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  • gondalguru
    07-01 01:15 PM
    Guys this is a revision to the July Visa Bulletin. Meaning, even if the revision happens on July 29th to the July Visa Bulletin, it holds good for entire july.
    This is not August bulletin.

    Looks like people have misconception, that if their file goes to USCIS on July 2nd and visa bulletin is revised on July 3rd or later date, then they are safe. It is not so.
    If at all if there is a change to the August bulletin it holds good for August and not to July bulletin.

    Pls let me know if my understanding is wrong

    I think revision can't be retroactive. How can u say on July 15 that on July 3rd your number was not current when infact it was current at that time....

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  • pappu
    08-19 03:11 PM
    Here is some information nixstor dug up.

    One can get FBI Identification Record for $18. However some more research needs to be done about what is covered here. Obviously, one cannot get sensitive data analysis here that is done by name checks.

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  • gangadhargs
    11-08 04:54 PM
    I also sent the letters. Just now received a standard form reply which asks me to go to or call the customer service center if I have any questions about my case. It seems that they did not realize that the letter I sent was not about "my" case but about an issue that is affecting everybody. It seems like they did not even read our letters!!

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  • aps
    10-29 01:05 AM
    Please refer the url, one of the iv member has stated his friends denial case.

    From IV: IV commends the initiative taken by it's members nk2006, pd_recpaturing, ItsNotfunny and others. As these members have observed, we all know that any one who has filed for AOS/I-485 can potentially be hit with this issue, especially in the current job market situations. If you believe in the old adage prevention is better than cure, this is an action item you have to subscribe to. It will be only a matter of time the number of such denials is going to spike.

    In recent weeks there has been a spate of I485 denials by USCIS in the AC21 cases. In most of these cases, the underlying I-140 has been revoked by previous employer. But AC21 regulations and related memo?s require that I485?s should not be denied based on that ? provided I485 has been pending for more than 180 days and the applicant has changed to a new job that is same or similar. USCIS has been rejecting cases without even issuing a NOID ? again required by AC21 regulations. So USCIS is not following AC21 regulations and related field memo?s for whatever the reasons.

    Obviously this will have a very bad impact on us ? in addition to tremendous amount of stress it can have very bad economic implications including loss of job. In the current economic conditions we cannot afford to lose the job change flexibility provided by AC21 regulations. IV has started a campaign to fight this.

    After a brief campaign to write to Ombudsman, it has been decided to intensify this campaign and write to various officials in USCIS hierarchy. IV core members have been actively involved in coming up with a strategy and are actively supporting this effort. By sending large number of letters we can draw their attention to this issue and resolve as quickly as possible. There are other strategies that are being discussed and will be underway soon to tackle this issue. This is the first and the most important step up on which other steps depend.

    I request all the members to start sending the following 4 letters. For your convenience the letters have been completely written including addresses to be sent ? all you have to do is download following 4 google documents ? add the date, your name and address ? and send it to the address provided on each letter.

    To reiterate: You have to send 4 letters ? these letters can be downloaded at the above URL?s. Edit the document to add current date, name, address etc. and mail it (regular mail). After doing that, please update the poll so we know how many letters are being sent.

    To get more background on this issue and see what has been done so far, please see these two threads:;

    To achieve positive results we need to send these letters in large numbers - please send them today and let everyone else be aware of this effort. Thank you.

    Request to core/web site admin: can you please add a link to this thread on the IV main page to get better coverage to this campaign - thanks.


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  • SunnySurya
    08-07 10:49 AM
    Here are the list of divisions we have
    Row vs Non Row
    Eb2 Vs Eb3
    EB2NIW Vs Eb2
    US Master vs Non US Masters
    RIR vs Non RIR
    Nurse vs others
    etc etce...

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  • srikondoji
    06-29 05:01 PM
    You can sue this firm, if they have really suspended the work on I-485.
    How can they react to rumours?

    Mathew Oh says this

    06/29/2007: Notice to The Oh Law Firm Clients

    * We have suspended the work for July 485 filing development pending the clarification of the rumor next week. Please bear with us in this confusing and difficult time.

    I am of the opinion these rumors may not be rumors, they have some insider information. We are out of luck I guess


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  • veera72
    09-14 04:52 PM

    Today I have called Immigration people to check the status.I have no luck, you may try with below number and options.

    Phone # 18003755283
    Tell them U had sent the application more than 90 days.

    140 approved by TSC
    LUD on I-140 of 8-5-07
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  • sandy_anand
    03-29 02:04 PM
    Good news! :cool:


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  • SamTheChapu
    08-19 06:09 PM
    Congrats!!!! Can you please tell the SR process? Do we have to tell the reason why we want SR on the case? If yes, what was your reason to open SR? Thanks!

