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    06-25 01:00 PM
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  • dealsnet
    12-06 07:21 AM
    My wife got all the AP paperback after her return from India. One AP have stamp. Two AP papers are not touched.

    Multiple entry AP allow you to enter many times. You will get 3 copies, of which 1 will be retained by the Airlines, 2nd at the POE, 3rd after stamping back to you by the Officer. You can use the 3rd one for the subsequent trips and do not hand it over to anyone. (Request the Airlines and Officer to take copies of it, if they want).

    If you have time and money during your trip back home, you may get your H1 visa stamp, but it is not necessary.


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  • black_logs
    03-01 03:46 PM
    They have special love for 45 days. recently they have come with 45 days expiry days for the labor, How insane a dept. can be , this is a perfect example !!!!!

    I wonder why they didn't write
    9+10 = 45

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  • babloo_73
    06-30 02:33 PM
    Guys and Gals,

    It's all speculation... Wait and see... we will all be fine... if you have your papers ready then file it.......

    I'am staying positive..... Want y'all to do it too....

    All the best....


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  • roseball
    10-16 05:05 PM

    My green card petition was applied under "Computer and Information Systems Manager" job title. Recently, I get a full-time job offer from another employer with a much lesser salary but, considering the current job market and economy, I've no other option but to accept it. There's one little kink in this new situation: the title for the job I've applied for labor does not match with the one I'm offered (Software Engineer)

    These are my questions:

    1. Do I really need to apply AC21 now?

    2. If I apply AC21 with Software Engineer title what could be the consequence

    3. What if I try to get a letter from my new employer with job title as Computer and Information Systems Manager or some similar title. Do you think it'll work?

    If anyone has better idea, please advise me. I'd really appreciate all your help.

    Thank you very much...

    Your new job duties and job code should be the same/similar to the one on your LC. You should pay more attention towards job duties and job code for AC21. Matching job titles are good to have, but not a must for AC21.

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  • gsiskind
    05-12 04:04 PM

    The Original poster mentioned that he filed 485 on 08/06/2007 (and I believe he is employment based). Please note that all employment based categories were unavailable as per bulletin#109 (for august 07). So any EB 485 filer filed in August of 2007 was eligible for that only because of the bulletin 107 & further "July Fiasco events". Which means even if they filed 485 after July 31st, they in fact used the old fee structure.

    So ANY EB 485 filers between 08/01/2007 to 08/15/2007, still has to keep on paying fees for EAD (even though the rules change happened for filings after 07/31/2007). This is a special category of filers created by "July Fiasco".

    OK, I think the easiest way to deal with this is to look at the actual filing receipt for the I-485. If the receipt was for an amount reflecting the old fee schedule, then you need to pay for a new I-765 petition. If you paid the $1010 new filing fee, you would be okay with not paying.


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  • tampacoolie
    06-30 05:24 PM
    Nothing make sense here, since USCIS itself preparing for large volume of I485 cases in July. They infact stopped the premium processing effective from July 2nd. So why they have to go back to stone age dates? Moreover, new fee gets effective from July 29 and if anyone files on/after July 29 do not required to shell out AP and EAD renewal fees during endless I-485 approval. If they get everyone filed before july29, then everyone end up with paying AP and EAD renewal fees for next decade. This would generate lots of positive cash flow for USCIS and immigration attorneys. So they must be generating this panic attack to make sure everyone file July first week or second week.

    What a way to make some quick millions here :confused:

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  • kumar1
    12-26 12:48 PM
    Context is very important here. IRS has its own rules, USCIS has got its own and then universities have their own set of rules. I have had a lot of fight with university to get in-state tution fee on H-4 visa. So please explain your context and I can shed some more light on this topic (based on my own experience).


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  • whatamidoinghere
    09-10 03:17 PM
    After more than an hour drive to a shitty town in northern mass bottles please..cell phones be turned off...

