Monday, July 4, 2011

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  • SDdesi
    04-13 02:20 PM

    Mr. Obama might want to consider transferring the authority of setting quotas from Congress to the Labor Department
    May be good or bad, depending on how you look at it....we will then be at the mercy of PERM...

    If the Labor Department determines that a foreign worker would not displace Americans, that worker should not be barred from entering the country due to an arbitrary quota
    This should definitely be high on the agenda.....although its very doubtful if this can ever be implemented.

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  • LostInGCProcess
    11-03 03:29 PM
    If we are on H1 and able to file I-485(AOS) and continue to be on H1 until it expires. Then are we automatically on AOS after the expiry of H1? Or do we have to inform USCIS our intent to switch to AOS?

    The reason I am asking this question is: I saw a case, although not similar, where the individual was on H1 and applied I-485 (inJuly 2007), he continued on H1 until it expired and decided to stay on h1 and so his employer applied for extension of H1 in 2009. At that time he received an RFE, the employer did not respond to the RFE. So, eventually the H1 Extension was denied.
    After that USCIS denied his I-485 also. Reason give was: "Since the H1B EOS (Extension of Status) request was denied, it did not grant, or have the effect of granting, a lawful status during its pendency."

    Please have your thoughts on this. Cause I am sure many of us have started using EAD, but did we transition the right way from H1 to EAD?

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  • SGP
    03-26 08:01 AM
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$GOOD MORNING GC$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Deadline = April 30th, 2011
    Goal = 5000 votes on survey (see I-485 filing w/o current PD thread) and momentum to continue with this campaign.The survey is a platform to gather and push for launching action items. Based on response by 04/30/2011 - IV will decide whether to even proceed with initiative or not.
    Actions - 1) Vote on survey.
    2)Email with PD, ph#,email & subject "I485 filing impacted�,
    3)Print/Circulate Fliers and spread FB, wiki link (see "support thread")

    This is a supporting thread to the "Want to File I-485 without Current Priority Date? Gather here" thread started by pappu.

    As suggested by pappu/starsun, this supporting thread provides impacted members with additional information and tools to help the initiative.

    Visit Immigration Voice Wiki ( 2C_and_EB3.29) - for overview of Employment Based - Green Card process
    Visit I485 Filing w/o current PD Wiki ( - for overview of this initiative

    As pappu stated in the first post of the above referenced thread - some of the ongoing efforts include finding how many IV members would get benefit from such a provision and get basic details such as username/Priority Date of impacted members. Future action items might include drafting documents and letters to support this provision. There maybe actions such as sending emails etc. However we would not be able to open a public action item unless we can have thousands of our members willing to participate in a grassroots action item. This survey intends to understand the needs of our membership for this provision and collect grassroots information.

    The fact is we have a dedicated group of volunteers (and we need more) who have been trying their best to spread the message about this initiative so that a strong grass-roots support can be created leading up to launch of the public action items. So far we have around 1100 people who have responded. Based on quick calculations carried out using PERM data, it is estimated that there are at least 60K-70K EB applicants waiting to file I-485/EAD/AP (this is a very conservative estimate..the actual number could be much more). Grass-roots initiatives require time and patience and we request maximum number of impacted folks to participate actively.
    What can you do to participate?
    1) Vote on the poll/survey created by Pappu.

    Then please send an email to (starsun) with subject - "I485 filing without current PD - Impacted Member". Include your a) IV username b) Email address c) Phone #, d) State of Residence e) Priority Date - so that grassroot efforts can be coordinated

    2) Print out below Flier and circulate at all asian/indian malls/groceries/theaters. Forward the flier to your friends/co-workers and ask them to do the same.

    I485 Filing Initiative Flier (

    3) Volunteers have created a facebook community and an Immigration Voice WIKI page to spread the message about this initiative. Please circulate these links among your friends/co-workers who will be helped.

    Please "Share" and "Link" and "send to friend" the facebook community via your Facebook account. Also include these two links when you post on the IV forum.

