Typically, Google issues payments by the 25th of the month for the previous month and the money is then available on the 26th (if sent electronically). But many Google AdSense publishers are complaining in threads at both Google AdSense Help and DigitalPoint Forums that they have no word from Google on if the payment has been issued.
Here are some of the scared publisher's posts:
I used to get the "payment in progress" message within 24-24 of the month. And pick my payments on 26-26 of the month. Today is 27, and even no "payment in progrees" statement has appeared.
I am scheduled to receive payment through Westren union quick cash. Normaly payment is issued on 25th and can be picked on 26th. my march earning was more then $100 but i cant see any payment issued link.
Personally, I see that my payment was issued on April 24th and I should see it on the 28th. But many publishers are concerned the Google is holding payments from them for no reason.
An other, but older Google AdSense Help thread has confirmation from a Googler that Google is indeed delayed on paying some publishers.
AdSensePro Obair from Google said:
If you're scheduled to receive a payment this month, you should see the following message on the payment history page of your account:
"You are scheduled to be sent a payment by the 30th of this month. If you're receiving a standard delivery check, please allow up to 4 weeks for delivery, depending on your location. If you're using EFT or secured express delivery, your payment should arrive by the 5th of next month. Learn more..."
So don't panic, your money will come, the question is when. Some publishers depend on this check and to have it delayed, can be serious for some. Hat tip to Morgan Chemij for encouraging me to write about this.