Monday, July 4, 2011

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  • AreWeThereYet
    08-02 03:25 PM
    Problem being that last page of that thread keeps refreshing itself and everytime i scroll down to the bottom of the page it keeps going back to the top. Sounds like some script is running in the background.
    I had the page scrolling issue too on IE 6 (at work) . Now, I open IV forumns on firefox and I do not have the problem anymore.

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  • Nil
    03-20 09:29 AM
    As some of you know, I have been working with news media, government leaders, and immigration lawyers over the past year because of the stimulus debacle. As a result, I have developed some strong contacts in government. I will be meeting some congressional immigration staffers in the next few days and I have developed a list of issues to discuss. If you want to post your own issues, feel free to do so in this thread and I will add them to the list. These are the same people who helped get the last stimulus bill changed in our favor, so they do have influence.

    PLEASE be brief - bullet points would be good.

    Also links to articles to support your concerns are welcome. I will put together a package to hand out at the meeting.

    I thought of posting a poll on this thread, but decided it would be better to leave the discussion open ended.

    Issues that should be addressed:
    - The lawyer-employer nexus determines the category of immigration, often to their advantage.
    - Documents like labor and I140 are never shared with the employee.
    - The unfortunate in the slowest category gets a shot at US citizenship far later (10-15 yrs) than their more lucky counterparts.
    - Changing employment is very risky and an employee remains bound to serve the same employer for many years, or have the process reset.

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  • roseball
    11-13 07:21 PM
    two weeks for renewal of my wife's passport.
    This was at Indian Consulate, Houston.

    BTW, I added $20 to the fees for return overnite shipping. I didn't go there personally but sent it by overnite mail.

    I guess you really were lucky to get away in 2 weeks...I have not heard any +ve stories for services at CGI Houston....Their customer service really sucks big time....Its unimaginably tough to speak to a person when you call, on top of that, if you get through, they are very rude to talk to....You are just helpless.....I did send my application via overnite fedex with a $20 fee for express mail and it reached them on Oct 26th.....Hopefully, will hear from them soon.....I will post an update if there is one.....

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  • nraja
    01-22 05:56 PM
    Got the PERM labor by 13 months. Applied on Dec 2005 got it now. Mine is EB2


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  • h1techSlave
    09-25 09:29 AM
    Caliber, we are seeing a totally hopeless situation. Especially people with later PDs in EB3-I category.

    The CIS official had clearly said that EB3-I pending will be in decades unless some changes are made to the immigration laws. Seeing the way the health care bill is going, none of the EB3 folks are seeing any hope for CIR.

    You are 100% right. IV Core also got wrong data from CIS. Core is following up with the CIS. But as you said, EB3-I will not get any spill overs. There are 45K EB3-I's and we see hardly 100-200 in this forum. We need many people and I feel still people do not realize the grave situation.

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  • saileshdude
    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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  • Lasantha
    03-18 03:53 PM
    Yes, that's true.

    it does contradict with what they said in April VB, but Ron said that his source is Oppenheimer. so I would go with what he said. remember, it was Oppenheimer who told him back in Feb or early Mar that India EB2 will have a cutoff date in April.

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  • ssd213
    05-08 04:16 PM
    After 9 years, mine got approved but no update yet for my wife. Anyone in the same boat


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  • abhisam
    04-20 02:17 PM
    Below is the fax number for NSC and sample format. I dont know if this number is still good as all applications are being sent to lockbox. you may need to research the right fax number.

    Fax # for NSC : 402-219-6171

    Sep 05, 2008




    USCIS Nebraska Service Center
    EAD Department
    P.O. BOX 87373
    Lincoln, NE 68501- 7373

    This is in regards to my EAD renewal application was filed on June 4th, 2008 and has been pending adjudication ever since. My current EAD expires on Sep 08th 2008. I have been notified by my employer XXXX HR that if I fail to provide EAD card on or before Sep 8th then I will be taken off the payroll and my employment might be terminated. This is put me in highest financial risk and I can�t even pay my mortgage and take care of my kid�s school fees. I kindly request you to PLEASE EXPEDITE processing of my EAD and ensure that I receive it before Sep 8th. I really appreciate the understanding the co-operation in this matter. I admit that I did not plan to apply for EAD well in advance before my current EAD expiration. I will ensure that I do so in the future. Thanks again for your understanding in this matter.

