Monday, July 4, 2011

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  • Edison99
    05-11 07:00 AM
    Congrats ZeroComplexity, ocpmachine and SBAV!

    Check your mail boxes folks!. I never got an email from USCIS but just found my green card in the mail box. An eventful day after all :)

    Some stats:

    PD May 25th 2006
    Approved May 5th 2011 - No SR, no infopass, no phone calls, no contacting senators

    $ Contribution to IV: more than $800(kinda lost track now).

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  • amitkhare77
    05-26 06:36 AM
    Paper filed EAD renewal at TX USPS lockbox delivered on 5/13/2010. Check cashed 5/19/2010. received receipt on 5/24/2010. soft LUD on 5/25/2010, current status - "Initial review"

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  • sunny1000
    09-28 02:42 PM
    AC21 is not a Law, its a internal memo....need not to be followed...

    AC21 is a law and all internal memos need to be followed (that is why they type those memos and circulate them).

    Here is the link to the AC21 act:

    USCIS - American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act of 2000 (AC21) ( D&vgnextchannel=d7cef1aebb9f3110VgnVCM1000004718190a RCRD)

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  • coopheal
    04-09 08:26 AM
    Our problem is like a bus, stuck and needs a push. You may think "what will a single push from just me, do". I may think the same too. So we both and all who think alike will not do anything.

    Instead. Do whatever u can. Here pushing the bus is doing your part.. write to media, reps, whoever you think.. I know many people out there who do this, I am one of them very dedicatedly doing it.. but these efforts are not sufficient. Dont wait for anyone to come and help you.
    Again, you must be a fool to wake up suddenly NOW, and not in the last 5-7 months. There is nothing to hope for, with 2000 or 3000 cases approved every year. Simple mathematics.
    I can imagine there are 90% folks who gave up, do nothing.. Dont do that.. even if its a small effort, yet do it. And tell us what you did.. That will motivate us, and I may do better.

    Nobody is saying you to push alone. You can start working collectively under IV's umbrella. So before you start cribbing here research/read what others have been doing. Become part of IV. Start contributing time and money to IV for your own GC.


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  • dionysus
    06-13 11:15 PM
    Well it is worse than you thought.

    People who haven't even started their green card process yet can buy a labor from any bodyshop, use it to file their 140 and 485 concurrently and get a foothold in the great american GC mela. Howzaat.

    Years we have been told priority date establishes your place in the queue.

    We have spurned job offers and declined the new PERM process to hold on to the priority dates.

    Many are still awaiting labor certifications from the backlog elimination centers. Out comes USCIS and says everyone with a LC can file I140 & I485.

    People still waiting for LC with priority dates in 2003-2004 are seeing applicants who have priority dates as late as 2007 but with approved LCs through PERM walk through to I485.

    Net result, USCIS is going to be flooded with applicants enough to retrogress the priority dates 3-4 years back as early as september. (Everybody with a LC will be able to file for I485 in July). So applicants with priority dates of 2007 are going to get EAD and GC, while LC backlogged 2003 applicants to have to wait for another 3-4 years before they can even file I485.

    Aint fair. Aint fair at all. How can this be. How can rules be changed in the middle of the game.

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  • samrat_bhargava_vihari
    05-15 05:24 AM
    I am little confused. As your wife is already in legal status (h4) till 09/2007, why do you want another extension when you switch job? As far as I know (I had similar situation in 2003), you can transfer your H1 to new employer and before her H4 expires, apply for extension with your new H1B (it may not be required even as she has already applied for H1). Once, I did exactly same when I switched job and I didn't had any legal problem with my wife/daughters' H4 extension.

    Still I suggest you consult an attorney.

    Best of luck.
    Yes this is true. I changed employees. but i didn't apply for my wife H4. because it is still valid. I was thinking to apply for her extention 4-6 months before it expires.

    to be confident just spent 100-200$ for counselling with immigration lawyer and he will give you the same advise.


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  • Lasantha
    04-11 09:41 AM
    Thanks Hassan !!!!


    Congratulations Lasantha. I am very happy for you. You are a great contributor to this forum and you helped a lot of fellow EB Immigrants with your advice.

    You deserve it. go out and celebrate :D
    Please do come back to this forum when you get a chance.


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  • JazzByTheBay
    01-13 02:44 AM
    As forewarned by the original poster - it's not for the weak of heart.

    Other disclaimers that should be added:
    - Be prepared to lose a LARGE chunk of what you "invest"
    - It's *really* not an investment in the typical sense of the term - generally equated with the buy-and-hold patterns.
    - If indulging in it yourself, be prepared to be *very disciplined* and devote a good chunk of your time. This is *MORE* than a part-time job.
    - I would seriously advise anyone considering this to use "play money" (paper trade, simulations, whatever... ) for a while before playing with real money.
    - Most advertised "trading systems" that guarantee perfect market timing will inevitably result in you surrendering your hard-earned $$ to the street.
    - If the only exposure you have to trading is through the media, or worse - through hollywood - reconsider.
    - Once again: the risks are far greater than you can imagine, and may have an appetite for. Nevertheless, the odds are way better than gambling & lottery.

