I don't know when I'll get my 485 approved, hopefully within the next year. But I'm willing to work on this, whatever it takes - contributions, lawmaker meetings, DC.
This has got to be simple too. When the citizenship law was first drafted, immigrants got their green cards within months of entering the country. Start to End of the greencard process took under a year, if not less.
The intention of the law was to have them learn the language, the ways of the country, and assimilate, which was expected to take about 5 years, before applying for citizenship.
These days the green card process itself take over 5 years for a lot of people. Most Indians and Chinese in the EB2 category, and pretty much the entire EB3 category have lived here longer than 5 years. In those 5 years they have gone to school here, paid income taxes, bought homes, and learned the language (well they had to, in order to qualify for an employment based green card!). What more "assimilation" do they need to do?
I definitely think that the following should be the criteria for eligibility to apply for citizenship,
- An approved green card
- 5 years of continuous U.S. residence starting from the date the 485 application was received.
Let's do this.
Excuse me, but what's 485 got to do with assimilation? It would be perfectly legitimate for people who are waiting for their dates to be current, following the exact same logic as above
People sometimes draw the line just where they themselves have just crossed it
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Please do post the timings plz..
And a quick note - how does buying MSFT sound, it has dropped to 17.67 now....
Many on core are working almost all their waking hours, and simply don't have time.
But you know what the funny thing is? No one is willing to donate for these items.
We are even $28,000 short for critical things like Advocacy days.
People couldn't even collect a few thousand dollars for advertising on a single website about IV.
We don't have a paid sales person or PR person.
Most people aren't aware of realities.
Can i volunteer to do website and website related PR work? :)
StarSun says i need to come to DC and meet everyone to build trust before i can be trusted to touch the website ...is there an easier way....can i meet everyone on webcam? lol
Since the Advocacy days is just a week or 2 away...maybe IV can contact the "most often visitors" in the past month who are not donors and request them to donate. I know it seems weird to ask for donations to help those who are benefiting....but every non-profit organisation does it....its a good fund raising technique. No reason to feel its beneath IV to ask its own members to donate...i say go ahead of that and stick posters in Indian stores asking for donation but thats just my opinion ;)
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Your letter nor the proposed drft amendment to CSPA does not talk about the children of parents who applied their GC under employment based category and got stuck in the Labor Card approval stage for years and when labor got approved and I140 also got approved then again stuck due to Visa retrogression. We must include injustice being done to these children and should ask for retrospective amendment to CSPA to provide relief.
I thought you were the champion of this cause from IV. You are part of the IL State Chapter team and you should lead this issue from IV perspective. :)
I think this question is better answered in a discussion environment ....
Let us all fix a time to meet on Immigration voice chat some time this week night or weekend to discuss ideas.
We can meet tomm at 9.30 EST for an hour or so ?
Please confirm availability those who can
Ok Chintu, it works for me as I am also in EST time zone, is it 9.30 AM / PM ? I will be online most of the time, you can ping me any time.. ( I will leave IV Browser open.. ) thanks and regards - Ramki.
I guess my planets are not aligned properly.....or may be Rahu has entered Ketu....
Oh How I wish to send you guys that coveted titled mail.......
My wife tells me if you get it anyone can get it.....ofcourse she is exasperated.....but it is true if i get it I guess the whole EB2 backlog will be clear till Jan 05 ....
Another day in paradise....
Honestly i really want you to get it, dont worry we got 29 more days.
$2.4 BILLION!!! (I am being very conservative about this figure)
Maybe they will pay attention if a lawsuite is filed to recover these taxes..
Just my two cents worth...
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We have spurned job offers and declined the new PERM process to hold on to the priority dates.
Many are still awaiting labor certifications from the backlog elimination centers. Out comes USCIS and says everyone with a LC can file I140 & I485.
People still waiting for LC with priority dates in 2003-2004 are seeing applicants who have priority dates as late as 2007 but with approved LCs through PERM walk through to I485.
Net result, USCIS is going to be flooded with applicants enough to retrogress the priority dates 3-4 years back as early as september. (Everybody with a LC will be able to file for I485 in July). So applicants with priority dates of 2007 are going to get EAD and GC, while LC backlogged 2003 applicants to have to wait for another 3-4 years before they can even file I485.
Aint fair. Aint fair at all. How can this be. How can rules be changed in the middle of the game.
Rules have not changed, lot of folks are fortunate they got this window of opportunity... i have a feb 2003 pd and I'm happy that everyone including folks with 2007 pds have a chance to get out of this mess, i dont want anyone to go through the pain and agony we older PD holders have gone through... go god bless everyone, and friend hang in there... whatever happens happens for good believe in that, your older PD will help you in future you never know, so cheer up think well for others and i m sure someone up above will think well for you (you are one of the fortunate ones to be in this country - compare this to the millions from where you came)
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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?
