Current PERM Processing Time 2019 – Green Card LCA Labor Certification

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta - Updated on  26 Apr, 19

PERM processing time 2019

ATLANTABest CaseReceipt DateDOL Status Request
PERM Prevailing Wage DeterminationNot available14 Jan, 19
3 month 7 days
01 Dec, 18
4 month 26 days
PERM Analyst Review (Clean Cases)Not available13 Jan, 19
3 month 7 days
01 Dec, 18
4 month 26 days
PERM Audit ReviewNot available11 Oct, 18
6 month 8 days
01 Sep, 18
7 month 27 days
PERM Reconsideration CasesNot available17 Jan, 19
3 month 8 days
01 Dec, 18
4 month 26 days
Updated: 5:06 CST Next Update: 8:06 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  

   668 Questions & Answers

  1. KLB Protagonist
    KLB Protagonist 13 Apr, 19 at 11:49 am

    Hi Anil. My PERM was just certified on April 12, 2019. What is the usual time frame between getting the PERM certified and filing I-140 and I-485 concurrently? In other words, how long does it usually take before we can file those aforementioned documents?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 13 Apr, 19 at 1:41 pm

      The speed depends on your Employer and attorney.

      • KLB Protagonist
        KLB Protagonist 15 Apr, 19 at 8:08 am

        Do you have a best case/worst case scenario? I assume there is a wait for receiving the hard copy of the PERM. I have seen 7-21 days as the estimate here on this forum. In a perfect world, would a 21-day period be enough to put everything together to file the I-140 and I-485?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 15 Apr, 19 at 9:38 am

          Yes, 21 days are enough to create a i140 and i485 application package.

  2. YZhou
    YZhou 13 Apr, 19 at 8:26 am

    Hi Anil

    You are so right about timing, my PERM was certified on 4/12/2019x exactly the date you mentioned in another person’s post. Thank you so much

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 13 Apr, 19 at 8:32 am

      You are welcome. Congratulations and thanks for sharing your case status.

      • Vijaya
        Vijaya 13 Apr, 19 at 11:40 am

        Hi Anil,
        Finally my Perm also Certified on 4/11.
        Thank you for your suggessions.

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 13 Apr, 19 at 1:33 pm

          You are welcome and congratulations. Thanks for sharing your case status.

  3. Anitha
    Anitha 12 Apr, 19 at 5:32 pm

    Hi Anil,
    My PWD has been filed in November, 2018. Haven’t received any update yet. What could be the reason?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 12 Apr, 19 at 6:44 pm

      No specific reason. Some cases take longer than others.

  4. Harry
    Harry 11 Apr, 19 at 12:31 am

    My PERM was filed on Oct 17, 2018 and it was selected for random audit in Dec end. My attorney submitted the audit response in first week of Feb 2019.
    I still have not received the approval. For random audit cases what is the latest approval date?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 11 Apr, 19 at 8:30 am

      Please check the processing time dates for Audit cases above.

      • Harry
        Harry 11 Apr, 19 at 9:49 am

        So some audit cases with PD between 1st Sept and 19th Oct have been approved ??

        • Bala
          Bala 15 Apr, 19 at 12:31 pm

          Hi Harry, I am in the same boat as you are .. Please update here if you get the approval .. I will also keep you posted if i hear anything about my case .. PD – 31-Oct-2018 and Audit responded on last week of Jan, no response yet..!

  5. Jane
    Jane 10 Apr, 19 at 9:22 pm

    Hi Anil,

    My PWD was issued today that was filed last Dec. 13, 2018. You were so right when you said to wait, thank you.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 11 Apr, 19 at 8:30 am

      Congratulations and thanks for sharing your status update.

  6. YZhou
    YZhou 10 Apr, 19 at 4:54 pm

    My employer’s attorney filed my PERM on 12/18/2018, looks like my case is way behind majority of the cases submitted on that same day, does it imply that my case will get audited or it just takes longer to review

    • Vijaya
      Vijaya 10 Apr, 19 at 5:16 pm

      Same problem with me
      My PD is 12/18/2018.
      Everybody getting approvals except me.
      My employer is Wipro.