    I-765 RECEIPT #: XXXXX
    Alien #: XXXXXX

    If there are any questions or concerns, I can be reached at

    Yours Truly,

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  • GCNeophyte
    07-16 04:44 PM
    Well, I think every one should write in their own way, but here are few imp things i feel.
    -> sympathy point first ,How long you have been waiting
    -> how much +ve impact was from your contribution to this country ( employer )
    -> what are you
    -> how you can be helped.

    here is my cry...i have x'ed to mask some personal matter.

    Let me know if i have send any wrong inline information!

    Great job Sanju_dba... you have provided our fellow EB3 filers great baseline doc to fight for our right..


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  • gcinnyc
    05-16 05:35 PM
    snathan, your selflessness is inspiring! You followed through and went to the lawyer even though your labor got approved. Good things will come your way.

    I have been stuck in audit since December. I am willing to participate/help out although I do belive not much will come out of it. Our cases will take the time they need since it's very hard to rush govt agencies. Especially since immigration is considered a "benefit" (albeit privilege).

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  • gclabor07
    03-02 01:40 PM
    Just wanted to let you know that I've booked my ticket and will be attending the advocacy days on both days. This is my first time coming to the advocacy days and am looking forward to it. I'll registering for the event tomorrow, but wanted to pass on the information.

    Also, I'll be staying at a friend's place who lives in Cockeysville, MD, a suburb of Baltimore. If anybody from this area is traveling for the event, I'd love to ride along because I won't have a car and don't know the area.


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  • inskrish
    09-03 04:48 PM
    Finally, it is my turn to get the approval email. At 2.30 pm MST, I received the approval email, but still no emails for my two dependants. The waiting-game is not yet over:-)

    PD: 05/2004
    RD: 08/05/2007
    ND: 10/03/2007

    I wish good luck to everyone who have been waiting for your turns!

    I had an Infopass appointment this morning with a very helpful and informative IO, and he confirmed that my dependants' cases were also approved on 09/01. Looks like TSC email system doesn't work properly as there were no emails for my dependants. I belive that some of you folks may have already been approved with no status change and CPO emails. Good luck again for all you who are current and have been waiting for approvals.


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  • amitjoey
    07-11 05:13 PM
    How much clout does this congresswoman have? She seems to understand the entire scenario better than any american soul out there! It also seems like she has spent a lot of time on this and understands the system very well.

    I guess it remains to be seen what kind of impact her letter will have on USCIS. Obviously, USCIS did something unlawful.

    She understands it better because look at her biography:

    Professional Career

    Served as Staff Assistant to her predecessor, Congressman Don Edwards, 1970-1978;
    Worked on impeachment proceedings, the Equal Rights Amendment, and creation of the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge in the South San Francisco Bay
    Practiced immigration law as a partner in the firm of Webber & Lofgren, 1978-1980
    Taught immigration law at University of Santa Clara School of Law, 1977-1980
    Served on Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, 1981-1994
    U.S. Congress

    Elected in 1994 as only freshman Democrat from west of the Rocky Mountains
    Serves on Committee on the Judiciary:
    Chair of Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law
    Subcommittee on Administrative Law
    Serves on Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology
    Subcommittee on Border, Maritime and Global Counterterrorism
    Serves on Committee on House Administration
    Chair of Subcommittee on Elections
    Serves as Chair of the 34 Member California Democratic Congressional Delegation


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  • illusions
    04-11 09:39 AM

    I have some happy news. I received the welcome email today. I am so so so happy!!! I haven't received the card ordered email yet but hopefully I will get it soon.

    Thank you so much to all of you for your help !!! This forum is a gold mine and I appreciate all your advice and guidence in this journey!!!

    Hassan, Randy, Illusions and others, I have a strong feeling that your turn is right around the corner !!! Just hang in there for just a little longer and you will get yours pretty soon!!!!


    Current Status: Notice mailed welcoming the new permanent resident.

    On April 10, 2008, we mailed you a notice that we had registered this customer's new permanent resident status. Please follow any instructions on the notice. Your new permanent resident card should be mailed within 60 days following this registration or after you complete any ADIT processing referred to in the welcome notice, whichever is later. If you move before you get your new card call customer service. You can also receive automatic e-mail updates as we process your case. Just follow the link below to register.

