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  • nixstor
    05-19 11:14 AM
    From office of 'Hilda Solis', staff said that congressman is already
    supporting those bills.

    LOC does not show co sponsorship of any of these bills by Hilda Solis. We will keep monitoring the updates.

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  • naidu2543
    05-15 01:37 PM
    I got an appointment with Mr.Gotcher tomorrow and will keep you posted. Please let me know if you have any specific questions. I will respresent the same with Mr.Gotcher.


    Let me know if you need any help. I will share the expenses if you incur any for this consultation.

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  • StarSun
    03-24 02:05 PM
    Thank you for registering with Immigration Voice for the advocacy efforts in Washington DC. Your participation in such efforts will help tremendously in bringing about the positive changes we seek.

    Many of you may have questions regarding the advocacy event. To answer your questions, we are holding a conference call this weekend. An email was sent out to confirmed members today with the subject line: IMPORTANT: IV Advocacy Conf Call Info. Please check your email for the conference call details and other important information.

    The conference call in number and details cannot be made public.
    Thank you.

    Maps for reference:
    1. Buildings 1, 2, 3 and 8, 9, 10 are the ones we will be visiting. (
    2. Situation Room and Legislative office buildings. (,+Washington,+DC&daddr=Longworth+House+Office+Building,+Independenc e+Avenue+Southwest,+Washington+D.C.,+DC&geocode=FaODUQIdY-Ro-yG7bOSMrwDdqQ%3BFQFgUQIdRvFo-ymb9gYkKri3iTHBQQ_MBb8dGw&hl=en&mra=ls&sll=38.890381,-77.008903&sspn=0.010121,0.025105&ie=UTF8&ll=38.892102,-77.008753&spn=0.010121,0.025105&z=16)

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  • EdenMN
    05-17 09:31 AM
    Can we call these members Senators/representatives today(Saturday) . Are they working on Saturday?


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  • Kodi
    05-08 09:53 AM
    I just confirmed with my attorney, they're filing with the Atlanta office.

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  • Meenal
    09-20 04:03 PM
    Now that I have talked about so many people....let me tell you what I did to freak out Aman.....

    Sunday afternoon, Aman asked me to take out about 5,000 printouts of our documents and put them in 120 folders for the meetings on Monday. I started doing it but the printer was painfully slow. After a while, I figured it will take me hours to do it and I was getting restless because I go to gym daily and I had not worked- out that day. I decided to run upstairs to the fitness centre and get done with it.

    I came back in about 1.5 hrs., and there was a big chaos - so many printouts flying around!! Aman looked tensed. Anyways, I worked 5 hrs straight and with the help of great volunteers there I was able to get all those 120 folders ready for the monday morning.

    So much so for my Obsessive Compulsive Behaviour! Needless to say, I didnot work-out the other 2 days....didn't want people to know I am crazy :)



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  • forever_waiting
    01-12 12:55 PM
    So are we ready to create a group of 20-30 people who will schedule appts with their lawmakers and discuss overall IV provisions along with support for this specific bill?? Hundreds of such bills are introduced every year in Congress (this specific bill has been introduced several times in the past) we need to truly understand whether there is any appetite for lawmakers to vote for it..instead of re-assuring ourselves that this bill will somehow help us.

    My lawmaker appt is on Feb 3rd. We need a structured approach with a proper group whose members follow up with each other and keep updates from lawmaker meetings. Not random posts on this thread, once in a while, that "I sent spam mails to all my senators..(mails that they will never read)". Lawmakers receive hundreds of emails everyday.
    we need to create a grassroots rapport with lawmakers.

