Tuesday, July 5, 2011

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  • hpandey
    01-23 10:03 AM
    Totally agree with you Slumdog ..

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  • doxa
    03-27 03:51 PM
    Yupp, we have to go through CP in Montreal. Our PD is Feb/2006. We hope to be current this year ! There seems to be some hope ?????

    I feel slightly frustrating,because my i-140 still pending by USCIS:(

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  • pdakwala
    09-20 04:20 PM
    Everyone please three cheers for these girls.

    Kanika: She was working with her one year old or may be less than a year kid in one hand. By the way her kid was helping her to to hold the phone and her another hand was holding the apointment document and pen.

    Niloufer: She came to IV situation room for the first time. Her daughter was with her husband. We were running short of people and had lot of things to do. I was the one who did not even ask whether she is ok to do some work on that day. Sorry for that Niloufer but you are wonderful person.

    Meenal: After working for three whole days, she was without even thinking about herself kept looking for my laptop. My company would have fired me if they would have found that I have some company data in the laptop which is lost. But fortunately I found my laptop. You were on the top of it and were very determined to find my laptop. Thanks for all your help

    Sumita: Oh man, she speaks a lot. But let me tell you one thing. Without her help we would not have the successfull "Meet the Lawmaker day". We had 100+ meetings arranged on Monday. She made sure that our members attend each of these meetings.

    Nili: She had a broken ankle but was on her feet from day one. She took care of each of the CA members and made sure that they meet each of the CA lawmakers in DC.

    Tamsen: I think she have never said "NO" in her life. I think in her dictationary there is the word "NO" is not listed. We kept assigning lot of the task to her and she kept doing it.

    Your dedication to IV is the real strength of IV.

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  • illinois_alum
    08-03 03:00 PM
    Thanks man (or woman, whoever you are). Good to know this.

    A man I am :D


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  • akred
    04-08 11:14 AM
    not a bad idea. Only that those who came here on an F-1 will need to get an F4 (something like a dual-intent work visa) after graduation. those of us who came here on F-1 and worked hard for GREs and through grad school did it only because we wanted to settle down here.

    See, if you had immigrant intent, the F1 should have been denied. There should be no dual intent for any work visa whether F4 or H1 or L1, period. If the worker is supposed to be in a permanent job, only option should be to get a green card. The current system has encouraged a bad habit of pretending that permanent workers are really temporary workers who would eventually go back.

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  • glus
    02-02 07:36 AM
    I apologize for this mistake to everyone .....I changed the header to reflect my error.


    I may be completely wrong but this is what I see on thomas.loc.gov

    Appended to the Minimum wage bill was SA187 which amends SA112 sponsored by John Kerry and consponsored by Sununu, Snowe, Landrieu and Lieberman.

    Senate Amendment SA 187 seems to have passed with unanimous consent. This is what it apparently contains among a lot of other stuff... Please correct me if I am wrong.




    (b) Employment-Based Immigrants.--Section 201(d) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1151(d)) is amended to read as follows:

    ``(d) Worldwide Level of Employment-Based Immigrants.--The worldwide level of employment-based immigrants under this subsection for a fiscal year is equal to the sum of--

    ``(1) 290,000;

    ``(2) the difference between the maximum number of visas authorized to be issued under this subsection during the previous fiscal year and the number of visas issued during the previous fiscal year; and

    ``(3) the difference between--

    ``(A) the maximum number of visas authorized to be issued under this subsection during fiscal years 2001 through 2005 and the number of visa numbers issued under this subsection during those years; and

    ``(B) the number of visas described in subparagraph (A) that were issued after fiscal year 2005.''.


    Section 202(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1152(a)) is amended--

    (1) in paragraph (2)--

    (A) by striking ``, (4), and (5)'' and inserting ``and (4)''; and

    (B) by striking ``7 percent (in the case of a single foreign state) or 2 percent'' and inserting ``10 percent (in the case of a single foreign state) or 5 percent''; and

    (2) by striking paragraph (5).


