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  • Leo07
    09-23 04:15 PM
    I guess we'll need to ADD to that number:
    1. BEC stuck folks who could not file in July 07
    2. PERM approvals starting August 07

    to the 47,728. Plus multiply by 2.1( for dependents ). That'll give the total VISA numbers required for this category to make it Current.

    If I have to guess-- (1) would be very less, may be 100-200 max
    (2) around 5000 ( just a PUMA)
    So, there are about 53000 EB2 I applications. and 2.1 * 53000 = 111300.

    If we can create 111300, EB2 I visas then it'll be CURRENT. easy:)

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  • veeru123
    02-27 01:57 PM
    Interview date: February 6th
    Consulate: Chennai
    Case: H4 for my wife(Same firm three year extension for my H1B)
    PIMS verification done by DOS on February 25th
    Passport sent to VFS for delivery on February 26th

    To those who did not get it yet, I suggest calling the DOS (202-663-1225) in the US and find out what is happening. They are more likely to give you better information than your lawyer or the consulate staff in India. I wish the consulate staff in India were more courteous.

    Extension cases are taking longer than new petitions. Typical processing times 10-15 days. In our case it took 11 working days for verification.

    To those who intend to travel to India for a new Visa stamp, call the DOS and verify that your information is in the system. Just tell them that you need to travel and would rather make sure the information is in place and then make travel arrangements. If you just have a week's vacation time be prepared for flight extensions as it takes more than a week to process the extension cases.

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  • bindoke
    08-19 10:24 PM
    Congrats...Not sure whats happening with my case :( The officer is just sitting on it. It went to his desk on Aug 3 :(
    same here Buddy, i was told that cases assigned to officer on Aug 3 and pre-adjudicated.(NSC)
    havnt heard back eversince. got standard reply to SR:
    "Your I-485 case as August 12, 2010 is currently under review. You should receive a decision or notice of other action within 60 days of the date of this letter."

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  • glamzon
    06-29 04:26 PM
    My Guess is , It is a rumour . since the USCIS suspended the I -140 Premium Service for the month of july . It clearly indicates they are aware/expecting many of the I -485 filings from July 1st and do not want to promise I- 140 decision in 15 days during July .


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  • Kalpen
    06-20 09:31 AM

    I am filing up form 485 and on Part 3 Section - Processing Information, there is a question asking for Nonimmigrant Visa Number.

    Any clue about this?

    Thanks in advance,


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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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  • Macaca
    10-28 09:41 PM
    Lou Dobbs Makes Spitzer Nightly Pinata ( By LARRY McSHANE | The Associated Press, October 28, 2007

    NEW YORK -- Lou Dobbs is sorry about calling Gov. Eliot Spitzer an idiot.

    Sincerely. As for ripping the New York Democrat as arrogant, spineless and "a spoiled rich kid brat," the host of CNN's "Lou Dobbs Tonight" stands by those nationally broadcast broadsides.


    Dobbs has made Spitzer an almost daily target over his recent plan to ease restrictions on illegal immigrants seeking New York state driver's licenses, mixing vitriol with sarcasm while endlessly lambasting the governor's decision.

    The lifelong Republican has taken on politicians of every stripe, as when he blasted the Bush administration over port security. But his nightly diatribe against Spitzer is notable for its intensity, and for elevating a state proposal onto the national stage.

    "What he's doing is an outrageous, arrogant abuse of power," Dobbs said in an interview before a recent show. "He's pandering to a constituency aligned directly against the interests of U.S. and New York state citizens."

    Dobbs's ire boiled over Tuesday night when he ripped Spitzer as an idiot _ and then offered an on-air mea culpa.

    "I'm the idiot," Dobbs said. "Governor, I apologize for calling you one. Your policies are idiotic. But I have to apologize for calling you an idiot."

    Dobbs shouldn't hold his breath waiting for a bouquet of roses (the state flower) and a thank-you note from Spitzer.

    "Mr. Dobbs has clearly demonstrated that he is not interested in a real debate on New York's driver's license policy change," said Jennifer Givner, a Spitzer spokeswoman. "He has repeatedly refused to offer balanced coverage of the issue."

    Dobbs has turned the first-term governor into a verbal pinata over his September announcement that illegal immigrants with valid foreign passports could obtain a driver's license.

    Spitzer has said the plan, set to go into effect this December, would make New York safer by bringing its 1 million illegal immigrants "out of the shadows."

    On Saturday, Spitzer cut a deal with the Bush administration that would still allow the state to issue licenses to illegal immigrants _ although the agreement required that their licenses would be clearly marked to indicate they are not valid federal ID.

    While advocates on either side of the flap said Spitzer had backed down, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff was still upset by the state's decision to license illegals.