    Officer: Purpose
    Me: Me approved my wife not
    Officer: cases..
    Me: Presented cases
    Officer: Yes you are approved...your wife is pending
    Me: Oh really that is a revelation....
    Me: Why so?is she preadjudicated?
    Officer: There could be many she is not pre-adjudicated...
    Me: What can we do to expedite as she is current
    Officer: Nuthin ....I was loosing my temper now...
    I said how long should one wait...I opened an SR I got a reply that they are doing additional review contact after 6 months..3 days later I get approval one has a clue...the right hand does not know what the left is wife is kicking me on the foot asking in native language be happy with yours do u want to loose urs too...
    Officer: gave a vague Monalisa smile...
    Me: Well I guess that's it I didn;t know anything after driving 60 miles that I didn't know before...

    On the way back got a mail from my attorney...he checked thru AILA and talked withan IO seems her biometrics need to be is ordered and she shld get it in 2 weeks she will be current next month keep fingers crossed...well my fingers are crooked and can't be straightened now...

    Hope the info helps..


    I'm in the same boat. Got my CPO mail 2 hrs after filing an SR last week, but still waiting for my better half to get the approval. I had filed a separate SR for her and it returned with a standard "will get back in 60 days" response. Oh well, after waiting many years I can wait a few more days...

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  • Blog Feeds
    05-17 12:40 PM
    Last week we became members of Global Alliance of Hospitality Attorneys (, this will allow us to serve our clients even better and offer solution to the ever changing global workforce that the hospitality industry is facing.

    Whether transferring employees between international properties or employing management trainees, immigration is an integral part of the hospitality industry. The top seven visa types utilized by the hospitality industry are the J-1, H-3,H2B, L-1,E2, TN and H-1B. The following is a brief outline of each of these visa types:

    E2 Visa (

    This is also known as the nonimmigrant investor visa. It is a temporary category that is granted in two-year to five year increments with no limits on the number of extensions. In comparison, the H-2B is limited to 10 months with 3 extensions. The E-2 category is available to citizens of countries that have a treaty of trade or commerce with the U.S. such as the Holland, France and the UK The State Department does not require any specific size investment. Rather it says the business owner must invest a "substantial amount of capital" that generates "more than enough income to provide a minimal living for the treaty investor and his or her family.".

    An E-2 allows European nationals to manage investments that are at least 50% Euro owned. The visa requires that the U.S. investment be substantial and generates a substantial income. While there are no hard and fast figures on what the minimum investment amount is, the USCIS generally require a business investment of $150,000 or more, but the investment amount depends on the nature of the business. For example, opening up a restaurant in downtown San Diego would require 500,000 dollars while opening up a Catering business firm may only require start up costs of $70,000. This is why there is no fixed figure on a minimum investment amount.

    The E-2 investor must show that its return on investment is more than what is necessary to merely support the investor in the U.S. Another example illustrates how this works. An E-2 investor wishes to establish a French Bakery and will invest $35,000 to buy the equipment. He expects the Bakery to generate $60,000 in gross sales. This business would probably not qualify because the gross income generated would not be substantial. The Bakery would only generate enough money to support the investor.

    H2B Visa (

    Temporary nonimmigrant classifications that allow noncitizens to come to the United States to perform temporary or seasonal work that is nonagricultural (such as hospitality or resort work) if persons capable of performing such a service or labor cannot be found in this country. Up to 66,000 new visas are available each year in this category. The number has been reached increasingly earlier every year. In Fiscal Year 2007, the first half of the cap was reached 3 days before the year began and the second half was met 4 months before the period began. From March of 2005 through September of 2007, returning workers were exempt from counting toward that cap due to the lack of temporary workers. Congress is considering renewing this popular policy.

    Employer's need must be temporary: Visas are only authorized if the employer can demonstrate a "temporary" need, that is, less than one year, and that the need is either a "one-time occurrence," a "seasonal need," a "peakload need" or an "intermittent need." The employer cannot use this category for permanent and long-term labor needs.

    Employee's intent must be temporary: The nonimmigrant worker must intend to return to his or her country upon expiration of his or her authorized stay. The worker may be required to prove ties to his or her home country.

