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Key Points

  • As of August 31, 2021, the DOL was adjudicating PERM applications filed in April 2021 and conducting audit reviews for PERM applications filed in October 2020
  • The DOL also reported it was processing reconsideration requests filed in April
  • Average PERM processing times were posted for adjudication and audit review


The US Department of Labor (DOL) has announced updates for processing permanent labor certification (PERM) applications.

What are the Changes?

PERM processing times were shorter in August 2021 compared to the previous month. By the end of August, average PERM processing times were 156 days for adjudication and 334 days for audit review.

Looking Ahead

This article is updated monthly to reflect updates to PERM and PWD processing times. Please visit the DOL’s website for additional information.

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