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Update on PERM processing times and July Visa Bulletin

Posted June 23, 2020Andrew Wojcik - ParalegalVisa Bulletin


Update on PERM processing times and July Visa Bulletin


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 January 2020.

Cases that are under Audit Review have a longer processing time of over 300 days. Cases currently being adjudicated in Audit Review have a Priority Date of August 2019.

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

July Visa Bulletin

The updated Visa Bulletin for July 2020 has been released. The new bulletin sees various advancements in the Final Action dates and Dates for Filing for employment-based cases. See the full bulletin here.

Individuals seeking to file applications for adjustment of status with USCIS must use the “Final Action Dates” for determining when they can file such applications. When USCIS determines that there are more immigrant visas available for the fiscal year than there are known applicants for such visas, USCIS will state on its website that applicants may instead use the “Dates for Filing Visa Applications” charts in this Bulletin.

In July for all employment-based preference categories, you must use the Final Action Dates.

Final Action Date Changes

All Chargeability (all countries except those otherwise listed):

-EB3 and other workers advance to 15APR18


-EB1 advance to 22AUG17

-EB2 advance 08NOV15

EL Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

-EB3 and other workers advance to 15APR18


-EB1 advance to 08MAY17

-EB2 advance to 08JUL09

-EB3 and other workers advance to 01JUN09

Mexico, Philippines and Vietnam

-EB3 and other workers advance to 15APR18

Dates for Filing Changes:


-EB1 advance to 01AUG17                                      

-EB2 advance to 15AUG09


-EB1 advance to 01NOV17

Please reach out to your designated Meltzer Hellrung attorney if you have any questions.