Tuesday, July 5, 2011

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  • nkavjs
    09-25 12:39 PM
    Ok my dumb lawyer changed the website on me.. and all the image files of our application made are done.. null. huh.. something else to worry about now.

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  • dreamgc_real
    07-13 08:39 AM
    my 485 was filed during Aug 2007 , i had EAD as well that i never used.(EB3)
    i joined another firm and started off fresh using old PD, and EB2, which got ported

    I had 2 RFE on my prior 485 FOR medicals and EVL. that i answered ( company didnt had issues as long as i was paying for it)

    now How do i get my prior 485 to be merged, since its not an easy case, my new firm isnt willing to do so, can i raise SR/IO and try it? is it worth it

    Have you asked your lawyer? Check with your lawyer first as you say it is a little complicated. You don't want to mess up this late in the process.....

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  • funny
    09-09 05:47 PM
    Called everyone from pappu's list.

    Thank you.

    Lets not discuss october visa bulletin....Leave it to USCIS, Please do what you can do....CALL CALL..spend sometime calling the numbers as oppose to using your crystal ball to predict the October Visa bulletin......


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  • vg1778
    09-25 12:49 PM
    Type in congressman your city name in google or yahoo search. It will give you various names for your senator and congressmen. Call them and give them your name FN LN, DOB, Alien number and fedex / delivery tracking mnumber. They will call you back with relevant information.

    this is a draft I used to email my inquiries. Hope this helps.

    Regarding: Inquiry/status for I-485 AOS application sent to USCIS, Nebraska Service Center on July 2nd 2007 [FedEx Tracking No. xxxx - Recd. by Mr. J. Barrett NSC At 10.25am on July 2nd]

    Dear Mr. Assistant Chief,

    My Adjustment of status application [I-485,I-765 and I-131] based on EB3 RIR category, was delivered to Department of Homeland Security, USCIS, Nebraska Service Center, Lincoln, NE on July 2nd 2007. It was received in the mailroom at 10.25am (reference : FedEx tracking number xxxxx).

    USCIS website says NSC are working with August 2007 received AOS applications. However, I haven't heard any sort of communication pertaining to my pending application with USCIS. USCIS Customer Service would not pull up my application information in the system yet. Seems like USCIS is either not following the First in First out (FIFO) process for sure or the figures are misleading.

    Details as provided below:

    Name of Applicant: Name xxx
    “A” Number of Applicant: A 088 xxx xxx
    Date of Birth: xxx
    FedEx Tracking No: (whatever is your tracking number)

    I would greatly appreciate if your office can help me to track and process my AOS application delivered to NSC on July 2nd 2007. Please feel free to contact me at (xxx) xxxx for any additional information.

    Thanks and Best Regards,

    Where did you get the A number of the applicant? I checked my I140 approval there is no such number on it in front of Beneficiary name and in the bottom. Even in my I131 application the A number box is blank. Is there any other way to get this A number.


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  • sertasheep
    07-10 07:41 PM
    Solidarity from Bollywood


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  • gondalguru
    06-22 08:36 PM
    I have prepared all the documents for I-485 for my self and my wife. I have got copies of all the imaginable papers that needs to be included.

    I am also going to file I-765 for EAD for my self. My question is that I will include this form with my application along with the necessary fees. What about the supporting documents for I-765 -- like last I-94, passport pages copies etc -- (which are already with I-485 application) needs to be attached 2nd time or no.

    Please advise.


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  • drirshad
    02-17 10:21 AM
    There was supposed to be some big news coming from IV did not hear anything yet ..............

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  • chanduv23
    01-10 03:26 PM
    I know that is ACT. But USCIS can interpret the provisions and make adjustments like what we are requesting. Similarly it can , IF THEY WANT TO, include a provision saying the job not only need to be in similar field, but it shall be in the same labor market because that is where you got your labor. I am not saying this is going to happen just because IVs effort.
    If the intent of the similar job requirement is not to hurt the local talent because that is that job that is advertised for, the restriction of the same labor market will serve the same purpose.

    That is a legitimate doubt and concern for some.

