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    02-03 10:08 AM
    dammmit! Don't make it so hard on me!
    eilsoe's is funny. Kit's is kinda cool!
    guig0's is kinda clean n' cool!

    Ok guigo, be happy!

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  • BharatPremi
    11-06 01:21 PM
    This "AP already approved" so no interimAP(even for emergency) audiotape started since Middle of OCT from NSC IO and local IO's. My AP got LUD on Oct 11th and they said that your AP approved so dont bug us for a duplicate. Wait ... Wait .. Wait ... But how long ??

    What do i do now ? I cant travel without this piece of sheet ( i mean paper)

    According to my lawyer one should contact USCIS in case of non receipt of AP (Physical Papers) within a month from first LUD. During that call one should ask USCIS whether USCIS get AP papers back or not ( For whatever reason address change and/or wrong address etc.. not delivered to you). If USCIS receive those papers back then it will resend it upon verifying correct address with you and that is without any extra cost. To make this happen certainly you will have to either make frequent calls to USCIS or take frequent infopass appointments.Down the road if USCIS does not get AP papers back and you simultaneously do not get them, meaning if paper lost during transit, then you do have 2 choice..(1) forget about receipt of AP approval papers this time (2) Refile AP with new fee as USCIS did not get mail (papers) back.

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  • jchan
    11-30 04:55 PM
    A way to estimate ROW 485 applications

    Since ROW 485's are approved rather quickly, the small number of pending cases from the USCIS report does not reflect the whole picture how many ROW 485's are submitted each year. However, we may be able to estimate like this:

    First find out the average processing time of ROW 485, then we know the pending number from USCIS report is the cases submitted for the length of the processing time. For example, if the processing time is 3 months, and there are 7000 cases for ROW pending, then we know there are 7000 ROW 485 submitted in 3 months. Then the full year demand is 28000. Maybe the report can be revised with these information to get a better estimate on the spillover?

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  • venky08
    12-30 03:04 PM
    if there is an interview scheduled for you in the future, you will have to prove the intention that you will leave the job you have at that time and start working for the company who sponsored for your I-485.

    it will take strong persuasion to convince that leaving your current job cold turkey and going back to the old employer.

    i hope someone who has gone through this before can help you better...

    also, you have to think about the cooperation that you are counting on from the old company. people come and people go.policies change, companies may decide to act differently 3 years from now... what guarantee you have that they will support you no matter what happens in future. what if there is a hideous RFE and they chicken out???

    i think it is always better to declare your change of job intention with AC21. get help from other threads and furnish as much information to USCIS as possible while writing AC21 letter...they will treat you better if you are upfront about it... remember, complete transparency always is appreciated by a fellow human being...dont be scared by the conspiracy theorist blaming them for blatant mistakes...they do make mistakes however, but it just takes following it up and clearing it with various avenues one has if he/she gets the right consul of a good attorney...(incidentally i am not please consult with your attorney before taking any steps)

    Good Luck...

    My situation,

    I am a july 2 filer, planning to use EAD to work in diifferent company in same profession(NOT invoking AC21). On I-485 approval want to come back to the original employer who filed I-485. my company is supporting and willing to support for any RFEs.

    Please tell me if it is going to work and what are the risks involved.

    Thanks in advance



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  • optimystic
    10-12 06:17 PM
    Yes, your point is entirely valid. I didn't know about this cross-country provision. Another unfair provision.
    In fact, my point was that unfairness should be dealt with on all possible fronts. If the system works properly, nobody will need to do anything that is even remotely unfair.

    I have a strong gut feeling that 2009 would be a good year for EB3. They will start approving more cases I think.

    I certainly hope for the best this year. My PD is currently current, but I am still helpless. Can't file a service request nor know any kind of status (unless on pure luck I run into a good natured IO over phone or infopass). Just have to pray that they find and get to my application while dates are still current.

    This thing is a dual headed monster....If you conquer the PD head, the processing date Head pops up and vice versa.... I was in same situation briefly ( a month or two of PD being current but Processing dates stuck at July 2, 2007 at NSC) early this year and had to sit back and painfully watch the PD for EB3-I becoming 'U' again. I am more afraid of the 'unavailability' than retrogression now!! With retrogression you can atleast hope it might become current in the next month or one after that. But with 'U' , you just have to wait until Oct next year !!!

