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 Leaving Employer immediately after getting Green Card
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Posted on 04-20-17 8:17 AM     Reply [Subscribe]
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Hello Folks,
I have been working with a dhoti consultancy for almost 2 years. I just got green card through this company in February. Now I am planning to apply for full time position to get higher pay.

If everything goes smoothly, I will be getting a new job in 2-3 months. So my question is, during Naturalization process (in 5 years) how will this affect? I have searched couple of immigration forums and it seems like there is no 6 months rule that dhotis suggest. It just says, you need to able to justify the move you had made. Have any of you changed the employer within 6 months of getting GC? If so, did it hurt in any way during the Naturalization process. Please share your experience in this matter.
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Posted on 04-20-17 9:55 AM     [Snapshot: 144]     Reply [Subscribe]
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Damn, you got green card in just 2 years? Which consultancy is it? I have been working for my dhoti for more than 6 years.

By the way, I don't think there is going to be any impact.
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Posted on 04-20-17 10:39 AM     [Snapshot: 215]     Reply [Subscribe]
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I'm in same situation. I got GC through consutlancy as well. I got my GC last August 2016 but my project was ended on Dec 2016. Currently, I'm looking for a project but I'm still in big dilemaa should I market myself or go through my consultancy. I asked few people, they said soon I got GC I'm a free bird but I still have my doubt. I know it;s been almost 8 months since I got my GC but technically I only worked 4 months (August to Dec) with my consultancy. Is it ok for me to switch the employer? I still doing marketing with my old company but I always come up with different reasons when they send my dob requirement cuz I don't want to move again and again. I 'm looking for FT position applying through company sites only. I haven't put my resume on any Job portal sites.
I did research about it switching employer but I didn't find any concrete answer.
Posted on 04-20-17 10:55 AM     [Snapshot: 270]     Reply [Subscribe]
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As far as I know it doesn't affect. It's all BS "halla" in the internet that they would ask why did you leave the job in short period. I personally know someone who left the job immediately getting GC and got citizenship with no issue. There is no law that says you have to be loyal to your sponsoring company. It's free country and you can work for any company you like. In my case, they even didn't ask job history and I changed more than 5 companies during 5 years. Even if they asked I was ready to answer and that is "Better opportunity & good pay" . So enjoy. Don't worry and take that job.
Posted on 04-20-17 11:17 AM     [Snapshot: 273]     Reply [Subscribe]
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@mancini : If you have been with a dhoti company for 6 years and you are a Nepali (PD is current) and you don't have a GC in hand yet, then you are doing something wrong. In my case, I was already working with another company and had H1b. I talked to this dhoti company and they agreed to start my PERM (prevailing wages and all that shit) as soon as I took their offer. So I got GC in around 14 months.
I did some research and concluded that if I join another company with a job deskription similar to the one filed in my CG PERM then I am all set. But I wanted to get an opinion of someone who went through this and already have US Passport in hand.

@hello_me: I think you should go for full time as situation is favorable for GC holders. As far as i know, companies are avoiding H1bs like a plague for some reason. I have seen lot of jobs requiring US Citizens or GC. Also, I suggest you to apply through LinkedIn because you will directly submit your profile to the concerned HR and the response is prompt. All the best.
Posted on 04-20-17 11:48 AM     [Snapshot: 337]     Reply [Subscribe]
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I don;t have linkedin profile. I heard in linkedin, you give all the right information only. I only have 3 years of real time experience. I been applying lot of jobs (atleast 50) on the companies job portal but so far zero response. I wonder what I'm doing wrong? I have nice cover letter and good CV but nothing is working out. I don;t want to work as contractor that's why I been avoiding Jobs send by my employer.
@mancini You should have applied GC long time ago PD is current for Nepal. Tell your employer or switch it. I only worked for 2 years with my current employer and I asked them to apply it. I never got H1b, It took me only 13 months to get my GC. Yes, just 13 months (from PWD, advertisement, filing PERM, I-140 and I485).
Posted on 04-20-17 12:01 PM     [Snapshot: 376]     Reply [Subscribe]
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Yup, I feel like i did a big mistake by not thinking about GC properly but now I am in last stage and getting more and more impatient everyday :(

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Posted on 04-21-17 9:02 AM     [Snapshot: 744]     Reply [Subscribe]
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@sajhamitra Thanks for sharing your experience.

@mancini : All the best

@hello_me : HR are now a days target LinkedIn. Just try it and see.
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Posted on 04-21-17 9:41 AM     [Snapshot: 789]     Reply [Subscribe]
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About 6 months rule from trackitt.com ,

So I checked with an acquaintance who is an immigration lawyer. (I try not to bother him with such things, since he is not doing this work for me personally.) 

Editing a bit, but this is his comment on that: 

"The underlying issue is one of putative fraud. If Company ABC sponsors you for a GC and literally the day after you receive it you start working for Company XYZ, it "suggests" that your intent to work for them "permanently" (i.e., indefinitely) was bogus. It opens up the possibility that someone could denounce the transaction -- for example, someone in Company ABC who wished to retaliate by complaining to the government. 

The standard advice to clients in cases of this type is: to be legit, the job offer must be "permanent", which in practice means 'of indefinite duration'. Whether changing jobs on "Day Two" would likely occasion an inquiry is doubtful." 

He goes on to say that he's never seen a case of this type prosecuted in more than 30 years.

Posted on 04-21-17 9:57 AM     [Snapshot: 811]     Reply [Subscribe]
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Here is my story:
joined consultancy 20 months back.
Got greencard in Feb 2017 (I got mine in 11 months.)
Client project ended 2 month before getting GC
(I got mine in 11 month: EB2). Started working for one of the client on very low pay rate as I was not getting good rate when I was in bench.
Now, I have 4 FT offers. Just accepted the best one this morning. I havent informed my consultancy and current client as I am planning to inform them when the BG process completes.
I hope I wont have any issues in future. And yeah, this month was full of offer month for me. Passed 3 others which was in last round.
Good Luck every one
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You guys are lucky now a days that you get GC in year or two, there use to be time when it use to take 2 yrs to get perm cleared .

Any way I talked to couple of lawyers some time back and they mention hanging with sponser for six month is safe bait . I know one guy Indian who quit day before his GC is approved and he is citizen now . So looks like there isn't hard and fast rule. It's just safe bait if your case went to crappy officer at later date.
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At least work for 3 months. Green card is applied for future employment. If your consulting company complains at the dept of labor that you immediately left after getting gc, uscis may revoke your green card. Good luck!
Posted on 08-30-17 10:20 PM     [Snapshot: 2057]     Reply [Subscribe]
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Yes, there is no specific legal precedence for this 6 months rule. It should not be a cause for concern for switching employers. There could be a number of reason one would change a employer. Just be ready with one of those valid reasons and then you are good. People change employers all the time. If you're bound to a employer then it would be sort of a slave market. I don't think that is what USCIS expect when they approve H-1B or green card etc. H-1B can be transferred and green card allows you to work for any employer in the United States.

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