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  • ireddy
    05-25 02:14 PM
    My EAD expires today, I applied for the renewal on April 6th. This is my 4th EAD and I totally missed to apply in time this time.

    1)Is there any way to speed up the process to get the EAD soon?
    2) I cannot work from next week is there any way I can get through this ?


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  • kannan
    01-09 11:33 AM
    letters alrady sent

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  • chanduv23
    07-11 07:28 AM

    Green card seekers take to 'Gandhigiri' in US

    Wednesday, 11 July , 2007, 11:13

    Washington: In an eloquent display of Gandhigiri, unhappy Indian green card seekers sent hundreds of flowers to the US immigration agency to protest a last minute reversal in policy that would impede their way to permanent residency.

    Inspired by the hit Hindi movie Lage Raho Munnabhai that extolled Gandhian ways of non-violent protest, the green card applicants plan to send around a thousand flower deliveries to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Emilio Gonzalez in a three-day campaign that started on Tuesday.

    The protest followed the abrupt reversal last week of a June announcement offering expedited processing of green card petitions for thousands of skilled foreign professionals working under H1-B visas - reserved for skilled workers in computing, engineering and other special professions.

    Thousands of such visa holders scrambled and spent money on lawyers and medical exams to beat the July 1 deadline for green card applications. The abrupt change sent them back to the queue for 2008.

    Besides India, skilled workers from China, Poland and many other countries will now have to spend more time and money to get the coveted green cards - a halfway house to US citizenship.

    "The idea is to push them to honour their earlier notification," said Aman Kapoor, founder of Immigration Voice, a forum that inspired the unusual protest.

    Indians are the worst hit by country quota caps for immigration visas, which treat a billion strong India, boasting a highly skilled workforce, on par with a country like Trinidad and Tobago of one million souls, he said.

    On its part, the USCIS response was equally pacific. It plans to forward the flowers to Walter Reed Army Medical Centre and Bethesda Naval Hospital in Washington, the main facilities treating US soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Gonzales in a statement on the agency website.

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  • pappu
    01-07 09:07 PM
    Please find your local congressman at http://www.house.gov

    The Honorable Senator/Representative XXX
    << address>>

    Re: Administrative fixes to alleviate issues faced by highly-skilled immigrants in <<state>>

    Respected Senator/Representative <<lastname>>,

    I am a constituent and an employment-based highly-skilled immigrant. << fill in your bio in 2-3 sentences max>>. I'm also a member of Immigration Voice, a non-profit grassroots organization working to fix the issues faced by highly-skilled immigrants like myself. Currently a million employment immigrants and their families are stuck in a backlog due to insufficient numbers and USCIS processing delays. It may be 6-12 years before these immigrants will be able to receive their green cards, if the immigration system isn't reformed.

    Though Immigration Voice is interested in seeing legislative fixes passed by US Congress, it may take a long time for an agreed immigration reform to pass. Considering this fact, Immigration Voice has proposed the following points to President Bush's administration to fix some of the issues administratively. I urge you to support our cause by writing a letter to President Bush, as follows, to implement these administrative fixes without further delay.


    Respected President Bush,

    I urge you to implement the following administrative fixes immediately to help the highly-skilled immigrants waiting their turn in a severely backlogged system.

    1) Recapture 218,000 unused visas wasted over the past few years administratively, in line with Congressional intent of providing 140,000 visas annually to our community.

    2) Flexibility in the USCIS interpretation of "same and similar" jobs, to allow promotions and job mobility. Current USCIS rule is restrictive and pushes the applicant to the end of the line, if they accept promotions.

    3) Allow filing of 'Adjustment of Status Applications', even when visa numbers are not available. This will not create an increase in visas, but will allow a number of immigrants to avail the benefits of changing jobs while waiting for their visa numbers.

    4) Increase the period of Employment Authorization Document (work authorization) and Advance Parole (travel permit) to 3 years instead of the current practice of 1 year. This will reduce the burden on USCIS and on immigrants. It will also make travel to an immigrant's home country easier during emergencies.

    5) Allow visa revalidation in the US as before. Currently, immigrants have to travel to their home country to renew their visas. If it was performed here in the US, it would be helpful in making it easier to travel back and forth during emergencies.