    Facebook - IV I485 filing w/o current PD initiative community (!/pages/Immigration-Voice-Grass-roots-Campaigns/150562351660693?v=info)

    (Just FYI that you might have to be logged in for the above link to direct to the facebook community. Alternately, search for "Immigration Voice Grass-roots Campaigns" to find the community after logging in. Search "Immigration Voice" to go to the IV's main facebook page)

    Immigration Wiki -
    I485 Filing Initiative - IV Wiki (

    PM these members for additional info:
    nmdial ; geevikram ; vbkris77 ; ashwin_27 ; snathan
    Dedicated members can also join the leaders group:

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    02-17 04:50 PM

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  • dallasdoc
    11-20 09:47 PM
    We are among the July filers. TSC applications went to VSC and back to TSC. My wife and I both got our EADs. Social Sceurity office told my wife that her A# is bringing up someone else's data. We went to Infopass, but it was of no help and we were adviced to contact or write to TSC. We placed a service request by calling the national phone number. That was more than two weeks back. Nothing has happened yet. All three applications - 485, EAD, AP has the same wrong A#. Her EAD is of no value without the correct A# that has to be rectified at the 485 stage and then EAD. Any suggestions?

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  • today24
    04-09 10:38 AM
    My I-94 extension (for L1B visa) was denied on Oct '08 and I returned in 4 days after they updated Denial status. Reason for denail is "lack of specialized knowledge". I am planning to apply for L1B again in next month (By showing additional certification). Can you please advice me

    - is it fine to apply for visa again as it will be more then 6 months after it was denied

    - Do I need to show the copy of denial notice during visa interview? Is there any thread available providing suggestions for those applying for visa again after it was denied earlier...

    Thanks in advance...


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  • Akopian
    06-03 04:23 AM
    Please delete this post

    I am currently studying in the US on an F visa and have managed to loose my passport a couple of months ago. The passport itself is replaced but I hesitated to renew the I-94 since it takes longer time than my duration of status and it is cheaper to just leave the country and send a mail to USCIS later with proof of departure.

    To the problem, I am changing status from F to A. Since the interview is not required I was able to obtain the new visa through mail. Now, I am currently in the US with a valid new visa but no I-94 which means I will be out of status two months after my F visa expires. Being close to the Mexican border my plan is to cross it and come back on the same day to officially get the A status and a new I-94. I will of course send photocopies of all the papers and stamps to USCIS to not fall out of status on the previous visa. Are there any legal problems doing this?

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  • kumar_77
    02-28 09:07 PM
    First check if the check you or your company sent for H-1 fees got cashed , if so see behind the check ( normally banks post scanned copy of check ) the Receipt number will be written behind the check ..hope this helps


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  • bobmal
    04-15 08:29 PM

    Here is my situation.

    - I have an approved I140 by my current employer and waiting for 485 to become current.
    - I am in the 7th year of my H1 with current validity till mid 2011.

    In case I lose job with the current employer, and the employer withdraws H1-B and I140, what are the options I have?

    Can I transfer H1 or apply for H1-B with another employer? How much grace period I have to leave the country?

    Appreciate any help from you guys.

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  • tabletpc
    08-02 09:14 AM
    Can i leave the employer while i-140 is pending.....???If emplyer assures me that he won't revoke the i-140...???

    I would like to move to another job at the same time i would like to take some benift(PD) from the GC process i have been through so far.

    ANy suggestions are much appreciated...

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  • newuser
    03-11 03:54 PM
    No one from Vermont?


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  • go_guy123
    10-19 10:36 AM
    Someone thought this was okay?

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    This also points to the fact that illegal immigrant amnesty is such a charged issue, CIR is extremely difficult to be passed into law (passed by Congress and Senate)

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  • darshan1226
    08-02 05:40 PM
    Hello All,

    Could someone please post the email address for Texas SC , i would like to send an e-request to follow-up on a previous inquiry by mail?



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  • captainhooker
    10-11 03:50 PM
    no, you need visa to each country or captain won't let you get on board.


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  • ups
    03-23 01:35 PM
    I was on h1 then went on h4 for 6 months and then 10 days back applied for h1 in premium processing and got approval today. what is amendment process?

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  • vallabhu
    08-07 11:24 AM
    Do I need to attach denial letter too.

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    05-30 08:28 AM
    Thanks a ton to Prabir for helping us out with this article. Thanks also to Dave Williams for writing this excellent article.

    Dave heard about us through our Washington Post article and had contacted us via email. Prabir, who is from that area, willingly agreed to speak to him about issues faced by Legal High-Skilled immigrants

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