    Every member who is discussing this thread and thinks this bill has a chance, schedule a meetign with your lawmaker today so that you can discuss OVERALL IV provisions and get a specific response on whether they will support, co-sponsor and vote for this bill. That will give us a direct answer instead of us speculating on the thread for months together.
    If we get 40-50 lawmaker meetings scheduled over the next 3-5 weeks, that itself will provide us with enough feedback to decide whether this bill is worth it or not.
    The point I am trying to make is that IV core is here to guide us and support us with national level advocacy. Nothing is going to happen in Congress until the grass roots efforts pushes congressmen/congresswomen/senators to think about a bill. Us sitting here and requesting IV to take up a cause (without any grassroots effort to back it up) is NOT going to help.
    Its only after meeting a lawmaker that we realize how Congress works. No one is waiting to fight our cause...we have to push for it and use the IV platform.
    So the plan can be -
    1) everyone here who is positive about this bill..schedule a lawmaker meeting. I volunteer to coordinate the list of lawmaker meetings scheduled.
    2) create a googlegroup with list of people working on the initiative. Keep track of feedback from each meeting.
    3) WIth the feedback from the 40-50 meetings, we will know if this bill has any steam. Even if not, we will at least have established a rapport with local lawmaker offices which can be used for other piecemeal legislations that come up.
    4) Keep the list of lawmaker meeting volunteers open and growing so that we will eventually have a large group of grass-roots volunteers regularly working on lawmaker meetings. These folks can keep track of legislations (through the forum, coordinator) and immediately schedule grass-roots advocacy/meetings when needed.

    We have to create a culture and a habit within the EB community of regularly meeting with lawmakers so that every one of our local lawmaker offices has our issues on their fingertips (even if they oppose us). merely coming to a forum and requesting iv core to do all they can, the day before a bill is to come to vote, is (for lack of other terms) plain stupid.

    Is anybody in?

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  • susie
    08-20 11:51 PM
    My child aged out on Aug 25th last year. MY labor was filed in 2001 and took 6 years to clear. My I-140 was approved in March 2007.

    How long was your I 140 pending and what is the dob of child?


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  • shreekhand
    09-03 04:42 PM
    They will definitely answer that...for my case they did that twice, once from the West Coast IIO phone center (Immigration Information officer i.e level 2 after getting transferred from contractor level one) and the second time directly from a NSC officer.

    They will not answer that. If you have filed via AR-11, you can assume it goes into their system instantly. I was in the same situation. I change my address in November, docs delivered in Dec came at the new address.

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  • SGP
    04-07 05:01 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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  • sachin76
    06-01 02:18 PM

    I applied my EAD Renewal on April 5th. I have receipt with me but my EAD is not approved. Right now I don't have any other option other then EAD. I am little bit worried. Please let me if anyone on the same board. as well pls let me know and what are my options. EAD is going expire on end of July.


    I applied on 4/19. No response yet. Mine is expiring in end of July.

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  • The7zen
    07-14 03:42 PM
    I agree totally!! I understand the need for IV not to lobby for just one community EB2 or
    EB3...but the fact is that all we see is movement in EB2 and no to very little movement in EB3....the most retrogessed and most in need community is EB3...

    For new people like us, how do we get motivated for donation and all these things when we see rest of the people who are doign this still waiting for months to see some light at the end of the tunnel??
    I think what would help is an action plan by IV stating what they would be doing in weeks or months to come....
    may be do a campaign like a flower campaign or something to really get the attention if not this beginning of next year, when we think that CIR may be moving....
    I think we are lacking an action plan here....and may be thats what we need for new people to get motivated towards....

    Mr. Pagal,
    Its very unfortunate, that most of us are very active only when a Visa Bulletin is released, bickering about EB1, EB3, EB1 etc. Then the topic dies until the next visa bulletin is released.
    There are plenty of action items to do, have you checked those, I recommend you do that ASAP. Mind that the IV core also has a professional and personal life, no one pays them to do what they do at IV. Simply pointing fingers at others will not help with our cause. Contributing some $$ is also an action Item, I suggest you start with that.

    Have a good one!!


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  • sbvw76
    11-27 09:14 AM
    Thank you! That does help. I shall provide an affidavit.

    And the link is useful too.

    Now a general question : for kids of 5 or 8 year old, the application should have their 'thumb print', right? It does say "thumb print of applicant or legal guardian", but I see no value in signing for them - there's no way to identify the child if I sign there... Or am I missing something why it's better for me to sign? (There's two places for signature/thumb-print : to sign for the application, and also at the 'specimen signature' spot).

    I asked my 6 year old son to write his name..he wrote in big fonts..they accepted it and pasted below his photograph in the passport.

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  • bugsbunny
    03-24 03:16 PM
    Speaking for myself, I'm not seeing the value.

