If I file I-485 Now, May I Change My Current Job After 180 Days? 


Dr. William:

I have recently filed Form I-140 in the category of extraordinary ability. Currently I am on J1 and waiting for H1B approval from USCIS. I would like to concurrently file I-485 also. If I file I-485 now, may I change my current job after 180 days? Thank you for your time and advice.


Under AC21, you can change job after 180 days of filing I-485. But the new employment position should be similar or same as the job classification in the I-140, and the I-140 petition should be approved already.

If your I-140 petition is still pending, you can not change employer, even the I-485 application has passed 180 days. Here, only the APPROVED I-140 is portable to a new employer, after passage of 180 days of I-485 filing.






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