    Chandu, I have great respect for your enthusiasm , but why do you have to be so hostile to a person that does not seem to think the way you are thinking. Different people react differently for the same news. I am not sure your rant has any back ground with any other post by the people you are pissed off about ;)

    And the above answers concerns some may have and shuts them up. Shouting at them definitely will not help any body's cause. What has getting a GC to do with how you raise your children ?

    Since when this immigration is a BIG issue in USA...... remember the BIG Rally ?? Some of the efforts with positive intentions may have a negative consequences in the short term or a long term.

    The reason I post those strong words is because negative posters seem to influence people's decisions a lot. An example is , right during the rally time, I had negative people calling my wife and frightening her about the rally. She was always confused, and did not understand if she wants to support me for my efforts on mobilization or listen to them. It took a while for us to overcome her confusion. Negative posts and negative influence impact and hinder our efforts a lot. We do not need anti immigrants to cause damage, these negative posters do more damage than anti immigrants. One negaitve post can influence many people, as such it is very difficult to draw people for a good cause these days, people just do not want to cooperate or just are not motivated, negative posters demotivate the fence sitters.

    If people are positive and cooperative they influence positively, they set an example for others to follow and that is what all the positive folks do, no matter what the negative influencers say or do, positive people always remain positive and try to guide people through examples.

    "needhelp" is a good example of positive motivation - she does everything she can to set an example - if people learn from her - that is what we want

    walking_dude - motivates people - dedicated to the cause

    Above are positive examples


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  • victory123
    05-17 04:19 PM
    Thanks a lot fromnjia! I do have the receipt from USCIS.It makes me feel much better now.I'll send all the 485 papers after June 1st.hope 485 clears smoothly for me.

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  • illusions
    07-10 09:56 PM
    I really don't care that the reporter made a mistake. The fact of the matter is we got the word out, and Kudos to all the nationalities / creed/ background etc. The only way i can see he got it mixed up is cos of, Ghadhiji, an honest mistake by the reporter.

    By the way I'm from Sri Lanka, and just as all of you, i have been waiting for a while now.... the flowers campaign is great and i think i will go ahead and make a second order and send it over.

    Keep up the good work guys


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  • bigboy007
    09-24 03:19 PM
    There are 37275 applications with PD of 2004 or earlier. Can we make an assumption that about 20 to 30% of these would try to port once economy turns around in the next 18 to 24 months? How will this impact wait time for a EB2 with PD Jan 2006?

    I am really disappointed in the info provided via the foia effort. It told me that there are only 4118 applications before me. 4118 vs 28074. Worst kind of sick joke.

    Based on the PD on my 140 Approval Notice (May-2004) there are 28074 applications before me. This is the correct date.
    Based on the PD on my 485 Interview Notice (Aug-2007) there are 53192 applications before me.

    I do not know how my application was counted when the data was put together.
    How come you have two PD's ? are you refering to RD ?

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  • eb_retrogession
    02-02 03:23 PM
    President Takes Dual Tack on Immigration
    By June Kronholz
    The Wall Street Journal, February 2, 2006; Page A8


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  • pappu
    11-22 07:50 PM

    Plaintiff suggests that the fact that her application
    has been pending for nearly three years is patently
    unreasonable. She argues that Congress intended
    applications to be adjudicated within 180 days. See 8
    U.S.C. � 1571(b) ("It is the sense of Congress that the
    processing of an immigration benefit application should
    be completed not later than 180 days after the initial
    filing of the application . . .."). That [*10] 180-day
    timetable may provide some guidance here, although the
    "sense of Congress" expressed in INA Section 1571(b)
    does not necessarily carry the force of law. See Yang v.
    California Dep't of Social Servs., 183 F.3d 953, 958-59
    (9th Cir. 1999).
    Defendants argue that there is no statutory deadline
    by which applications must be adjudicated and that, in
    any event, the "first-in, first-out" protocol must be given
    deference. True, Congress has not established a
    mandatory timeframe for the USCIS to adjudicate
    applications. Moreover, "'[t]he passage of time alone is
    rarely enough to justify a court's intervention in the
    administrative process, especially since administrative
    efficiency is not a subject particularly suited to judicial
    evaluation.'" Yu, 36 F. Supp.2d at 934 (quoting Singh v.
    Ilchert, 784 F. Supp. 759, 764-65 (N.D. Cal. 1992)).
    However, the court also recognizes that there is no
    precise formula for determining whether there has been
    an unreasonable delay. Instead, "[w]hat constitutes an
    unreasonable delay in the context of immigration
    applications depends to a great extent on the facts of the
    particular case." Id.

