PERM Processing Time: How Long Does It Take?

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PERM Processing Time: How Long Does It Take?

The Program Electronic Review Management (PERM) process is an integral part of the employment-based immigration procedure in the United States. It is a system through which employers can hire foreign workers to work permanently in the U.S. Understanding the duration and intricacies of the PERM process can help both employers and potential employees navigate this path more effectively.

Understanding the PERM Process

The PERM process begins when an employer files an ETA Form 9089 with the Department of Labor (DOL). This form outlines the job opportunity and demonstrates that there are insufficient able, willing, qualified, and available U.S. workers to fill the position at the prevailing wage. It also shows that hiring a foreign worker will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers.

Given its critical role in employment-based immigration, the PERM process is often subjected to stringent scrutiny and audits. These checks are designed to ensure the integrity of the process and protect the interests of U.S. workers.

Current PERM Processing Times

As per recent data, the average processing time for PERM cases is 12 months. However, it’s important to note that this figure represents only the initial evaluation stage of the PERM process and does not include instances where the case is audited or requires supervised recruitment.

In situations where a PERM application is audited, the processing time significantly increases. The average processing time for audit review is currently an additional month. Therefore, if a PERM application is audited, applicants can expect a waiting period of more than a year.

Why Timing Is Critical in the PERM Process

The considerable length of the PERM process has led many employers to begin the process well in advance of an employee’s visa expiration. In fact, some employers are now initiating the PERM process around 3.5 years before an employee’s visa expiration to circumvent the challenges posed by current processing times.

How Immigration Attorneys Can Help

Navigating the PERM process can be complex and time-consuming. Employment-based immigration attorneys can provide invaluable guidance throughout this process, helping to streamline applications and mitigate potential issues that could lead to a citizenship application being denied.

From ensuring the accuracy and completeness of the ETA Form 9089 to advising on audit responses, these legal professionals play a crucial role in facilitating a smooth and successful PERM process.

Turn to Our Immigration Law Office for Support

While the PERM process is a critical pathway to permanent employment in the U.S., it can be a lengthy and complex procedure. Understanding the processing times and potential delays can help to manage expectations and plan accordingly.

At Henry & Grogan, we understand the intricacies of the PERM process and are well-equipped to guide you through each step. Contact our law firm today to set up a consultation with our team of experienced immigration lawyers. We can provide comprehensive support and guidance tailored to your unique needs, from helping you apply for permanent worker visas to helping you understand and prevent the common reasons citizenship applications are denied.