    The moment they advance the PD for EB3 I and my application still remains untouched , I am gonna try to take that info , take an Info Pass and ask the IO, if they had advanced the PDs, it means they exhausted every application that could be approved and wanted to find what ever has happened to my case !! I hope it wouldn't come to that.

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  • seetheavatar
    12-21 12:23 PM
    Yes all the above/below said happened to a foreign citizen(you) not to their own citizens when they apply for passport renewal.

    But indian consulates show their skills to their own people.No other consulate/government offices in the world treats their own citizen in similar manner.

    The only time I have had to deal with the Houston Consulate (or any Indian Consualate in the US) was last year when I needed a new/renewed passport. Sent it by mail and received it back in 1 week. I really can't complain since it's the best experience I have had with any consulate.

    I applied for a UK visa, and they stuck someone else's visa in my passport. To call them, there's only a paid line for 99c a minute, even if it's their fault. And I was put on hold for 15 mins.

    Applied for a Canadian visa, 3 mnths in advance of my trip. When I asked after 3 weeks, they told me pretty rudely that of I enquire about the status, it'll take even longer to process. (This is a tactic I would love to use with my boss whenever he asks about the status of things I'm working on) :) Finally processed it in 2.5 months. This was a simple single entry for 4 days.

    Applied for a schengen visa(Germany), they took 3 weeks to process a simple business visa. Sent back my documents saying that I didn't have coverage for repatriation of corpse should I die in Europe, even though my policy clearly had it and this was verified when I presented the documents in person at the consulate. Schengen countries demand that you apply in person, because they want to make sure you have the face for going to Europe.

    I have a Dutch friend whose Indian wife took 3 mnths to get a visitor visa. This is because he complained to the Dutch foreign ministry when her visa wasn't done in 3 weeks. He was outraged that the wife of a Dutch citizen should be treated by his govt. like that. Oh well, they showed him.

    So given all this, I would assume that all embassies/consulates are inefficient, simply because they are government workers who are not answerable to anyone and can't get fired. And they work in a monopoly.

    Of course, we like to think Indian babus are either stupid, lazy, corrupt or a combination of the above because it's a mindset we have. But looking at how USCIS and the embassies above operate, I think Indians are pretty much on par with everyone else.


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  • hydboy77
    02-11 05:08 PM
    vdl rao is an irrational person. without any sound reasoning he started that stupid thread "eb2 India will be current", when I tried to point out something about the amount of eb3 to eb2 portings going on and how this will set the eb2 dates back significantly I was given red dots (what else can they do). The people in that thread were halucinating about eb2 being current. Reality should now set in, there in no way eb2 is even going to 2006 anytime soon. This is the sad reality.

    Last year there were only about 3 to 4k spillover from eb1 to eb2, eb2 row pretty much consumed all the eb2 row numbers and there was no spillover from eb2 row to eb2 india and eb2 china.

    If the same trend continues we might get 3k spillover to eb2 india\china which will advance PD by a month. Some people are hoping that because of the bad economy there might not be many eb1 applications and that will lead to spillover to eb2, that is wrong assumption, the people getting approval in eb1 in 2009 are people who applied in 2008 and earlier when the economy was doing good, lay offs started only in nov-dec of 2008. Even if eb1 applications drop because of bad economy the results would be reflected in 2010 and not in 2009.

    USCIS is not going to waste any visa numbers anymore. That means the last rollover from FB to eb has already happened in 2008 and might not happen ever again.

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  • hprl
    08-22 10:22 AM
    I suspect this thread was copied from that site as the title and most contents are the same!


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  • go_guy123
    11-03 10:49 AM

    In a matter of minutes my indicator has gone to 3 reds. Am I missing something... ?!!!

    Dont worry too much about the reds. Even I used to have a couple of greens.
    But when I saw many people complaining about why IV is not pursuing piecemeal,
    I explained them about the Hispanic caucus and CIR.....I started getting reds
    because of that.

    People often give red even for rational and logical postings here if the information is uncomfortable.

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  • hpandey
    04-24 11:40 AM
    I would say another problem is getting the H1 stamped. Ever since they got rid of getting the H1 stamped within US we have to go out of the country to get it stamped and you never know how much time it is going to take. Now due to PIMS delays some people are getting stuck for more than a month and no one can afford such long holidays .

