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July 19, 2005

PERM, approval, green card, changing jobs

Free Question: Hi, my employer is currently applying for my PERM status. After receiving the PERM status, roughly how long would it take to get my greencard? Usually how long does it take to physically receive my greencard through the mail? After getting notification of my greencard, can I change jobs even if I haven't physically received my greencard? Thanks so much for you advice.

Free Answer: PERM is a new system which is taking longer than expected for approval to be issued by the Department of Labor. The waiting period for a green card depends on where you live in the U.S. Each immigration office has different waiting periods. Once you recieve approval of permanent residency either by a stamp in your passport or the physical card you may change employers. If you are seeking to change jobs you should consider having 2nd employer file for you instead of having to wait during the process.

Posted by VisaLawyer at July 19, 2005 08:51 AM

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