Monday, July 4, 2011

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  • bugsbunny
    03-27 12:52 PM
    Yeah some forget to be civil...but i believe that these few don't represent all of of IV.
    And we are all subject to emotions and can make these mistakes as well where we forget to be civil.

    I agree there needs to be more clarification on IV's goals and current pursuits....coming soon....a better FAQ page ;)

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  • glus
    02-02 09:14 AM
    Hi guys,
    I am sure it was exciting news for us to hear. However, it appears the Immigration provision were removed before passing the bill. This is another proof that the IV core are right on track. It appears like they have good information and that immigration-related bills and changes will be passed in immigration bill itself and not attached to other bills. I think the congress will address the all the immigrant issues in a new CIR or some new immigration bill.


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  • satyasaich
    06-07 02:15 PM
    Hi all

    Conference committee and its proceedings are always closed-door things. Remember there is alittle one can do. also considering the gravity of the situation, i'd say just wait. i know that's not the best scenario but it is what it is
    i don't think the committee not yet formed, in the first place and there is no time line / rule that guides about conference committe proceedings

    I have the same question. What's the latest about CIR/House? Is IV Core team working on something? No words from IV core team about CIR..!

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  • RandyK
    12-15 04:15 PM
    I have already emailed 2 friends asking them to become members. I will do more in the coming days


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  • mikesin
    04-08 04:22 PM
    It is explicitly mentioned that quota is over for "year".

    I always thought that DOS issues the visas to USCIS and that this is done quarterly. If this is the case, how can USCIS say that all visas are used up for this fiscal year when we are only in the 3rd quarter? Would they not be obligated to wait for new visa numbers in the 4th quarter? How can USCIS allocate more visas than they actually have. This is strange!

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  • h1techSlave
    05-17 12:41 PM
    7 months and 23 days is the minimum

    Good one!


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  • logiclife
    12-14 06:51 PM
    No, your contributions are not tax deductible, we are a 501(c)(4) non profit.

    Even though our organization helps a large number of people, since lobbying might be upto 100% of our expenses, we're not considered as a charitable organization. Read more about this at the IRS website. So we're applying for 501(c)(4) status instead of 501(c)(3) status. Hence no contributions to Immigration Voice are not tax deductible.

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  • wizard20740
    12-20 04:34 PM
    Is it possible to identify the members who have not contributed at all so far, and send them emails requesting them to contribute, atleast $20?


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  • IfYouSeekAmy
    07-13 11:55 AM
    In addition to or instead of?? Ithink the current clause should be replaced with the one you suggested.

    Just a suggestion:

    It may be more appealing to tie it with "five years of filing taxes as a "resident alien" including contribution to medicare ans SS taxes".

    In other words, any permanent legal resient (GC holder) who has filed taxes as a "resident alien" for five years while working in US and contributed to medicare and SS taxes should be eligible for citizenship filing.

    This should be added in addition to the current criteria of "five years of continuous stay after getting GC".

    What do you think?

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  • gc28262
    09-28 02:42 PM
    gc28262 why are you promoting a lawyer website? lawyers run a for profit business and will get more clients when more people visit their site.
    Why dont you make an effort and bring the discussion from other websites to IV site?

    What is wrong with lawyers ? And that too a reputable lawyer like murthy.
    Don't you use lawyers directly or indirectly for your immigration work ?

    Facts are facts irrespective of where it comes from.

    Join the Sep 18th Immigration Voice Rally! ( :

    Interesting discussion about 245(i) cases on forum (

    Indication of large number of 245(i) labor filings (

    The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Registration (DLLR) announced in mid-December, 2001 that their office is logging in and issuing confirmation of receipt for cases received on April 30, 2001. A remaining 1,500 applications received that day await the logging-in process.

    As MurthyBulletin and MurthyDotCom readers may be aware, April 30, 2001 was the deadline to file for INA Section 245(i) eligibility under the Legal Immigration and Family Equity Act (LIFE Act) of December 2000. This provision allows individuals who are out-of-status or who entered the U.S. without being inspected at a designated INS port of entry to adjust to permanent residence, if they are otherwise qualified. In order to benefit from this provision, the individual must be the beneficiary of a labor certification or a family petition filed on or before April 30, 2001. For this reason, extraordinary numbers of cases were filed nationwide on or slightly before April 30, 2001. According to the information released by the Maryland DLLR and other states, local DOL offices did not receive additional funding in connection with the LIFE Act filings.

    With respect to case processing, the DLLR reports that they are processing RIR cases received April 5, 2001 and non-RIR cases received March 8, 2001. Of course, these processing dates will be further affected by the glut of cases filed on or immediately before the LIFE Act deadline.

