URGENT - on green capd appl, need to change jobs

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I am on an H1B visa with green card in process. I140 has been approved and I am waiting for my Priority date (Mar09) to become current.

I have the following question:

1. If I loose this job how long do I have to find a new one and how long do I get to stay in the US before I have to leave. My I797 and visa are valid till September 2011.

2. If I find a new job and the new employer is willing to file a completely new green card application immediately, can I keep my current priority date of Mar09. Is this the portability of priority date that is often spoken about? What are the requirements for keeping the priority date from one green card application to another?



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