PERM petition and employer

After a PERM DOL certification petition has been filed for an EB-2 application for someone currently on H1-B, at what stage is it safe to change employers without affecting the application process? In other words, will change in employer mean starting the process anew?

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If you leave the employer after approval of I-140, you carry your priority date. Before then, you can carry nothing. In both cases you have to start another PERM application with the new employer. If you do not wish to start a new green card, read AC21 portability: http://forums.immigration.com/content.php?67-AC21-Portability-Changing-J...

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