    You call the 1 800 number

    Call 1 800 375 5283 and choose option 1 for English
    * choose option 2 for checking case status
    * Enter receipt number ........., select 1 to confirm the LIN number is correct
    * It reads out the information which you can already see online
    * It gives me few options to select now:- (To repeat press 1, to check another case press 2, to report a problem with this case press 3,
    Press option 3 (problem with case) and then listen carefully to choose "case is outside processing time" and that should lead you to the representative

    note down representative name and his id.

    Tell him your information (A number, name, address, priority date etc when he asks for it) and tell him you are current and the case is outside processing time (it's too old case as the information online says they are processing 2009/2010 I 485 cases) and ask him the status of the case.
    Ask him that you want to know about if the name check is completed, FBI background clearance passed etc and where is your case right now (assigned to any IO?)

    This should trigger him to open an SR. Note down SR number.

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  • chanduv23
    11-06 01:46 PM

    I sent the letters and also invoked the AC21 through a lawyer a month ago. However, inspite of all this, I see a new update for my 140 petition today -


    Current Status: Withdrawal Acknowledgment Notice Sent

    On November 5, 2008, we mailed a notice acknowledging withdrawal of this application or petition I140 IMMIGRANT PETITION FOR ALIEN WORKER. If you have not received the notice within 30 days of November 5, 2008, contact our customer service at 1-800-375-5283. If at some point in the future you wish to pursue the benefits provided by this application or petition, you must file a new application along with all applicable fees and evidence.

    I am not sure if this means that my 485 will be denied shortly...

    This could be a new status message by USCIS when 140 is withdrawn by employer. If I am not worng, the notice that they mailed out, will gop to employer and not you.

    Call customer service to know about ur 485. I am hoping it will be fine as you filed for ac21


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  • bkn96
    11-26 09:37 AM
    And you did not understand that this is a way for the lawyer to advertise himself.
    He may have seen many people worried about this issue on IV and he wrote on his site . Now you are becoming his agent and posting on this site. This is not a news. It is only a comment. It can be true/partially true or partially false.
    To me this issue is a non issue for which IV is working and this lawyer is blowing out of proportion. Only handful of people got denials and that too because their Desi employer acted in revenge for them leaving the company.

    I am not an agent, but one of the victim and looking for solutions. This may not be issue for you, but issue for many of us. I am sure you think your issue is important than others and I don't complain.. But this an issue..
    Again whatever many be the reason, due to desi employer or USCIS we suffer and we are on the hook all the time..

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  • waiting for GC
    09-24 05:49 PM
    Got the CPO mails for myself and spouse.
    11 years wait is over finally. I wish all the best for the remaining folks !!


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  • kumar_77
    06-29 04:02 PM
    We are hearing from multiple sources that, on Monday or Tuesday of next week, State Department plans to issue a revised Visa Bulletin for July 2007. This revised Bulletin would retrogress some or all of the employment-based categories, very likely to the point of unavailable. Reports from AILA members about unusual levels and types of activities by USCIS indicate a particular push to adjudicate employment-based adjustments currently in the pipeline so as to exhaust visa numbers for fiscal year 2007.

    This follows the actions of USCIS in June, when it began rejecting EB-3 "Other Worker" adjustment applications even though the Visa Bulletin showed an October 2001 cut-off date, on the basis that the "Other Worker" numbers for the year had been exhausted:mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:

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  • chanduv23
    06-18 11:00 AM
    I am not on L1, neither do I work in the kind of an assignment which will come under the radar due to this - but have many friends on L1. Hence I think I may have a slightly more balanced and perhaps somewhat sobering POV on this.

    Since I have many friends on L1 - I know pretty well how they are abused by their employers. Just the fact that you cant quit the employer enables some forms of abuse so subtle that they will not stand in any court of law. So I hope for the sake of people on L1, and to uphold the rule of law - that this abuse stops. If it does - their employers would be forced to bring them in H1 - which is far less prone to abuse due to the portability.

    However, the current "run to the DOL/ICE" approach that you guys are taking may have repurcussions well beyond you had bargained for. Think of it from the POV of a client manager (lets take the example of, say, a goldman manager). He has his hands full of sucking up to his boss, playing the internal politics and in his spare time doing some work. 99% of them (even those who actually immigrated themselves) have no appetite to get into the details of immigration law. So, as soon as there is a backlash on this - their immediate response would be to take the safest route out and require Citizenship/GC for all positions.

    As soon as that wave starts - many of us are going to get burnt. Many of us who have EAD, including yours truely, would probably be able to sneak through without too much of an issue (since it is illegal to discriminate against EADs) - however, many others who are not so fortunate would probably not fare so well. Most probably what will happen is that as soon as a recruiter sees brown skin and hears some trace of an accent - alerm bells would go off in the mind to check if this guy is GC holder or a citizen.