    J1 Visa

    For seasonal/temporary employment, there is the J-1 Summer Work/Travel Program, which allows foreign college or university students to work in the U.S. during their summer vacation.

    This type of J-1 classification is valid for four months and allows the students to assist
    companies in meeting current labor demands. In addition, the biggest benefit to this type of J-1 classification is that the foreign students can do any type of work for the company. It is not necessary for the work to be related to the student�s degree.

    The Management Trainee J-1 visa classification is another viable option and is valid for twelve to eighteen months and considered relatively easy to obtain. The potential trainees must possess a post-secondary degree or professional certificate and one year of work experience in their occupational field from outside the U.S. Five years of work experience in their occupational field can also be used in place of the post-secondary degree or professional certificate.

    H3 Visa

    The H3 has become a popular option for many of our Hotel clients and we use it for certain trainees that need advanced training that is NOT available in their home countries.

    An application for an H-3 visa requires the prior filing with a BCIS service center of a petition by the foreign national�s prospective trainer on Form I-129 with an H Supplement, a training program including the names of the prospective trainees, and the proper filing fee. The petition may be filed for multiple trainees so long as they will be receiving the same training for the same period of time at the same location. Additionally, the petition must indicate the source of any remuneration received by the trainee and any benefits that will accrue to the petitioning organization for providing the training. The trainee must demonstrate nonimmigrant intent by having an unabandoned residence in a foreign country. There are no numerical limits on the number of H-3 petitions issued each year. H-3 visas are not based on college education.

    Upon approval of the petition, an I-797 Notice of Action of approval is issued by the service center. The foreign national submits the I-797 approval notice to an American consulate abroad with Form DS-156 and, if necessary, the DS-157 and other forms required by the consulate to obtain an H-3 visa stamp. A foreign national in the United States may apply for change of status to H-3.

    TN Visa

    NAFTA is the North American Free Trade Agreement. It creates special economic and trade relationships for the United States, Canada and Mexico. The nonimmigrant NAFTA Professional (TN) visa allows citizens of Canada and Mexico, as NAFTA professionals to work in the United States. Permanent residents, including Canadian permanent residents, are not able to apply to work as a NAFTA professional.

    The Conditions for Professionals from Mexico and Canada to Work in the United States

    * Applicant should be a citizen of Canada or Mexico;
    * Profession must be on the NAFTA list; - Hotel Manager is a NAFTA category
    * Position in the U.S. requires a NAFTA professional;
    * Mexican or Canadian applicant is to work in a prearranged full-time or part-time job, for a U.S. employer (see documentation required). Self employment is not permitted;
    * Professional Canadian or Mexican citizen has the qualifications of the profession

    Requirements for Canadian Citizens

    Canadian citizens usually do not need a visa as a NAFTA Professional, although a visa can be issued to qualified TN visa applicants upon request. However, a Canadian residing in another country with a non-Canadian spouse and children would need a visa to enable the spouse and children to be able to apply for a visa to accompany or join the NAFTA Professional, as a TD visa holder.

    L1 Visa

    L-1 category is meant for aliens coming to the United States on temporary assignment for the same or an affiliated employer for which the alien worked abroad for at least one year within the proceeding three years. Many large hotel chanins have takes advantage of this visa to bring top executives to the US locations or workers with specialized skills. The alien must be employed in a managerial or executive capacity (L-1A) or one involving specialized knowledge (L-1B). There is no annual limit on the number issued.

    The family members of L-1 alien can come to the U.S. under L-2 category. However, they cannot engage in employment in the United States unless they change the status to a nonimmigrant category for which employment is allowed.


    A U.S. employer or foreign employer (must have a legal business in the U.S.) seeking to transfer a qualifying employee of the same organization must file petition with USCIS.

    H1B visa

    Aliens coming to the United States to perform services in a specialty occupation or as a fashion model of distinguished merit and ability are classified under H-1B category.

