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  • Saralayar
    01-07 11:41 AM
    I fully support this...

    People who meet the conditions above can benefit the US Economy in a long run because...
    1)Deficits are going to be high for a long time...in trillions, and if we are allowed to apply for naturalization directly, there is a better chance for us to pay taxes to reduce the burden.
    2)If we are asked to leave now, the US is committed to Social Security payments(with the minimum 40 points) even if we are outside.
    3)By now, we already have kids who are American citizens... which means that when they become 18, they can always sponsor us as citizens. All that we are asking is for the congress to do the same a few years earlier. It is better we are here in our earning years than when we are in our older years.

    If this Bill is introduced in congress, people will listen because...
    1)People waiting for 10 years... and done all the right things, no one can simply ignore. Also, there will be a sense of guilt on the US Government to have let the situation deteriorate. They will think of ways to make the transition smoother... remember they created a special green card category for Iraqis since there was a sense of guilt.

    2) Whether this passes congress or not, there is a legitimate argument of asking for the congress to rectify the situation. That is the best we can do.

    3) We need to give more and more options to the congress. Not everything sticks, but even if one or two get passed, it goes a long way to help all of us.

    I personally will contribute bigtime if IV core want to take this up!

    Core IV, We are waiting for you to take it up. We will support.

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  • coldcloud
    09-23 04:24 PM
    I guess we'll need to ADD to that number:
    1. BEC stuck folks who could not file in July 07
    2. PERM approvals starting August 07

    to the 47,728. Plus multiply by 2.1( for dependents ). That'll give the total VISA numbers required for this category to make it Current.

    If I have to guess-- (1) would be very less, may be 100-200 max
    (2) around 5000 ( just a PUMA)
    So, there are about 53000 EB2 I applications. and 2.1 * 53000 = 111300.

    If we can create 111300, EB2 I visas then it'll be CURRENT. easy:)

    I believe you dont need to multiply all of the 485 by 2.1 as already applied I485 will include the family?

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  • mpadapa
    08-22 05:03 PM
    I think we are fighting the wrong fight. I do recognize the whole EB system is unfair and in particular to I/C/M/P.
    The letter campaign is a great initiative, but I am not sure if we are focusing on the right problem. By saying that the new "interpretation of the spillover" is cruel to EB3 I/C/M/P is plain wrong. Both old and new interpretations were unfair to EB3 I/C/M/P.

    Old interpretation resulted in good forward movement to EB3 ROW while EB2 crawls.
    New interpretation results in good forward movement to EB2 while EB3 crawls.

    How does EB3 ICMP benefit from both the interpretations?

    EB3 is clogged because of the 245i cases. Unless we focus on the exact problem no amount of letters to lawmakers will not yield any result.

    Writing letters to lawmakers is not going to provide any impact for this year Here is my reason it takes 3-5 weeks for the lawmakers to get the letters in DC because of special security screening requirements. By the time they receive the letters the Congress would pretty much be done with their term. The best option would be to meet with the lawmakers in their local office or in DC and appraise them of the long wait.

    Please do understand that one of the reason USCIS changed their interpretation is because many folks with Ph D's and MS from ICMP where waiting for years to get GC"s and USCIS/DOS looked stupid in explaining the reason for the long wait for such folks. Even in the "visa wastage" hearing in the House immigration committee (on Apr 30) the DOS/USCIS was having trouble explaining the long wait times. One of the witness in the hearing was a PhD from China and had been waiting for years for his GC.

    Come on folks. EB2 forward movement is good for EB3's, because EB2 will soon become current and the spillovers will be soon coming to EB3 after EB3 ROW is current. I am anticipating DOS will turn EB2 current in the second half of the year and this will ensure all the spillovers will flow into EB3's because EB2's with PD mid-2007 to now will not be able to clear the NC 180 day barrier. Cheer up folks and let us focus on the real problem getting more number of visa's through recapture.

    If you feel strongly about the cause you should meet with your lawmakers office and address the issue. Letter campaign in not going to yield any short term impact. Please take the time to meet with your lawmakers

    why are we giving so much importance to Ron. If he is so concerned about this issue why can't he take up this issue with AILA? He is a member of AILA.

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  • spdy_mn
    06-29 05:44 PM
    Conspiracy? DOS is part of bush administration. And since the president is dissapointed because of CIR. He wants a back lash from immigrant community?

