What is a DOL ETA 9089?

DOL ETA 9089, commonly known as PERM (Program Electronic Review Management), represents the initial phase in securing a green card for professionals in the EB-2 and EB-3 categories. Recently, we celebrate the approval of a DOL ETA 9089 for a Civil Engineer—a noteworthy accomplishment in the immigration process.

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Significance of 9089 Approval

The approval of DOL ETA 9089 is a pivotal moment, setting the stage for subsequent immigration steps. With this approval in hand, the employer is empowered to proceed with the filing of USCIS Form I-140 Petition for Foreign Worker—the next critical milestone on the path to permanent residency.

Filing USCIS Form I-140 Petition

When Can Form I-140 Petition be Filed?

The filing of Form I-140 Petition can commence immediately upon receiving the approved DOL ETA 9089. It’s essential to note that the validity period of the 9089 dictates the timeframe for submitting Form I-140. A timely filing is imperative, as an expired 9089 necessitates obtaining a new one to proceed.

Form I-485 Adjustment of Status

When Can Form I-485 Adjustment of Status be Filed?

Concurrent filing of Form I-485 is permissible as long as the priority date is current. This step can align with the submission of the I-140 Petition. However, if the priority date is not current, the applicant must await the updated visa bulletin to proceed with Form I-485 adjustment of status.

Consular Processing Considerations

What if I am Consular Processing?

For those opting for consular processing, a notification from the National Visa Center (NVC) is anticipated once the priority date becomes current. The subsequent steps for consular processing will be outlined in the notification. The wait times are contingent on the visa bulletin updates.


The approval of DOL ETA 9089 for a Civil Engineer marks a significant achievement in the immigration journey. Understanding the subsequent steps, including the filing of Form I-140 and Form I-485, is crucial for a seamless transition towards green card status. Stay informed and navigate the process effectively to achieve your permanent residency goals.

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