    The enabler of the L1 abuse is the non-portability of these visas. We cant do much about that in the current environment. But going all gung ho in terms of enforcement right now -when there is a recession in full swing - may not be in the best interest of any of us.

    The issue is that a lot of people on L1 come to US with an intent to *immigrate* permanantly and are not aware of the complexity inthe law. They think that they can wait it out by staying with their employer till the GC comes and thus are subject to exploitation.

    So many people on l1 actually look for h1b jobs and move on towards working towards their citizenship.

    While everyone want to immigrate to the US - which is the case with everyone - one also has to understand the law and work through the law - it is hard - but believe me folks - it is rewarding too.


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  • logiclife
    06-18 12:03 PM
    W2's/tax returns are not part of the initial evidence USCIS requires to process your application but they may ask for it later if required

    A lot of lawyers try to preempt a possible RFE by including "AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE" documentation. 3 years of tax returns prove nothing more than what 1 year of tax return would prove.

    Also, having a tax return of 2004 doesnt prove that you were in status at all times during 2004. Tax return shows total income that includes salary, bonus, deductions etc, and even Einstein cant figure out the immigration status in 2004 and whether the candidate was in good status at all times just by looking at the tax return.

    Some lawyers send many years' tax returns, thinking that it might pre-empt the RFEs. Some lawyers send only whats neccesary. I've heard that one of the lawyers in New York doesnt even send employer's letter. That means, basically nothing from the employer. And he too gets cases approved.

    Overloading the USCIS with a heavy file, sending a ton of things in addition to what they expect, may be a good strategy if you believe that it might thwart a RFE (and the delay caused by RFE). However, sending too thick a bunch, would also make your case look like a "difficult" case. (my belief, I dont know but just common sense would indicate that thicker bigger files are complicated cases if you give it a first look). And what that means is that it will get delayed because the CIS ombudsman report has documented that officers tend to work easy cases first (get the low hanging fruit first) and beef up their performance statistics by doing more cases in less time. Therefore, the complicated bigger cases that should be work on first, instead get worked on last.

    So think a little before sending USCIS 20 pounds of paperwork. More paperwork and overwhelming USCIS with documentation may not mean faster RFE-free processing. (Again, my belief - something to ponder about. But do what you think is right and what your lawyer tells you. I am not a lawyer).

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  • sugaur
    09-12 12:40 PM
    Its just that i think if IO see's that there is an H1 transfer application pending, he may delay the AOS with the current sponsor. I am just mentally preparing myself, havent seen any change in online status.
    Looking back, it might have been better to just go with EAD, that way USCIS wouldnt even know I am changing jobs then :D
    Hindsight is alwas 20/20


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  • santb1975
    01-14 10:33 PM
    I am from California. How can I ask this question?

    I posted the following question for the Nevada Presidential debate. I urge all of you, specially if you are from Nevada, to ask a similar question.

    "Illegal immigration has been a topic of heated debate and has received much needed attention during this election. Many of you have taken a strong position on one side or the other of this issue while ignoring the problems of aspiring legal immigrants. In the midst of all the hype and bickering about ILLEGAL immigration, there is a group of people, often forgotten and ignored, who are caught up in a bureaucratic mess and stuck in a limbo, patiently waiting on the path to LEGAL immigration. This is a group of high skilled workers, most of whom have advanced degrees in medicine, engineering and science from Universities in the US. These people have worked hard, paid taxes and waited their turn, many for a decade, without the end anywhere near sight because of a system that is hopelessly broken and inefficient. I am one of those people. I have been here legally for 10 years and still years away from the realizing the dream of immigrant status.

    As the President of the United States how do you intend to address the problems faced by future Americans already living and working LEGALLY in the United States?"

    For the skeptics-

    I know the chances of including such a question are really slim, specially with the sponsors they have. However, if a lot of us ask similar questions, maybe they might bring it up.

    Also, one might argue that even if they pose the question its not like all the backlogs are going to be eliminated. Thats not the expectation here. The idea behind this is to create an awareness and start people/media talking about problems of legal immigration.

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  • neelu
    10-11 03:01 PM
    Congratulations to all those who are finally getting their GCs after a month long wait (a much longer wait, I know). :)

    I am beginning to find out that having your priority date current does not automatically mean GC. It is just another waiting area where it is another lottery game. When you are not current, you know there are a lot of people going thru the same thing, and you hope that one day dates would be current and that things would be fine. Unfortunately I dont feel that way now. And strangely, it feels kinda lonely here in CurrentLand!

    Kewlchap, thank you for the detailed information. It is very useful.