    A maximum of 65,000 H-1B visas are issued every year. The H-1B visa is issued for up to three years but may be extended for another three years. Individuals cannot apply for an H-1B visa to allow them to work in the US. The employer must petition for entry of the employee.

    Specialty occupation is defined as an occupation, which requires:

    * Theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge, and
    * Attainment of a bachelor's or higher degree in the specific specialty (or its equivalent) as a minimum for entry

    A specialty occupation requires theoretical and practical application of a body of specialized knowledge along with at least a bachelor's degree or its equivalent. For example, architecture, engineering, mathematics, physical sciences, social sciences, medicine and health, education, business specialties, accounting, law, theology, and the arts are specialty occupations.

    We have processed H1B visas for Front Desk managers, food service managers, Chefs, Public Relations specialists, and Lodging Managers as well as other specialized positions.

    The above referenced visas will allow Hotels, Resorts and Restaurants to hire any type of workers needed to support their operations in the US. Hotels often face shortage in skilled labor, a careful usage of the above 7 visas will ensure constant flow of workers. Through our membership in the Global Alliance of Hospitality Attorneys, we will continue to offer our clients superior service.

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  • hsingh82
    04-28 12:09 AM
    Is there any minumum periods which i can reenter to us with the same old VISA. Means if i travel back on July/Aug and my VISA expires on Sept. I heard i should have a minimum 3 months validity for the VISA before i am reentering to US. Is that true?

    Some people say this is 6 months, I am not sure and I have been asking on various forums but haven't received a concrete answer yet.

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  • Dhundhun
    12-10 04:47 AM
    IV is doing self-immolation by not removing red/green/grey DOT system. Many IVans are fed-up with this and lost interest in providing feedbacks.

    DOT giving system is public domain reputation system, refer to

    Used positively, this system is very much useful, but if abused, it creates chaos.

    My feeling is that some anti-IVans are screwing IV through creating chaos now and then.


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  • retropain
    08-14 02:07 PM
    Congratulations my cuban friends!

    You no longer have to wait in this friggin' green card line

    Perhaps the most important measure is the decision to parole into the United States thousands more Cubans with close relatives here, thus reducing a backlog in family-based immigrant visas. While Homeland Security did not say how big the backlog is, it's said to be in the thousands.

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  • hsingh82
    04-28 12:09 AM
    Is there any minumum periods which i can reenter to us with the same old VISA. Means if i travel back on July/Aug and my VISA expires on Sept. I heard i should have a minimum 3 months validity for the VISA before i am reentering to US. Is that true?

    Some people say this is 6 months, I am not sure and I have been asking on various forums but haven't received a concrete answer yet.


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  • reddymjm
    04-24 09:32 AM
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  • kondur_007
    03-20 12:33 PM
    I received my 140 and 485 denial letters on Mar 19th. The reason cited for the 140 denial letter was "effect of failure to respond to a RFE". I received the RFE on my 140 dated Feb 8th on Feb 15th and my law firm sent out the response to the RFE that reached TSC on Mar 11th as per the Fedex receipt.

    What are my options going forth:

    (1) File a MTR? should I file this myself or work with my law firm on this? What is the effort involved in filing the MTR as I understand from the denial letter that I have until Apr 14th to file the MTR?

    (2)Is there any other means to communicate with TSC that my RFE response was received at TSC within the 33 day time limit and hence there is no basis for this denial?

    (3) Re-file a new 140 petition?

    Any inputs and other suggestions are appreciated

    Good, that makes things simple. File appeal or MTR (according to your attorney's advise) and it will almost certainly get approved. No need for new I 140. MTR/appeal is the only way of reopening this.

    Do it in timely fashion.

