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 Time21 Nov
Fastest PERM ApprovalA-19204-34698
4 month 1 daysTime Taken
23 Sep, 19Approval Date
23 Jul, 19Receipt Date
3 month 4 daysReceipt:15 Aug, 19
Fastest PERM Audit
8 month 5 daysReceipt:14 Mar, 19
Fastest PERM Reconsider
5 month 6 daysReceipt:11 Jun, 19
Total Max Out Time
Fastest - premium i14010 month 5 days
Average - regular i1401 year
Check PERM Status Online
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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.
# CERTIFIED EXPIRED
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PERM application was withdrawn by employer.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You cannot call DOL for your PERM status check.
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