I got my I-140 approved from an employer in with PERM priority date in year 2010. Then I had to switch employers (in 2011) and got my Labor approved this year (2013) with new employer. For filling I-140 with new employer the company lawyer (as a standard requirement I guess) wants all paystubs and W2s right from my previous I-140 priority date (i.e. in 2010). Is this a standard requirement? I don't understand why would paystubs and W2s from my previous employer help for my I-140 filling with new employer (unless the lawyer assumed that previous I-140 was filled by my new employer and asked by mistake). My understanding is that I-140 process focuses on measuring the ability of the sponsoring employer's ability to pay, and nothing to do with my previous employer. Is my understanding correct?
Your analysis appears to be correct. Your W-2 and pay stubs would be relevant for showing that the current employer is capable of paying the salary for the PERM position, esp. if it appears that the employer would make a net profit after paying the salary amount stated in the PERM application.
The I-140 filed by the new employer should request porting of the priority date of the original I-140. Please schedule a consultation with an immigration attorney if you cannot communicate effectively with your current attorneyl
No, that is not a "standard requirement" for the new I-140 to be filed by your current employer. Strange, but I don't want to second guess your lawyer. He or she should be in position to give you a clear answer as to the rationale of such a request.
Yes, your understanding of the focus of the "ability to pay" requirement is correct.
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Have you traveled since your previous PERM filing?
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