Current PERM Processing Time 2019 – PWD, Audit Case

 23 Jul, 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. US department of labor (DOL) also conducts supervised recruitment to find fraud. Audit cases are taking 6 months for approval.

PERM Processing Time

Fastest PERM ApprovalA-19128-02913
2 month 16 days
Time Taken
19 Jul, 19
Approval Date
08 May, 19
Receipt Date

Fastest PWD
3 month 5 days
Receipt:16 Apr, 19
Fastest PERM Audit
6 month 5 days
Receipt:15 Jan, 19
Fastest PERM Reconsider
3 month 5 days
Receipt:17 Apr, 19

Total Max Out Time
Job Ads + PWD + PERM + i140
Fastest - premium i1408 month 21 days
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Average - regular i14011 month 11 days
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Approval Date
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PERM Approvals
Pending  Approved  RFE,   Denied  Your case  Verified Status 

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 not 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.


Green Card Priority Date – PERM?

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. 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.


  2. shruti_mahajan

    Thank you @Anil.Gupta for your answer :slight_smile:

  3. shruti_mahajan

    Hi @Jayanth,

    Last week, my attorney informed me that there is an audit for my case. So now it might take another few months for the approval.


  4. Ashish_Chaudhari

    Thanks Anil for your comments.

  5. Jayanth

    Hi Roopa,

    Am also in the same situation, my Perm was filed on March 14 and still waiting for an update. My attorney advised the same to exit the country 5 days before the max out (max out is Sep 15, 2019).


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  824 Useful Questions & Answers

  1. Swati sinha
    Swati sinha 26 Feb, 19 at 6:25 pm

    Hi Anil, My perm file on Nov 19th when i should expect approval?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 26 Feb, 19 at 10:32 pm

      You can expect your PERM approval by March 2019 end.


      • Sankar Prasad
        Sankar Prasad 27 Feb, 19 at 2:07 pm

        i can see Nov 19th cases are approving now then why it will take march end to approve


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 27 Feb, 19 at 2:25 pm

          It is just my estimation. It is possible that your case gets approved earlier too.
          I am not the official spokesperson for DOL either. So, please understand.


          • Sankar Prasad
            Sankar Prasad 27 Feb, 19 at 2:27 pm

            sorry Anil I understand you are trying to help us to get the status.Thanks for your help


          • Kumar
            Kumar 27 Feb, 19 at 3:26 pm

            I don’t see anything wrong with Shankar Prasad’s Question. Its seems logical to ask why do you estimate March end when DOL website show cases of Nov 2nd and 3rd being approved.


            • Kumar
              Kumar 27 Feb, 19 at 3:26 pm

              Correction : Cases of Nov 2nd and 3rd week being approved.


            • Sankar Prasad
              Sankar Prasad 27 Feb, 19 at 3:47 pm

              perm checker website shows latest is Nov 19th


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 27 Feb, 19 at 4:27 pm

              I never said that anything is wrong with questioning but how can i explain my estimation?
              I estimate based on current data that you also see and is available publicly.

              If you believe that my estimation makes sense, you ask for it.
              If you think it not useful, then just ignore it.


            • Kumar
              Kumar 28 Feb, 19 at 8:11 am

              Its not about ignoring or accepting it. People look at your data with hope, and just saying accept it or ignore it is not the right answer


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 28 Feb, 19 at 10:59 am

              I apologize if my statement sounded harsh.

              My only point is that I am estimating based on daily data that i see and is available publicly.
              I am giving answer to each and every question asked on and

              I cannot really explain why I estimated a different date to earlier question 2 days ago every-time. Its difficult to keep explaining the same thing over and over again as people tend to just pick one response that they like.
              Users generally do not go through all other comments/answers that may have an explanation for why the estimate changed.


            • Kalyan
              Kalyan 27 Feb, 19 at 5:56 pm

              Can you please share the link please…. where it is showing Nov 2nd or 3rd.. Because in DOL still see it Oct 2018 … Please share the link


            • Kumar
              Kumar 28 Feb, 19 at 9:34 am

              Type ICERT on google and do search you will find it.


