Impact of job changes on pending I-140 and/or PERM applications for H-1B holder

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If your company files a new PERM for a different role within the same organization after your initial I-140 is approved, will the initial I-140 still be active?

If your employer revokes your initial I-140 more than 6 months after it is approved and you move to a new role within the same company, is there any risk involved?

Will every organization need to apply for a PERM again in the future if you switch employers? Can you work for an organization that is not ready to start your PERM process, and can you use your previous approved I-140 to extend your H1B for a new employer?

If you lose your job post I-140 approval and don't find a new job within 60 days, can you still apply for jobs while outside the United States? Will your last approved I-140 still be active?

What are the cases or situations in which you can lose your I-140 or priority date (i.e., your approved I-140 is revoked)?


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When filing for the permanent labor certification (PERM) application, it is important to file from the corporate headquarters instead of a branch or sub-office, especially for consulting jobs or jobs that can be transferred to different locations. This is because the U.S Department of Labor considers the corporate headquarters to be the job site for transferable jobs. After the I-140 is approved, the priority date belongs to the individual even if the I-140 is withdrawn, unless it is revoked for fraud, misrepresentation, or an obvious error. Additionally, as long as the I-140 stays approved for 180 days, the individual has the right to extend their H-1B beyond six years with any employer, even if the I-140 is revoked. After 180 days, the employer can revoke the I-140, but it does not affect the individual.


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