Ask a Lawyer-Can I change roles within my existing company or move to a new company without impacting my green card priority status?

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Question: Can I change roles within my existing company or move to a new company without impacting my green card priority status?

This question comes from an individual who was sponsored for a green card through an H1-B visa by her employer. Her I-140 was approved in January of 2018, with a priority date of July 2017.

Answer: You can change roles within your company without impacting your green card process. But, your role in the company should be consistent with the duties and responsibilities listed in your I-140 application.

You cannot change companies without submitting a new I-140 since the employer is the petitioner, not the alien. A new application filed by the new company will result in a new priority date. You will, essentially be starting over. Lastly, if you stay with your current employer while you wait for your green card, you can renew through filing an H1-B extension.

 

Supna Zaidi, Esq

Ms. Zaidi’s immigration practice focuses on asylum and deportation relief, including appellate level representation of clients to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). Clients have included refugees from Sierra Leone, asylees fleeing FGM, persecution based on ethnic/religious discrimination from countries like Turkey, and successful reversals of deportation orders from Pakistan.

 

 


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