    Probably they wanted to raise $4.4 billions for border security through us. Since there is no need for that money now that CIR failed they are going back to status quo.


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  • mayitbesoon
    10-23 04:59 PM
    My husband's EB2 Dec 2003 I-485 is at NSC and has been pending. Called customer service using POJ method and got an answer that the application is assigned to IO.

    We have replied to RFE two months ago.

    Can anyone guess how long it usually takes for IO to actually look at it and approve.
    Does it help to file DHS form 7001 or contacting congressman at this point.


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  • AreWeThereYet
    09-13 12:33 PM
    It is the bulletin month as specified in the original post regarding the stream line email. In this case, it can either be September or October, as you are current in both months and the bulletin is already published for October.


    In the email that you send to the streamline address, in the subject we have to write it in the format "I-485/MM". THe document says we have to write the month for "MM" but does not say whether the month is priority date month or the month that your PD will be current. What did you write?




  • CADude
    09-24 09:30 PM
    Dear Mr. XXX,

    Pursuant to our conversation today, I am forwarding the reply from the Nebraska Service Center of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) regarding our inquiry into your application for Adjustment of Status (I-485).

    Our office initiated an inquiry into your case as a result of your correspondence dated September 12, 2007 sent to Congresswoman Maxine Waters. If you receive or do not receive a notice of action from CIS within the next 30 days please notify our Immigration Caseworker, Blanca Jimenez at ext. 18.

    Thank you for contacting the office of Congresswoman Maxine Waters to assist you in this matter.


    Blanca Jimenez
    Constituent Services Supervisor
    Office of Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-35)
    323.757.8900 ext. 18
    323.757.9506 fax

    Good Morning Ms. Jimenez,

    I do not show that we have data-entered Mr. XXX�s I-485 yet. The I-485 must be in line to be data-entered because we receipted an I-765 (LIN-07-245-XXXX).

    The I485 application is still pending at this office. Although the Department of State Visa Bulletin indicated visas were available for most employment categories USCIS still has to adjudicate every application. NSC has approximately 26,000 I485 applications that may have a visa available and we are reviewing them as expeditiously as possible. This application is in line to be worked but it will take time. Please allow an additional 45 days for NSC to adjudicate the application. If you have not received a notice from NSC after 45 days you may submit another inquiry.

    Thank you,

    Congressional Liaison
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service
    Nebraska Service Center

    Respected Ms Waters,

    Sub: USCIS inefficiency for Legal Immigration

    I send my I-485 AOS application to USCIS and received on July 2nd 2007 at Nebraska Service Center, Lincoln, NE.

    It's almost approx 75 days since the application received at USCIS and have not received the Receipt Notice or any notification from USCIS.

    I tried to contact Customer Service at USCIS. They don't provided any information. USCIS website updates show they are processing 08/01 or later for AOS application. They are not following the First In First Out(FIFO) order.

    I need help of your good to know the status of my I-485 application.

    Thank you,

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  • ItIsNotFunny
    11-21 03:26 PM
    Who are 2 idiots said No?

    Lets not use this language. They might be kind of people who want to eat fruit on other's work.


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  • drona
    07-09 09:01 PM
    No need to preach to us Smitha. Each person has an individual reason to be here. If you want to go home, by all means goodbye. For those of us that want to stay, it is our choice. No need to judge anyone.

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  • Macaca
    07-13 09:41 PM
    In War on the Middle Class (http://www.amazon.com/War-Middle-Class-Government-Business/dp/0670037923) Lou Dobbs says H1B workers don't pay taxes.

    However, H-1B workers are legally required to pay the same taxes as any other US resident, including Social Security and Medicare9 (Publication 519 (2006) (http://www.irs.gov/publications/p519/index.html), U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens). Some H-1B workers are not eligible to receive any Social Security or Medicare benefits unless they are able to adjust status to that of permanent resident. However, if their country of citizenship has a tax agreement with the United States, they are able to collect the Social Security they've earned even if they don't gain permanent residency.

    In some cases, H-1B workers pay higher taxes than a US citizen because they are not entitled to certain deductions (eg. head of household deduction amongst many others).