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    Frequently Asked Questions on Non-Receipt of 45-Day Letters and on the Process for Addressing Related Requests to Reopen
    The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) is aware that some employers or their legal representatives who have received �case closed� letters may not have previously received a �45-day� Center Receipt Notification Letter (�45-day letter�) from the Backlog Elimination Center (BEC) processing their respective cases. In additional instances, cases may have been closed after employers or their representatives responded timely to a 45-day letter.
    In the backlog, once the vital information in an application is fully entered into the OFLC database, a 45-day letter is the precursor to further processing of that application; the letter functions both as notice to the employer that its application has come up for full processing in the queue, and as a request for confirmation from the employer or its representative that the employer wishes to continue with the case. In cases where the letter attaches a list of corrections or deficiencies in the application, an employer must correct or address these before processing can continue. When a BEC does not receive a response to its 45-day letter, or this response is incomplete in responding to corrections, it closes the case
    The process and remedy described below are available to employers who believe a case has been closed due to issues surrounding the receipt of or response to 45-day letters, including:
    o Employers who did not receive a 45-day letter after one was issued by a Backlog Elimination Center (BEC); and
    o Employers who believe a case was closed after a timely and complete response to a 45-day letter. This includes employers advised of closure through either a case closure letter or a screenshot.
    This process is not available for applications closed on grounds unrelated to nonreceipt
    of or timely response to a 45-day letter, including applications withdrawn by an employer or its representative; applications for which the response to the 45-day letter was untimely or insufficient; or cases closed for late or insufficient response to any other correspondence or requests other than a 45-day letter. This process is also not an appropriate mechanism for employers, legal representatives, or workers named on an application to inquire about case status or issues not related to case closure. Under any of these additional circumstances, individuals are asked to make use of the more appropriate processes and remedies already in existence at the BECs.
    What should I do if I received a �case closed� letter but no 45-day Center Receipt Notification Letter? What if I responded timely to a 45-day letter but my case was subsequently closed? How can I notify the Backlog Elimination Center that I believe my case was erroneously closed and request the Center to reopen the case?
    Employers who believe one or more of their cases has been closed for reasons covered by this FAQ, and who wish to request those cases be reopened, must take the following steps:
    E-mail the BEC where the closed cased was pending, the Dallas BEC at or the Philadelphia BEC at
    The subject line of the e-mail should read �Request to Reopen�.
    Please limit each e-mail request to one application or case number; the nature of the process developed to respond to these requests limits to one the case numbers that can be addressed as a result of any inquiry. Employers with requests for multiple reopenings may submit as many e-mails as appropriate.
    The body of the e-mail must include the following information, to allow the BEC to locate, reopen, and prepare to resume processing the appropriate case:

    Name of employer and correct current address.

    Correct ETA case number, not a case number from a state workforce agency; alternatively, the e-mail should explain why an ETA case number cannot be provided.

    Correct current contact information for the employer�s attorney or agent (including name, address, and e-mail address).

