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  • logiclife
    01-04 05:39 PM
    The best thing to happen to immigration lawyers is H1 quota increase. That starts a whole chain of events that will generate revenue for them until the guy on H1 is citizen.

    Getting people GC faster could only serve the revenue generated from filing I-485, but then retrogression does not eliminate it, it only delays it.

    Lawyers hired by my company dont seem to care much about retrogression(they sure do pretend). they would work in the best interest of WHOEVER PAYS THEM.

    In general however, they would love:

    1. H1 quota increase(irrelevant to us).
    2. Family immigration(irrelevant to us).
    3. Faster EB GC(relevant to us but not a high priority for them).

    I was relying on AILA all along thinking that they will work for themselves and in turn it will help us but it shows from 1932 that by joining Quota raise of H1, they torpedoed the whole thing.


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  • Caliber
    10-07 01:37 PM
    The USCIS calls this efficiency. I wish these folks to be on the receiving end of their own treatment in their next life.

    Dear Alterego,

    What do you think we are? We were INS officers in our past lifes and troubled all these Chinese and Italian immigrants. That is the reason, why we are born to take back what we gave them in past life.

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  • stemcell
    04-01 12:10 PM
    Like everyone else i periodically come to IV and get to know the trends of whats happening. Thanks to everyone like qsek,teddy,vdlrao and many more who are contributing and trying to get some clarity into the backlog mess.

    Having made a one time contribution was enough to get access to donor forum or so i thought. I really did not know that you need to have a recurring payment to get access to the donor forum.Most paid content websites may have that model but somehow I am uncomfortable with that idea here, and i am sure there are others who may feel the same.
    Come up with a one time payment for one years access. It could be 300.00 USD to start with which is the same as 25.00 USD for 12 months which is the minimum you guys have set up. Many more will be comfortable with that.

    Its just like rubbing me on the right side and you get my money ;), a trick which my wife exploits to the fullest :rolleyes:

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  • english_august
    07-10 08:12 PM
    It seems the popular perception is that this is an Indian effort.
    We need to correct it.

    It seems some of the members who interviewed with the media got carried away with "Gandhigiri" and all things Indian. It sounds ironic, we are craving attention from Indian media while trying to become Permanent residents of USA.
    I don't think we should read too much into it. IV is obviously not an all Indian forum but the entire idea started with inspiration from an Indian movie and almost everyone that reporters have spoken to is an Indian. So it is easy to take away that impression.

    It's not always possible to cram every fact and our every grievance in a 500 word report that needs to be understood by readers who might have not even heard the term green-card.


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  • sobers
    02-21 04:04 PM
    what i mean is you should take out the H1B part from the letter and then send it to your lawmakers. the letter is modifiable- you can add, delete or change content before sending it.

    that is what i have done. Took me less than 5 minutes!

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  • bobopotato
    05-22 08:20 AM
    Would anyone be able to advise if I can travel out of the country after I've filed the 485 if I have an approved I-797 approval notice (for H-1B) but old H-1B stamp in pp has already expired?

    If I travel out and then get the H-1B visa stamp at an outside consulate, I would be able to travel back in, but would I have considered have abandoned the 485 application? (since I travelled out without a valid H-1B stamp in pp)??

    Can I travel out even before my AP arrives? Or does having an AP make a difference? I would prefer to stay on H-1B status since you never know what happens to the 140/485 application.

    Thanks for the help guys.


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  • gc_on_demand
    09-16 11:36 AM
    WOW that is good.. by nov they will clear all backlog ..( Pending more than 1 year ).. from June 2009 name check will be cleared in 3 days..

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  • gc_wow
    10-25 02:33 PM
    IV should send a letter to Vonage CEO asking to put pressure on Obama and Senators to approve GCs quickly. We have been very good customers of Vonage.


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  • drona
    07-10 10:31 PM
    From the Washington Post article, this was an interesting comment:

    "We know the reason behind it and understand the symbolism. We donated them in the same spirit in which they were provided to us," said an agency official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of a lawsuit over the matter filed by an advocacy group.

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  • sledge_hammer
    11-25 11:51 AM
    Your option? Stay put! Keep paying your montly obligations! Or sell now if you want, and take the 20G hit.

    Foreclosing when you are not in a financial stress in NOT an option. Get it?

