180-Day Portability Rule

The American Competitiveness Act for the 21st Century of 2000 (AC-21) provides, in section 106(c), that if a person has submitted an application for I-485 adjustment of status and has an I-140 visa petition approved under one of the Employment-Based preference categories, he can change jobs and still adjust his status as long as the new job is in the same or a similar occupation and his application for adjustment of status has been pending over 180 days.

180-Day Portability Rule

Before approving the application for adjustment of status, the USCIS will request a letter from the new employer to verify that an offer of permanent employment exists. The letter must contain a description of the job as well as the salary. The USCIS will use this letter to determine whether the job meets the same or similar occupation requirement.


We hope that the materials below help you to better understand the workings of the 180-day portability rule.


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General Information – 180-Day Portability Rule



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