Documentation and Evidence
In the process of changing jobs while an I-485 application is pending, applicants must provide specific documentation and evidence to show that the new employment is in the same or similar occupational classification as the previous job. This is essential for maintaining the validity of their application.
Supplement J Form
The Supplement J Form, officially known as Form I-485 Supplement J, is a required document for individuals changing jobs under the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-first Century Act (AC21) portability provision. Applicants must accurately complete and submit this form to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). It provides details such as:
- Applicant’s Information: Full name, Alien Registration Number (A-Number), and address.
- New Employment Details: Job title, duties, SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) code, and salary.
- Previous Employment Details: For comparison to ensure the new job is in the same or similar occupational category.
Employment Offer and Verification
Applicants need to secure a formal job offer from the prospective employer. The job offer should be presented in written form, typically on the company letterhead, and include specific information:
- Position Offered: Clear statement of the job title and a detailed list of the job duties.
- Confirmation of Job Offer: The employer’s signature and the date of the offer to confirm authenticity.
In addition to the job offer, applicants may be required to provide verification of the new employment. This could involve items such as recent pay stubs or an employment verification letter, further substantiating the applicant’s employment claim. Both the job offer and the verification documents should demonstrate that the new position is similar to the one specified in the original I-140 petition to satisfy USCIS requirements.