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I-485 Supplement J


As of January 17, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released supplement J, a new form to be used in conjunction with applications to adjust status (form I-485). Supplement J serves to present authentication of a bona fide job offer or to notify the USCIS in cases where the job is ported to a new employer or a new job.

Effective immediately, the supplement J must be included with most I-485 applications being submitted based on a pending or approved I-140. Supplement J does not apply if the I-140 petition is being filed concurrently with the I-485. Also, no supplement J is required if the I-485 is being filed based on a National Interest Waiver (NIW) I-140, or if the I-140 is under the employment-based, first preference (EB1) extraordinary ability category. Family based immigrant petitions also do not require Supplement J.

Supplement J must also be filed when an applicant seeks to take advantage of the job portability mechanism provided in Section 204(j) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to move to a new job in an occupational classification that is the same as, or similar to, that of the position described in the I-140 petition; or when USCIS issues a Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) asking for evidence of an existing job offer.

Supplement J is used to confirm that the job offered in a pending or approved I-140 is still being offered to the beneficiary. Supplement J is a seven page document that requests information about the applicant, sponsoring employer and the proposed job and must be signed by the applicant and the employer. There is no filing fee for submitting a supplement J.

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