What impact will a H1B transfer in year 5 have on my Green Card application


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Hello, I am a Software Engineer from Ireland who has been working in the US on a H1B visa for 4 years and 8 months.

The company that I am currently working for is sponsoring my Green Card. I have an offer from another company and I am considering whether I should accept.

My questions are as follows:

  • My current company has collected all the necessary paperwork to file an EB2 Green Card (5 years experience + bachelors) and they have filed a prevailing wage request with the Dept of Labor which we should be getting back in the next 1-3 weeks. Is their any advantage to me waiting for this to come through?
  • Could switching companies at this stage have a negative impact on a future Green Card application. I.e, if I jumped from companies while the DOL was processing my PWR does this make any difference.
  • I understand that In order to stay on a H1B beyond 6 years I need to have filed for a Green Card 365 days prior. Does the PWR count as a filled application?
  • At this stage in my H1B visa, how risky is it for me to switch companies?

Any help or advice on this issue would be most appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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