    Name of the alien named on the application.
    The body of the e-mail must describe the reason(s) for the request, that is, why the employer believes the case was closed improperly, such as
    o �I am the employer/attorney on the application described below. I did not receive a 45-day letter but subsequently received a case closure letter.�
    o �I am the employer/attorney on the application described below. I received neither a 45-day letter nor a case closure letter, but the H-1B mailbox indicates my case has been closed.�
    o �I am the employer/attorney on the application described below. I received and responded timely to a 45-day letter but subsequently received a case closure letter.�
    What can I expect in response to my request to reopen?
    Upon each Center�s receipt of the employer or representative�s e-mail request, the Center will issue a standardized, automated electronic notification that the Center has received the request. Response time will vary, depending on volume
    of requests received through this electronic mailbox. The employer will receive a second e-mail informing them of the BEC�s determination to either reopen the case or keep the case closed. If the employer�s request is approved and the case reopened, this second e-mail will include a screenshot of the employer�s case reflecting the case is active. If an application is incomplete, the second e-mail will also include the 45-day letter originally sent to the employer and a corrections list. Employers and their representatives will not be receiving a separate 45-day letter or corrections letter by mail, and should treat these documents as requests for action.
    Employers should review the screenshot to ensure the BEC has reopened the correct case. If the screenshot shows the appropriate application, the employer will be able to confirm that its case is open and being processed because the �case status� section will not say �closed�, but rather another phase of the process.
    How do I respond to the second e-mail from the BEC, containing the screenshot and other information if relevant?
    The BEC will treat the employer�s original electronic request to reopen as the equivalent of a confirmation (in response to a 45-day letter) that the employer wishes to continue processing of a case and, if no additional changes or information are needed, will continue processing the case in the appropriate order.
    If an application was deemed incomplete at the time the BEC issued the original 45-day letter, and the attachments to the electronic response to the employer includes a corrections letter requests the curing of deficiencies, or any additional information, then � as with any 45-day letter � the employer or its representative must provide the additional information within 45 days to prevent further delays or re-closure of the application. Employers must submit such responses in hard copy, through the mail.
    May I contact the BECs by regular mail instead of email?
    No, the request to re-open a case must come into the centers electronically.
    Who may make the request to re-open a case if we believe it was improperly closed?
    Only the employer or attorney of record may make the request to re-open a case. A request from an alien will not be addressed.
    Do I have to submit my request to re-open a case within a certain time period?
    Yes, to be considered for reopening, all requests must be received by a BEC within 30 days of the publication of the policy announcement or within 30-days of the receipt of a case closed letter, whichever is later.
    To whom will responses be sent?
    The email responses will only be sent to the employer or attorney who initiated the request.
    What do I do if I have not received a �45-day� letter by July 21, 2006?
    If an employer does not receive a �45-day� letter by July 21, 2006, email the appropriate Backlog Elimination Center at for the Dallas BEC or for the Philadelphia BEC. The email must contain the following information:
    A. Attorney name and address
    B. Employer�s name and address
    C. Alien�s name and address
    D. Priority Date
    E. State or Regional location and/or number where case was originally filed
    OFLC will publish its policy regarding such cases under separate cover.

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    Default May 31, 2007
    May 31, 2007
    Dear Immigration voice members,

    We have made good progress in our membership base over the past 2 weeks. We are now more than 13,320 strong. Our members are our greatest asset and our grassroots efforts make us unique. It would be in the best interest of this community to use our energies by telling more people about this effort so that more members could join this effort.

    During the past 2 weeks we had about 20 media leads due to the efforts of our members and the media drive. This has translated into about 10 media interviews that are mostly on a national scale. There are some more media interviews in the process and we hope to have them published soon. Let us continue this media drive with enthusiasm.

    Our webfaxes, phone and email campaign has also been working. The response to it has not been as per our expectations yet. However even with limited participation we did hear comments about our campaign from some Senator offices. Hope more members take part in these campaigns. There have been some technical errors faced by few members this week. We have solved those iissues.We are also now going to pay more for a �Premium� service (3 times we pay now) so that the webfaxes can be sent smoothly without �backlogs� in the system.

    Its been more than a week since we started our funding drive for the CIR bill in Senate. We want to go all out with all our might and resources to get our provisions in the new CIR bill. As members have already seen how much this bill hurts our interests and if we do not do something ourselves we do not have much support from outside. The H1B increase provision has much attention, support for various lobbying groups and opposition at the same time from various anti-immigrant organizations. However our provisions and cause require much needed attention and support in order for us to succeed. Our cause is just and few technical changes can very well fix the problems faced by 1.1 million high-skilled applicants waiting for their greencards. For most lawmaker high skilled immigration issues only meant increasing H-1B numbers. Most lawmakers are now aware of employment based green card issues and are aware or organized effort called Immigration Voice. We have been able to convince large technology and healthcare companies/groups to recognize that employment based green card delays is a massive issue. But this is not enough for our provisions to come on the floor and be passed. Tremendous investment in lobbying efforts is required in the current CIR that is a disastrous bill for our community.

    There is a possibility that some of our provisions may get included in this CIR. Some of the amendments on Thomas already have some of our provisions along with H1B provisions. However the chance of those amendments passing is not certain.We are working hard to get something done. IV team is committed to explore every possibility and actively working towards that end. But please understand that it is not easy to get something done. There are hurdles we face due to the politics of the situation and intense lobbying of anti-immigrant organizations that are well funded. This is a hard reality. To get something done, it is of utmost importance that more members actively participate in this effort, contribute again and get new members to join and contribute to Immigration Voice. Each member visiting this forum needs to understand that it is your responsibility to actively participate in this effort because this is your effort, because this effort will solve problems that are yours and mine.