    If you're still willing to give it a serious consideration - best of luck!


    (1) I found a unique way to cope with the stress of our immigration nightmare.

    through Day trading??

    (2) It is not easy and it is not for the weak hearted but the rewards are wholesome and tremendous.

    (3) Now lets Play !!!!!

    Have you just tried to sell Day trading to IVians?? LMAO. I am sorry but I disagree that Day trading is an investment. Day trading is risky business and one needs plush amounts of cash as SIPC/SEC will not release the money on the same day. Don't even get me started on the margin accounts.

    I agree with (2) and would also like to point out that the risks are also substantial. One can get addicted to day trading and I dont need to tell what addiction can do to any one. It needs time during work hours. ie 9 30 am and 4 30 pm. A lot of people did day trading during the dot com boom and recently with FRE & FNM. We know the results.

    While you might have taken refuge in day trading for the stress immigration has caused, it can be a serious double whammy/nightmare if the calculations go wrong.

    All said, if you feel that there is enough money to be made and normal Joe Bloggs can cope up with the pressure, please share your thoughts in detail.


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  • GoIV
    04-13 07:41 PM
    I am an American, born and raised in the US and I wholly support Team IV. This initiative not only supports IV, but also helps prevent childhood obesity in the US which are two very important issues that we currently face. Being an avid runner, I am always looking for worthy causes to support via running and I am excited to be a part of this Team.

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  • BharatPremi
    10-12 07:10 PM
    The FIFO policy applies (i know, i know, there are lots of exceptions) to applications in a particular category. In fact, for those who have PDs before the current cutoff, there is no FIFO. I know that you have been harping on this for a long time that eventually EB2 will be held back in favor of EB3, but there is no logical basis for this argument. Why isn't EB1 for the retrogressed countries backlogged? With your logic, there should be a time when EB1 is held back for EB2 and EB3 to catch up.

    First of all you did not have to bring EB1 in the discussion. I do not understand where did you feel challenged so have to come up with biting tone. FIFO is category base... You are bringing nothing new. Kid waiting in India for his first flight to USA know that. You have to have a eye to see the big picture. If you analyze the whole design and take the perspective country based... You will find that retrogression policy in addition to FIFO's ultimate effect is - for an example-EB2-India: 2006 PD would not be able to get his GC before EB3-2002. But somebody must not be mentally challenged to derive that. It is not long wait. From next bulletin you will start seeing pattern.


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  • amitjoey
    01-04 01:03 PM
    Welcome to our newest member, "vithals"

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  • legal_la
    07-11 02:24 PM
    My wife got her H1b petition approved but not the change of status, that is she did not get the I94 along with the approval (she was outside the country at the time of approval). I know that she should be going out of the country and get the visa before she can start working. But After some research I found that there is another option, which is filing "amendment petition".

    Has anyone done this before. If anyone has done this please share your experiences.

    ^^^ bumping up


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  • illusions
    04-07 12:22 PM
    This is a wonderful idea. Having waited for 10 years for green card, if one has to wait for 5 more years for naturalization (that allows one to vote in the elections), then it is indeed an utter discomfort. We need something like IV but with a different name: NaturalizationVoice (it would be envy -NV- of all in IV ;-)) to campaign for immediate ready-to-serve naturalization of highly skilled (like Saralayar, of course) permanent residents.. NV should also campaign for an amendment that would allow highly skilled immigrant turned naturalized citizens (eg. Saralayar) to contest as presidential candidates. If any such person wins, he or she could either ban immigration (at least for other high skilled people) or abolish waiting period for greencard.

    Makes sense, like the idea of abolishing the waiting period for GC.... but with all due respect i belive that will never happen esp in a post 911 era where there is a lot of checks. I belive if they put the name check process in a fast track it would be benificial. Suks that we have to wait another 5 years after getting GC to get Citizenship, if anything i would think counting 5 years after 485 is logical.

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  • ChampU2008
    10-27 11:30 AM
    Good question.
    The first point is illegals have to be paid at american laborer wages. They are currently dragging down labor wages. if the wage is monitored like H1b and set by the govt, enough american citizens of the 15 million unemployed, will take these jobs and illegals will have to leave.
    Most people may not know, there are millions of American farmers, roofers, etc, who can't find a job because of illegals. We compete with americans at the same salary and with the disadvantage of visa overhead.

    Not enough money? This is a big misconception and false statement thrown out by supporters of illegals. here are a few numbers thrown quickly:

    a) It costs 1.5 billion dollars a year to put one armed soldier on every 100 yards of the border. Employment for 30,000 in the army.

    b) it costs about 1 billion to deport 1 million illegals by plane. Do this for 2 years and enough will leave on their own.

