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This article was originally published on December 10, 2021, and was updated on January 13, 2022, to reflect new information.

Key Points

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


The US Department of Labor (DOL) has released its monthly processing time updates for permanent labor certification applications, otherwise known as Program Electronic Review Management (PERM).

What are the Changes?

PERM processing times were unchanged in December 2021 compared to the previous month. By the end of December, average PERM processing times were 158 days for adjudication and 310 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.

Sources: US Department of Labor

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