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  • eb_retrogession
    01-05 11:21 PM
    I agree. The companies should feel the pain. our cause should get sympathy from the americans. We need publicity for our causes.


    Some publicity is good and we will be working on that. Suggestions are welcome.
    However I must tell you that being hostile towards companies will be counter productive to our cause. Infact we'll have to work with the companies and organizations formed by multiple companies. They may or may not help us, but being hostile to them won't help us one bit.

    Pls come up with any suggestions you may have towards this.

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  • Devils_Advocate
    03-10 09:34 AM
    No, the idea is; if you cry for gold you will atleast get silver. When the point is raised that people have been living here legally, paying taxes, SS, owning houses etc etc for 10 years!! what more is actually needed for citizenship?? The idea is to highlight that legal residents (many of them) have been here for ever!! 10 years is almost 15% of an average life span!! If only this thing is highlighted in some strong news papers. Isn't this protectionism at its worst. US is complaining about labor laws in China???? What the heck is this here??? You pay taxes and SS and medicare etc for 10 years and then you are asked to leave??????????? Isn't this slavery??? Either take of the requirement that workers on visas have to pay the required SS / medicare etc or assume responsibility for having taken their hard earned money and let them in as soon as possible into the society.

    Giving an "expedited citizenship" is not like giving a stimulus check.
    Over here if you cry for gold you wont get silver you'll get laughed out, see the context of the situation then apply relevant metaphors.

    Yes if the point of this fruitless exercise is to "raise awareness" then its fine coz it might just do that and nothing else, but then hope you do know the difference between being "famous" and "infamous".

    Again once you guys get your "expedited citizenship" please join the congress and change laws for all of us, and while you're at it change a law that requires the president to be US born so one of you can become the president as well :), since you know, changing laws is so easy in this country ;)

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  • NYS_JUNE2002
    10-16 08:29 PM
    Any comments folks?

    October 16, 2007 Contact: Press Office
    Phone: 202.228.3685

    Senate Approves Levin Amendment to Improve Oversight of FBI Background Checks

    WASHINGTON � The Senate has approved an amendment by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., to improve oversight of the FBI National Name Check Program, which faces a substantial backlog. The program is used to run background checks on people applying for immigration benefits or seeking employment with the U.S. government, among many other purposes. Levin�s provision, which was included as an amendment to the Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Fiscal Year 2008 Appropriations Bill, would require the FBI to report to Congress every year regarding progress made in improving the FBI�s system of processing background checks and automating investigative files.

    �The background check program�s enormous backlog poses an unacceptable burden on people whose lives are on hold, and it also leads to a national security risk,� Levin said. �Approximately 31,000 cases have been pending for at least 33 months. If these individuals are a security threat, we must know that sooner rather than later.�

    According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Ombudsman�s 2007 Annual Report, there were 329,160 name check cases pending in May 2007, which is and increase of 93,358 over the previous year. Many immigrants who are applying for adjustment of status to legal permanent resident, naturalization, asylum, or a waiver end up waiting for months or years for the completion of the name check process.

    In 2003, Robert J. Garrity, Jr., then Acting Assistant Director of the Records Management Division of the FBI stated before the House Committee on Government Reform that, �[t]he name check delays have significant consequences to FBI customers and stakeholders. The delays impede hiring or clearing skilled workers; completing government contracts; student enrollment, and�clearing requested visas for business visits to the United States. More importantly than all of the foregoing, these processing delays can also diminish counterterrorism effectiveness.�

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  • sheela
    09-11 09:27 PM
    I will call as many


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  • coolcat
    05-17 05:47 PM
    I don't see an answer to vsoni's question. I don't know the answer either. Can someone answer vsoni's question and also mine, please?
    Here is my question:
    I'm currently on an H1 visa status. I'd be applying for 485, EAD, AP on June 1 (my PD becomes current then. :) ). Currently I don't have a H1B visa stamp in my passport. I'm planning to leave for India immediately after applying for 485, EAD and AP and apply for visa in India.
    My question is if my H1B visa gets rejected, can I come to the US on AP (someone in the US will mail me the approved AP)?

    D. If you travel before the advance parole document isissued, your application will be deemed abandoned if:
    1.You depart from the United States; or
    2.The person seeking advance parole attempts to enter the United States before a decision is made onthe application.

    The answer to my question is in bold, underlined. Hmmm. Doesn't favor me. :(

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  • gccovet
    09-10 10:41 AM


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  • small2006
    01-24 12:58 PM
    With all due sympathies, this is one of the funniest posts I have read in a long time....It helps to lighten up a bit every now and then considering we are all in this for a long haul...

    Anyway, just wanted to let you know that I went through London back in 2004 and my experience was completely different. I went to the NYC consulate to get my TV for $50, yes just $50 and the whole paper work etc was done in less than 30min and I had to go back after 2 hours to collect my passport with a 1 year multiple entry stamped on it.

    My point being, I think they have changed a lot of rules and made it more stringent after the recent security threats etc.