    6) Restart premium processing for I-140 applications. Now that USCIS has cleared the receipting backlog, premium processing should be made available. Without it, many immigrants are unable to extend their stay beyond 6 years, if their labor certification was applied for after the completion of their 5th year of stay in the US.



    <<Full Name>>
    Web-site : http://www.immigrationvoice.org (http://www.immigrationvoice.org/)


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  • buehler
    09-13 01:22 PM
    Finally got greened. Got the CPO email for myself and my wife today. It has been more than 9.5 frustrating years since I came to this country. But I am finally happy that it came through.

    I am even more happy that I did not just leave it to time. I have been heavily involved with IV from the beginning. I have spent plenty of time and money on IV and happy to see that it has benefited myself and others.

    Don't loose heart. Keep fighting for what you think is fair.

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  • Macaca
    12-05 03:52 PM
    Fact-Checking Dobbs (http://www.democracynow.org/2007/12/4/fact_checking_dobbs_cnn_anchor_lou) CNN Anchor Lou Dobbs Challenged on Immigration Issues Democracy Now, December 04, 2007

    Guest: Lou Dobbs, anchor and managing editor of CNN�s Lou Dobbs Tonight. His latest book is �Independents Day: Awakening the American Spirit.�

    JUAN GONZALEZ: �CNN anchor Lou Dobbs may be the most important person in the 2008 presidential election aside from the candidates themselves.� That�s the opening line of a recent column by Christopher Gacek on the website Politico. Gacek goes on to write, �The bundle of concerns that Dobbs and his audience have about globalization, trade, diminished American sovereignty and immigration will be ignored by politicians at their own peril.�
    As anchorman and managing editor of the show Lou Dobbs Tonight, Dobbs has used his nightly program on CNN to help make immigration one of the most discussed issues of the 2008 campaign. Dobbs describes himself as an independent populist. He titled his latest book Independents Day: Awakening the American Spirit. His previous book was titled War on the Middle Class: How the Government, Big Business, and Special Interest Groups Are Waging War on the American Dream and How to Fight Back.

    AMY GOODMAN: Lou Dobbs also has his detractors, especially when it comes to immigration. He has been called the most influential spokesperson for the anti-immigration movement, and he�s been accused of being a fearmonger who vilifies immigrants and promotes xenophobia.
    But Lou Dobbs�s message has struck a chord with many viewers. Lou Dobbs Tonight is the second-most-watched program on CNN, and there�s even talk that Dobbs might make a possible run for the White House. Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund reported last month friends of Dobbs say he�s seriously contemplating running for president as an independent.
    Lou Dobbs joins us today in our firehouse studio for the hour. Welcome to Democracy Now!

    LOU DOBBS: Great to be with you.

    AMY GOODMAN: Are you running?

    LOU DOBBS: Absolutely not. It�s the last thing I could imagine. If I were a candidate, I can assure both of you that I would be the candidate of last resort in this country. That�s about 300 million people in line ahead of me.

    AMY GOODMAN: Well, you�ve written the book Independents Day. That�s with a �ts� at the end of �Independents.�

    LOU DOBBS: Right.

    AMY GOODMAN: What is the main thesis of this book?

    LOU DOBBS: The main thesis is that both political parties�the Republican Party, Democratic Party�have failed the American people, have, rather than held up our central fundamental national values as the standard to which all of our public policies should repair, has submerged them in trivia, wedge issues, and partisan blather and nonsense that is ultimately destructive to the American dream.

    AMY GOODMAN: What do you think are the most important issues today?

    LOU DOBBS: The most important issue in this country today is representation of the American people in Washington, D.C., which is being denied right now by corporate America, special interest, group and identity politics that are submerging the will of the majority in this country. The fundamental tenet of any democracy is representation of the will of the majority, and that is being denied through elitists in both business and government and politics. And we have to fundamentally examine where we are and where we want to be going over the course of this next century. And that is not happening, not in the presidential campaigns of both parties. It�s not happening in Washington, D.C., even though we have a government in which the Democratic Party is leading the Congress, and the Republican Party, the White House.


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  • gapala
    09-03 01:55 PM

    If any one is interested in signing and needs referral, Ping Me. I will send the referal link so that both of us will get 2 months free of service.


    WOW! First post to solicit the referals from members??? :confused:
    Well, Thank you for your offer.... Do we know you??;)
    Are you also waiting for your GC like most of us here?

