Immigration Lawyer Ari Sauer – The Immigration Answer Man

Memphis immigration lawyer Ari Sauer provides news and information on US immigration law.

I got my green card through my employer 9 months ago. Am I allowed to change employers?


QUESTION: I am a nurse who was sponsored by my employer/petitioner as an EB-3. I have had my green card for 9 months and have been working for them since I got my green card. I have been having some issues with my employer and wish to change employers, but my employer says that I could put my green card in jeopardy if I leave them now. Is this true?

THE IMMIGRATION ANSWER MAN – ARI SAUER: From an immigration perspective, you should be fine. The requirement is that you must have intended to stay with your petitioning employer in the offered permanent position (meaning for an indefinite amount of time) at the time you filed your Application for Adjustment of Status (Form I-485) or Immigrant Visa Application (Form DS-260) through the time that you became a US Permanent Resident (green card holder). Where something happens after the employee becomes a US Permanent Resident that causes the employee to no longer wish to be employed by the petitioner, they are allowed to change employers. It can sometimes be an issue when an employee changes to another employer right after becoming a US Permanent Resident, as that can call into question whether the person intended to be employed by their petitioner in the offered position when they became a US Permanent Resident. But someone who works in the offered position for more than 9 months after becoming a US Permanent Resident is probably fine.

To be clear, I can only comment on the immigration consequences of changing employers. I cannot advise on what the other consequences might be of leaving an employer if doing so would cause the person to be in breach of an employment contract. A contract law/employment law attorney should be consulted about that.


Published 5/20/19 by attorney Ari Sauer.

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