    The Spitzer decision reversed a 2002 order by former Gov. George Pataki issued after the 9/11 attacks, and placed Spitzer directly in Dobbs' cable crosshairs. But Dobbs, while perhaps the highest-profile critics of the plan, is not alone: a state poll showed 72 percent of New Yorkers opposed Spitzer on this issue, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has also expressed skepticism.

    Spitzer, in a speech last week, noted that "despite the hysteria this policy has created in some circles, it is simply a return to the policy we had for most of our state's history."

    Dobbs is hardly swayed by the history lesson, complaining the relaxed license requirement could produce voter fraud and raise security issues. Spitzer has ignored repeated invitations to appear on the program, Dobbs said; the show has turned down guests supporting Spitzer, including former national counterterrorism adviser Richard A. Clarke, according to Givner.

    Dobbs, who has made immigration one of his show's centerpiece issues, was criticized this week in a New York Times editorial for his Spitzer bashing.

    "Mr. Dobbs has trained his biggest guns on Mr. Spitzer, branding him with puerile epithets like `spoiled rich-kid brat' and depicting his policy as some sort of sanctuary program for the 9/11 hijackers," the Times wrote. "Someday there may be a calm debate, in Albany and nationally, about immigrant drivers.

    "With Mr. Dobbs at the megaphone, for now there is only histrionics and outrage."

    Dobbs isn't expecting any apology from the Times. And he has few kind words for the newspaper.

    "The New York Times is the house organ for Gov. Spitzer," Dobbs said. "They're wrong on this issue, as they are on many others."

    Dobbs draws a nightly audience of roughly 800,000, making him second in CNN viewers to Larry King's nightly program. He has no intention of lightening up on Spitzer.

    "Why should I?" Dobbs asked. "He's wrong. This issue is of vital importance to the state of New York and the nation. My job as an advocacy journalist is to confront directly abuses of power and wrongheaded politics."

    And sure enough, 24 hours after his "idiot" apology, Dobbs was again taking shots at Spitzer.

    "This governor is irresponsible," Dobbs told his audience. "It's clear arrogance. ... He has declared himself to be what people hoped he would not be _ and that is an arrogant tool of special interests."

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  • pakrish
    08-17 11:17 AM
    It's tough to tell. According to processing times on, I-90 takes 3.5 months in Nebraska service center. But the form is supposed to be mailed to Phoenix and I could not find any times for the Phoenix office. Since it's a simple correction, I'm hoping a 2-3 week turnaround time but be prepared for a 3+ month wait. If you need to travel, it's better to get an I-551 stamp in your passport so you can travel regardless.
    Thanks Rams75 so I guess I need to get an INFOPASS to get the I-155 stamp on passport?


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  • snram4
    01-30 12:04 PM
    You have chance of winning lawsuit if they reject you just based on immigration status. But in USA the employment is at will basis. Both employer and employee can take that option. Last year when I got offer letter that was specified in first page that this employment is at will basis. Lawsuits are more expensive. Generally lawyers will share the benefits of compensation if they take the case freely

    now ford, gm, capitalone and I'll post mine when i hear about the explanation from legal.

    i dont know if u can sue without much written proof, or if they refused to interview you. but if you do have an interview etc., and some written proof, we may have something

    a class action lawsuit ? if a lawsuit is expensive i am sure there are some lawyers who take on cases either probono or we all pool in our money and do something...

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  • prashantc
    01-25 02:37 AM
    Well even if you use AP, you need a passport, dont you? And the passport must be with the Consulate pending stamping. So one way to get the passport back is to withdraw the visa application.

    A question though: is'nt it abandoning your H1B1 visa tenure if you enter on AP even with a valid H1B remaining?


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  • feedfront
    09-23 03:21 PM
    I had the same issue...
    Here is the short version of how it unfolded. I've seen some quick responses from USCIS.

    9/15/2010 - USCIS email indicating that cards mailed for both me and spouse
    9/16/2010 - Spouse received card
    9/21/2010 - Got email (LUD) that my card returned undelivered.
    9/22/2010 - Called customer service updated the address
    9/23/2010 - Got my card in mail (wrapped in an usps priority envelope) with tracking number

    I was pleasantly surprised with the fastness of USCIS.



