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Hi Ajay,
I am currently in H1B status. If my employer is willing to help me with acquiring a permanent residence card, is it legal for me to shoulder all the expenses? Or just like H1B, the sponsor should pay for everything?

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Hi,

The employer is required by PERM regulations to pay all legal fees/advertising expenses in connection with PERM (also known as labor certification). See http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=476a28b1eb5f79c0713400d7daa06d20&mc=tru

However, I-140 and adjustment of status legal/fiilng fees can be paid by any party.

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Ajay K. Arora

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I can answer your questions on employment and family-based U.S. Immigration Law. Expertise in various immigration categories includes the following: H-1B, L-1, O-1, PERM (labor certification), EB-1 to EB-3 I-140 employment-based immigrant petitions, family or fiance(e) or spousal sponsorship, visa extension or change of status, adjustment of status, naturalization (citizenship), etc.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) full member since 1995.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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