Monday, July 4, 2011

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  • vnandster
    08-20 01:07 PM
    The plan comes out to $33.6* inclusive of taxes in lake county IL which translates to $400/year

    Not good for a low volume India caller for me. I have ooma @$200 and I don't spend $200/year calling India. I use the 3.29c/min access number calling card (not the cheapest of all) and aided with all the promotions (Diwali, Independence day etc.), I manage to stay below $200/year mark.

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  • gsvisu
    07-11 12:44 PM
    I just spoke with Xiyun Yang from Washington Post and conveyed thanks for covering a detailed article. She expressed that there is attention being drawn by many quarters including political for "Skilled LEGAL Immigrants".

    Also we need to emphasize & communicate is the "increased fees" (almost doubled in many cases) for all USCIS services effective end of this month (July 30). Is this the penalty to be legal ?

    The rallys and campaigns should emphasize this important detail too. This is huge money and not fair to the amount of service that is being currently provided.



    What are your comments guys ?

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  • thomachan72
    01-27 10:24 AM
    Anyway to finalize this wonderful discussion, let all of us, who have seen / discussed this issue, take an oath to never go via UK again. I join anybody who is willing to take this oath. "NO MORE TRAVEL TO INDIA VIA UK. I WILL PAY THE EXTRA $$$$ TO FLY VIA OTHER ALTERNATIVE ROUTES THAT DONT REQUIRE A TRANSIT VISA".

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  • baburob2
    02-09 05:34 PM
    From the article below:
    Senate Judiciary committe hearing on immigration will start from March 2nd and will start talking with Sen. Specter's markup which is a good starting point and the full senate hearing will subsequently start as expected on March 27th.

    Congress to consider immigration in March
    By Ray O'Hanlon

    With regard to the reform issue in Congress, the expectation as of this week was that the Senate Judiciary Committee could take up the various reform bills as early as Thursday, March 2.

    The initial discussion in the committee would focus primarily on the proposal drawn up by its chairman, Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania.

    Specter has presented a so-called "chairman's mark" which is comprised of original proposals and some aspects of other bills including the Senate's McCain/Kennedy bill, and the Sensenbrenner/King bill, which has already been passed by the House of Representatives.

    The Judiciary Committee hearing is a prelude to full Senate consideration but St. Patrick's Day is likely to delay that for some days after March 17.

    This year, for the first time, Congress is taking a week off after the Irish patron saint's day and officially labeling the break as the St. Patrick's Day recess.

    That would mean that the earliest likely date for a Senate debate on whatever the judiciary Committee presents it would begin on Monday, March 27.

    Given the sharp contrast in the main bills, that debate could some time, weeks if not months to complete.

    Meanwhile, Bush noticeably advanced his position on reform in his State of the Union speech to the joint houses of Congress.

    "We hear claims that immigrants are somehow bad for the economy, even though this economy could not function without them," he said.

    "All these are forms of economic retreat, and they lead in the same direction toward a stagnant and second-rate economy," the president added.

    "Keeping America competitive requires an immigration system that upholds our laws, reflects our values and serves the interests of our economy.

    "Our nation needs orderly and secure borders. To meet this goal, we must have stronger immigration enforcement and border protection. And we must have a rational, humane guest worker program that rejects amnesty, allows temporary jobs for people who seek them legally, and reduces smuggling and crime at the border," he added.

    However, as with previous statements, Bush did not go into detail as to how he exactly defines amnesty.

    How he, and Congress, ultimately defines it will have a profound effect on the lives of tens of thousands of undocumented Irish.

    This story appeared in the issue of February 8 - 14, 2006


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  • kaisersose
    03-26 02:07 PM
    This is plain stupidity. These employers should first take a good look at an EAD and a GC. As for as work authorization is concerned, both these cards provide us with the same rights. The EAD says �The person identified is authorized to work in the US for the validity of this card� where as the GC says �The person identified by the card is authorized to work and remain in the US�.