    Now that you have your option, go learn how to be a grown up!

    And now that you also know returning used merchandise is fraud, what are you going to do about it? Are you going to change your ways?

    your name speaks for itself.. Slegde_Hammer..meaning bahut bara Hathoda..
    you know whom we call a Hathoda.. yup.. u got it..
    what part of my message you did not understand.. i am here to explore my options..not to learn what is ethical and unethical..
    i see uho have so many posts in ur name.. may be u have spent time on this forum just to let people know if they are ethical or unethical..
    i dont know u.. u dont know me.. whats the point of calling someone unethical.. dishonest..
    grow up man.. not everyone is happy listening to ur philosphy..i think it is time for you to realize that..
    dont send any more messages and personlize them.. you have not given a single valid option.. it is an open forum, i cannot ask you to stop.. but i created this thread to explore my options and not to read all the silly stuff you are writing..


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  • pappu
    08-21 12:38 PM
    The law unambiguously states that for employment based categories - EB1 spillover should first go to EB2 and whatever is not required by both EB1 and EB2 will spillover to EB3. If the USCIS has been doing something different previously they were actually not following the letter of the law.

    Here are the relevant sections of the INA which unambiguosly states the above.

    Here is what Section 203 of the Immigration and Nationality Act states -

    EB1 -

    (1) Priority workers. - Visas shall first be made available in a number not to exceed 28.6 percent of such worldwide level, plus any visas not required for the classes specified in paragraphs (4) and (5),...............

    EB2 -

    (2) Aliens who are members of the professions holding advanced degrees or aliens of exceptional ability. -

    (A) In general. - Visas shall be made available, in a number not to exceed 28.6 percent of such worldwide level, plus any visas not required for the classes specified in paragraph (1) ...............

    EB3 -

    (3) Skilled workers, professionals, and other workers.-

    (A) In general. - Visas shall be made available, in a number not to exceed 28.6 percent of such worldwide level, plus any visas not required for the classes specified in paragraphs (1) and (2), .........

    If all these years they were misinterpreting the law, where were lawyers and AILA raising their voice to correct this mistake? This error was deeply affecting the clients of lawyers.

    We need to see more proactive activism of lawyers in matters such as these that are very important for the community. If not, members need to learn the law and do such research themselves. IV core team has been trying its best to read the law and create presentations and research documents whenever we have an important action item or bill on the floor. I would urge the community to read the law on their own as and when needed and raise their awareness.

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  • brshankar
    08-07 03:54 PM
    I was double minded to do porting or not. Now I am considering it very seriously. Got a green signal from my current EMPLOYER to go ahead for EB2.

    Good Luck dude. You should definitely go for it.


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  • ajkastar
    01-19 04:38 PM
    I'm also in same situation only difference is my visa stamped in PP is expired (Jan06), but has H1 till Jan 2009. I'm planning to visit India in Feb07 and return on AP. As I read in other forums that H1 will be valid and we can file for extension (even Cornin INS Memo (5-16-00)) memo says that. My attorney also confirmed that.
    Keep posted your experiences.

    Thank you.

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  • seekerofpeace
    10-01 09:26 PM

    You are absolutely right in your thinking. It is a pity. I know people who get approved forget everything thinking that "All is well that ends well" but the fact remains that USCIS was is and will remain the most incompetent and irrational organization on the face of earth....

    You are right congressional inquiries are being treated as normal inquiries and they are given standard responses and I have bought this to the notice of my congresssman's office....

    I too have the same feeling of Govt's healthcare plan....it'd fail just like SS and Medicare.....


    There is no logic to randomness....I guess the 2nd law of thermodynamics is most appropriate for USCIS...which is to say "Entropy always rises in the universe"


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  • SunnySurya
    08-07 01:53 PM
    First let me state that I need people like you to proceed and hence I will be happy to answer the points you rasied to the best of my ability:

    We all agree that there is severe backlog. Only way the backlog will alleviate is by increasing visa numbers, which not going to happen any time sooner.
    So some people (and I know around 10 of them) what they are doing is the following:
    They got the chance to file their 485 last July , which is pending. They are now contacting several small desi consulting firms to file for their fresh labor in EB2 category. Once their labor is filled and new I-140 is approved, they plan to attach new I-140 to the original 485 and hence effectively convering to Eb2 category but with priority dates in 2002 and 2003 (because original I-140 had that priority). Worst, they would never join that desi consulting firm...