    By the way, Welcome to IV.:)

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  • man-woman-and-gc
    01-13 11:54 AM
    Also, I have talked to atleast 3 more Colorado IV members who are going to write the letters in the next couple of days.


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  • gcseeker02
    05-22 12:22 PM

    My name on the birth certificate is "girl". What should I do correct it. I was reading on the forums, that we can get a written statement saying that the name was not decided when I was born. And submit that along with high school mark sheets etc. Are there any other things that could rectify this error.

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  • innervoice
    08-19 05:17 AM
    Got Greened Today.


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  • snathan
    08-27 03:58 PM
    I just talked to them. Rep said they can not match vonage offer.... I am already paying teleblend around $16 per month. I see no reason why I should not pay $9 more to Vonage in order to get Unlimited India Calling plan. (As I also spend atlest $20 - 25 on reliance india call additonally.)

    any other person there who talked to teleblend?

    Final price for vonage would be $33.

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  • SleeplessinSeatle
    11-07 03:04 PM
    Is it possible to file a class status suit?


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  • Mahatma
    08-09 02:28 PM
    My idea for presenting my views on NAME CHECK and PROGRAMMING problem is to REACH TO TRUTH as Mahatma Gandhi always preferred. I may be wrong also. Your views and comments would help improve this debate.

    If my suspicion is true, then this (programming blunder) would be a CODE BREAKER. I got this idea bacuse of my background in genomics and bioinformatics. For example, if a gene sequence is not done well and there are some errors, gene database may erroneously show wrong HITS. This is the reason why gene sequencing is done throughly and accurately to avoid wrong interpretation. For example, simple error could mean nothing or a million dollar discovery.

    If phoenetic program is appied to Davids and Johns, there would be countless hits. While they do not permit spelling error in your name during adjudication then why do they want to play with different spellings of your name??

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  • Macaca
    12-05 05:23 PM
    JUAN GONZALEZ: No, exactly. And I have a different perspective on that�

    LOU DOBBS: Sure.

    JUAN GONZALEZ: So you�ll indulge me.

    LOU DOBBS: Sure.

    JUAN GONZALEZ: But the fact is that immigration policy in this country has always been a means of rallying anger among the public.

    LOU DOBBS: Oh, nonsense.

    JUAN GONZALEZ: Yes, it has.

    LOU DOBBS: Nonsense.

    JUAN GONZALEZ: Lou, let me finish.

    LOU DOBBS: First of all�

    JUAN GONZALEZ: Let me finish, Lou, please.

    LOU DOBBS: Ridiculous. But, alright, go ahead.

    JUAN GONZALEZ: The Chinese�in 1882, the Chinese Exclusion Act�what was the claim against the Chinese, small population of Chinese immigrants? The claim was that they were involved in drugs, that they were bringing crime, that they were a danger to the country, and the country passed in 1882 a Chinese Exclusion Act. The same thing in the 1920s.

    LOU DOBBS: Are you holding me responsible? Or are�

    JUAN GONZALEZ: No, no.

    LOU DOBBS: Because I can�t find germane or relevant point there.

    JUAN GONZALEZ: What I�m telling you is that this has been done over and over again. This has been done over and over again. And precisely�

    LOU DOBBS: Juan, according to you�

    JUAN GONZALEZ: Let me finish, Lou. Precisely because�because the country is an immigrant nation, it�s easy to divide the people along ethnic and racial lines over the issue of immigration.

    LOU DOBBS: You�re the only one doing it.

    JUAN GONZALEZ: Over the issue of immigration.

    LOU DOBBS: You�re the only one doing it.

    JUAN GONZALEZ: No, I�m not. No, I�m not.

    LOU DOBBS: You�re socio-ethnocentric to the point of absurdity.

    JUAN GONZALEZ: You know very well that 75% of the undocumented immigrant population in this country comes from Latin America. And not only that, 65% comes from one country: Mexico.

    LOU DOBBS: That is right.

    JUAN GONZALEZ: So the crux of the illegal immigration problem in the United States is the question of Mexico and the United States�

    LOU DOBBS: Correct.

    JUAN GONZALEZ: �and the relationships between Mexico and the United States. Mexicans are the larger source of immigration to this country from any nationality.

    LOU DOBBS: What is your point?