    Indian techie slams CNN Lou Dobbs! (http://www.indiadaily.com/editorial/10-28a-04.asp) By N. Sivakumar, October 28, 2004

    In a book titled "Dude, did I steal your job? Debugging Indian Computer programmers", the author, an Indian software engineer, has slammed Lou Dobbs of CNN for calling the foreign high-tech workers as non-tax payers, and humiliating the enormous contributions of foreign high-tech workforce to the American economy.

    "Foreign high-tech workers who come here on H-1B / L1 visas pay every tax that U.S. citizens do, including Social Security and Medicare. But if they return to their homeland, then they will not get any benefits from these programs. The recent recession cost the United States more than half a million foreign high-tech workers who had to return home after paying all these taxes. In fact, Americans owe them money"

    The author writes.

    "The ignorance to mention the stupendous contributions of immigrant high-tech workers was the primary cause for the anti-Indian atmosphere which is seen among computer professionals lately. Unfortunately, neither the media nor the public understand the foreign high-tech workforce. The net result: those who supported the foreign high-tech worker programs have taken a back seat to play safe, and Indians and others who came here on visas, and worked their butts off to make this country prosper are named 'slaves', 'dummies', and 'enemies'. writes the author, N.Sivakumar.

    The book also claims that bringing in foreign high-tech workforce at the right time was the primary reason for America's stupendous high-tech success, and gives statistics and evidence to prove that hadn't America acted quickly, the Europeans would have taken over the software dominance.

    The book also outlines the life, struggle and achievements of Indian programmers in America with entertaining facts, and is a prime discussion topic in many anti-outsourcing and immigration websites lately.


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  • logiclife
    07-09 07:01 PM
    Everyone, please use this thread for directions and SEND FLOWERS NOW (http://immigrationvoice.org/forum/showthread.php?t=6191)if you havent already done that.

    The more the number, the more the media attention. Trust, me, the more media attention this gets, the more likely are chances of getting heard in congress.

    The objective here was never to melt Gonzalez's heart with flowers. The media attention is precious and only YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE by sending flowers.


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  • vivache
    05-16 02:18 AM
    My company will only apply for an EAD for the spouse.
    For the employee .. they ask that the h1 be extended.

    Now in case I am laid off .. this pretty much puts me in the spot.

    I've heard that it is possible to apply for EAD on my own.
    1. Any idea if this is true and what info is needed to apply for the EAD.
    2. Any issues with having both h1 and EAD?
    3. Also if my wife is on EAD .. and I get laid off on h1 and am looking for a job .. what happens to her EAD?
    4. If my wife is on EAD .. and I get laid off when on EAD and am looking for a job .. what happens to her EAD? And do i need to seek a smilar position in new company .. or anything works?



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  • l1fraud
    06-14 02:04 PM
    I cannot help but point out a flaw in your case: You say that your technical skills is a common one. Yet you don't seem to have an issue that you have applied in EB2 - exceptional ability / advanced degree. At this time, you are likely holding a H1B status - a speciality occupation visa. Something does not add up now, does it?.

    However, I'm with you on wanting to stop L1 visa abuse (and H1 visa abuse as well). There needs to be a more definitive way of knowing L1 visa is being misused to replace US citizens and green-card workers.

    Hope any one can qualify for EB2 with a advanced degree / 5 years experience IF the job requirements need the same, my comment regarding the 'common technical' skills was in the context of technical skills available in the market here is US and the way USCIS/consulate considers these technical skills. Java/.Net/Oracle or any of these technical skills doesn't qualify for a L-1B visa irrespective of the no. of years of experience, for Eg. a resource with 10 Years of Java experience may qualify for EB2 (once again, as per job requirement for PERM) BUT WILL NEVER qualify for L-1B visa.

    Hope this cleared your doubt and definetly using L-1B resources for common technical assignments has become a common practice amoung outsourcing companies due to advantages these organisation has (discussed earlier in this thread) and we are fighting against this abusal of L1 visa.

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  • spaceguy
    08-25 12:24 PM
    I heard some one telling me that there is a max limit of 5000 mts per month which includes local, long distance and international.

    Is it true or just a rumor ?


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  • desi3933
    08-24 09:01 AM
    Guys, I am also not going anywhere, . I am here for 10 years now and its my life and I like it. But when 100 people say "we re going back, disappointed, it will have some effect".

    $100 one time.

    >> Guys, I am also not going anywhere, . I am here for 10 years now and its my life and I like it.

