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  • akhilmahajan
    08-14 05:57 PM
    I have my infopass scheduled for the 18th August.

    I will let you guys know what happened with my appointment.
    Contacting the senator is the next step for me for sure, but i am going to wait till the 87-88th day to do so. So that i cant get the same answer, that ur 90 days have not been over yet.

    Thanks for updating us and all the best with ur application.

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  • mbartosik
    03-14 12:02 PM
    I interfiled to EB2 but do not trust that they have applied that, service request goes unanswered. So they may be processing as EB3.

    Dec 2002.

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  • nk29
    04-12 01:41 PM

    I forgot to attach the G-1145 for electronic notification of acceptance of the EAD applications. However I have sent checks. Is there any way to send the G-1145.. or it does not make any difference whether you send those forms?


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  • tonyHK12
    10-27 08:19 PM
    There have been a number of publications that have shown that the vast majority of the "illegal" immigrants actually pay SS and Medicare taxes. They also contribute to federal and state tax regardless of the benefit that they receive from it.

    Well it is against the law to employ illegals and this is enforced strictly, so we can forget about tax deduction at source, SS, etc. It will be minuscule. These so called publications are from their supporters which they have numerous of.

    majority of the farmers especially in the South are willing to hire American workers but have had no success................ An American I met a few days ago was telling me about how he was unemployed for almost 3 years. He is a well educated person and didn't think it made sense for him to find low-skilled labor!
    I am aware of that well publicized stunt. Do you know we have only 800K farm workers and 1.5 million farm workers were granted amnesty in 1986?
    The only way to get cheap labor is with short term foreign contract labor, amnesty will never work, they have to return anyway.
    The farmer will stop working in the farm, the day he gets his GC. Lets not compare an educated american. A citizen with no schooling would take the job at the right wage.

    The reason there has been this huge push for health care reform is that it becoming a huge drain on the system. About 60% of bankruptcies in the US were due to medical bills.
    There is no proof that the new bill will reduce costs at all! It will take many years to realize it anyway. Reform was needed but not at this moment when there were bigger issues that needed fixing in 6-12 months.

    we, too, like the "illegals" contribute to a system that we cannot benefit from anytime soon. (Like social security and Medicare). We do need to push legislators to come up with a good immigration policy. Bashing another immigrant because they came here to do something different from you is not going to get us very far. Be compassionate towards those people too
    We are not like illegals. The only one who is like them is an illegal employee at a gas station or grocery store.
    My aim is not to bash them, I hope they can find a solution. Citizenship is not the answer and I'm tired of seeing all immigration bills partial to illegals. They should go to the back of the queue and get reform only after legal immigration is fixed. Their supporters are hampering our efforts. The sad news is they thought they could get amnesty like 86, but most will end up being deported.
    Do you know of the 400,000 deported this year 50% were convicted criminals?
    Compassion should be preceded by what is better for the US. There are millions of poorer people in Africa and India who need more help. These countries have better farmers too.


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  • tamil12
    07-16 03:48 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!

    Excellent ...I will do mine....

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  • CaveMan232
    04-24 11:18 PM
    Filed for renewal on 04/05 and still waiting for receipts. Current EAD expires last week of July and am running the risk of losing my job if I don't get it by then.

    Does anyone know what are my chances of getting it before then? Also, what are my other options at this point or before I lose my job. I read about interim EAD's on other posts, is this still an option?

    Your response is highly appreciated.



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  • gckp
    05-05 10:21 AM
    Atlanta simply stop working on Audit cases for last 3-4 months.

    I think there are more people affected by this than 50 people mentioned in this thread. My recommendations are.

    1) Need to gather additional people got affected by this
    2) Most of the people already contribute to IV but if we need additional funds to drive this lobbying, need to find out and start collecting additional funds
    3) Need advise from IV moderators/seniors about the next step regarding lobbying or contacting the local law makers or collecting additional funds for organized lobbying.

    Other information we need to find out is does any people got LCA approved after the audit? If yes, how much time it has taken after the audit?

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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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  • mbartosik
    10-25 12:36 AM
    Having spoken with several congressional aids I can say that such issues are well received. The specific issue that I have raised (it does not affect me) is examples of people leaving USA and having to explain to their US born children why mummy and daddy are not welcome in the USA, and thus why they have to grow up in a foreign country.

    I have also given examples of one sibling being born in USA and other aging out.

    However, I have only raised this where law makers are known to be sympathetic to family immigration, e.g. support DREAM.

    I think that the best we can do is:
    Get wait times down (and reduce impact of this).
    Use this as an argument with those who support family based immigration (and may even be hostile to EB otherwise).
    If we have an opportunity to address this as part of other EB legislation we can.

    It is certainly not forgotten by me.