    JUAN GONZALEZ: So that the question is that there is a huge disparity between the economic levels in Mexico and the economic levels in the United States. And you have properly said many times on your show that American companies are creating the problems, rather than helping to alleviate the problems. All that would be needed to do is to raise the economic level in Mexico and the entire illegal immigration population problems would decline in this country. And not only that, but the country, if it had a higher immigration quota in connection with�

    LOU DOBBS: Are you giving me instruction, or are you telling me what we agree upon?

    JUAN GONZALEZ: No, we don�t agree. We don�t agree, because you are demonizing illegal immigration as a separate issue, rather than dealing with the realities that Mexico and the United States must find a way to build better closer economic ties and raise the levels for both countries.

    LOU DOBBS: Your view is�as I take it, you and Amy believe that if we just had more illegal immigration, the crime rate would drop and the economy would boom in this country.


    LOU DOBBS: That�s, on its face, absurd.


    LOU DOBBS: Secondly, I have, over the�over five years in reporting on this issue, repeatedly pointed out that the investment in Mexico by the United States has been paltry and absurd and diverted to China, instead of to this hemisphere, and particularly Mexico. The results could have been quite different. So when you talked about these issues, you�re preaching to the choir, and you know that. The fact that you would focus on a couple of reports on tuberculosis, leprosy, the issue of the CCC in a flash�what amounts to a flash frame, folks�

    AMY GOODMAN: And all the guests connected to it since.

    LOU DOBBS: And all of those guests. How many would you say? Five?

    AMY GOODMAN: Oh, I can keep going. I just thought�

    LOU DOBBS: I would like�

    AMY GOODMAN: �I should give someone else a chance here to have�

    LOU DOBBS: No, really, I think you should keep going, because the reality is, illegal immigration in this country is not going to be overwhelmed by this nonsense. The reality is, the Southern Poverty Law Center is an advocacy group right now. The ADL is an advocacy group right now. Pro-illegal immigration, pro-open borders, both of you, ideologically�I understand that, and I can deal with that.

    But the reality is, there is such a thing as the national interest. There is such a thing as the common good. And it�s not ethnocentric. It�s not group and identity politics. It�s all about this country, because this political system makes this economy possible. And the fact that people are starving in Mexico�and my heart goes out to them�the reality is there are five-and-a-half billion people in the world who are more impoverished than those folks in Mexico. And that land bridge does not give Felipe Calderon or Vicente Fox or any other group of activists the right to dictate the US immigration policy. That�s the reality.


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  • l1fraud
    06-15 06:49 PM
    Thanks guys.. there may be a good news to share.. not from authorities BUT from our client side.. will confirm the same before announcing it here.. also awareness and education works at times... please keep your client management informed about this laws and regulations.

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  • HV000
    08-04 07:53 PM
    FBI NAME CHECK banners (see below) should be displayed during the september rally to illustrate the painful delay in the NAME CHECK process.




    Media and Congress WILL PAY to this issue!


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  • sledge_hammer
    06-23 04:56 PM
    I am going to put (c)(9) for both me and my wife.

    What did you put in for the question 16 (Last Question) ? is it c9?

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  • nk2006
    09-16 09:22 AM
    House Judiciary Committee Schedules Continued Mark-Up of H.R. 5882 and Others

    Its good that its rescheduled. We again have a chance.
    I called everyone in the list once - will do it again with my wife today/tomorrow. Please everyone do it and encourage others (your family members / friends/ etc) to call - it wont take much of our time can impact our future in a big way.

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  • sc3
    08-20 07:39 PM
    Dear Mr. <insert ombudsman's name here>,

    SUB: Visa allocation for employment based third preference workers

    I am one of the thousands of employment based third category worker waiting for the priority dates to be current since many years. As you must be well aware that the backlog for EB3 category, and in particular for the Indian chargeability category has been lagging behind by almost 7 years, part of which is due to heavy subscription for the category.

    All through the years, heavy demand in EB3 category was in part alleviated by the spill-over visas from other categories. This was mainly due to unused visas in employment based first category, and to a lesser extent from employment based second category. For FY2008, the long standing spill-over utilization rules seems to have been changed, resulting in a drastic reduction of visas available to EB3 category.

