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Update on PERM Processing Times and January Visa Bulletin

Posted December 29, 2020Olga Krapivner - ParalegalVisa Bulletin

January 2021


The Department of Labor reports that PERM processing times are approximately five to six months. Cases that are currently being adjudicated have a Priority Date of June 2020.

Cases that are under Audit Review have a longer processing time of nearly one year. Cases currently being adjudicated in Audit Review have a Priority Date of January 2020.

You can check for updates to the current processing times on the Department of Labor website by clicking here.


January Visa Bulletin

The updated Visa Bulletin for January 2021 has been released. The new bulletin sees various slight advancements in the Final Action dates for employment-based cases but remains the same for Dates of Filing employment-based cases.  See the full bulletin here.

Individuals seeking to file applications for adjustment of status with USCIS may use the “Final Action” dates for determining when they can file such applications.


Final Action Changes

All Chargeability (all countries except those otherwise listed):

  • All employment-based preferences are current


  • EB1 advance to 01SEP19
  • EB2 advance to 01JUN16
  • EB3 advance to 15DEC17

EL Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras:

  • EB1, EB2, and EB3 and other workers are current


  • EB1 advance to 01SEP19
  • EB2 advance to 08OCT09
  • EB3 and other workers advance to 22MAR10

Mexico, Philippines, and Vietnam:

  • EB1, EB2, and EB3 and other workers are current


Each month Meltzer Hellrung will reach out to clients who are eligible to apply for adjustment of status. If you have any questions about eligibility please reach out to your designated Meltzer Hellrung attorney.