    (b) Preference Allocation for Employment-Based Immigrants.--Section 203(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1153(b)) is amended--

    (1) in paragraph (1), by striking ``28.6 percent'' and inserting ``20 percent'';

    (2) in paragraph (2)(A), by striking ``28.6 percent'' and inserting ``20 percent'';

    (3) in paragraph (3)(A)--

    (A) by striking ``28.6 percent'' and inserting ``35 percent''; and

    (B) by striking clause (iii);

    (4) by striking paragraph (4);

    (5) by redesignating paragraph (5) as paragraph (4);

    (6) in paragraph (4)(A), as redesignated, by striking ``7.1 percent'' and inserting ``5 percent'';

    (7) by inserting after paragraph (4), as redesignated, the following:


    If you read closely, it appears like the 290,000 immigrant visas would be true for years from now on and for years 2001-2005 (the diffrence between current limit and this section). If that's the case and if that becomes a law, there is possibility there will be no backlog after that for some time...short time probably. Please correct me if I am wrongly reading this section. But for me, it appears it applies retroactively and will add the diffrence (150k a year) between years 2001-2005. If my calculation and understanding is correct, once this act becomes a law, the first year there would be 290k + 600k from years 2001-2005 ......I am not sure if my understanding is correct. I prey it is..


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  • Saralayar
    04-10 12:17 PM
    Well I really think this is reasonable suggestion to factor Priority Date to determine eligibility for citizenship. It could be 5 or 10 years past your priority and only after approval of green card. Currently many people wait for 8 to 10 years for green card and another 5 years to be eligible for citizenship and some lucky ones get green card in 2 to 3 years and citizenship in another 5 years. System should somehow be balanced to have close to uniform wait times towards citizenship for all.

    sorry to sound like a beaten record - but it seems that everyone here pretty much sees citizenship as fait accompli!

    how has our respective motherlands harmed us that despite being pushed around by US for years on end -we are desperately seeking US citizenship?? after all - in many cases - its the basic and advanced education received at our respective countries that has made us qualify as "highly skilled" immigrants here.....

    go ahead - put all the red dots - but do some soul searching before that!

    here is the first line of US citizenship oath - "I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen" - while i can absolutely live in US as a law-abiding, tax-paying resident - how can i renounce my country of birth?
    You are right. But many people came here at the middle of their carrier and they are struck here with their children education etc., They are bound to be here and there is no way. Further, in my country, there are still reservation policies in everything, which may prevent the kids in going in for the education line they like. I donot want to explain this more as I may be degrading my own mother country. In a nutshell, everyone who wish to be a citizen of this country will have lot of valid reasons for getting a citizenship in this country.

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  • gcformeornot
    03-19 07:27 PM
    Can you give me some reasons why visas are unused and a percentage.

    In other words, why would someone go through all the paperwork and then not get the visa?

    no idea why visas go waste? The annual limit of 140,000 is use or loose it. Processing delays is main reason visas are wasted every year.....


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  • sbindval
    09-19 02:21 PM
    My wife attended the rally yesterday and this is what she wrote her friends who didn't come to the rally!

    Yesterday, Shyam, Isha and I spent all day in DC as part of immigrationvoice, a grassroots non-profit organization that acts as an interface between highly skilled immigrants and the legislative and executive branches of the government. It was a wonderful experience. Over thousand people met at the foot of the Washington monument, and walked all the way to the US capitol. The organization had made good arrangements. Its amazing how people from all over the country were there and very few local people. One South African couple had driven on Monday from Indiana and came to the rally to celebrate the husband's birthday!! He wanted to be a part of this rally as a present for his birthday. We had 2 people - Manish and Sri, from New Hampshire staying with us on Monday who came just for the rally. There were some british, some chinese along with we Desis.

    The need for the rally brought to light the real issues -

    Most of us may have applied for our I-485 Step 3 in the greencard process, in July 2007, but that doesn't mean we will get our green cards soon. The govt accepts only 140000 applications a year and only 9000 are allocated to Indians in all categories.

    Lawmakers and congress are confused when they think of immigrants - they club legal and illegal together. Even the Seattle senator who addressed the gathering yesterday made the same mistake. He said its good that you guys are out here so the congress can see its not only the janitors and others who have immigration issues but also highly skilled immigrants! No mention of legal. He used his time to promote the democratic party and we tried to remind him we don't have voting rights even though we pay the same taxes and work like everyone else!

    We have to do something to be heard and heard right!

    Thats the beauty of this country you can reach out to people in the highest positions and get heard. When the voice is collective its even more powerful. Shyam along with many others met with many congressmen and senators over the span on 2 days to explain our plight to them. One congresswoman mentioned that when a bill comes to vote in congress she polls the number of phone calls and emails she gets from her constituency and submits her votes accordingly. I was surprised to see how much actually our voice means.

