Current PERM Processing Time 2023 (Ways to Check Case Status)

PERM Case Status Check & Perm Processing Time

Enter your PERM case number to estimate approval time. You can alsocheck the PERM approvals that are being tracked.

Use your PERM ETA case number to check your PERM approval statuswith this app. The PERM case number starts with the letter ‘A’to meanthe Atlanta service center.Estimate PERM Approval Time (Tracker & Cases Like Me) >

Is PERM the first step in US green card process?

PERM is the first step in the US green card process. PWD and PERM approval is required for H1B (EB2, EB3) and L workvisas applicants based on their ETA Form 9089 filing with DOL.

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Does USCIS process PERM?

USCIS does not process PERM. Permanent labor is processed byDOL.

Can I apply PERM in premium processing?

There is no premium processing available for the 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.

How to contact DOL if PERM is delayed?

Your employer can contact DOL Helpdesk for a status on theapplication at An employee cannot call DOL forchecking PERM status.

How many cases are selected for PERM Audit?

Permanent Labor Certification auditing is done for 30% of cases byrequesting job advertisements and employer documents. US department of labor (DOL) also conducts supervised recruitmentto find fraud.

Can I apply H1B 7th year extension with pendingPERM?

You can file an H1B 7th-year extension (after completing a 6-yearquota) if your PERM has been pending for more than 365 daysincluding audit time.

Can I apply H1B 7th year extension with ApprovedPERM?

You can apply for an H1B 7th-year extension if your approved PERMwas filed more than 365 days ago on the last day of the H1B 6th year.As a solution to this problem, attorneys suggest to re-capturevacation time spent outside the USA and extend your 6th year-enddate.

Check PERM on DOL Site?

You cannot track your PERM status online on the official DOL FLAG website as it can only be accessed by your employer or attorney.

There are other ways to find the current PERM processing time though:  DOL Disclosure Data

DOL shares the PERM approval data on its disclosure data page quarterly in an excel sheet format. You can download and see past PERM case details. This data is usually delayed by 3 months but is the official source of truth.

PERM Case Number

The number is assigned to your PERM case when your employer or attorney creates the case in the online DOL system for the first time. Your employer may or may not submit the case on the same day to DOl for approval.

PERM Analyst review means that your case is worked on by DOL Analyst.

PERM A number and i140 A number are different and have a different purpose:

  • PERM ETA Case Number format is A-NNNNN-NNNNN with 10 digits
  • The Alien number (also called A number) under the beneficiary section on I-140 Approval Notice is A-NNN-NNN-NNN with 9 digits.

PERM 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 the 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 the DOL website and in the above case status check. There is no need to worry as it is possible that the DOL database is not updated and is showing wrong information.


PERM application was withdrawn by the 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 green card 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.

Experience letter for PERM – Skill Letter

Use a PERM experience letter sample to get skills listed on the old employer’s letterhead as 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 a job description for PERM.

Normally, 30% of PERM applications are selected randomly for Audit.

EB2 and EB3 Green Card Steps

There are three stages for Green Card for EB2 and EB3.

  1. Step 1: PERM/Labor Certification Stage (EB1  and EB2 NIW doesn’t require this Stage)
  2. Step 2: I-140 Immigrant Petition Stage
  3. Step 3: I-485 Adjustment of Status Stage

Note: Employment-Based Green Card process is driven by the Employer and cannot be self-sponsored. But, there is an instance where it can be self-sponsored. Details are listed below.

Let’s take a step back and start with an overview of ways to get U.S. Green Card and then dive into stages of EB1, EB2, and EB3 based Green Card. There are two main path’s to obtain the Green Card in the USA (lawful permanent resident status).

There are two main path’s to get Green Card in the USA (lawful permanent resident status)

  1. Family-based Green Card Categories
  2. Employment-Based Green Card – EB1, EB2, and EB3.

Note: There are other ways, like Green Card Lottery, EB4, and EB5, etc. But that’s not in the scope of this. I’m going to focus on Employment-Based Green Card Process (EB1, EB2 and EB3 Steps) and Various stages involved.

If you are working on H1B Visa, L1B Visa or another non-immigrant work visa, you most likely to through the following steps for your Employer Sponsored Green Card.


To check the processing time for PERM applications, you can visit the official website of the U.S. Department of Labor at On this website, you can find current processing times for various types of applications, including PERM. The processing times are updated monthly and can give you an idea of how long it might take for your application to be processed.

To check the status of your specific case, you can use the online case status check system called iCERT. This system allows you to check the status of your PERM application online by entering your case number. To use the iCERT system, visit You will need to create an account and enter your case information to check the status of your case.

Alternatively, you can contact the Department of Labor’s National Processing Center (NPC) by phone or email to inquire about your case status. The NPC can provide updates on the processing of your PERM application, as well as answer any questions you may have about the application process. The phone number for the NPC is 1-877-767-5248, and their email address is It’s important to note that the NPC can experience high call volumes and may take some time to respond to your inquiry.

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