1. He seems to be  happy.
2. It seems that  he is happy. (formal style)
3. It seems like (as if)  he is happy. (informal style)

 In sentence 2 and 3, I assume that;

1) the conjunctions - 'that' and 'like', 'as if' in informal style - lead not a subject complement but a real subject clause (that is, impersonal subject + complete intransitive verb + real subject clause).

2) 'seems' is justified to function as an complete intransitive verb, which leads a real subject clause.

Appreciate your clarification in advance,

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