    We don't realize the power we possess since we are sitting in our own life bubbles of work, home, stress, kids and everything that most often swallows our individuality and ability to think. We need to step up think for ourselves and and help ourselves and everyone else in the process.

    Like Sheela murthy, one of the leading immigration lawyers, said that yesterday's rally and the forum immigrationvoice.org (https://mail.medimmune.com/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://immigrationvoice.org/) may not make an immediate impact. But we are truly paving the way for the future of legal immigrants to the US.

    The forum is the only organized and collective way to get out our frustration against the system! So many people don't understand the hardships and seriousness of the greencard issues. Especially the people who got their greencards pre 2001 era! If you are interested in finding out more about the forum and the need for high level lobbying please visit immigrationvoice.org (https://mail.medimmune.com/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://immigrationvoice.org/). If you were ever stuck in the green card rut or you or you have family who are applying, please spread the word and join the fight!

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  • pappu
    02-01 12:56 PM
    Chaya, We are going back to India on personal choice. My manager here knows very clearly that I cannot take up promotions and the HR does not want to do eb3-->eb2 conversion. So, I took up this crap for a while, and decided to put an end to this misery once and for all. And fortunately the same company is offering me a job in India at a good designation with good compensation. Also, we were missing out (esp my kids) were missing out lot of things happening in India, which they want to be a part of. Original idea was to stay in US for 10 years and go, only difference is now, we did spend that 10 years but still dont have our GC. Another important thing that we considered was , it becomes more difficult to take this decision when we have GC in hand because, as much as it helps to stay in US, it avoids us from leaving US too, and to wait for citizenship is another 5 years from that point, which could all take easily 6 years to the minimum from today. Thats why we wanted to make it easy on us, and do this now.

    Looking back, would I re-do this GC process one more time - no, but am I happy to be a part of IV - you bet I am. Thats the bottom line.

    Looking back, labor certification was the problem for lot of EB3 folks even though they were current at I485 stage. There was so much backlog (5 years or more) in certain states. While certain states could get the labor approved in a couple of months. People with older PD than yours could get greencards before Sept 2005. Smart guys changed their jobs and went to states where labor was quick. There was lack of awareness and easy availability of information as we have on IV now. Even now fortunate folks are changing jobs and filing under EB2 to significantly shorten their wait times. The whole Green card wait is a career killer for many and that is sad.

    Between 2001- 2005 nobody did anything about the labor backlogs. The community was only anonymously browsing forums. There was lack of initiative and courage among the community. All people could do was look upto attorney or HR to do a miracle for them. I wish those folks between 2001-2005 did something like forming IV then. After IV was formed in Dec 2005 we focused our attention on Labor department to clear backlogs. Remember Backlog elimination centers? Folks today are just very fortunate that they can get Labor approved in a few months. I do not see the same amount of pain and desperation in the new people as I have seen in old timers. Many new filers still think that if their labor could come in few months, I1140 could come in another few months, their I485 should be coming in the mail very soon. It is only when they lose job, or their employer revokes their I140, or face problems in the process they start worrying about Greenecard, read more about what backlogs are and want to play an active part in IV.


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  • Imigrait
    09-01 08:01 PM
    Congratulations to everyone who got their GCs!

    To people who are still waiting.......... hmmm........ Patience with a smile :). There's a long weekend coming in 3 days!! oh well .....

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  • gcinnyc
    05-02 03:28 PM
    PERM Filed : December 14, 2007
    Audit date : March 06, 2008
    Reply Date : March 10, 2008
    Category: EB2
    NPC: Atlanta
    Field: Account Management (Non IT)
    My country of origin is not listed in the drop-down menu.


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  • arnet
    05-15 12:57 PM
    My friend was in same situation couple of yrs ago and doctor advised not to take immunization as this will affect the pregnancy (baby). so the INS doctor mentioned this in medical form and she did the immunization after delivering baby (almost 2 yrs after filing I-485). so this is not a issue, before your I-485 approval USCIS they will send the query to put vaccination and at that time you can show that you did by showing proof of vaccination.


    At last, our priority dates are current.

    Now, we have to go and submit Medical Examination Results.
    My Wife is pregnant and I was told by my friends that it is not a good idea to get her immunized (vaccines) now. She might probably have taken most of them back in INDIA.