    So why does the legal department come into picture here? Is it because of the expiry date associated with EAD�s? If that�s the case even a GC has got an expiration date (a later date maybe). Does that mean that an additional budget is required to hire GC holders?

    I was thinking exactly like you until she educated me on this yesterday.

    The problem with the EAD is you are invoking AC21. There are several possible problems here including

    1. Complying with AC21 requirements of job code, 180 days after 485 RD, etc.

    2. Invoking AC21 without 140 approval. This is not against the law, but is risky in case of a 140 RFE.

    There are more reasons, but these ought to provide enough clarity on the problem. It is in the employer's interest to ensure that the candidate does not have any such issues; issues which will lead to termination of employment. The Recruiter cannot check DOL job codes and USCIS documents. That is the job of Legal which means $$$.

    So if the hiring manager does not have a budget for these extra costs or if he has an equally good candidate who is a GC holder or a citizen, it is easier to go with him or her.

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  • i99
    09-24 12:04 PM
    Your attorney HAS to reply to your inquiries. It is stated in every State's BAR website. Otherwise, you have right to make a complaint that stays with the BAR records forever. BAR has to publish it to anyone who asks for information about that attorney. Attorneys do not want that.

    We were in a similar situation. We sent an e-mail and left a voicemail saying something like: "In our point of view, a reasonable time for you to reply to our inquiries is 3 business days. If you do not call us and let us know another reasonable period of time for a reply period immediately, we will assume that you will reply to our inquiries and/or let us know the information about our case coming from USCIS in three days".

    I guess we are learning this country's ways.

    This worked very well ;

    Our case:

    i99 - I140/485 concurrent/NSC/July@d/R.Williams/No CC/No RN

    Atleast your lawyer replies to you:) Our lawyer stopped replying to our e-mails since after mailing the AOS package in July. They don't even entertain phone calls.


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  • sGC
    08-12 02:41 PM
    it looks like many folks got their approval one day after filing an SR - coincidence or a trigger? Is filing the SR somehow triggering the IOs to look at your file ?

    However, many people who filed SR on the first working day of the month 08/02 were not approved the next day. Also, the many others who bombarded the USCIS with multiple requests/queries had to wait much longer or are still waiting.

    It is almost like the IOs didn't like to be bothered on the first working day of this month (when the begin working on a fresh set of files) and also didn't like to be pushed too much.

    Or is this all just a super coincidence for hundreds of people?

    Well i opened an SR 08/05 and still waiting with a PD of 12/15/2005. I guess it's all random.

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  • nkavjs
    09-20 12:49 PM
    Assistant Chief
    Internal Security and Investigative Operations
    USCIS, 111 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
    Suite 7000
    Washington, DC 20529

    I would appericiate, few more people can send an email.

    What case related info you would add in an email?
    SSN, dob, 140 info, approval date, Alien number?
    Pls. share this detail


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  • saileshdude
    09-13 08:19 AM

    I have seen some of your posts and looks like your the oldest waiting since the dates have been current. Are you considering filing WOM since you will be current for 4 months by Oct. What is lawyer saying? Although I have been just current for 12 days the wait seems forever so I understand how you must be feeling.

    What did your senator/congressman say?

    Where is your application TSC or NSC? If it is TSC, did you try to send email to streamline email address? I know you must have done everything. Also you can try to goto the local office and have them issue you a FP notice if they have expired. Maybe that will set things in motion since I know some IOs just want to issue another FP and not refresh the old one in their systems.

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  • RDB
    11-25 05:40 PM
    I know the rules of car buying and hence mentioned the word hypothetical - however, as I said earlier, I agree with your basic principle that we are liable for whatever we signed up for and if you look at my first post on this thread that is exactly what I suggested to punjabi77 i.e. Is renting an option?

    If we strictly go by the purpose of this thread - yes, we are in agreement that punjabi77 should look at alternative ways of paying off his mortgage or just simply sell his asset with a ~20k loss.

    Peace :)
    Some Rules:

    Rule 101 for car buying: Value depreciates moment you walk out of show room. How much it will be, no one can guarantee you and no one but you are liable for depreciation.