    Dude that's awesome news!!!! Mines surely around the corner ... of this year lol... i'm in no hurry i'd rather everybody before me get their GC soon enough. Enjoy machang and if i were u i'll take a vacation :)

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  • chansek
    05-05 11:08 AM
    Anyone received payment processing errors in the last couple of days on the E-File website? For some reason, while trying to complete payment for my AP e-file, when I try to use the credit card option, I keep getting an error that the e-filing payment processing server is unable to process payments at this time. I have been trying every hour for the last 2 days...and the stupid USCIS Customer Service number has no options to report this error...

    From last two days I am also getting the Payment Processing error when i use the credit card option and called the Customer service, they informed send an email to and sent an email yesterday and still didn't receive any response back. Today When i try to goto login page, now i am getting "Server is currently unavailable or down for maintenance".


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  • abhijitp
    06-29 01:51 PM
    just found this post on

    If USCIS is planning on using up all 40K by July 2, and not accepting applications why would they put out a memo like this?

    questions are never ending, the only thing in our control is to push our lawyer to file asap.


    USCIS to Suspend Premium Processing for All I-140 Petitions Beginning July 2

    In a press release issued today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it will impose a temporary suspension of premium processing services for all Form I-140 immigrant worker petitions from July 2, 2007 to August 1, 2007. Premium services are being suspended because USCIS expects a surge of I-140 filings beginning on July 2, when immigrant visa priority dates become current for nearly all employment-based categories. The agency anticipates that, due to the high volume of filings, it will be unable to meet the 15-day processing goal of the service.

    During the 30-day period, USCIS plans to review its decision to halt premium processing of I-140s, and could extend the suspension beyond August 1 if, due to its workload, the agency remains unable to guarantee 15-day processing. Note that premium processing services are currently suspended for I-140 petitions for which a labor certification substitution is being requested, pursuant to a new Department of Labor (DOL) regulation that prohibits substitution of labor certification beneficiaries beginning July 16, 2007.

    1. I-140 processing times have been already adversely affected by almost everyone going in for premium processing... in one case (TSC, EB-3?) it went back to 2003
    2. there would definitely be a surge in the I-140's beginning July-- many going in for Premium Processing, which would certainly slow them down, and perhaps, make it impossible to guarantee a 15 day response
    3. possibly, they are helping speed up the AOS decisions by doing this

    However, it sucks that they are doing something like this with a less than 1 week notice!

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  • sanju
    04-06 08:22 PM
    Wake up. Don’t take every word from Ron Hira as word of Gospel. This guy is the biggest thief and preacher of hate. This guy is a partner of IEEE-USA and is the author of Durbin Grassley bill. Ron Hira wants all of us on H-1B out of the country. He represents racist middle-aged engineers here who are scared of competition from younger and dynamic engineers from Asia, Europe and other parts of the world.

    And one more thing, what do you mean by “Indian Companies”. All the companies are registered in US. Stop putting imaginary labels to the problem. Don’t fall in the trap of people like Ron Hira as all that they want is that all of us on H-1B to be out of the country. Wake up to the harsh reality and stop ranting. See this thread:

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  • actaccord
    02-22 06:18 AM
    more participation if we woke up inactive members. Please send the advocacy news letter to all members to get more participation.

    Members from the mid western states - your participation is crucial in the advocacy efforts.

    OH, IN, IL, TN, KY, MO, AR, KS, OK

    It is very difficult to get appointments from legislative offices if no one from their constituency will be attending the meeting.

    The DC Advocacy effort is for YOUR green card. Please take the time to talk to your employers now and get the required 2 days off to participate in the event.

    08-04 10:46 AM
    Well I responded in Oct 2008 and it had RFE status. It didnt change for the past 2 years and it changed to "RFE Review" yesterday. Is this just a coincidence or something to extract out of it ?

    For RFE rebuttal, it will remain in the same status until it is approved. You should have contacted them after 60 days of your rebuttal. But as of now, it is fine I guess.

    My friend had very similar situation. His status remained as REVIEW until it was finally approved. So no need to worry.

    05-15 08:06 PM
    Sure will do. Please send me email to sree016 at gmail dot com. Will send you all details. It is not right for me to give their details on open forum.

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