I guess this is what he is referring to. I am looking for text he posted though
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Go to the Video titled "Watch how senators tacked on 111 amendments to delay the bill's passage" on this page. 111 amendments were added in which immigration is mentioned. Not sure what exactly in immigration though.
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I am doing this on H1B. I do have approved EAD.
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I have a question regarding an appeal I did a year ago for a rejected LC.
I have an approved LC and I-140 on an entry level position (EB3) with my company. after I got a promotion to a senior position that requires a masters degree but with a smilar job description but more senior and supervisory responsabilities with the same company. after promotion, I filed for a new LC (EB2) but it got rejected because DOL thinks it is the same position as the already approved LC. my company and I wrote a letter as an appeal on Sep 2006 within 30 days from rejection of LC to BALCA explaining that new position requires a masters degree and it is a senior position with more supervisory duties. as of today, almost a year later, we haven't heard anything regarding DOL (BALCA) decision on my appeal. is anybody in the same situation?? what should I do next?? also I read somewhere that DOl might revoke the already approved LC EB3 after I filed a second LC for EB2 with the same employer. can DOL revoke the first LC EB3 after I have an approved I-140?? please help. Thanks
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We need to get Indian/Chinese community (citizens) involved to fight for us.
We need to have some of them as leaders in the IV. (they could be people who have struggled with the EB process and identify with us) they could be highly successful Indian/chinese or other countries businessmen/scientists/media personal etc etc (if possible)
Remember the strength of the ilegal community is that their legal brothers and sisters dont hate them but always stand with them.
We somehow ( I have no clue how) need to get this to happen. Also each one of us who are currently here should make a pledge that "Even if my card is printed, I will continue to use the extra freedom that I got to always stand up and fight for my brothers and sisters who are struggling with this system".
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As you landed on H1 and converted to EAD, you need to enter PAR: PAROLE for your current status.
And previous receipt date/s needed for their perusal proof of previous EAD successful approvals, so that they c'd approve the current EAD without much proofs.
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Kennedy's staff picked up something from their old files...like the original McCain-Kennedy bill of 2005 (the CIR before it hit the judiciary committee last year) that had the hard country cap and slapped it on Thomas against Session's amendment.
If you look at the text, its remarkably similar to the original McCain-Kennedy text (140K to 290K, hard country cap, recapture...all that. Even the description of the title).
They copy-pasted the text for skilled immigration from original McCain-Kennedy that was their brainchild, instead of copy-pasting it from S 2611 ES what had all the amendments from last year's senate CIR. But then again, copy-paste is very common on the Hill. Last year, Bill Frist copied the entire Judiciary Committee version and introduced it after deleting 2 titles related to Amnesty and guest-worker bill.
If this amendment had really passed, and if it had not been modified in the conference between house and senate and if hard cap had become a law, then this amendment would have done more harm than good.
Could you elaborate on the harm that would cause us please...
I would like to understand this system.....
I wonder how many of the PD earlier than 2003, I-485 filed and 2004 PD, I-485 filed and 2005 PD, I-485 filed must have gotten gcs in the july fiasco.
yup, will set one up soon, hopefully many of those waiting for GCs have been 'flushed out' of the pipeline in the rush to use visas.
Its nice to do a poll when there is something going on in the immigration area (CIR discussion in senate, a VB screwup etc); thats when traffic to IV is high and we'll get a decent sample size. Hopefully the House will introduce some legislation soon... come on lawmakers, I am waiting with my poll here, do something! :p
05/05/2008: USCIS Revises "Significantly" Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) Interpretation & Guidance 04/30/2008
The Acting Associate Director, Domestic Opertions, USCIS, Mr. Donald Neufeld, issued a memorandum on April 30, 2008 to significantly revise Adjudicators Field Manuals(AFM) in the subject of CSPA and replacing previous and current guidances, "The Child Status Protection Act," issued September 20, 2002; and "The Child Status Protection Act � Memorandum Number 2", issued February 14, 2003. This guidance significantly modifies a prior interpretation of certain provisions of the CSPA. In particular, it changes how the agency interprets the statute to apply to aliens who aged out prior to the enactment date of the CSPA. It also permits those individuals who were ineligible under the prior policy to file a new application for permanent residence. Under certain circumstances, this guidance also permits those individuals who were previously denied for CSPA to file motions to reopen or reconsider without filing fee. It also explains what steps certain aliens who do not automatically benefit from the CSPA can take to protect their status as a child.