    Rule 101 for Home buying: Value of the debt you sign will remain unchanged
    while the value of asset may erode.
    Rule 102: House is a secure debt: meaning if you don't pay the house will be repossessed by bank. So you have to pay to play.
    Do you know there is no earthquake insurance in California so if you loose your fully paid house in earth quake you are left with ZIP !!!

    Mother of all Rule: Don't get into the any game without knowing the rules.

    Now some clarification: The money Punjabi77 own to the bank is actually already paid to the builder or seller (previous owner) by the bank. Bank gave away that money just by a stroke of signature of Punjabi77 and in return for future interest payments. So the asset value on the book is what Punjabi
    owes not a penny less and not a penny more. If they reduce the asset value to make Punjabi77 feel better it will be taking loss for him ? Why should they do it ? Should they take it back from builder and where do we stop ?

    We can demonize lenders, Wall St and everyone all we want, but this thread is not about them. This is about punjabi77. But I don't know why it is so hard for us to just accept that we screwed up, got enticed made a mistake and start to fix it. Stop the blame game for once. I can attribute all my problems to someone or the other but how does it help me ? The sooner I accept them and start to work on then better it is for me.


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  • Kushal
    11-24 07:23 PM
    I am sure you must have thought a lot before the 'foreclosure' came into your mind. Here is an advice. If there is not too much that you will have to put out from your own pocket, then it is better to take the hit and move on.

    If you do foreclose, it might not be the best for credit history as well as in some random cases, job search. Jobs usually do a background check and that includes credit check in some cases as well. I hope it has no bearing but in some cases can. I don't think it will have any impact on your GC. Even if you don't have plans to buy a house, there are far more things that can impact. None of us want to live on credit but in US it is almost a necessary evil. Car, credit cards and the other nine yards that come with it also become scarce for the next few years. So, tread carefully.

    Have you discussed with your bank? Foreclosure is a huge hit for the bank and they may be able to work with you on what you owe.

    All the best.

    Why do you have to live on credit? can go cash rich!!

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  • Saralayar
    04-22 04:50 PM
    In response to Saralayar's idea, I strongly believe it is a great idea but I have some details I don't understand. Would Saralayar tell me more about that????????

    From the quote "Core team and every one, please consider this and try to lobby for getting the citizenship without further wait if the persons satisfy the folowing conditions:
    1. If they are legally here for 10 years (With approved I-140 and waiting for Adjustment of Status without current date).
    2. If they have earned full 40 points in Social Security
    3. If they have paid the tax continuously for 10 years
    4. If they own a house and paying Mortgage (adding weightage to the Economy boost)
    5. If they do not have any criminal records in these 10 years."

    From the above quote in Saralayar's previous message, I wonder

    1) whether citizenship is granted to people who have met all 5 conditions or any 2-3
    conditions out of 5???????

    2) I do believe the last 2 conditions can be met by most of the foreign students but for
    #3) condition "if they have paid the tax continously for 10 years", I wonder how can this
    happen unless the foreign student who has worked in US for 10 years. I heard H-1b
    workers maximum have 6 years plus 1 year extra for extension total add up to 7 years.
    So how can have 10 years tax paid????

    3) For #1) condition," If they are legally here for 10 years (With approved I-140 and
    waiting for Adjustment of Status without current date)",
    I wonder whether only students with years of US working experience (which means
    years in full time study plus years of working experience) up to 10 years is counted
    towards this legal stay for 10 years.
    So how about students who have years of working experience (which means years in full time study plus years of working experience up
    to 10 years but
    without GC waiting due to lack of employers' file for GC sponsorship due to some
    unknown reasons??????
    or some foreign students who have stayed in US for 10 years for full time study such
    as 4-yr bachelor degree plus 6-yr Ph.D or two Master degree (MS & MBA) or other
    degree combinations but they have both social security card and drivers' license as US
    ID but without employers' sponsorship due to certain reasons?????

    Would you please tell me more details about your idea????? Thanks a lot for your attention and help!!