    On top of that if you are going out of the country then there are airline tickets and stamping fee etc etc which also comes in 1000's of dollars.


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  • abhikal
    02-21 07:03 AM
    dear members,
    dint had much time to go thro' your responses. but if senior ppl are targetting this fellow( mercies) for this thread, then i beg to differ. because as a member of IV, i have been answering "hadron" posts too at immigration portal.
    I think all Mercies is trying to do is help IV out, by preparing answers of such questions which stupid ppl ask, so they can be put to a stop right away. Probably he's drawing your attention to some q's that all of you have answers for, just guide mercies to that post,
    but i think all of your remarks have been directed towards merices only as if he's started it all.
    i guess we outta stop ppl who are trying to defame this collective effort by giving them one-point answers.
    have to get back to work.
    P.S.: i dont want anyone to think im from numbersusa ;)

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  • delhirocks
    07-02 05:11 PM
    To all:

    Can everybody please let us know how much money you have spent so far to file 485. We have contacted reporter and she need more information from us.
    Please do this asap.

    Just put total amount you have spent for 485 like Medical cost, attorney fees, mail service, birth certificate, cancelling your planned trip , photos and so on.


    485 for 2 people

    Medical: $900
    Photographs: $60
    Expenses occured in expediting paperwork from home country (next day fedex, notary fees etc): $100

    Non-Monetary costs
    My wife & I can't plan a baby, for the next 6 months. (We had been going down that path)
    Drove 120 miles to get medical
    Missed 2 days from work


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  • alterego
    09-15 02:00 PM
    India has a lot of people with wide girths? All the images I see of India shows pretty skinny people. Or maybe I was looking at pics of Ethiopians....

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  • mhtanim
    02-10 08:51 PM
    I got the same email/soft lud today. My application starts WAC as well, got transferred to NSC.


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  • kaisersose
    06-05 03:00 PM
    if they did what u say they did.. they violated the law. thats what gotcher is talking about.

    Where is the law that says they can release visa numbers only on a quarterly basis? If that is true, then

    1. The Feb bulletin would not have said EB-2 India had used up its annual limit.
    2. The June Bulletin would not have said EB-3 will retrogress or become unavailable starting July [which starts a new quarter].

    Both make no sense. Or alternatively, there is no such law and DOS can release visa numbers without the "quarterly" constraint. It may have been a practise in the past, but clearly since 2007, they have become keen to see visa numbers not go waste and they appear to have changed the trend.

    Only a tiny fraction of applications are on . It really is nowhere enough to draw a meaningful analysis of approval trends.

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  • GotGC??
    04-13 01:06 PM
    As two of the more senior members on this forum, please set a good example for others...not this.

    Whatever dude!

    Don't vent your anger on me; vent it on the immigration system. Like you I also have a right to say whatever I feel. If moderators feel it is against the forum guidelines they can delete my posts or threads and I am fine with this. This is called discipline and respect for system and authority. We are using someone's property when we post on this forum. We do not own it.

    In your office do you ask your CEO/VPs to first send you a one liner explaination before he takes a decision on your project? Think about it


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  • snhn
    09-14 03:40 PM
    You have 2 H1s, can you do that. Are you working full time on both H1b visas. Please eloborate on that.


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  • Winner
    01-04 02:45 PM
    I had a good laugh once I started reading the posts .. liked the fun .. and comments from members ... the H4 & F2 was good .. so L2 and F2 are in same category??? :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

    Does USCIS grant a H0(HZERO) Visa? I'm sure many will be intrested in that :)

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    01-27 01:00 PM
    Thanks lazysis.... your confidence is boosting my confidence too :-)

    JaiHind....would you mind briefing me on your casez? why did ur employer charge 7K from you? did u also sign similar contract?

    After reading all the great posts on this thread and their experiences, it hurts me why in the world did I even pay my old employer 7K...(I wish, to do something thing like this and check with great experts opinions like how you did on your case....) and could have saved 7K:mad:

    here is my experience and for sure you all would agree by not paying 7k to this 2nd employer "sky wouldn't have fell down"....:

    In 2003, I joined my 2nd employer (Indian Consulting) since I came to US in year 2001. At the time of joining this employer made me sign all kinds of contract and one of the contact that I signed was to pay (50-50%) for GC processing and if left the company before GC is approved I have to pay the remaining 50% and contract was something like this "if Employee were to leave the company’s employment prior to GC approval, employee hereby agrees to refund all expenses includes attorney, processing fees etc., to the Company with 30 day's......."