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  • arunmohan
    01-06 01:51 AM
    I agree with Saralayar and dontcareanymore has point. I think we should ask the conditional green card first for people who are in this country last 10 years and/or are waiting for GC more than 5 years. I don't see any issue for giving conditional green card. At least we will not have to worry for AC21, we could freely change the job, and we could buy a house. USCIS can give permanent green card once the visa number is available. I agree with dontcareanymore that the clock for citizenship should start from the date of approval of I-140. Once we have conditional green card, we could be out from this uncertainty. I don't know how we could proceed for conditional green card. But we need come together and if it is required we could talk to attorney too.


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  • alterego
    01-25 01:36 AM
    There are a few praises about Jet Airways in previous posts.

    Let me set the record straight. They have miles to go before they start claiming themselves as "world class" international airline.

    I was on vacation past 2.5 weeks to India and here is my experience.

    Regarding Jet Airways poor customer service:

    On return, my Jet Airways flight from Rajkot (Gujarat) to Mumbai was delayed by 2 hours. Its only a 55 minute flight from Rajkot to Mumbai. Because of this, my connection of Delta airlines from Mumbai to New York was missed. Delta gave me a seat on plane the next day. Same flight - but a day after. So now, I was stuck in Mumbai, with huge luggage for 24 hours. I asked Delta for Hotel accomodation. They said, its not their fault and its Jet Airways fault and I should ask them for Hotel.

    I went to Jet Airways customer service in Mumbai airport. They said that they cant find a single room in Mumbai due to some exhibition/conference going on at the time. A major international airline, shooting for stars, cant find a Hotel room in a city as big as Mumbai. Frustrated, I went to a government agency office (IATA I think) and they said that they dont have anything nearby, but can arrange something 30 kilometers away, and it was a sub-standard hotel and room. I paid out of my own pocket and stayed there a night. It was Rs 2000 (about $50) for this hotel plus taxi.

    The next day, before boarding Delta flight, I went to Jet Airways office again and told them that I found a hotel room on my own and see if they can re-imburse me for the hotel expenses. If they had paid themselves in Hyatt or Grand Meridian outside airport, it would have been more anyways. The manager of Jet Airways said that they cannot do it and I should scan the reciepts and my boarding pass and email customersupport at jetairways.

    An hour before this happened, the office didnt even have anyone in charge in office (at about 7:00 PM). The agent said, the manager isnt here. I asked, "who's in charge", and she said "No one is in charge right now, you have to come back at 8:00 when manager comes in".

    What I am saying is, Jet Airways has miles to go before it can take pride. Just starting flights to Newark, Chicago doesnt make it a great airline. Neither does good food. Treat customers well, and atleast do a better job than government offices when it comes to locating hotel rooms for stranded passengers who are stranded due to their fault.

    Mumbai Airport security harrassment :

    My flight was just past midnight and I checked out of hotel at noon. (I had to). With 12 hours and nothing to do, I headed to Mumbai airport. At the airport, they dont let you inside the building unless you are a passenger. The security guard at the door said that I need to come back at 9:00 PM and I cant go into the airport right now as my flight is at night. I told him that I am not coming to airport to enjoy the lounge and I am stranded due to missed airline connection. He didnt listen. I was sitting outside the building until about 8:00 PM with all luggage.

    Now I understand that security is important, but what's the point in stopping someone and letting them inside only 4 hours prior. Because if there is a nefarious person planning something bad, what can he/she do in 10 hours that he/she cant do in 4 hours. How does it enhance security by limiting the presence of passengers inside airport? Well, you cant argue with knuckleheads.

    Inside airport, I ran into a German lady and a guy from Netherlands and both of them were in the airport since the afternoon. They said they argued and they were let in. Basically, the Indian security forces at the airport wont argue with Europeans and will let them inside the airport but will go extra lengths to harrass people that they are comfortable harrassing - their own people.