  2. Kumar
    Kumar 26 Feb, 19 at 10:53 am

    Hi Anil,

    Can you explain me how does your processing dates goes back and forth every 3 hours? You had Nov 15 till this morning and now you have Nov 11. Does that mean they stop working on Nov 15 application and focusing on application up to Nov 11?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 26 Feb, 19 at 11:12 am

      The data above is collected from various forums and the details shared by users there and they sometimes share the wrong data. Our service tries to find the correct data and matches up with other forums and then tries to give the best estimate.

      The bad data (spammed) by users is deleted and hence the dates move back sometimes.
      The service is still in development and is learning how to weed out bad and spamming data shared by users.


      • Tarun
        Tarun 26 Feb, 19 at 2:38 pm

        thanks Anil, Kindly share some of the sites where your service tries to get the data.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 26 Feb, 19 at 2:55 pm

          Sorry, we will not be able to share the site details at this point of time.


  3. MC Sher
    MC Sher 26 Feb, 19 at 7:28 am

    Hi Anil,

    My company will file H1b extension with level 1 wage. If we get an RFE, can the company readjust to level 2 if they agree to?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 26 Feb, 19 at 9:37 am

      Who is ‘they’ here? USCIS or your company?

      You cannot change the level of wage later as per my information just to please USCIS. It is better you file with wage level 2 if that’s the plan to improve your chances of approval.


  4. Adam
    Adam 25 Feb, 19 at 5:41 pm

    My PERM was filed on Dec 11, 2018 for EB3 processing. When should expect the result? Thanks in advance.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Feb, 19 at 6:36 pm

      You can expect your PERM approval by March 2019 end.


  5. Bz2Us
    Bz2Us 25 Feb, 19 at 1:37 pm

    Hi Anil, my PD is sep 7, 18 and got audited in nov 16, 18. The audit response date is dec 15, 18. When do you think it’ll be certified?
    Thank you 4all


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Feb, 19 at 1:51 pm

      You can expect your PERM approval by April 2019 1st week end.


      • Bz2Us
        Bz2Us 25 Feb, 19 at 2:22 pm



  6. RD
    RD 25 Feb, 19 at 11:07 am

    Hello Anil,

    Is there a way to check PWD status online?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Feb, 19 at 11:24 am

      Only your employer can check the status online.


  7. harshal soitkar
    harshal soitkar 25 Feb, 19 at 10:49 am

    Hello Anil,
    My PD date is 02/01/19 but perm application number provided by lawyer is A-18339-XXXX. seems he started perm online application on 6th dec.
    In this should i expect to get approval by next month as currently Nov month is going on or is it something they consider filing date/PD date for processing Perm application.

    Thanks in advance..!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Feb, 19 at 11:07 am

      I can only estimate based on your PD date (1 Feb 2019?) and you can expect your PERM approval by April 2019 end.


  8. Rehan
    Rehan 25 Feb, 19 at 12:31 am

    Hi Anil,

    My PD is OCT 5th FILED PERM CASE A # 18229-xxxxx can you guide when should i expect reply for my case?

    Thanks in advance.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Feb, 19 at 9:08 am

      You can expect your PERM approval anytime now.


  9. Vijay Sharma
    Vijay Sharma 25 Feb, 19 at 12:06 am

    Hi anil

    My PWD was filed on Nov 8th 2018 , When do you think it’ll be certified ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Feb, 19 at 9:08 am

      You can expect your PERM PWD approval by March 2019 end.


      • Vijay Sharma
        Vijay Sharma 25 Feb, 19 at 9:26 am

        Hi Anil,

        My H 1-B max out is around Oct 2019. Do you think that time is sufficient to get I-140 approved and get further extension?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 25 Feb, 19 at 9:59 am

          If you can get your PERM approved and file i140 in premium, then it seems possible that you can file H1B 7th year extension before Oct 2019.


  10. Curious
    Curious 24 Feb, 19 at 7:52 pm

    hi Anil, Thanks for all the help, my PD is 6th Nov, So eagerly waiting for the labor approval. My question is past this, do we know how much time is currently taking for i140 if not gone through the premium.


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