    This how the system is being gamed. If I know 10 such cases, I am sure there must be thousand like that.Now you tell me , isn't that unfair to the people already in Eb2 line as well as the ones who do not know how to game the system

    By the way: If any one is interested, I know of three such consulting firms that can do for you for a fee.

    I am not arguing or obstinately stating my view. I am genuinely confused.

    I am not sure how it is unfair on EB2. Didn't these folks apply for GC before us legally and stand in line sincerely (no labor subs) AND gather pertinent work exp and education?

    I understand you are working on getting the numbers. I would wait to hear from you with those numbers.

    It is one thing to feel wronged seeing a few examples of people abusing the porting but quite another to have a lawsuit alleging that this is a widespread activity and it is causing grievous delays for the ones waiting in EB2. I really don't believe it and feel it is insulting to a large majority of highly skilled and hard working immigrants who have/will legally port their EB3 PDs to EB2.


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  • mchundi
    01-02 07:28 PM
    Hello mchundi, Would you like to participate in the joint effort to talk to lawmakers on both sides so that more democrats would vote in favor of the bill.

    I send u a PM.


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  • roseball
    09-25 12:41 AM
    I concluded the same ( Though never posted that analysis :)) But It looks like we are missing a very critical point - we are assuming that " these pending numbers are the total 485 workload USCIS has" but I referred a different chart on USCIS board and it looks like there is a separte hoard of "preadjudicated" applications already sitting in a queue apart from these numbers. Please check on following link.

    USCIS: National Processing Volumes and Trends (http://dashboard.uscis.gov/index.cfm?formtype=9&office=4&charttype=1)

    The I-485 information in this chart includes the family based I-485s as well.

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  • asanghi
    05-15 01:03 PM
    I plan to talk to my lawyer today. My past experience is that lawyers don't give all the options themselves. You have to know what options you have and then they will give advice on that.

    So if anybody has gone through similar situation, please give your inputs. I am sure many other people can benefit from this information.

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  • Googler
    10-19 01:24 AM
    By Mr. Cannon:
    "NNCPS is partnering with other Agencies to provide contractors and personnel to process name checks. For example, the FBI and USCIS have implemented a key initiative to use contractor resources to prioritize the processing of "Single-Hit" USClS Name Check requests, that is, pending name check requests that have only one FBI file potentially identified with it that needs to be reviewed in order to process the request. By applying contractor resources to process these "Single Hit" requests, the FBI may significantly reduce the pending USClS name check workload."

    Re: this Cannon declaration -- do you mind sharing the case number or case name (X v Chertoff) or the declaration if you have downloaded it from Pacer?

    I need to ask the person who shared the declaration with me privately. It was not something I found in PACER. If I find similar declaration in other cases, I'll post it.

    OK, follow the link to get detailed information about the FBI/USCIS name check.


    This may be the most detailed account I've seen so far. I didn't find the part you quoted about using contractors for single-hits though. It would be great to have the case cite for even this declaration. I assume it is a federal court filing if so, it is public, right?

    09-08 06:27 PM
    I received CPO email yesterday night, But the dependent application status is pending. Please let me know what steps I need to take to followup with the dependent's case.

    10-11 05:52 AM
    My wife got the approval on Oct 5th...CPO mail was first followed by approval notice and I also got a CPO mail after 35 days of approval....strange and surreal it seems

    I may be wrong since my wife's case was separated.....But this was from my congressman's office who told me that the reason that her case is pending and delayed is because our case got separated during adjudication.



    Congrats SoP....

    You finally completed the long journey by receiving your wife's approval also. A big relief, right? As I have gone through the same situation, I know the pain to get through it. You have lots of patience for trying out all avenues.

    Congrats kewlchap.
    Good that we provide what are all the various ways we tried to get it through. (Even nitty gritty details like which day and time the Immigration Officers generally will be in a good mood to hear us - Yes its true that our situation without GC is that pathetic). It might be so helpful for others who are still waiting to deal effectively with these officers. During my conversation with one IO, she told me the IO's ID who is reviewing my kid's file and asked me to send a detailed mail to that IO.