    So we can ignore London airport. Fine. Are we also going to ignore Mumbai airport now?

    The best way to avoid harrassment is to stand up and fight it. Because avoiding this airport and that airline is not going to cut it.

    Interesting to read all these experiences.

    Let me share mine in Mumbai, although it was a couple of years ago.
    I was born in India but have a foreign passport. When you are leaving the country they have an officer interview you. I am not sure why, but it is quite unusual, kind of like an exit interview I guess. I have not seen that anywhere else.

    Anyway the guy asked all sorts of detailed questions, and then finally asked me how much Rupees cash I have with me. I told him I'm not exactly sure, but about 1000Rs(about 20 dollars at that time). He told me the limit was 800Rs for foreigners leaving India and told me it was illegal to take Indian Rupees out of the country and asked me to take out my wallet and count it, when I counted it, it turned out I had 1400 Rs in my wallet. Then he became quite irate and condescending and asked me what I do for a living, I told him I am a doctor, then he went on insulting me, asking whether I would say that a patients temperature was 104 if it was 101! I told him that is not relevant here. He got angrier and told me he will have to confiscate that money. I told him 1400 Rs is not that much money and I could spend it in the departure lounge before I left. He was livid. He asked me to hand over the Indian currency. I was not quite sure what to do, but I sure as hell knew I did not want this scumbag to have that money. So I turned around and gave the balance above 800Rs to another passenger in line next to me and said take it as a gift from a stranger. That pushed him over the edge, he started yelling in Hindi. I told him I do not speak Hindi, that seemed to upset him even more. By this time other passengers were aware of what was going on as well and were objecting as well. He was fuming and walked away from his desk yelling and shouting in Hindi and his supervisor came to take over. He asked what the issue was and I explained it to him. He waved me by and moved on to the next passenger.

    Later that passenger, came up to me in the departure lounge and returned the money I gave her. We started chatting, and I asked her to join me in the restaurant as our flight was 3 hrs away so we went to the restaurant and spent it all in the departure lounge on a meal and a couple of drinks and the tip.

    They need to improve things and get rid of these morons in those airports. Perhaps they need to pay them realistic salaries and then make them more accountable. They don't realize it and perhaps care even less, but they represent India's image and brand every day in the eyes of visitors and travellers alike.

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  • feedfront
    09-23 12:21 PM
    Now my status changed to 'Initial Review' because post office returned my mail :confused: Within 12 hrs status changed from 'Card Production' (05.03 PM) to 'Initial Review' (06.33 AM).
    I had updated my new address 3 yrs before and was confirmed by infopass appointment.


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  • trikap
    05-22 06:26 PM
    Company A applied for my GC in Oct 2002. I received I140 and left the company on good terms and joined company B. company A promised that when my date becomes current they will authorize my 485. Now that my date is current, the company A is saying they cannot give me an employment letter because they are not doing well financially. The company has not more than 3-4 employees and they had been suffering losses for last few years. Now even if they have good intentions for me, they are unable to file for me.

    What options do I have now? restart GC process with company B and utilize my priority date?

    Please help. For a day I was excited about my date getting current but after al there was no reason for me to be happy.


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  • unseenguy
    06-15 06:49 PM
    The competitive angle did occur to me. There is no reason a business should not look for ways to cut costs. However, this is a question of fairness & legitimacy. A L1 visa person living in a low cost country and coming here temporarily on short-term assignments can make do with lower wages because he likely does not have to support a family here at the US cost of living, and L1 spouses can work. This is not fair to a H1 with same skills whose H4 spouse cannot work, and for the same reasons it is not fair to USC/GC folks. Isn't that why we currently have all this labor certification processes and DOL laws? Those laws are designed to level the playing field. It is not easy for the company to outsource entirely, so they break the law by abusing the visa. Why should we not act to stop this illegitimate corporate action?

    If that does not sound reasonable, let me ask you this: Why should USCIS and law-makers even consider taking steps to address green-card backlogs, adding resources to process more cases more quickly when they can just sit there and collect fees from you for visa / EAD renewals?