    Thats sum it nicely. Nobody wants to go back.

    Though you are sending "I am going back unless you fix it" cards, you are actually not serious about it. Great. Just Great.

    And you think, that will fix the system.

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  • shahuja
    01-31 04:45 AM
    Hello lost in gc land..
    i got no slip..VO said..approved and kept the forms and 797 and pp and said you will get it by courier.


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  • doc_desi
    02-11 12:02 AM
    Hi Shweta:

    First, don't panic :) I doubt there's anything we can do about it at this stage. I'm in exactly the same situation (interview at the Delhi consulate on the 22nd, response - administrative processing, and the consular officer had told me that I'd get it in a week).

    According to my lawyer, our cases have been sent to Washington for security clearence. And based on the feedback she has been getting, it is taking about a month. The embassy cannot issue our visas till they hear back from Washington.

    So I realize that it totally _SUX_ but there's nothing we can do about it. So just chill and wait..



    in my case i got no slip..whenever i call consulate new delhi they say still under admin processing ?? my lawyer checked with DOS..DOS had sent approval on jan 25th..still under proc at embassy !!

    NOT SURE WHY ?? this delay is ??

    i maybe forgetting..but which consulate did you go to and if new delhi then what was the description(looks) of the VO ?


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  • gandu_no1
    07-13 10:56 AM
    Good idea kumar1, once this rollercoaster ride is over and settled.. we should start an anti-Lou Dobbs Youtube session. I will definately contribute in whatever way I can.. uploading videos, editing etc.

    Lou Dobbs and CNN runs an hour long "Hate Immigrants" Program every night Monday to Friday. He repeatedly calls US immigration as a failed system, H1-B and L1...as cheap labor and stealing American jobs, he has big problem with China and China's developing economy, He blames foreigners for bad economic condition of California. He proudly uses the word "Illegal Alien". His program "Lou Dobbs Tonight" is nothing less that someone in Iran running a hate show against America. Lou Dobb always called CIR as "So Called Grand Amnesy"! Once this July visa bulletin fiasco settles down, we need to get together and attack this guy, every night so that he can stop his hate propoganda.

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  • priderock
    07-10 10:43 AM
    If revenue from increased fee structure starting July 31 is the reason for making visas unavilable in July, I have a strong feeling that the visas may become current for all categories in the Aug Bulletin.

    This is not a NEWS or RUMOR making rounds anywhere. This is a mere speculation on my part. Let's hope for the best but DO NOT get your hopes unrealistically high.


    What part of DOS statement

    "All numbers available to these categories under the FY-2007 annual numerical limitation have been made available. "

    do you not understand ?

    2007 quota is used up. We need to wait until OCT for 2008 quota. :(

    08-18 09:22 AM
    Landed in this country on Aug-16-1997 for Masters. Today myself and my wife both got CPO mail/text message. Thanks IV community and good luck to all. I will be doing my part to make this system better!!!


    PD: 04 Jan 2006, EB2 I
    RD: 07 Jul 2007, TSC (I-140 was with NSC, but the attorney sent it to TSC in the july 2007 fiasco)
    ND: 27 Aug 2007, NSC

    Didn't do anything in 2008 and decided to do everything possible this time around.
    Aug 3 - Primary I-485 SR,
    Aug 5- Primary EAD SR,
    Contacted Congress Woman on Aug 9 - Didn't get any useful info. I think, being in bay area, they might have been flooded with these requests.
    Aug 10 - Opened an Infopass for Aug 18
    Aug 16, 8:30 am - Dependent SR
    Aug 16, 9:30 am - Called the customer service for primary's status - got the standard response that they sent a mail (which i didn't get) asking me to wait for 60 days.
    Aug 16, 10:15 am - Wife called me to inform the good news, the online status change.
    Aug 16, 10:18 am - got the text message (which just said "check your status online").
    Aug 16: Got the CPO mail (time stamped 10:18am)

    Guys (and Gals), Hang in there and you will have your independence soon.

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    01-13 04:03 PM
    I assume others have got this too...please share next steps. I assume MTR is one of them. I have attached the jpeg file.

    What happens after sending letters to the ombudsman?
    Is it necessary to have MTR before sending to ombudsman?


    Read on the URL that jayleno provided, ombudsman has provided specific instructions what to do next. Also consult your lawyer for an MTR. Wish you good luck!