    Look around you will see.... not everybody is the same.
    I personally know many who had been "working in H1B" for more than 14 years.
    Not everybody gives more weightage for their "immigration plan" than some personal and career interests. If you are really truthful to USCIS about your intentions, and you keep doing what you want to do with your career and life, it is in-fact very possible that you will be found without a GC even after 10 years working in USA, if your are from India.

    An approved I-140 doesnt make you "automatically" qualified for an I-485. You dont file 485, if you dont "intent" to continue with that specific employment, even after I-140 approval.

    7Years???? No..... you can extend your H1 beyond 6 years as many times as you want if you meet some conditions as per AC21. So it is possible for you to be in H1B for 100 years.

    10years tax payed???? Yes because of the other reasons I mentioned. Also I know many who are still in que after 14 years paying taxes.
    Morchu is correct. We are just putting the period as a decade (10 years), which is pretty decent part of the human life.


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  • SunnySurya
    11-03 09:23 PM
    Not an issue. It can be done using business necessity letter. Companies like Google should not have a issue as they regulary higher such qualified people. On the other hand , the non genuine case will have difficulty as from now onwards these positions will be scrutnized more closely. Moreover, any indication of fraud may result in the the audit of original labor also.

    Not only consulting companies but genuine companies in the software arena will also face trouble. If I interpret it correctly, most new hires at places like Google, MSFT, Amazon etc. even if having MS from top-notch universities in the US can apply only under EB-3 as their job description will fall in Job Zone 4.
    On the other hand somebody having a non-IT or CS degree from a mom&pop University can find a job, state its "research" and upgrade to Job Zone 5 and apply under EB-2.
    I wonder how this will fly with the affected companies?

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  • Kushal
    01-09 08:51 PM
    Sending out the letters today..



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  • Leo07
    09-23 04:52 PM
    I-485 inventory means number of 485 apps they have received or in their DB. ( simple )
    I don't think USCIS will( should ) worry about the PERM applications/140-approved applications.IMHO that' be fortune-telling business for USCIS, that so many PERM/140 approvals will directly result into so many 485 applications.

    I'm know USCIS trumped us before, but If I were to bet, I'd bet that these are straight-record count off their 485 applications.


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  • english_august
    07-11 10:05 AM
    Please delete if it is duplicated. There seems to be two different news items in NYTimes.

    One is the story that Nina Bernstein did for NYT. The other one is Reuters story which was picked by hundreds of media organizations.


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  • desi3933
    08-08 10:36 AM
    Here's a very good recent example

    Point to be noted is that this case was not dismissed on merit, but that plaintiff's have not been able to prove significant damages resulting from the rule. A general 'dissatisfaction' with the rule ( for e.g. my wait times will increase if porting continues) doesnot translate into significant damages ( such as I'm losing the job). The merit of the case was never discussed!.

    It would be interesting to see how many of the 'Yes' are going to remain 'Yes' when it comes to having their names on a lawsuit filed against USCIS (the whole list will be going to USCIS). It will be interesting to see how many of you stridently remaining anonymous on a (relatively) harmless public forum such as IV are going to come out in public to fight the USCIS. Good luck guys.

    And happy nightmares whenver your cases get (not so) Soft LUDs. Is it because you joined the case? you never know.

    Good luck once more

    Good post!

    Since GC is for the future job, any damage such as "I am losing current job" is legally immaterial and irrelevant.

    N-400 Oath Date on Aug 19th

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  • kumar1
    08-20 04:50 PM
    Not long ago, I used to get internet through phone line (Dial up connection). Now I get phone through internet. Isn't it amazing?
    By the way, I have been using Vonage for 5 years now and it is a great company.

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  • prinive
    07-09 08:33 PM
    he and his some of his staffs are member of IV. {shhhhh that is a secret}

    How did he came to know about this, where as many big media heads are unaware of this........any idea?

    01-03 10:39 AM

    My wife attented interview on dec14th at Chennai counslate.
    She did not receive the passport yet.

    09-13 12:26 PM
    Keep us posted as to any changes

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