Changing job while processing green card

Amazon fuqX66
Apr 16, 2018 13 Comments


Anybody that has changed jobs (function, title, Manager to IC), while processing Green Card?

Any useful tips?

Based on immigration lawyer feedback, I would have to start all over again if I change to most jobs available in Seattle at Amazon...

I can’t believe I am the only one that has faced this challenge and would welcome any advice.

Thank you!


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TOP 13 Comments
  • Oracle orcle
    If your job title/description is different, even though it is internal transfer, green card processing will restart. My colleague did not move into manager role for the same reason.
    Apr 16, 2018 3
    • Microsoft UMbR31
      Wait. Are you saying you can't become manager till you clear the 12 year eb2 wait? (India born that is)... Asking for friend
      Apr 16, 2018
    • Microsoft swi7mmer
      The process will restart but if you have a previously approved I-140 you can retain that priority date when you get the new I-140.
      I think you just need to file an extra form requesting to keep your previous priority date while filing the new I-140.
      Apr 16, 2018
    • Amazon cghChu
      You can't change until you get I 140
      Apr 16, 2018
  • Microsoft / Eng mskh

    internal transfer doesn’t require reprocessing.

    Rest, what about inter company changes?

    Apr 16, 2018 4
    • Amazon fuqX66
      Sure? Lawyers are not saying that...
      Apr 16, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng ktyuu
      hmm in microsoft it’s yes. perhaps your lawyer studied at a different law school?
      Apr 16, 2018
    • Amazon fuqX66
      I will talk to someone internal from our immigration team
      Apr 16, 2018
    • Amazon Liskov
      You need to prove that at least 51% of the duties in the new position is identical to your current role. The immigration will file a ticket to both hiring managers to approve that
      Apr 23, 2018
  • Veritas / Eng

    Veritas Eng

    Cisco, Dell
    Manager to IC will require a new PERM to be filed, even if the employer is same. Typically if an IC moves to Manager role, many employers do not change the title officially but make the title equivalent to Manager. For eg: Sr Principal Engg equivalent to Sr Manager. The role continues to be a Sr Principal yet ppl report to this person. Basically it is concealing from Labor dept as they will need to file new PERM and redo a lot of investment that they have made on the same person for the same process again, which employer wants to avoid to save costs. This might differ employer to employer.
    Apr 16, 2018 0
  • New law
    If the job title for your green card case, which is offered by employer, has changed, you will have to redo or go through the PERM labor certification process from the beginning because you won’t be in that job anymore. It is very important that the job duties, worksite, offered wage, and other details of the position remain consistent throughout the entire green card process.
    Apr 19, 2018 0
  • Oracle WayneManor
    As long as the job responsibilities are similar a new PERM is not needed. For example, at Oracle, first line managers code just like ICs with the added responsibility of management, and hence they don't file for a new PERM. Besides, PERM is for a future job and your current role does not technically need to have any relation to the PERM job.
    Apr 16, 2018 0
  • Amazon cQSx04
    You won't have to reprocess if your entity(company), role and location is same.
    Apr 16, 2018 0