    Agreed on your point. But there are other discriminations at workplace such as , age, race, sex and sexual harrassment. Those who complain about it effectively terminate their careers. If you want to go , complain against this L1 misuse fine, but you are not going to get mileage, maybe some bad breath and bad publicity and eventual loss of reference & job. If your company / client has decided they do not want to persist with you, there are 101 ways they can get rid of you, legal or illegal, my suggestion is, if you were exposed,

    can L1fraud hold his head high in front of his client and still ask for reference with no sense of guilt in future? If not, he has lost half the game but now wants to lose the other half in a self destructive manner.

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  • MerciesOfInjustices
    02-12 01:31 PM
    sobers has posted an article published in the WSJ, on his thread Wall Street Journal on Skilled Immigation .
    Part of the article says
    Plans touted by Justice and Home Affairs Commissioner Franco Frattini, the man charged with developing common immigration policies for the European Union, range from a new EU-wide "green card" that would allow skilled workers already in the 25-nation bloc to change countries without extra paperwork, to special temporary permits for seasonal workers.

    "The U.S. and Australia have stricter rules, but they get the right people to immigrate, and once they're in, they integrate them, and give them benefits, education and citizenship" much faster than in the EU, Mr. Frattini said in an interview.

    We should try to educate Mr Miller on the US process.
    Write to John W. Miller at john.miller@dowjones.com

    03-31 11:33 AM
    (1) - (2) - (3) gives the spill over from EB2 ROW to EB2 (I&C), which is 1,426Which means EB2 ROW to EB2 I&C spill over is mere 1,426 ???? Hope we are wrong... this looks scary...

    53,872 ( EB2 Total allocation in 2010 ) = Some X (EB2 ROW usage is say X) + 19,961 ( Total India received in 2010) + 6,505( Total China's received in 2010)

    ==>> X =[B] 53,872 -19,961-6,505 ==> X= 27406

    ==>> So Total EB2 ROW usage in 2010 is = 27,406


    1)EB2 I & C Usage = 19,961+ 6,505 = 26466.

    2)Visas due to Spill Over for EB2 I & C = 26466 - 5,604 (EB2 (I&C) Regular quota {2*(40,040*7%)} ) = 20,862

    3) Visas due to spill over for EB2 India only in 2010 = 26,466 (EB2 I & C Usage ) - 2,802(EB2-I Regular quota {40,040*7%} ) - 6,505 (EB2 China Total Usage) = 17,159.


    1) In 2011 according the USCIS statement we are getting 12,000 spill over visas in MAY.

    Out of that about 10,000 will be allocated to India.

    Reason: India PD based on April bulletin = 08 May 2006,
    China PD Based on April bulletin = 22 Jul 2006

    India has to get cleared 3 months (May Jun and Jul) before the spill over allocated to China.

    The average demand for EB2 India is about 1.5k/Month.

    which takes 3*1.5 = 4.5 K visas.

    The remaining Visas = 7.5 K

    The average demand for EB2 China is about 700/ Monnth.

    The Total demand for EB2 India & China together from Aug 2006 will be about 2.2k/Month.

    So 7.5K will clear about 3.5 months of EB2 I&C from Aug 2006.

    So The May bulletin takes the EB2 I & C to November 2006 Or December 2006 as we also get the regular monthly quota of 2*(40,040*7%)


    Just my assumption. God only knows how USCIS moves the dates in May.


    09-24 11:34 PM
    I have eb3 485 and am working on EB3 EAD. I do not have a h1b

    Eb3 485 Filed on July 2007

    Got a promotion at the same company in Jan 2009 and applied for Labor n Eb2 for the new position

    Still wating for Perm approval in EB2


    I do not want to scare you but what you are claiming here i.e. while working on EB3-EAD aceepting promotion for a EB2-level skill can not be accepted by USCIS. You simply can not accept higher skill level based promotion like that. I think you should first sit down with a good lawyer and find out the solution of this already created mess and then think about interfiling.

    Based on all info you provided it looks like our cases are not similar. I have already new approved I-140 - EB2 base - approved in year 2006. My 485 is attached to EB3.

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