    These time frames are similar to those experienced in most other states that are attempting to catch up on the huge volume of cases filed on or before April 30, 2001. We will share information with our MurthyBulletin and MurthyDotCom readers as and when released by other state labor agencies.


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  • susie
    08-20 11:39 PM
    While this is an important issue, it could be largely addressed if backlogs are eliminated, thus speeding up the adjudication time. At this time there is no specific charter to address this issue, however, this is a problem that persists across the spectrum, and not only in employment-based immigration categories.

    (I will bring this to the notice of the Core Group, however, one should take note that we cannot have a very broad agenda, as it would be challenging for us to approach Congress with requests).

    Yes I do understand, but many children who's visa numbers are not available or to follow to join are being separated from their loved ones. Just so inhumane, no compassion in the USA and no senators or congressemn seem to care

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  • gsc999
    09-19 10:35 PM
    It was a memorable trip indeed! 3 weeks before, I thought Houston to DC was a long shot. I kept reading the IV forums and saw the energy built up. Then I decided, I should definitely do something from my part even if I don’t attend the Rally. I said to myself, enough, I am going to announce in the Texas thread that I am willing to volunteer for the publicity work in Houston during the long weekend. That’s when I got a chance to talk to Texanmom. We had a conversation for about 40 minutes and once I finishing talking to her over the phone my position changed from “‘No way” to let me try to convince my friends and if I have company, I will go. I can always talk to my Boss later about taking a day off. Once I decided that, I kept calling all my friends in Houston. Sadly, I could not motivate people to buy tickets and fly with me to DC. My wife, then told me, if you want to go, you should go, don’t wait for your friends.

    I am glad, I took that decision. The whole trip to DC was very memorable indeed. There were 3 of us in the same flight jayram123, Texanmom and myself. We had a volunteer (IV handle ?? – if you are reading this please tell me your IV Handle!), who picked us up and we all stayed in a hotel. Thanks for all your hospitality! We left very early and reached the location by 7:15 in the morning. It felt good to work with everyone and make the necessary preparation before the crowd started pouring in.

    Early in the morning, GSC999 gave us a quick announcement session telling us what we need to do as volunteers and what was the plan. GSC999 - you energy was contagious. I was all ready and excited once I heard you talking about our plan for the day.

    On of my best moment of the trip was handing out water bottles to all the participants who were standing besides the road showing their banners. This happened just before the actual Rally began. It was a nice feeling making all the folks comfortable and giving them water while they were all standing there for more than an hour flaunting their signs to the cars on the road. I was helping another volunteer in this effort and later found that he is from Houston too and is part of IV Core (please PM me your id if you are reading this). It felt so good that all of us were helping each other for our common cause.

    You did a fabulous job. The registration process was so smooth that people didn't even notice it. It is always a pleasure to work with motivated people, in your words, who support the common cause.


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  • usirit
    10-02 01:45 PM
    Will the completion of the Backlogs Centers help a LC recently submitted? Will my status change if an audit is required? I am just worried for the "30 days" deadline to response to the audit letter. Just in case the letter has been sent to my employer and is still hasn't been open it. :( Am I asking too much if my LC was submitted on 08/06/07?

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  • guyfromsg
    11-13 10:01 PM
    Saw this letter to editor in Khabar. Hope this helps

    Good Work, Houston Consulate!

    Recently I�ve read letters from Khabar readers complaining about the service and performance at the Indian Consulate in Houston, Texas. So, when I found out that the Consulate had cancelled (on a whim, it appeared!) publicly announced visa camps in the Atlanta area, I feared the worst. Canceling publicly announced visa camps and not even informing the Indian media in the area or the very organizations that help administer them seemed like the height of disregard by the Consulate for their clients.

    The next day I learnt that the Consulate had outsourced the visa processing service to a professional company. Not knowing what to make of it, I was still nervous as I had less than a month to go (I was counting on the visa camp that got cancelled). Thankfully, my experience turned 180 degrees when I began my application process from the link provided on the Consulate�s website for their visa services contractor.

    After filling out the form online, the system gave me an ID #. I sent my form and documents by overnight delivery and kept my UPS tracking number handy?just in case! To my surprise, the very next day I received an email acknowledging receipt of the application and an assurance that it�d be processed right away. I was still not convinced that it could be going so smoothly, so the next day I went to the link they sent me to track the progress of my application, and sure enough there were fresh updates on it informing me the status of the application. Exactly a week from the day I mailed the application, I received another email saying my passport/visa had been dispatched back to me, along with the shipping company�s tracking number.