    My PD is 12Jan2005, EB2-I , NSC. I have already talked to two IOs using POJ method. The first one (was very nice) told me that my case was in transit to an IO officer (she said that it was an intra-office transit) and that I should give it 4 days. I called back one week later (on 10/8/2009) and this time did not get as nice a lady - she said that may case was waiting to be assigned to an officer and that I should wait 90 days. I dont know which one to believe or if I can believe both.:confused:

    A few questions:
    1) Should we contact senators or congressmen, or both? What is the recommended method to contact them - through phone or through snail mail?

    2) I understand that there are still many people before my PD that are waiting for their GC and I wish them the best. Should I give myself more time (say till the last week of the month for others before me to get approved) before I try the various approaches that Kewlchap and others have suggested? Or do you recommend trying all the approaches one by one right away?

    3) For form 7001, do you think it should be treated as the last resort, or will I be able to save some time by starting with this? Is there any advantage if the attorney submits this for me?

    Thanks in advance and good luck to all.


    Got the email about being registered as a new permanent resident on Oct 8th. Thanks to SoP, caliguy, fatjoe and all others on the forum who helped / gave me support. I essentially learned that USCIS will not move quickly on their own, they need to be pursued just like any other govt. office in India. I give my time line below for an idea of what I did. If anyone is waiting still, I sincerely think that you should do all of POJ/SR/Infopass/Senator/Ombudsman.


    Sept 1st - became current
    Sept 5th - contacted NSC several times through POJ. Finally, a very nice lady told me that my case was not even assigned to an officer. Said that she will send in a request to the contractor to pull my case out and get it assigned to an officer.
    Sept 11th - Case pulled out of storage area and moved to a smaller waiting room [got this info later, but this is what had happened]
    Sept 13th: Opened SR.
    Sept 18th - Infopass: Told me that my case was assigned to an officer on Sept 11th (which was wrong really) and that I should wait 30 days. Also told me that my FP were renewed on March 9th and all my checks were clear.
    Sept 20th: Contacted Senator's office. Said they will send in inquiry.
    Sept 25: Response to SR. Case under review. Wait 30 days.
    Sept 27th: Letter from Senator saying my case was under review and I need to wait 30 days.
    Oct 2nd: Contacted NSC again through POJ method. A nice lady, Terry, told me that my case was assigned to officer on Sept 30th. She said, "your case was pulled out of storage and put in a rather large holding area where it was till Sept 30th." Also confirmed that my FP was renewed and other checks were clear. Said, just wait, it will happen soon.
    Oct 6th: Sent 7001 form to USCIS Ombudsman.
    Oct 8th: Got decision email.

    Learnings: Pursue your case as much as you can. Call NSC, but be polite. They are usually in good mood on Thu/Friday evenings and if you make some small talk, they will help you. I kept records of which NSC IO is rude and if they picked up the next time, I would just keep the phone down. In fact, the lady who helped me remembered me 'coz I managed to reach her 3 times. Dont just ask for status, say that you have called in the past and so far you know xxxx about your case. Some IOs are nice, some are rude. Nice ones actually tried to explain the entire storage area, holding area, supervisor supply chain to me. I think I kind of understand the process that happens at NSC just through these conversations now. Approach Ombudsman asap with form 7001. Call your Senator office and ask to speak to the immigration person. They are very understanding and will help you.

    Long-ish email, but thought that I will put it out there, and it might help someone stuck in this morass. If you need more info, ask me / PM me. I will be around these forums for some more time.

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  • pani_6
    08-22 06:11 PM
    Ok it too late for the letters..we need to focus on the HR bills by Resp Sen Lofgren..we have a narrow window here.. and bi partisan support..we can send her flowers and request the Senator to take this up seriously..also we can send the flowers to the thier local offices instead of DC ..since DC office is closed now..

    What does EB-3 thinks..we can send flowers to these guys and also to Charles Oppenhiemer...

    Flowers anybody??;)

    we can start the campign from monday!

    08-07 09:57 AM
    Think about Aman, he is still working for the benefit of EB community even though he got his greencard, I have US Masters degree but I don't support this.

    09-20 11:03 AM
    All thanks goes to sanjayb who is maintaining the list. Please post info in following forum. He will add in list.

    Also send fax/email to congressmen/senator/Assit Chief of USCIS. I did my part.

    I am in also facing the same situation...My employer says, the attorney clubbed some applications into one box and sent it, and donot know which box my application is, hence no fed ex number. Hopefully it should he been reached by july 2nd...No Receipts No Checks cleared...waiting for Sept 30 to call USCIS (after 90 days of filing)...most probably my application would have received by R.MICKELS, Delivery date: Jul 2, 2007 9:01 AM. I have got a list of tracking numbers from the attorney, only this tracking number details shows 4 lbs...hence thinking that my application is clubbed in this one. This was sent to Nebraska service center, My I-140 approved from Texas on June 25th. CAdude, Can you add my details onto the list. The compiled list show the time stamps are very close....

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