    My attorney's office contacted USCIS and was told that USCIS has current address on system :cool: They told that since the case is waiting for RFE it must have happend by mistake :confused:

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  • abuddyz
    01-08 09:55 AM
    Dear Smisachu/ and others:
    I was also planning to go to Kolkata this summer to extend my H1B for another 3 years. Now, I am so scared reading all about the PIMS verification; delay of issuing visas; and returning passports. I am also sacred because I did not apply for any AP because at the time of applying for my 485 my H1B was valid (in fact it is valid till July 08).
    So, what would you guys advise me to do:
    (1) Go to Kolkata (with my 485 receipt notice, original) and return before my
    current H1B expires in July 08? Or, (2) apply for an AP (it is my understanding that AP is rejected by USCIS if someone has a valid H1B)? Please advise. Thanks.

    this is my thinking... number of cases which are getting delays due to this PIMS check should be considerably less when we calculate in terms of percentage... all the persons who are getting passport quickly may not be coming to these forums as they will be busy in their India trip (though there are few people who posted and I salute them). And I guess whose passport get delayed .. most of those must be coming to such forums... so in terms of percentage it might be 10% or less of cases.. so if we decide to go for stamping, there will be risk of passport delay but the probability will be less...

    these are just my thoughts.. no other source of information.


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  • BharatPremi
    09-24 01:40 PM
    Thanks BharatPremi for your great analysis and honored to give one green today! :)

    Thank You sir for giving me a "Green" :)

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  • deardar
    01-25 10:29 AM
    We are planning to make a trip to Hyderabad, India along with my wife and my little baby boy. After reading all of your experiences, I am not sure which one should I opt for. We have an expired Visa on passport, planning to Use AP. As we are travelling first time with the little baby boy, I am looking for some hassle free flying. I stay pretty closer to Harrisburg, PA ...thanks

    Recently, my friends flow KLM to hyd via JFK. they came back safe. I will let you know the exp once i talk to them.


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  • dwhuser
    10-06 04:34 PM
    Congratulations SOP for your wife's GC approval !!! I'm sorry to hear she was ill... Hope she is feeling better now. I have a couple of quick questions, did she give her biometrics before tha approval like the IO mentioned or did she get the straight approval...Also did she have any loft LUD's. Curious because I'm in the same boat and had a soft LUD on 9/24/2009 and no update on status though...still shows as initial review.

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  • AreWeThereYet
    08-17 11:36 AM
    Hi guys

    Just now (12.30 PM EST) I got a mail from USCIS saying your application has been approved. I didn't do anything (never opened SR or contacted Senator) but last week I did had an info pass appointment which was useless. MY PD was Feb 2005 EB2 INDIA (The fun part is My AP and EAD are still pending for over 4 months)
    Wish you good luck guys

    Thanks again

    Enjoy your green status.


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  • sk123
    10-22 06:07 PM
    I will join your club. My dates are exactly like yours Except RD is Aug 13th.
    Rest PD,ND, TSC ,EB2 ...all are same.
    Opened SR 9/5...wait for 6 months letter recieved
    Called IO....nothing new
    Last week Sent letter 7001 form.
    Lost all the hopes......

    My PD : Mar-04
    RD: 14Aug07
    ND: 12Oct07
    TSC EB2
    I have not tried much yet though. I just called and have them Open SR today.

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  • funny
    09-09 05:47 PM
    Called everyone from pappu's list.

    Thank you.

    Lets not discuss october visa bulletin....Leave it to USCIS, Please do what you can do....CALL CALL..spend sometime calling the numbers as oppose to using your crystal ball to predict the October Visa bulletin......


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  • mallikonnet
    07-09 10:00 PM
    This is just a message to 2005/2006/2007 PD guys. Please don't think that some miracle will happen and dates will be current soon, it will take its own time. Mostly for EB2 & EB3June 2006- June 2007 guys, it will be like a lottery if the PD becomes current somewhere in 2007 Oct-Nov time. Right??
    So life is not always easy. There are people waiting since 2002-03-04.
    Don't think that life is not a FIFO always.

    Why some of the guys became violent when I said, INDIA IS GREAT???
    Guys.. do you know why I always feel like this???

    As my parents,in laws and most of my relatives stay there. Not only mine, allmost all guys who are in the IV, they must have parents and relatives in India for sure. There is no other reason why I said India is great.

    Someone asked me to pack up... YES, I will if nothing happens;however, I will be waiting to see the progress for sure. This is July. Let's have a look over OCT bulletin after 2 months and for sure dates will move atleast 4-6 months for EB2 guys and 1 year for EB3 guys. So wait, be patient, instead of doing all this.
    Anyway, our turn will come sooner or later, so why to become impatient just seeing the JULY bulletin CURRENT and then "U".

    Mainly this is the message for 2005-2006-2007 PD guys. Please don't take it otherwise.
    I agree what you said but why the heck the USCIS make my life restless for 2 weeks. i spent 5000 dollors for nothing... that is what we are asking for not to go ahead of people with older priority dates

    08-27 12:37 PM
    5000 minutes Limit, I did not know that ................... where does it say in fine print, do you have any link for same.

    Thanks a lot for alerting everyone ...........

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    legal shortcut.

    >> This shows your poor understanding of how an Indian company is being operated

    Grow up dude... You don't have any facts or knowledge on this only you have hatered

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