    Here is my GC experience: I provided all the information that my 2nd employer/attorney requested in order to file my GC and after 6 months on my follow-up on where they are with GC process they told me to provide additional paper work due to which they could not start my GC processing "6 months wasted here" (since I am idiot) and should have realized this employer is a useless/fraud one and didn't learn my lesson in my 2nd attempt of GC processing with this 2nd employer (something similar happened to me with earlier employer (Indian consulting) & by the time I realized it was already 2 years wasted down the road and they haven't started my GC, I got irritated & left my 1st employer "2 years wasted 2001-2003).. I could have left little early but they had close to 40K of my overflow money with them which I was able to extract at the time of my wedding excuse....thank god!!

    Now after providing other documents that he requested papers and then after then every month I used to follow-up but after another 6 months I know there was no progress and this employer is just carries about money and one day I asked him if they have any intentions of applying for my GC or would like to continue on playing around this catch up game for ever and finally they gave me attorney contact number & work directly with him...this attorney is another JOKER (Indian guy with a fake American accent). This attorney thinks he is Mr.George Bush-2, I could never talk to him directly & his assistant used to put me on to his voice mail every time when I called & later he used to mail with response...

    By now I have already paid my 3.5K (that was forcibly deducted from my paycheck in addition to thei 60% of hourly pay cut) and almost 23 months gone down the road and asked if they filed my GC that was end of year 2004 and guess what.... they don't have receipt number at that time too...and right then I gave my 2 weeks notice and in advance I applied to another known consulting company H1 transfer (this is my current employer who is good and no complaints). The minute I gave my resignation, I was still working at the client using new H1 and happen to know that this 2nd employer was enjoying 60% of my hourly billing rate and when I gave my resignation they HR was bargaining me for increase in my pay by 50 CENTS/hour (can you guys believe this and its true they did that to me "50cents") and non of their great offers worked on my end and!! I left the company once I got approval from new employer and next day they sent me a notice to pay remaining 3.5K followed with legal action notice that will be taken if not paid in 30 days of time frame else they will give information to collection agencies...) Since they mentioned about "collection" agencies I decided to pay the remaining amount else as you all know these collections agencies can also ruin "credit history"...& thought its not worth dealing with credit history.

    Summary of my GC experience: wasted 4 years of valuable time (2001-2004) & most important paid 7K for GC in first place process didn't even start at all....isn't that a JOKE!!

    my 3rd employer filed for my GC in MAY 2005 in EB2 (TSC), received EAD/AP, I am very happy with this employer and treats their consultants very professional and helps if & when needed.

    THE END!!

    02-19 08:56 PM
    judging by how much class you're displaying sorry to say your pet dog deserves a gc more than you do. :p

    If CP filers are included in IV wish list, a small request for IV:
    I have a pet dog in my home country that I love. I want to bring the dog to USA to live with me. Is it possble for IV to add this additional point in the letter campaign. 'All I485 filers and CP filers should be allowed to bring their pets and pets should also be allocated greencards to live here permanently.' Afterall we consider them part of our family and family values and unification is very important for EB immigrants as well.

    05-15 12:30 AM
    I think this has a better chance than rest of other EB bills, because US wants more skilled persons and by defintion advanced degree holders from US in STEM are. Congress extended 20,000 H1 visa for US masters and PhD graduates some years ago whereas they were and are loathe to extend the total H1 numbers.
    Going by this logic, I think this bill will go farther and gain traction. Lets's keep our fingers crossed.:)

    In one stroke, this bill helps both a) US advanced degree graduates and b)non US graduates (i.e, EB applicants), as 1) it puts EB1 and EB2 in non quota category (I,C,P,M and ROW) and 2) frees up EB1 and EB2 numbers for EB3.

    my 2 cents.

    How many ever bills get introduced or hearings happen, there is the CHC which is blocking everything. Lets start a email/fax/phone campaign...

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