    Is there a way we can apply for I-485 and get EID's without her immunization record? (I will have mine). I am sure there are others who are in the same boat.

    Please advice.

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  • LOL123
    08-13 12:13 PM
    You cannot work unless you have the physical card in your hand....forum shows loong wait times for the physical card to come in after the card production has been ordered.

    People who filed in April/May are still waiting and GOD only knows when the wait is goign to be over.

    I will say lucky are those folks, who have got their EAD's approved. Atleast they dont have to worry about not working.

    I hope things work out for everyone.

    GO IV GO.


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  • newuser
    05-16 10:54 AM
    Tell me them that even though you are not from the same constituent, the Congressmen will be voting on these bills once tabled in the Congress and you are requesting to support the bill

    I called congressman Hinjosa's office.

    The staffer asked me where I am calling from. Then said you are not a constituent of the congressman and was not willing to transfer to the person who handles immigration issues. I insisted on leaving a message and he took the message, but was surprised, did anybody else encounter this? How do we handle this if it happens with other congressmen?

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  • vsc
    08-03 04:43 PM
    I got the "card production ordered" email today which probably means that the gc application has been approved.

    Here's the info for immigration voice team/users' tracking approvals

    my PD is nov 2005.
    Receipt date: 7/31/2007
    center: nebraska

    I got married last year and the lawyers were about to file the follow-to-join application for my wife in the next couple of days. But my application seems to have got approved first. Has anyone been in this situation before?



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  • tonyHK12
    09-29 11:56 AM
    I saw that. Looks like you are trying to pimp for a lawyer. Learn to stand on your own 2 feet first.

    No I'm not, I am in no way associated with them, and I could care less. Yes I know how to stand on my feet thanks. This is not a time to divide people.
    Any better sugegstions for immigration lawyer then? Or do you just keep trashing other people, without giving any genuine ideas.

    "Could you update your profile before drafting your plan"
    I'm EB2, with approve I-140.

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  • suriajay12
    04-09 02:50 PM
    Which is first? Egg or Chicken?

    If we have enough budget, we can hire good lobbying firm who can then guide us. Without any contributions, we can not even approach the lobbying firms for any help. The contributions that we make are not even enough for maintenance of this web site.

    Why not you guide us? Hire a lobbying firm and inform every one here that it will cost this much and this is how you want to do?

    I am not part of IV core. if all of us contribute big money, we can hire the best lobbying. We saw the last results.

    The points you are trying to tell contradict the point that you are not part of Core. So lets not look into their account books or ask for any reports how its spent. I trust them on that.

    Now chicken or egg??.. Good question..

    Remember one man who walked with nothing on, except a small waist cloth, very old yet with a motivation to free his country and who did succeed..How was he able to raise his voice when there was no internet or radio. People felt the pain and when one man was leading it, they expressed it.. peacefully mostly.

    If we watch videos of the the campaign he did, you will easily realize that that needed money too.. Where did that come from.

    Here too many of us feel the pain. EB2 or EB3.. we dont deserve this crap nor did we dream about. Did you think about this when you first stepped into US, if you did more than 4 years back???. NO.

    The point I am trying to make is, one you start walking or working in the right direction and motivate people, then contributions and efforts will follow. You dont need to explain so much. Money is not a problem for many to contribute a little.. Afterall it helps them right.. If you take the lead and tell us or start a big campaign.. WHY not the FLOWER CAMPAIGN once again.. Isnt this the right time. It can work anytime as long as the problem is genuine. Why dont we do that. When CIR is talked about by the president, and when undoc workers are doing a march again as one guy here says, then what makes us the legal guys, to sit and wait and predict visa bulletins. EB2 is 04 now.. Next month that will change to U. Do you want to wait for that.
    We need a FIX.. and that has to be said loud and clear.,
    Sorry if I'm offending anyone here...

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  • logiclife
    01-17 06:43 PM
    There are nearly 75 signups so far for recurring contributions, for those who wanted to know.

    05-17 05:25 AM
    Does anybody know any link that gives online status of PERM labor ? I heard that there is one for employers but not for employee.

    No you cannot do this, just the Employer and Lawyer can do this. My Employer gives me the login password, perhaps you can ask the Employer to make for you a sub-account, or to give you the Login Dates.

    04-13 07:57 AM
    What is the number to call?

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