    I do think that it would be helpful to have a list of people in IV with this problem (with ages of all children plus relevant dates). For the moment I'm too busy to organize this (busy with IV work -- like 4am bed times).

    More active help (not just forum discussion) with IV is always welcome, so you are welcome to step up and help (e.g. compiling a list of such members etc.). Politics is personal so being able to present personal cases is helpful.

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  • sobers
    06-10 05:45 PM
    vparam, i've been following this issue a lot longer...you have to understand the blue slip is just procedural....the main substantive issue is what proposal can attract maximum republican support during conference. The Hastert doctrine (majority of majority rule) states he will not bring to the floor a proposal thet does not attract a majority of republican votes (116 votes). Pence is a star conservative (has a 100% rating from the American Conservative Union) and is a rising leader in the Republican Party. The Pence proposal is gaining strong visibility now and he is going to introduce his bill this week. Tancredo recognizes Pence's standing among repubs and that is why he's asking his minions to attack it.

    Go read teamamericapac.org again...


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  • DallasBlue
    01-24 08:45 PM
    Hi Albertopinto,
    Can you pls elaborate on why your are suggesting to stay away from day trading? wht kind of exp hv you had with day trading? I want to know the pros and cons and hear the experience from ppl with hands on / who hv tried day trading in the US and found it too risky. Thanks!

    As said earlier its addictive(substitue the word 'gambling'), heavy amount of risk involved , limits are high as well and one has to be careful while filing the taxes apart from all the risks associated with the regular stock trading. It aint bad if you can identify the trend and want to make some quick bucks.
    Because of the volatility in the markets right now, day trading is thot to be beneficial at this time rather than holding.
    But if you are new to trading and have some monies sitting in your checking a/c , I would advise you to put that in ETF's , as this timing is great for entry, as its the bottom of the barrell.
    explore about the etf's @ http://finance.yahoo.com/etf , http://finance.yahoo.com/etf/education

    good luck

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  • nb_des
    04-10 12:37 PM
    sorry to sound like a beaten record - but it seems that everyone here pretty much sees citizenship as fait accompli!

    how has our respective motherlands harmed us that despite being pushed around by US for years on end -we are desperately seeking US citizenship?? after all - in many cases - its the basic and advanced education received at our respective countries that has made us qualify as "highly skilled" immigrants here.....

    go ahead - put all the red dots - but do some soul searching before that!

    here is the first line of US citizenship oath - "I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen" - while i can absolutely live in US as a law-abiding, tax-paying resident - how can i renounce my country of birth?

    I respect your thoughts and to some extent I personally share them. The primary benefit of citizenship for me and I believe for many others posting on this thread would be to bring our aging parents to this country and to be able to live with them.


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  • bharol
    01-26 11:55 PM
    However, the million dollar question is how do you know the prices have actually bottomed one? Won't you go ahead and buy if its affordable, instead of wasting precious years which shorten the career span and deferring your decision?

    Instead of affordability, I think we should see the parity between renting and cost of ownership instead of seeing affordability. If you can rent the same/similar place for significantly cheaper price, rent it. That would be a wise financial decision.

    If I have a million dollars in cash, I can afford a 600K house in my area but why should I if I know the house does not deserve to be 600K and most likely it will come down in price? Just because you can afford does not mean you should throw away money.

    Regarding finding the bottom, follow this thumb rule for now:
    You would not see any recovery of any sort in economy or housing until and unless you see a turn around in financials. So just closely follow them. Right now turn around in financial companies and banks is no where in picture.

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  • NolaIndian32
    04-12 09:49 AM
    Folks, sorry I have not been in much action, with other stuff taking priority, but I would definitely like to know what it takes to do this? I have completely lost fitness due to bad lifestyle, long commutes to work, working spouse, small baby, and other tensions and I like this idea a lot.

    Nolaindian - can you briefly explain how this marathon works? Does every city have a marathon to which we register, is it a community? Who sponsers? Do we do it as IV? Do we all form a group. Are the rules set by us? Do we pledge????

    I can definitely start off with a short one - until I pick up on fitness :) Tri state members are more than welcome to join me :)

    Hi Chanduv23,

    I really appreciate your support and interest in Team IV.

    The basic concept of Team IV is to raise either $300 or $500 in 1 years time starting when you join Team IV and the year ends on January 18, 2009.

    There are two Memberships Types to join Team IV; Individual and Family Membership: The Individual Membership costs $50/yr and Family is $75/yr.

    Team IV Members will get a T Shirt, Welcome Package with more details and fundraising tips. The premise of the fundraising is that your friends and relatives will support your goal to walk/run one of the three Team IV events in the year and thus will make donations to Immigration Voice (by check) to help you reach your goal of either $300 or $500.