    While I am not aware of an official guidance or a memo that details the impetus behind the change, it is widely accepted in the immigrant community that AC21 legislation played a major role in the change of rules.

    The immigrant community is confused by this new reading as the confluence of AC21 along with pre-existing legislations does not make the spill-over of EB1 into EB3 disappear. AC21 legislations clarifies that the visa numbers in one category must have no consumers within the same category before it be released for use by other category. That is any number within EB2 will not be granted to EB3 unless there is no demand with EB2 for that number [Do we need this additional clarification?].

    Spill-over from EB1 is dictated by the original text of section <$insert section here>, which seems to state that both Eb2 and EB3 should simultaneously benefit from the additional numbers. This reading is supported by the hypothesis that the EB5 spill-over which is mentioned in EB1 has not further mention in EB2 or EB3, but still the numbers from EB5 spills further down into EB2 and EB3 when Eb1 does not fully utilize the numbers.

    Furthermore, in the Visa bulletin for July 2008, it is mentioned that the spill-over numbers are required to be assigned to the longest pending case first. I assume, though not explicitly stated, that this assumes per-country caps to be reached first.

    Given the current trend in the priority dates for EB3, it is very clear that the spill-over from EB1 is being denied for EB3 preference, and this is causing tremendous hardships to people who have been waiting for long periods of time. I am sure that you agree that waiting for 7 years for a green card is extremely unfortunate.

    I hope you to hear back about your views on the spill-over allocation, and hopefully see some action that will alter the spill-over rules to allocate unused EB1 numbers to alleviate the wait times being seen by employment based third preference workers.

    Thanking you,

    09-30 02:55 PM
    This is what i am doing to call a cell phone or any land line in india. Vonage has a call forwarding feature. Simply log in to your vonage account and go to features and configure the call forwarding feature.Configure such that the call is forwarded after 20 sec's. Intially vonage rings and after that it is forwarded to the india cell or landline forwarding number. Its free of charge as calling from vonage to india #'s is free. Hope this puts the debate to rest.

    I already took Vonage world phone. I am happy with it. However, I happened to see somewhere in the thread about Lingo offering india calling even through the mobile. That had me give a second thought on switching over to Lingo.

    However, when I read the fine print on the lingo site, it mentions you cannot call Mobile phones in India. This catch makes me go crazy. Can some one confirm how are they handling with this constraint. Is that still a good option to switch over vonage to lingo based on this single feature?

    Thoughts are welcome...

    03-27 12:08 AM
    There is a whole lot of good information about citizenship or immigration status discrimination at http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/osc

    From their Employee Brochure:

    If an employer has denied you work or fired you because she or he will not accept your work authorization as proof of your legal right to work in the U.S., or they only hire U.S. citizens or permanent residents, she or he is breaking the law. You need to show the employer the List of Legal Work Papers on the left. If the employer still insists on seeing a particular document, or refuses to hire you, call OSC right away.

    From their Employer Brochure:

    As an employer, to avoid employment discrimination based on nationality or citizenship status, you must -
    Treat all people the same in announcing the job, taking applications, interviewing, offering the job, verifying eligibility to work, hiring, and firing.

    From OSC Update newsletter April 2004:

    ...various internet job boards list numerous job postings requiring that applicants be U.S. citizens or permanent residents (or “green card” holders) only. In addition, many job postings, especially for positions in the high tech industry, express a preference for H-1B visa holders only. In most cases, it is unlawful discrimination to require job applicants to have a particular citizenship status or immigration status. An employer may require U.S. citizenship or permanent residence for a particular job only when required by law, regulation, or government contract.

    2. Can’t I just require that applicants have a “green card?”

    No. A “green card only” (generally used to refer to a permanent resident card) policy will almost always violate federal antidiscrimination law.

    If you are told by an employer (verbally or in writing) that they will consider only citizens or green card holders, call the OSC hotline. They may not give you the job based on some other criteria but they will not discriminate anybody else in the future.

    If you find any job posting or ad which states that they will hire only citizens or green card holders, or explicitly declines to hire somebody with EAD, post it here. If you don't wish to, maybe somebody else can make the call.

    In most cases it would be pure ignorance on the recruiter's part. A simple phone call from OSC will clear that.

    Of course the best course is to avoid bringing up EAD in the first place. But if it comes to that, you can reach out to OSC, even if you don't have anything in writing.

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