    Getting a GC soon is our saviour

    I had the misfortune of travelling thru London in December on my way to Mumbai. After I purchased my tickets, I learnt that I need a transit visa (TV) for UK. (Who is going to tell them (UK) that they are no longer the center of attraction esp. if you have lived and worked in US). Anyway, as per the rules, you need a transit visa if you don�t have a valid US visa. (Note: If you have AP, and don�t have a valid visa, you still need a TV).

    I went to their site and did all the research to get a TV. Good god Heavens! Has anyone filled out their painful form for a TV? Besides asking the usual details, they get extremely nosy. They want to know each and everything about you. Where you work, what money do you make, name of your wife, kids and their citizenship status, name of your father and mother and where they were born, their birth date, how much money you have and where the money is (stocks, bonds, CDS) etc. etc. While filling up the form I realized that, even my future father in law did not pose so many probing questions to me. (Please note: I don�t mind answering these silly questions for a regular visa, but for the damn TV, it is certainly overkill).

    Anyway to cut the long story short. The regular cost of TV is/was $92. However, when I filled up the application form they were asking for $184. (The satisfaction of getting a good deal on the tickets was quickly evaporating). I assumed I must have made a mistake in thinking the cost to be $92 and reluctantly paid $184. Next it was time to fill the application for my wife and answer the idiotic questions again. You should have seen the �I will kill you right now� look on my wife�s face after I woke her up in the middle of night and asked details about her parents. After I filled up the form, to my surprise, now they were asking $274 for visa fees. It was already 2:00 am and I have no choice but to painfully enter my credit card details, hoping that they would realize the mistake in their recon process and would reimburse the difference. (Of course, I was only dreaming).

    It is now almost the end of January and I have still now received any money from them. I have tried sending several email to the emb(ass)y, but none of their emails work. I get bounced email for all the emails that I have used. I have tried calling them and left messages and no one has called back. I have send emails to my credit card company and the people who processed the payment and none of them have been able to help me. There is a way to talk to someone in the emb(ass)y, but you need to dial a 900 number, which BTW costs $2.49 per minute. Throwing good money after bad is not an option.

    I just wanted to share this experience with you and remind you of the pain ahead, if you are travelling thru UK and don�t have a valid US visa. Personally, even if they had charged me the regular $92, I will still use other options to travel next time. The amount of time wasted in filling the crappy application form, going to NY, (starting Dec doing your finger prints) is simply too much to handle. Visiting your motherland/fatherland is a very special occasion and all these intermediate steps certainly water down the �good feeling� that you experience during the days leading to your trip.

    I haven�t given up my quest for a refund, but now, not only I want my money back I would like to bring back home the Koh-i-noor too.

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  • eb2_immigrant
    08-24 02:46 PM
    FYI...I heard from some of my friends that Vonage is good as long as you are its customer. Once you call CS and tell them you are leaving...they play all sorts of dirty tricks.

    What you heard is probably true, I was a customer long time back and wanted to disconnect, on top of stern response and attitude, they charged me for the whole month instead of prorating it .
    I like the new plan , may be I might buy it but if vonage has done this there will tons of other companies who will slash the prices or atleast match vonage.
    The world wide calling if great if you are calling your home country everyday or the phone card companies are costing you more than $25/month(air tel and others). Besides $25/per month these days is ridiculous(before the free worldwide calling plan). You can get a GOOD VOIP service for $10 or even under that these days. Just good "voip service providers"
    Bottom line- Great plan by not so great cust serv company


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  • swamy
    04-25 01:45 PM
    Since no one is against eliminating fraud on H1/L1 - atleast on this forum - is there any chance we can request messrs Durbib/Grassley to tack on issues/amendments to prefile 485 or polish AC21 to its true intent of freeing up workers? maybe they wont accede but atleast it will end up calling them out ontheir bluff of supporting worker rights and expose their fierce hatred of immigrants..

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  • gottagc
    05-18 01:07 PM

    05/17/2007: USCIS Terminates 05/18/2007 PPS for Labor Certification Substitution I-140 Petitions

    USCIS announced today that beginning on Friday, May 18, 2007, it will terminate Premium Processing Service for Form I-140 petitions that request labor certification substitution. USCIS anticipates a substantial increase in the number of petitioning employers that will file Form I-140 petitions requesting Premium Processing Service and seeking labor certification substitution prior to July 16, 2007. The volume of such petitions filed requesting Premium Process Service is expected to exceed USCIS� capacity to provide the Premium Process Service according to the program guidelines. For the announcement, please click here.


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  • syedn
    08-16 04:38 PM
    I got welcome notice last week but no news on wife's application.

    Opened SR, sent email, took infopass but no news..

    Any idea how to move it forward.

    Same situation. Opened an ombudsman investigation...

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  • eb3_nepa
    07-10 09:55 AM
    I am sure Mrs Emillo will get lot of flowers tonight :)

    YEP courtesy of a thousand screwed immigrants;)

    You know what lets donate blood, kidneys, brains, hair, other miscallaneous body fluids as well. Lets keep on giving and giving until they get the message that "hey these people cant give any more. Lets kick them out and get a fresh new batch of idiots".


