PERM Processing Time – 2021 Timeline for EB-2 and EB-3 Green Card


There are many ways in which someone can legally immigrate to the United States. One way is using an employment-based immigration visa, in which employment with a company allows an individual to obtain a green card to reside in the United States on a permanent basis. 

What are PERM certifications?

PERM labor certifications are the first step of the complex process of filing for a green card through employment-based immigration. PERM is an acronym for “Program Electronic Review Management” and is required before an employer can hire an immigrant worker on a permanent basis. The employer must follow a standardized process to test the U.S. labor market as a way to demonstrate that there are no qualified U.S. workers who are willing and able to take the position for which the employer is seeking to sponsor a foreign national. 

Who qualifies for a PERM certification?

The U.S. Department of Labor requires that individuals have an offer of employment from an employer willing and able to complete the steps of the PERM process. The basic steps in the PERM process are as follows. 

Provided an audit is not performed by the Department of Labor, the PERM processing time typically takes about six months. However, in the event of an audit, during which the Department of Labor takes a more detailed look at the application, the PERM and subsequent green card processing time can be significantly increased to upward of a year and a half. 

How long does a PERM last?

What can make the process easier?

Second, consider hiring an experienced immigration lawyer. While it may seem easy at first, getting your PERM processed can be confusing and lengthy, especially in the cases that involve audits or supervised recruitment. Having an experienced immigration attorney on your side can ensure all of your documentation is organized and submitted according to the law to maximize the chances of your PERM being processed as quickly as possible. In addition, immigration attorneys can inform you of any options available to your case that might help expedite the process. 

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