    Due to the hard work of immigration voice and its members over the past 1.5 year, many lawmakers are now ready to listen and do the needful for us. We are also working with several like minded organizations and groups to help our community. But that is not enough to get our provisions passed with a majority vote. It can be because we have not yet done our part to the extent it is required to collectively petition lawmakers with our grievances. This is one more reason why more active participation and contribution is required.

    The point is that Immigration Voice is doing everything that is possible. IV Core team member�s green card application is also pending and like other members, IV core team members are very passionate and motivated about solving the green card problems. We work hard during our regular work hours and on weekends, take vacations to travel on IV work and pay for the trip from our own pockets. We do this because we are also in this greencard mess like everyone else, and we feel responsible and commited to this effort. We all know that it is difficult to change things in Washington, especially when we are a small group. But we have experienced that it is possible that we can get our provisions passed. Immigration Voice needs more resources and this effort needs more active members. To achieve this, we need more resources in terms of contribution from all our members. (Note: Immigration Voice is Tax exempt under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code, since Immigration Voice is not an organization as described in section 170(c) of the code, donors may not deduct contributions that have been made) Immigration Voice would appeal all new members to please contribute and of the members who have already contributed in the past to please consider contributing again.

    With all our hard work over the past 1.5 year, we are well poised to make a difference and represent the high-skilled immigrant community in DC. Media also calls us for comments on any Immigration related news story. Other organizations and groups contact us for collaboration and to seek help. Many lawmaker offices now know us and our cause. And there is a lot that has happened since we started. Most of these things we are not able to disclose on the open forums. But please understand that we need more funds to continue this effort so that we could all see our provisions into law. Immigration Voice is not about one, five twenty of fifty of us. It is about all of us currently in the queue and those that are about to join the queue. Lobbying is very expensive and if we have hired the top lobbyists there is to help us, there are investments we need to make for it too. Now, if this is any indication of how far we have come, I assure all members that we can do it, together.

    In the past 2 weeks we got contributions ranging mostly between $10 - $100 and few $200 from roughly 100 members. I�m sure we all can do much better than that. Such amount can at best support hosting this website, pay for webfaxes and buy few hours of lobbying time from the best lobbyists there is in this country. Lobbying is the most important part of our effort and it can make a difference for our provision. Getting an amendment from a Senator�s office on Thomas is not our aim. We need to work hard to get it on the floor and be voted by a majority. This is a big task and huge lobbying effort is required if we have to go all out to get something done in this CIR bill.

    Please be assured that IV core team is doing whatever is possible with the limited resources. And regardless of what happens in the next few months, Immigration voice would urge all members and readers of these forums to please contribute to this effort. Because what IV core team will be able to achieve will ultimately depend on how much trust you put in this effort.

    Your IV team

    01-01 11:49 PM
    Are you considering actually stopping people from creating something in AS1? As you probably know anyway, AS2 is compiled to AS1 anyway, so a decision to limit entrants to only AS2 and AS3 would be totally arbitrary. :P

    Besides, most people who claim to be using AS2 just use AS1 with type annotations…

    Anyway, thanks for clarifying the background options. :)

    12-15 01:48 PM
    My lawyer had the following lines on this issue:

    However, on a positive note, you are eligible for a special benefit for persons born in India subject to immigrant visa retrogression issues. Since you have an approved I-140 visa petition, you will qualify for a 3-year extension of H-1B visa status, with subsequent extensions possible.

    It appears that the 3 year extension may not applicable to all countries. If you are not from India, you may like to check. If you check, please post the results for other persons. Thanks.

    that is just your lawyer's way of sugarcoating the fact that you are screwed if you are from India. the 3 yr extension is available to everyone.

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