      • YZhou
        YZhou 10 Apr, 19 at 11:21 pm

        My employer is WASH, first time filing PERM, my case starts with 18345, up to 4/10/2019 there have been 186 cases starting same number certified, mine is still unknown, worries me a lot

        • Vijaya
          Vijaya 11 Apr, 19 at 2:46 am

          Don’t worry,
          You will get very soon.
          Our employees some of them also waiting on same date.
          Good luck to you!

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 10 Apr, 19 at 7:19 pm

      It is possible that your case is taking longer. It does not necessarily mean that you are being audited.

      • YZhou
        YZhou 10 Apr, 19 at 11:21 pm

        186 cases starting 18345 same as mine have been certified as of 4/10/2019, this worries me a lot, do you know when my attorney can raise a service request?

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 11 Apr, 19 at 8:30 am

          Official rule to raise service request for PERM status is 90 days after your receipt date has passed the normal processing time.

          • YZhou
            YZhou 11 Apr, 19 at 11:23 am

            Hello Anil, thank you for explaining, so my attorney can raise SR in July or August if processing time keeps the same pace like now?

  7. Engr1
    Engr1 10 Apr, 19 at 11:20 am

    There are 2 wages listed on ETA form. 1- Prevailing 2- Offered.
    The actual salary is less than the offered wage. Should the actual salary be equal to offered salary? Perm is approved.

    • Engr1
      Engr1 10 Apr, 19 at 11:20 am

      Sorry if my question is out of context.

      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 10 Apr, 19 at 2:45 pm

        The offered salary should be greater than or equal to prevailing wage.

  8. Sridhar Adurthi
    Sridhar Adurthi 9 Apr, 19 at 2:51 pm

    Hi Anil,

    If my PERM application is in progress, then which of the above timelines will suit for me? I mean I am in which state? “PERM Analyst Review (Clean Cases) receipt date”?

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Apr, 19 at 4:52 pm

      Yes PERM analyst review category if your case has not received any request for Audit.

      • Sridhar Adurthi
        Sridhar Adurthi 10 Apr, 19 at 8:22 am

        Sorry if I am asking wrong question. In the PERM analyst review, timeline mentioned above that 10 Jan 2019 case being approved. As per you these timelines are posted as per the users reported that their case is approved. But, I don’t see any case with A-19* has been approved in the iCert registry. Am i understanding it wrongly? currently I can see until A-18363 cases are approved in iCERT. Could you please clarify me.

        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 10 Apr, 19 at 8:58 am

          Our service checks and deletes cases that have been reported by users as approved but it cannot reliably verify them.

          As the data is crowd sourced, there is a possibility of error of about 10%.

          • Sridhar Adurthi
            Sridhar Adurthi 11 Apr, 19 at 8:30 am

            Hi Anil,
            Thanks for the swift replies. Are the above timelines are refreshed after your service checks and deletes the cases? bcoz still in your timelines I can see 11 Jan 2019 as the recently approved case and I don’t see in iCERT registry any cases approved which are filed in 2019. I am trying to track through iCERT but there is a lot of difference with the timelines in your portal and iCERT. Please correct me if I am wrong. Off-course your timelines are encouraging 🙂

            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 11 Apr, 19 at 9:19 am

              Our data is based on what users share themselves. The data is updated on above page every 3 hours and if the record is deleted, it will be reflected above.

              The data may not match with icert as users may get approval detail earlier than it is shown on icert website.

            • Sridhar Adurthi
              Sridhar Adurthi 11 Apr, 19 at 10:34 am

              Thanks Anil. this helps alot. I was not aware that “The data may not match with icert as users may get approval detail earlier than it is shown on icert website”

  9. Hanuman
    Hanuman 9 Apr, 19 at 10:55 am


    Can we check the PERM status in labor certification registry? Or only the attorney can check the status ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Apr, 19 at 12:08 pm

      You can check but i think it only shows result for approved cases.

  10. onkar biwalkar
    onkar biwalkar 8 Apr, 19 at 6:17 pm

    My PERM was filed on Nov. 30, 2018. I received audit 2 weeks back. What could be approx. time for PERM approval from april 1st week.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 8 Apr, 19 at 8:31 pm

      Please use the timelines mentioned above to estimating your approval time.

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