    These costs are trivial compared to a 2 Trillion annual budget and b) is a one time cost if we have a). Billions will be saved in welfare, housing, food stamps, education.

    protecting the border is as important as fighting wars, which have already cost 100s of billions, if not more.

    Will talk about H4 later, but the motto has always been - 'best person for the job' at legitimate American wages.

    Mass deportations will NEVER happen. Its too damn expensive and a lot of moral issues come into the equation.

    I agree that border security should be the first step before any sort of legislative relief is discussed for Illegal Immigration. There were 3.5 million illegal aliens in 1986 when amnesty was passed. Today the number is 12 million+.
    While the border can never be made tamper proof, increased surveillance, smarter use of technology to prevent identity theft can make it difficult for anyone wanting to enter the US illegally and find work, here. That would reduce the incentive to illegally migrate here.

    I am more optimistic for something positive to happen with Republicans at the helm than the Democrats coz to take a positive step, you have to be clear on your position. With an unprecedented majority, the Dems could not accomplish anything with regards to Immigration. All they came up with phony legislations, just to keep the carrot dangling. If they were one bit serious about tackling this issue, they would have started to work on the bill in Congress introduced by Guitierrez, last year instead of blowing hot air with a "Schumer - Graham" bill and a "Menendez" bill at the eleventh hour.


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  • Michael chertoff
    05-04 07:19 PM
    MC, I enjoy reading your posts, which, very often, are terse one-liners.
    IMHO, you should have your CPO email before end of May. once you get it, don't go away, stay with us, here, on IV.

    Thanks dummgelauft for your kindness. we need more people like you who are so kind and nice in this damn world .

    You will get it soon too my friend. may be faster because you are a donor.


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  • Madhuri
    04-13 01:08 PM
    does the new EAD has start date, immidiately after the old EAD exipry date or you lost some days/months in the renewal process?


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  • Lasantha
    04-04 05:40 PM
    Are you NSC Hassan?

    Most of the approvals in in April are from TSC. Hope NSC will catch up soon. good luck everyone

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  • BharatPremi
    10-14 10:55 PM
    Has somebody ever wondered if EB limit is 140000 why the heck USCIS is allowed to accept millions of applications at the first place?

    Can we sue USCIS for that?

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  • ronhira
    09-26 08:14 PM


    Whatever you or I (or similar people) say is only going to get us red dots. Even if EB2 people talk sense, no one in EB3 is going to listen. It is simple human behaviour - we are all here to safeguard our own interests. Not still sure if the forum is going to side with EB3 or remain neutral. Surely they can support EB3 - they have the liberty to do so and it is perfectly right. In that case, EB2 should create their own platform to defend their interests... May be EB2 guys should think about it...In my opinion, everyone has the right in a democracy to work legally towards their goal / ambition . This is absolutely jutsified. It is not a sin. All that I am trying to say is that EB2 folks should be proactive and act before it is too late.
    If EB3 were to race ahead of EB2 tomorrow, will they support EB2 or work for equitable distribution? How many amongst EB3 have used the Labor substitution to their advantage? Will they back out now? Let them touch their heart and answer this, instead of giving red dots :)

    i fully support eb3 becoz their backlog and pain is more severe...... but fragmenting everyone in smaller groups..... like eb3 v/s eb2 v/s eb1 will not fix any problem...... i think there are anti-immigrants or people from other tracker websites who create fake ids to make people to fight with each other..... look at this eb2_unite guy..... she/he created his id today and is suggesting creating a new group of eb2...... i know for certain ..... 1000% certain that he will not do anything about creating a group...... he is writing inflammatory posts so that people here are divided and continue to talk rubbish......

    this a$$ (eb2_unite) and other like him should be collectively shunned by everyone...... we are all educated and we should use our brain.... at least sometimes..... to see beyond the obvious when some a$$ writes inflammatory posts......

    01-13 02:37 PM
    >>Please do check the blogs and leave comments too.

    Can you let me know the URL for your blogs.


    I am blogging right here on IV blogs . Check IV blogs and you will see my posts there.

    I will try and post watches here on the blogs too.

    Here is the link

    04-08 03:30 PM
    EB1 spillover may never come for some time in the future. The Indian IT companies are applying under EB1 for their PMs and Senior PMs (req: BS in any discipline + 6-7 yrs exp), labeling them as multi-national executives. They are also making the employee pay for the 140 and 485 so that the financial impact is reduced a lot by a potential rejection of the 140.

    This is as much BS as labor sub. I think everybody here knows how tough it is to get EB1 classification for researchers. But what scrutiny is there for these "multi-national executives" ? All they have to do is spend some time in India or any other country as a PM or SPM, come to the US on H1B and promptly apply under EB1. :mad:

    You nailed it. This is the other form of labor substitution loophole the indian IT companies are using. Even I have started to hear quite a few cases now that indian IT PM or manager are being labelled as multi-national executives. If this is not stopped then any relief from spillover, you can just forget about it. I have heard lot of cases now like this and we need to do something about it. Only genuine candidates should be able to apply in this category.



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