Current PERM Processing Time 2019 – PWD, Audit Case

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta - Updated on  21 May, 19

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

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 Determination17 Feb, 19
3 month 1 days
01 Jan, 19
4 month 20 days
PERM Analyst Review (Clean Cases)22 Mar, 19
2 month 1 days
01 Feb, 19
3 month 19 days
PERM Audit Review17 Nov, 18
6 month 4 days
01 Oct, 18
7 month 22 days
PERM Reconsideration Cases15 Jan, 19
4 month 2 days
01 Dec, 18
5 month 21 days
Updated: 18:58 CST Next Update: 21:58 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

    Hi @raki
    You should be able to get your i140 approved before your H1B max out.

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