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  • indianabacklog
    01-27 08:53 PM
    btw, since we have some engaged brits it worth the money to take the chunnel between paris and london? anyone done it? what's the best way to find cheap flights in europe? local insight would be much appreciated!!
    as you can see i'm looking forward to london again ;)[/QUOTE]

    The chunnel is a great way to travel to Paris, much more door to door than flying and nearly as quick if you count the waiting around in the airport.

    The only way to get cheap flights in Europe is to use one of the cheap charter companies, such as Easy Jet, BMI Baby, Ryanair etc. There are more. There is a website that I use to use called cheapflights? If you go to Yahoo UK and search for cheap flights lots of options will appear. I am pleased you enjoyed your stay in London. I like the city, but to visit, just like New York.

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  • superdude
    07-31 05:07 PM
    Well suppose they reject your 485 for lack of Initial Evidence then you are in some trouble. The people who applied prior to new Memo was passed had there applications receipted even without EVL. What will happen after the Memo is passed ...can't say. I think EVL is considered Initial Evidence. Thats my guess.
    Not this time. USCIS clearly mentioned that Completed application with Signatures, Correct Fees should be sufficient. They are even accepting without medicals.


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  • vishalsaboo
    01-09 08:20 AM
    Guys, I received a "Processing Complete" email from the consulate this morning (Jan 9th). My interview at the Mumbai consulate was on Dec 28th. I submitted my PP to the VFS and should have it back in a couple of days. Good luck to everyone and thank you for all the posts!

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  • mohican
    01-02 12:34 AM
    Thanks for responding.

    The key here is revocation vs. substitution. Per discussions with immi attorneys, AC21 portability is not explicit on what needs to be done if I140 is substituted by previous employer and NOT REVOKED, and the applicant is eligible for changing jobs (same desc and 180 days pending). The fact is that this loophole leads to illogical scenario--2 applicants taking benefit from same I140.

    Question to you and other forum members: Is there a thread on this specific topic?


    As per some opinions, H1 also gets invalidated when 485 is revoked past 6 years limit of H1B. Did you also get your EAD revoked?

    To answer your question#3, my lawyer said I should be able to retain PD from earlier approved 140 in such scenario. Check with yours.


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  • SunnySurya
    08-07 11:16 AM
    First NumberUSA don't divide us , it unites us as it is the common enemy.
    Second, the reason we all are lurking on this forum is that we want something in return. We are united as long as our goals are the same. Some compromise can be done but if one has to do compromise in terms of several years it is not acceptable
    Knowingly, or unknowingly, you are dividing this community on meager self-interests. That's the worst somebody can do to IV.

    We don't need NumbersUSA to divide us when people like you are here...

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  • lazycis
    04-17 05:06 PM
    8 USC 1324b
    (a)(1) General rule
    It is an unfair immigration-related employment practice for a person or other entity to discriminate against any individual (other than an unauthorized alien, as defined in section 1324a (h)(3) of this title) with respect to the hiring, or recruitment or referral for a fee, of the individual for employment or the discharging of the individual from employment�
    (A) because of such individual�s national origin, or
    (B) in the case of a protected individual (as defined in paragraph (3)), because of such individual�s citizenship status.

    (3) �Protected individual� defined
    As used in paragraph (1), the term �protected individual� means an individual who�
    (A) is a citizen or national of the United States, or
    (B) is an alien who is lawfully admitted for permanent residence, is granted the status of an alien lawfully admitted for temporary residence under section 1160 (a) or 1255a (a)(1) of this title, is admitted as a refugee under section 1157 of this title, or is granted asylum under section 1158 of this title;

    (4) Additional exception providing right to prefer equally qualified citizens
    Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, it is not an unfair immigration-related employment practice for a person or other entity to prefer to hire, recruit, or refer an individual who is a citizen or national of the United States over another individual who is an alien if the two individuals are equally qualified.

    So EAD folks are excluded from "protected individuals" and employer has a right to prefer US citizens according to this.

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  • chanduv23
    03-25 02:35 PM
    Mark's previous suggestion works fine in such scenarios. Do not mention the word "EAD" before hand.Do not mention H1 even. Do not try to even discuss EAD/H1 etc... As long as requirement allows Green card and where ever it is required for you to mention work status, jot down " Elligible to work for any US employer in USA". That would work. After interview, if they select submit EAD as a proof. At that moment they will not be able to deny that as a work status proof.

    Note: Other thing I experienced is using the word "Work Permit" in place
    of "EAD" makes things easy for everybody.

    Right, we must avoid the word as much as possible. But then a lot of reqruiters and HRs now seem to educate themselves about the whole EAD thing and seem to be absolutely fine with the EAD.

    01-07 10:06 PM
    i have nothing better to add..
    i am just excited to see some action going ...

    GO IV GO!!!

    09-23 04:15 PM
    This is probably as close information that we can get from horses mouth(USCIS). Just hope its true.

    horses don't lie man

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