Current PERM Processing Time 2019 – Green Card LCA Labor Certification

Anil Gupta  19 Mar, 19      504  USA USCIS Processing Time

PERM processing time 2019

PERM Prevailing Wage Determination receipt date01 Oct, 18 16 Nov, 18
5 month 19 days4 month
01 Oct, 18 - 16 Nov, 18
169 days / 5 month
PERM Analyst Review (Clean Cases) receipt date01 Nov, 18 12 Dec, 18
4 month 18 days2 month 29 days
01 Nov, 18 - 12 Dec, 18
138 days / 4 month
PERM Audit Review receipt date01 Aug, 18 14 Sep, 18
7 month 20 days6 month 1 days
01 Aug, 18 - 14 Sep, 18
230 days / 7 month
PERM Reconsideration Cases receipt date01 Nov, 18 14 Dec, 18
4 month 18 days3 month
01 Nov, 18 - 14 Dec, 18
138 days / 4 month
Updated: 12:00 CST Next Update: 15:00 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

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  1. MCletstalk   12 Mar, 19 at 5:10 pm

    Hello Anil,
    1. PERM was filed on Jan21, 2019- what is the expected decision date?
    2. The Perm Processing time is increasing since last couple of months. Is it because of the shutdown we had. Any chances it will go down?

  2. Hi Anil,

    My PERM is been filed on Dec 15. May i know when i will get an update depending on the current day status as of today. Is there any time limit to file for I140 if Perm is certified . Thank you !

    • Anil Gupta   12 Mar, 19 at 3:54 pm

      You can expect your PERM approval by March 2019 end.
      PERM approval is valid only for 180 days. Your employer will have to file i140 within this time.

  3. Pwd file on October 1st week when can i expect it?? Till now i didnt hear anything..

    • Anil Gupta   12 Mar, 19 at 3:54 pm

      You can get your PERM PWD result anytime now. You are due.

      •   19 Mar, 19 at 8:49 am

        Ya its already have been like 5 months and 10 days , i think i can hear last week about it but till now nothing , so you have any idea like how long it will take?

        • Anil Gupta   19 Mar, 19 at 8:49 am

          As i already said that you are overdue for your result. You can get it anytime now.

  4. PWD filed on Nov 9th 2019, When can I expect it ? Also how long will it take to file PERM after getting this? Thanks !

    • Anil Gupta   12 Mar, 19 at 3:54 pm

      You can expect your PERM PWD approval by April 1st week 2019 end.
      PERM processing timings are given above.

  5. Hi Anil,
    My priority date is August 21,2018. Got audit on November 29th,2018 and responded back on December 27,2018. When can I expect a decision?

  6. Hi Anil,

    My PD is 16th Oct 2018, got audit and response submitted on 19th Feb 2019. When can I expect a decision?
    Also, I would like to check, audit review process will happened based on the priority date or based on the case number ? coz my case (A-18***) seems created at Sept 2018.


    • You can expect your PERM audit response by May 2019 end.

      • Having PERM approved from employer A without 140 and If I join Employer B, can we opt same priority date for filing new PERM application from Employer B ?

      • Anil, I would like to check, is audit review response process will happened based on the priority date or based on the case number ?
        coz my case (A-18***) seems created at Sept 2018.

        • Anil Gupta   12 Mar, 19 at 5:43 pm

          Both make the difference including how fast your employer submitted the audit response.

          • Thank you, to get more clarity, here is more info,
            audit email got on 22nd Jan 2019 and responded on 19th Feb 2019, so in this case will the audit review happen on Case number or Priority date ?

            • Anil Gupta   13 Mar, 19 at 9:01 pm

              You are taking things too far. I intentionally did not answer this question earlier as it does not make any sense.

          • Appreciates, if you could provide your input on my previous / below comments.

  7. Hello Anil ,
    My H1B six year will completing on 22 April 2019. My PERM was applied on 21 Dec 2018 in EB2. Do you think my PERM will get approved before 22 April 2019 ? and I am able to file I 140 ? (considering no audit requested ).
    Thank you,
    Satish K

  8. Hi Anil,

    My layer filled the PWD today So when can I expect the result ? How much time it’s take to get i140 approval from now ? like PWD + Labor + i140 ?


  9. Hi Anil,

    I have few question and wonder if you would answer that. My perm was filed on Jan 5th, 2019 and my H1-B Max is May 22nd. If my perm and H1-B is not approved before May 22nd. When can I apply for F-2 on my spouse and If I apply for F-2 Visa will it impact my current application

  10. Hi Anil,

    My H1B will be maxing out in Jun 2019,
    I got my PWD determined last month and i am not sure when my attorney will file my PERM.
    i am planning to move out US before 60 days of max out

    Can my company file PERM even if i am not in USA?
    I will be getting a new offshore designation, will that impact my PERM or my future H1B extension?

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