    The Three Team IV events we have chosen are:
    1. San Francisco Golden Gate Park 5K on August 17, 2008. A 5K is 3.12 miles and can be walked in 45 mins.

    2. The Washington DC Army 10 Miler on October 5 2008

    3. The Houston Marathon (26.2 miles), or Half Marathon (13.1 miles) or 5K on Jan 18, 2009.

    You can do all events, as Santb1975 and myself will, but you are required to do only 1 of these 3. If you have a family membership, we encourage all family members to participate, however, we require only 1 to complete at least 1 event.

    If you absolutely cannot make it to one of the above events, you can still join Team IV and participate at local events in your hometown. I can assist you with finding such events. We will try to include your local event in our schedule the following year.

    What would really benefit IV is to show our strenght by numbers; meaning if we have several IV members in IV T Shirts walking/running as a group, we are going to get noticed even more, and this is how we can good press for IV.

    The goal is to raise money to support IV's long term lobbying efforts and to support a not for profit org that fights childhood obesity in the US. This is in keeping with our fitness goal, and it is a quality of life issue, not only for IV, or for Team IV members, but for the country we have chosen to make our homes in.

    Our goal is to have 150 Members and raise at least $45,000!

    I hope you can join us. If you have any questions/concerns, please PM me and we can connect by phone to discuss.



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  • satyasrd
    07-14 07:27 AM
    Honestly I don't even see a point for these discussions, polls or predictions for EB3-I. The sooner we accept we are doomed the better. The only way out is to help ourselves but I don't think many EB3's are willing to do that.
    I spoke to several in my office with earlier EB3 PD's (who might not even get GC's in the next 5-10 years !) and of course with EAD's and they have literally substituted EAD for a GC. They were once a part of IV (and some similar org's ?!) but now have completely lost hope and don't care. I tried to motivate them to join IV and support but they feel that IV does not cater to EB3's anymore. Sadly they are not even trying to port to EB2. They are just content with a job and EAD.
    So, I am not really sure how many of us are actually willing to fight ?!
    In fact it's even worse for people like me who are still waiting to file their I-485. Is it going to take us 5,10 or 20 years just to get an EAD ?!

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  • Canadian_Dream
    10-12 08:04 PM
    The fact is that most of Pre 2004 EB2 lot is already out of the system. Those who are still in are sufferer of namecheck and BECs.

    That's simply incorrect. Since EB-2 India was held up at Jan 2003 from Oct 2005 to June 2007, most EB-2 filers from 2003 and 2004 are still very much out there and waiting. You have to remember that most 2003/04 EB-2 filers from California/NY/NJ/WA were rotting in BEC. High demand states have not approved any labors with 2003-2004 PD's before 2005 when BEC started to approve them. But this was too late as dates were already retrogressed, thus for almost 2 years there was build up for 2003/04 EB-2 cases. I know a lot of them personally.

    The only exception to this might be: There were very few cases filed in EB-2 during 2003 and 2004, but that is hard to believe.

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  • texanguy
    03-19 07:16 PM
    1. Eliminate EAD & AP, let I485 receipt notice be sufficient for travel and employment authorization.
    2. Restart H1B visa renewal by mail. Let there be added scrutiny while the application is processed. It atleast wont let people out of country for unknown time.

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  • a_matha
    08-03 02:39 PM
    After 5years:)

    05-13 09:09 AM
    So got I-485 approval email for self and wife last night at 11:30pm MST.

    My American Dream journey:

    Came to the US in 99'Fall for MS.
    1st GC Labor applied in 2002 but got laid off due to bad economy.
    2nd GC Labor applied in 2005 then changed company.
    3rd GC application in Jun'06 and still with the same company.
    Center : NSC.
    Priority Date: June23rd'06

    Good Luck to the rest of the junta here. And Thanks to ImmigrationVoice for the support and for creating this platform to share a wealth of information and for fighting our cause.
    I continue to support IV through monthly donations and will continue to spread the good word. Thanks also to all members who have contributed so much to this website.

    09-21 02:03 AM
    1) Asked Pdakwala, if his last name meant postman. He said Yes, I am the one who gets receipt notices.
    2) GSC999 - what is the announcement that you just made? He said, no announcement - I talk loud.
    3) Getting a call from paskal on Monday midnight to tell me that the hotel had ended business with them. I said, I am in China Town with the IL chapter folks - You can join. He said, aman is taking him to some hotel alexandria or such.
    4) At the airport on the way back, paskal giving me a lecture on why being scared of wife is good, when all I asked was "why don't u eat a slice of pizza like me before boarding your flight?" He started to piece together things I had emailed in the past few days. Paskal and I happened to have different flights to Chicago and Minneapolis at gates closer to each other. Paskal seemed flustered with a few hours delay.

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