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

PERM in H1B 6th year – Can H1B be extended?

You cannot apply for H1B 7th year extension unless your PERM gets approved before your 6th year ends if you apply PERM during 6th year. PERM has to be either approved or pending (waiting) for more than 365 days on the last day of H1B 6th year.

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

PERM Premium Processing

There is no premium processing available for 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.

PERM Approval Delayed

Your employer can contact DOL Helpdesk for a status on the application at You cannot call DOL for your PERM status check.

USA USCIS Processing Time

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. dhananjaybhandari

    Hi @Anil.Gupta,

    I have received an email from my employer saying 'Your PERM application was successfully filed with DOL today, November 8, 2019. Case number: A-XXXXX-XXXXX ', when do you think probably I should have a decision ? I tried tracking it online but could not find any entry for my file number. In which month you think I should have decision ?

    Thanks !

  4. Anil.Gupta

    Hi @dhananjaybhandari

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

  5. pravin.nerkar

    My employer has access to iCERT portal where they can login and check the status . They keep me posted on the status
    I do not know any other way to check the status . Please let me know if you know other ways to check the status .
    I have been waiting since 4 months . Still shows in Analyst review .

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  183 Useful Questions & Answers

  1. Rishi
    Rishi 7 May, 19 at 6:22 am

    Hi Anil

    My employer has filed my perm in FEB and I moved out of country before the perm process started and before my 6 year H1B max out date. I am currently working with the same employers Canadian branch.

    When I was going through the other approved PERMs in DOL website, I noticed that for people who are out of country the field ‘is the person currently employed with petitioning employer’ (J. 23) marked as ‘NO’ where as in the ETA 9089 form I signed before submitting the PERM it is mentioned as YES.

    Even though it is the same company I am part of its subsidiary in another country. Will it create an issue, is it possible for my attorney to update the same?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 7 May, 19 at 6:23 am

      This should be fine as per my information. No need to change.

      • Rishi
        Rishi 7 May, 19 at 7:10 am

        Thanks Anil

  2. Mudduluru
    Mudduluru 6 May, 19 at 1:54 pm

    My PD is Aug 8 2017.My perm got audit on jan 4th 2019 and my max out is on jun 13th 2019.When can i expect decision on my perm.Weather i am eligible to apply for 7th year extension because my perm was applied on Aug 8th 2017.Please help me on this.

  3. aryan
    aryan 6 May, 19 at 9:43 am

    hi my employer filed py pwd but we found that the naics code was wrong on the application do we have to file the new one or we can update old one . can we go without correcting the naics code ??

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 May, 19 at 10:07 am

      You should talk to your employer and your attorney on how to fix the mistake.

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