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How can I get a copy of approved I-140 petition from my employer?

Irving, TX |

I am currently working on H1 for Company A who have sponsored GC for me under EB3 and my I140 is approved a couple of years ago. I am planning to switch to Company B now, who are willing to sponsor GC for me under EB2 if I can provide them with the I-140 approval notice from Company A.

1) I did check with Company A but they are not willing to provide me with a copy. They mentioned that it is an employer petition and cannot be shared with the employee. Can someone advise if this is a valid statement and if there is any way to get this from USCIS / Company A.

2) I checked few online forums and found that few people have raised a request with USCIS through FOIA (Form G-639) to get this information. I am not sure if this is the right thing to do. Please advise.

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Ask for it from his attorney. They have to provide you with one. FOIA request from USCIS would be another option.

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(213) 394-4554 x0 Mr. Shusterman is a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 35 years of immigration experience. His response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.


If you have a receipt notice, you can print out the case status from the USCIS website. If not, use FOIA.

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Here's the deal ... the new company's attorney can probably get a copy with a FOIA.

But, before pushing things, talk to the new company's attorney to see if Company A can cancel the approval

Talk to the lawyer, not a non-attorney in HR.

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