I am currently awaiting my PERM certification. I understand that after my PERM is approved, my employer will be filling an I-140 petition. Would it be possible for me to change my job, after my I-140 is filled (But before it is approved) and retain my priority date.
If your employer were to withdraw the I-140 upon your departure, you would not be able to retain the priority date. Only if the I-140 is approved would it be possible to retain the priority date for a subsequent petition. I recommend that you consult with a qualified U.S. Immigration & Nationality law attorney for further guidance.
Change job? Change Employer? Or both?
Change Job? Yes ... but. you need to be prepared/willing to 'go back' to the PERM job when the visa is available.
Change employer? Not a good idea.
Change both? Not a good idea.
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I agree with my colleague . The I-140 must be approved in order for you to retain your priority date.
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