    So...when I see them advocating for things that will make a difference, I might consider contributing at that time.

    JeffDG What is important to you and what would you like IV to be advocating for?

    I believe IV should take this very seriously
    I do believe all of IV's causes are good
    but i rarely see a vote on what IV plans to advocate for

    Perhaps having a list of issues displayed somewhere for all to see would be beneficial
    Regular polls would also be good
    When people see a cause that they truly care about being taken up...the contributions will automatically increase

    For a long time i was reluctant to contribute cause i had no idea what issues IV takes up when it plans Advocacy events

    Jeff contributing towards IV is like contributing to any non-profit, you can never be truly sure how and where your money will be utilized. As long as you share the same greater cause, it should not stop you from making atleast minimal contributions.


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  • meena42
    05-15 03:53 PM
    Hi Edd,

    Thanks fo rthe reply, in my case, it was not a mistake by the registrar, my grand parents just happened to give ' a name' and when my parents enrolled me at school, they gave my current name. I am not sure, if I hav a official govt doc saying my current name is the changed name from my old name, will this help as a valid document.

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  • dhesha
    08-04 07:14 PM
    Just received an email from USCIS about approval of 485. For some reason my wife's case is still pending.
    Good Luck to everyone.
    Which service center?


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  • redgreen
    01-13 04:22 PM
    I couldn't find any of your blogs in IV blogs!

    Anyway as someone suggested can you post all of your transactions in the last one week, atleast. Did you gain or lose?
    What is the percentage profit you made since you started day trading, last year, last three months, last month, last week, etc.

    I am blogging right here on IV blogs . Check IV blogs and you will see my posts there.

    I will try and post watches here on the blogs too.

    Here is the link

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  • Getafix
    10-16 01:21 PM
    Hi ,
    My old passport and the relevant passport renewal forms reached CGI Houston on 09/30/2008. I am still waiting for get back my new PP . I haven't been able to raise anyone of the phone who could give me an update on anything.

    So I am just waiting ...

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  • minimalist
    01-24 09:46 PM
    Just one point Slumdog -- You know, I have never seen anyone who rents, writing this kind of a story and justifying his decision. I wonder, why not? Why do YOU have to justify over here? Are you justifying to others or you are justifying to yourself?

    You put too much stress on "quality of life". One can have a good quality of life in a small apartment.

    I keep telling my wife that our apartment looks small only when she goes to department stores and shops like crazy. Our walk-in-closet is the nearest thing to a Black Hole. Mass density is so high in that area that pretty soon even light would not come out of it.

    I strongly believe in "Simple Living, High Thinking". I can not say I implement it all the time, however, I try to keep it in my mind during my decision making process.

    Slumdog, You have great writing skills.
    I refuse to get caughtup in the consumerism. Why a family of 3 or 4 needs 2000 sqft of living area? The quality of living is not the top most priority for me. What I need is more important. When I am happy with a small car, why should I go buy a SUV?
    Instead of paying 2000$ a month for mortgage for a big house which would consume most of my time as well, I can pay 1200$ month in rent , use the money to have some flexibility in what I want to do and use the extra time to read a book.
    One thing I noticed is people will just keep running in circles regardless of how much they make . They have expenses in proportion to their incomes and they are in a way slaves of their lifestyles.

    05-03 05:04 PM
    Some porter gave me red on this post.

    Or on second thoughts, they must have clicked it by mistake...

    06-28 07:39 AM
    I am manily concerned as USICS rejected the 485 petitions for "Other Worker s" last june ,they can also do the same now if they received huge number of applications ( 40K) in the first few days .

    It is pretty obvious they will surely receive more than 40K petitions. Who knows, they must have already got the same in June when they advanced the dates in June VB. Visa numbers are allocated at the time of approval and not at the time the petition is made. Even if they get million petition in July, that does not mean all the Visa numbers are consumed. It is an indicator they have enough petitons to meet the demand to use all the available numbers and alter the VB Cutoff dates for PD in future months. It depends on the approvals too and it is not likely the petitions made in June/july will get approved now... So we must be okay.. but you never know with USCIS/DOL/DOS... Any thing can happen... for instance like the VB is Current for all categories in July.

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