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Old 06-20-2013, 12:35 AM
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Default AC21 relevance?

I have done my fair share googling and a basic question is killing me.
One of the main provisions of AC21 is the portability part (I485 filed and pending for >180 days). The current status of bureaucracy says that the processing time for I-485 is 4 months.

Doesnt that render the whole point of AC21 completely redundant?

I guess the bottleneck is the priority dates not being current (and hence ineligible to file I485) and so this portability crap is no longer the substance for competitiveness in the 21st century? ironically! Is this now just a thing from the past?

Sure, there is the visa extension past the 6-year limit clause but thats about it.

What am i missing?
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Old 06-20-2013, 01:17 AM
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There is no guarantee that once an applicant's priority date becomes current, then it stays current for the next 4 months. It may be retrogressed back 4-5 years. so AC21 portability helps such folks. There are thousands of people who fall in that category, all on EAD , renewing it for years with a GC !
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Old 06-20-2013, 01:22 AM
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i meant Without a GC.
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Old 06-20-2013, 02:51 AM
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aah got it! that was the missing piece of information!
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Hi folks,

My current stage of GC I-485 EB-2. I'm planning to use AC21 option. I've my labor filed with my job title: Senior Software Engineer

SOC/O*NET (OES) code: 15-1031. It appears that this code is changed as 15-1132.00 in 2010 as per USCIS.

I'm planning to apply for a position: Lead Software Engineer with almost similar job nature, skills and responsibilities. This is the first time that I like to use AC21 option. I expect that salary range would go high and in same location with in 30-40 miles radius.

I hope this is possible option? Please advice if anything to do with job title change? an issues and to ask or request to modify HR for any documentation. I guess immigration team will take care of it but this is for my understanding before pursuing it further with out wasting time.

Thanks for any thoughts.
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Old 11-08-2013, 06:31 PM
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I used AC 21 and got the green card with out an issue. As long as the job responsibilities are almost the same, you are fine. pay difference does not matter
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