Have new job offer (same type of work). There has been a lapse in my paid employment under original employer due to him closing company. Have had 1-485 interview and an RFE so can I answer RFE on original petition and invoke portability at the same time with new employers letter of job offer even though EAD has expired and USCIS won't issue new ones till they make decision on current pending 1-485? Is a lapse in employment and EAD renewal allowed and does it prevent you from porting? Due to economy it has taken a long time to find new job offer in construction industry.