    I was thrilled with the speed and professionalism of the whole process and would like to compliment the Consulate in taking this most effective step of partnering with a quality visa service provider.
    Satisfied Applicant
    Suwanee, Ga.


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  • Desertfox
    11-20 04:49 PM

    I was wondering is this a firm news that- Labor gets expired after 6 months if you dont apply for 140..

    It it right.. am thinking it depends on state to state ?

    Appreciate your replies.


    Yes, approved LC expires after 6 months. This rule has already been implemented by DOL along with labor substitution elimination.

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  • kasireddy2k
    05-08 09:31 AM
    I got my green card in the mail yesterday. Only 4 days after the 'Card Production' email.

    It is great relief.

    Thanks all of you for your valuable information. Good luck everyone.


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  • jasmin45
    07-11 05:22 PM
    Some of the interviews with USCIS officials on july bulletin feaso, noted saying "not waiting for security clearence" adjudicated the cases working overtime during end of June. I guess all this will play against and they are in deep trouble now.

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  • nyte_crawler
    09-25 05:27 PM
    Possibly not. But it has to reach USCIS and I was thinking of getting through the liason process of the senators / congressmen.
    If IV can take up this effort, then there is a channel that we can get through. But I dont think it is going to happen, because of the infights. Even if USCIS does'nt react, we can use this process to challenge the intrepretation and show them the mess that they have created. May be that will help

    Sorry, i'm just trying to understand the situation here, please no flames.

    If this is an admin area fix and USCIS is the main one whom we may need to convince, do we still need to contact/involve politicians in this.

    Coming elections, and two different parties, this may give a different color to the whole problem, than solving the problem.

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  • howzatt
    07-11 05:09 PM
    How much clout does this congresswoman have? She seems to understand the entire scenario better than any american soul out there! It also seems like she has spent a lot of time on this and understands the system very well.

    I guess it remains to be seen what kind of impact her letter will have on USCIS. Obviously, USCIS did something unlawful.

    10-28 09:45 AM
    Well it is against the law to employ illegals and this is enforced strictly, so we can forget about tax deduction at source, SS, etc. It will be minuscule. These so called publications are from their supporters which they have numerous of.

    Yes, there lies 1/2 the problem. Illegal immigrants will come as long as there is somebody ready to provide them a job. If the business owners are held accountable with heavy fines and punishment - half the problem is solved and the other half of the problem will gradually come to an end. But such enforcements are not there and are not widely talked about. Easy to blame the illegals when they are looking for betterment of life, while the business owners are lapping in luxury!

    Bring the border control, and add in tough enforcement on business that hire illegals - and then you still will have to address the people who are still here illegally. It may not be 12 million, but millions will still remain. That issue has to be addressed. The current president has said that they are to be a given a "path to legality" - pay the fine (yes, it may be trivial in our standards, but not theirs) and get in line. It is not blanket amnesty either.

    Most of us in this forum don't support law breaking, at the same time, we have to be practical.....

    There is no proof that the new bill will reduce costs at all! It will take many years to realize it anyway. Reform was needed but not at this moment when there were bigger issues that needed fixing in 6-12 months.
    What reform was needed first? immigration reform before health reform? lets fix the problems of the foreigners first, and then lets take care of the dying? Does that sound right? Even otherwise, which ever reform the president and the congress had taken, would it have gotten support?

    economy is doing well = tax break; economy is not doing well = tax break - does that make sense?
    big govt is bad! please vote for me, I want to run for the govt!
    education - we don't have much money. defense - we are always under attack, so lets spend more money on 20th century war craft!
    list goes on an on.......

    Citizenship is not the answer and I'm tired of seeing all immigration bills partial to illegals.
    They should go to the back of the queue and get reform only after legal immigration is fixed.
    They should go to the back of the queue and get reform along with legal immigration.
    Their supporters are hampering our efforts.
    absolutely! wouldn't you? they play the game of leverage and we would do the same.
    There are millions of poorer people in Africa and India who need more help. These countries have better farmers too.
    If they shared borders with the US, they would have done exactly what the mexicans are doing.

    The sad thing that separates our community from theirs is that they stand up for their own people irrespective of wealth. Take our community - of the hundreds who got the green card/citizenship - how many stay to help us? Why are the older generation of Indian immigrants fighting the new comers?

    05-15 10:33 PM
    yep Edd, I guess I dont have much of a choice left,

    Anybody from the attorney community.... can shed some light on this, will help a lot of us...


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