Priority Dates can be carried forward even if old I-140 is revoked

6 May 2015: We are noticing a VERY disturbing trend: USCIS seems to have reverted back to the position (or are in the process of reverting back) that priority date will be lost if the I-140 is revoked, even if revoked by the employer, not USCIS.

Hello, everyone.  This is Rajiv S. Khanna for immigration.com, the Law Offices of Rajiv S. Khanna, P.C.

 

I am very pleased to report this morning that I saw a news report from USCIS Nebraska Service Center teleconference on April  12, 2012, that clarified you can carry forward the Priority Date from one I-140 approval to another 1-140 approval for another employer, even if the old employer revokes the I-140.  USCIS has flip-flopped on this issue several times.

 

Let me first bring you to the news.  Right here it says.  If you look at the question number two.  The answer is, both centers adhere to retaining the earlier priority date, unless the I-140 was revoked for fraud or willful misrepresentation.  So the idea here is this:  even if you go from Employer A to Employer B, and Employer A revokes the I-140 approval, the Priority Date is yours to carry forward to any employer you like--B,C,D,E--unless the employer A’s I- 140 was revoked for fraud or misrepresentation.

 

The history of this interpretation is strange.  A few years ago, this was the position.  USCIS always said you can carry the Priority Date forward.  A couple of years ago, they started saying, “No, you cannot.”  We had several cases in which they raised this issue, so anybody who has had this issue decided against them can actually go back and file a motion to reopen/reconsider.  I advise you to think about this very carefully.  You could actually go back and ask USCIS for the Priority Date to be carried forward if they had earlier denied it.  There’s  a whole lot of people who went through this.  File a motion to reconsider.  Then USCIS started saying, “Well, you cannot do it.”  

 

Now they are back to their old, very good interpretation, which is in line with Congressional intention for AC-21, where Congress wanted to create room for people to leave their jobs and move on to other jobs because Green Cards were taking so long.  So Congress said, “We’ll put in AC-21.”  That will make it easier for employees to change jobs without losing their Green Card benefits.

 

This is excellent news, folks.  Once again, I am summarizing it for you.  You can carry your Priority Date forward, even if the old I-140 is revoked, unless the I-140 is revoked for some fraud or some willful misinterpretation.

 

One more thing I wanted to add.  This is not good for H-1.  Don’t think that if the I-140 is revoked, you can still use it for H-1 extensions.  You cannot.  If you want H-1 extensions beyond six years, you’ve got to have something else going.  You cannot rely on the revoked I-140.

 

That’s all I have to say on this issue.  I will speak with you folks soon.

 

Thank you for listening.

Comments

Hi Rajiv,

I worked for Company A and got my EB-2 I-140 approved. Then I switched to a client I was working for Company B and got additional 3 years H-1B extension using the approved I-140. Now the EB-3 I-140 filed by Company B is denied and my H-1B expires in 2 months. So can Company B apply to get my H-1B extended by 3 more years using the approved original ( not withdrawn ) I-140 ? Can this be done multiple times ? If the answer is YES, I plan to move back to Company A when my PD gets current and then apply to get my Green Card.

I would really appreciate your advice, specially since I am running out of time. Thanks in advance.

Arvind

You can apply for H-1 extensions from B based upon I-140 approval of A. No problem.

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Can you please clarify my below questions.
1. I-140 Approved last week with employer A if I shift to employer B can I carry forward my priority date?
Please suggest me won this matter

Note: I-140 Approval validity is less than a week.

Thanks,
Rajesh.

Rajesh ji, wait till 17 January. Then move. You will be well protected, especially if your I-140 remains unrevoked for 180 days from the date of its approval.

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HI,

I have an approved I-140 (EB2, current employer) with 2013 PD and just received my old I-140 (EB3, previous employer) through FIOA request which has 2008 Nov PD. Both I-140 has same A number. My current employer's lawyer said she will send a letter to USCIS to port the PD from old I-140 (EB3) to current I-140 (EB2) and I can file 485 after getting an updated I-140 with new PD.

Can you please recommend any other options, like can I file 485 directly by sending in a letter to port along with 485 application, or should I wait for USCIS to respond to the porting letter first and then file 485?

Please advise.

Sir,

This is my situation.

1) I have my perm approved and i-140 is not filed.

I changed the employer, can I retain the priority date? Kindly reply.

Thanks,
Girish.

There can be no priority date without approval of an I-140.

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Hi, good day!I just received just a while ago that my I-140 was denied by the USCIS..now my question is can I retain my priority date which is dec 2015 once my employer re-file my petition?

If the I-140 is approved upon refiling, you will keep your priority date.

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