PERM approved as I was about to make a switch to Facebook. What do?

Microsoft mj__tr
Sep 16 11 Comments

Hey,

my PERM was finally approved by MS, but I already signed an offer and am in the visa transfer process (filed last week).

FB told me they'd start the GC process as soon as I started there.

To my understanding, it'd take another few months to get my I-140 approved, because they'd need to wait for the original PERM approval to get printed etc.

I have about 2yrs left on my H1B and am from a European country with no backlog.

Should I switch and restart or wait?
I want to switch as soon as I can, but want to make sure it doesnt set me back much.

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  • Citrix Systems / Eng ಅವನೌನ ಹಡಾ
    Wow what level at msft ! And what is your yoe ?
    Sep 16 4
    • Microsoft mj__tr
      OP
      Got promoted to 62 at MS. 3.5YOE
      Sep 16
    • Facebook Pbuj80
      Are we hiring E5s from 62 now?
      Sep 16
    • Microsoft mj__tr
      OP
      To be fair, I'm over qualified for a 62. And FB didn't know my current level, and it shouldn't matter, I think.
      Sep 16
    • Facebook Pbuj80
      I know it may vary from person to person but we used to map 63 and below to E4.
      Anyways, it’s good offer for you and good luck with your journey
      Sep 16
  • Microsoft / Eng Sat-ya
    Facebook can start PERM even without you joining first. That’s what Microsoft did for me as without they starting first I wasn’t willing to sign the low balled offer back then 🙂
    Sep 16 0
  • Apple
    dazed-conf

    Apple

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    dazed-confmore
    Get your i140 done in premium and leave as soon as its approved. You can push your fb start date by couple of months. No big deal
    Sep 16 4
    • Microsoft mj__tr
      OP
      It sounded like it takes up to 3 months to even file the thing, because they are waiting for the printed perm approval.

      Not sure if it's worth waiting that long. 🤷🏻‍♂️
      Sep 16
    • Apple
      dazed-conf

      Apple

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      dazed-confmore
      No it doesn’t take that long afaik. Typically a month at max. Lock in your priority date and even if things go south at fb, you will have previous approved i140 to fall back onto
      Sep 16
    • XO Group / Eng 玩撚猿2
      According to the USCIS
      > For you to change the offer of employment or employer, your Form I-485 must have been pending with USCIS for 180 days or more.

      That's 1 month of waiting for I-140, and 6 months for AoS. That's a long wait.

      I'd double check with your FB lawyer though.

      https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/how-uscis-determines-same-or-similar-occupational-classifications-job-portability-under-ac21
      Sep 16
    • Amazon / Eng hejendhrdi
      ^ the 6th month thing is true only if Microsoft withdraws the application
      Sep 16