Current PERM Processing Time 2019 – Green Card LCA Labor Certification

Written by Anil Gupta
  Written by Anil Gupta - Updated on  24 Apr, 19

PERM processing time 2019

PERM Prevailing Wage Determination receipt date01 Dec, 18 18 Jan, 19
4 month 24 days3 month 5 days
01 Dec, 18 - 18 Jan, 19
144 days / 4 month
PERM Analyst Review (Clean Cases) receipt date01 Dec, 18 10 Jan, 19
4 month 24 days3 month 5 days
01 Dec, 18 - 10 Jan, 19
144 days / 4 month
PERM Audit Review receipt date01 Sep, 18 11 Oct, 18
7 month 25 days6 month 7 days
01 Sep, 18 - 11 Oct, 18
235 days / 7 month
PERM Reconsideration Cases receipt date01 Dec, 18 17 Jan, 19
4 month 24 days3 month 6 days
01 Dec, 18 - 17 Jan, 19
144 days / 4 month
Updated: 10:12 CST Next Update: 13:12 CST

PERM (first step in US green card process) approval processing timeline are for H1B (EB2, EB3) and L work visas applicants based on their ETA Form 9089 filing with DOL.

USCIS does not process PERM.

PERM labor certification (or LCA) processing time is updated daily using official data from department of labor and average PERM best case processing time is shown using various other user driven tracker (like trackkit) forums online.

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 applied 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.

More PERM questions and reliable answers on

PERM Approval Premium Processing

There is no premium processing available for PERM application. i140 application has premium option though. Check current i140 processing time.

PERM processing time - Updated Daily
PERM processing time – Updated Daily


PERM Delays – Contact for Status if Waiting more than 90 days

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

USA USCIS Processing Time  

   666 Questions & Answers

  1. Bharat
    Bharat 23 Apr, 19 at 4:10 pm

    Is “Raise SR” means supervised recruitment?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 23 Apr, 19 at 4:10 pm

      No. Raise SR means Raise Service Request with USCIS.

      • Bharat
        Bharat 23 Apr, 19 at 4:10 pm

        Thanks Anil

  2. Shravanthi
    Shravanthi 22 Apr, 19 at 12:33 am

    Hi anil,
    I’m waiting for the update of my pwd that was filed on jan 12th. I see that the dates in the Best case approved keeps changing. Why is is it so? I’m just concerned about the probability of my case being approved as per the dates published.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 22 Apr, 19 at 6:14 am

      The data is sourced from users when they share their case approval on various immigration forums.

      Our service deletes the record if it can’t verify if the case reported as approved has really been approved.

  3. alex
    alex 19 Apr, 19 at 6:12 pm

    hi sir,
    my pwd was filled in oct first week 2018 didnt get any update . my lawyer says there might have been some error while he filed for pwd so he have filed a new one . my question is even if there was errors why cant he follow up on old one ?or is there any possibility for this type of situation ??

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 19 Apr, 19 at 7:18 pm

      I am not sure why is he not following up on the old PWD. I have a strong feeling that they may not have even applied.
      They can check the old application’s copy to know whether they made any mistake or not.

  4. Dave
    Dave 18 Apr, 19 at 11:55 am

    Hi Anil!

    Right now I have two things going on – H1B extension (package sent out to USCIS) and PERM process (PWD completed). When is the employer supposed to adjust my salary since both the processes had a prevailing wage determination which is different from my current salary.

    Really appreciate your time and effort to answer our questions 🙂

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Apr, 19 at 1:19 pm

      PERM is for future job. Your employer is only obligated to pay you what’s mentioned as salary in H1B application.

      • Dave
        Dave 18 Apr, 19 at 3:50 pm

        So can my employer switch my salary now or will they have to do that once i have my h1b extension approved?

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 18 Apr, 19 at 4:14 pm

          I don’t understand what salary switch you are talking about.

          • Dave
            Dave 18 Apr, 19 at 5:38 pm

            Switch from my current to the one determined in the H1B LCA

            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 18 Apr, 19 at 6:00 pm

              Talk to your employer about your salary and its start date. I cannot say anything without any information about your salary data.

  5. Ranjan
    Ranjan 17 Apr, 19 at 3:24 pm

    Hi Anil,

    My H1B max out date is 12th June 2019 but I got i-797 approval up to September 28th 2019 and even got stamped visa up to same. My Perm processing is in progress and expecting the result by May end. I am planning to leave US by May 31st 2019 so that I still left with 13 days for max out. So my question is that once my i-140 gets approved by June/July end,is there any problem if I travel back to US before September 28 and file h1b extension in few days (within 13 days).

  6. Rupa
    Rupa 17 Apr, 19 at 5:43 am

    Hi Anil

    My perm was submitted on April 15,When should i expected approval.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 17 Apr, 19 at 7:42 am

      Please use the dates given above to estimate your PERM approval.

  7. nittin
    nittin 16 Apr, 19 at 9:20 am

    Perm Filed on 01/04/2019. Got approval 04/15.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 16 Apr, 19 at 9:32 am

      Thanks for sharing.

  8. Dave
    Dave 15 Apr, 19 at 1:23 pm

    Hello Anil,
    1. My employer just filed for my h1b extension+ change of employer. The packet got mailed out today. Typically how long does it take to get a response from USCIS?
    2. Can employers advertise and file for PERM concurrently if PWD has been approved?

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