Current PERM Processing Time 2019 – PWD, Audit Case

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta          Updated  16 Jun, 19

PERM processing time is 3 months. PWD approval is taking 3 months.

PERM auditing is done for 30% of cases by requesting job advertisement and employer documents. DOl also conducts supervised recruitment to find fraud. Audit cases are taking 6 months for approval.

ATLANTAApproved Case Receipt DateDOL Status Request
PERM Prevailing Wage Determination18 Mar, 19
2 month 26 days
01 Feb, 19
4 month 15 days
PERM Analyst Review (Clean Cases)11 May, 19
28 days
01 Apr, 19
2 month 16 days
PERM Audit Review11 Dec, 18
5 month 29 days
01 Nov, 18
7 month 17 days
PERM Reconsideration Cases19 Mar, 19
2 month 27 days
01 Feb, 19
4 month 15 days
Updated: 12:21 CST Next Update: 15:21 CST

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.

File H1B 7th year extension, PERM pending > 365 days

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) with PERM pending > 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.

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

If your application was filed more than 3 months prior to the date posted (raise SR) above, you may contact DOL Helpdesk for a status on the application at

Recent discussion on forum

  1. Anil.Gupta

    Hi @Raps

    The data is shared by real users on various forums and collected by our service to show on our page.
    It is possible that the user shares wrong date.

    Our service tries to verify it with its own verification logic to see if the reported case is correct or not.
    The service is still new and improving. You may see some glitches though. Thanks for your understanding and patience.

  2. Anil.Gupta

    There is a standard duration for PERM advertisements and i have given details on employment based green card article. Please read.

    You can expect your PWD approval by June 2019 second week end.

  3. Jayanth

    Hi Anil,

    My Perm was Filed on March 14th, still my perm not certified is it something i need to worry ? also i do see some April Perm are getting certified… My Max out is Sep 15 2019, do you think i can get I140 approved before my max out? Please advise.


  4. ritu_jha

    Hi Anil,

    My PWD was filled on 30 JAN 2019 but still didnt get any PWD approval by when I can expect the approval .


  5. Anil.Gupta

    Hi @ritu_jha

    You can expect to get your PWD approval anytime now.

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  763 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. Kat
    Kat 6 May, 19 at 8:19 pm

    I see 14th Feb as approved case for prevailing wage determination.
    Does this mean all the cases before this date is wage issued ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 May, 19 at 8:19 pm

      No, this date only means that this is the most recent approval that our service found.


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