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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

One More Month of Good News for EB-2 Indians and Chinese

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Sources tell me that we're going to see one more big jump - perhaps as much as a year - in the EB-2 India and China numbers for the March Visa bulletin that comes out in early February. Then the party is going to end with stalling or retrogressing after that. You never know for sure until the actual bulletin is published, but EB-2 applicants from those two countries need to pay attention to the bulletin and be prepared to act quickly.

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  1. ma 's Avatar
    any source ??
  2. Sam's Avatar
    I know that this forum is visited by many distinguished lawyers, including Mr. Siskind

    EB3I and EB3C categories are heavily backlogged. There is no words to express our pain.

    I request the lawyers community to give us some ideas for fixing this EB3 backlog. Is there any admin fix that can be done? Is there any avenues for lawsuits?

    Please do not ask us to write letters or meet lawmakers. We are doing it for the past 6 years. It did not work.

    Thank you.
  3. Vineet's Avatar
    Wish it would till June 2011
  4. Nurse Waiting's Avatar
    Does this mean many highly educated Indians/Chinese are leaving after they get their education? That is worrisome. Land of opportunity no more?
  5. George Chell's Avatar
    "Does this mean many highly educated Indians/Chinese are leaving after they get their education? That is worrisome. Land of opportunity no more?"

    Many stick around on H1-Bs as long as they can and if they are in the faculty, they can always try the O route.

  6. Crime Master Gogo's Avatar
    I am an Indian working for a firm with offices in US and Bangalore+Mumbai+Gurgaon. Just came back to US after a 7 month stint in Gurgaon and I am thoroughly re-evaluating what on earth I am doing here waiting for my green card. The way people are enjoying themselves in India, the way they are learning, the way they are growing in their careers, the kind of exposure they are getting, and to end it all, the speed with which they are being able to "save" money is mind boggling! Earlier, I studied in a pretty competitive university here, I didnt have enough money to eat 3 times a day, I worked on 3 campus jobs at that time to barely make ends meet and pay for graduate degree. Those friends of mine who stuck around in Indian firms were trained, exposed to new frontiers, have been partying all along the last 8 years, and are growing with more opportunities in front of them than I - someone who has to wait for 4 years to get his green card because the green card numbers are allocated based on a law made decades ago!!!

    I understand this beautiful country cannot resolve its differences when it comes to education, debt, deficit, abortion, and the power wall street has over main street. But I don't understand why immigration - LEGAL IMMIGRATION - is made up to be so complicated. Do you really want me, a hard working, English speaking, higher-than-average-tax-paying, home owning, healthy, professional who has done his best to call this country his home - to go back to India because your slow and absurd laws, in a slow and unenthusiastic economy, made it impossible for me to grow professionally?

    Why are Americans so lost in talking about illegals and only think of Infosys/Wipro when it comes to legals? Why is it so difficult to realize that fixing education (if at all that's possible) will bring results in about 17-20 years whereas fixing legal immigration will bring results in 3-5????

    Why is it that India, despite the corruption, the pollution, the noise, the little daily issues, still makes "MY" life more comfortable and future more promising than the "shining city on the hill"?

    I love America just as much as India. But I am human... and I will ultimately have to choose what is good for my family and I. Call me egoistic, but a decent, hardworking, educated, law abiding, high earning professional with a big career ahead of him should be given some basic, elementary respect and a decent chance of living a normal life.

    America has stopped doing that. America needs to realize that it is pushing these people away from its shore very very hard.

    There's this thing I read earlier: "We all know that the next great invention will be by a Chinese professor. The thing America has to decide is whether he will be a Chinese professor or a Chinese professor in America."
  7. Jack's Avatar
    "Why are Americans so lost in talking about illegals"

    Crime Master Gogo, most Americans don't know H1-B from CB, but they care about rule of law and playing by the rules. Issues like wait times aren't hot button so don't get publicity, and even if they did are bureaucratese most people tune out (especially if it does not apply to them).

    Democratic politicians talk mostly about "illegals" (vs. legals) because pandering on illegal immigration is seen as a way to curry favor with a fast growing group of voters and the future voters to come from the illegal aliens you legalize strongly align with that party's demographics. Thus, they will sell out legals every time. They're too wealthy to be a sure Democratic vote.

    Some Republicans like illegal immigration too but more for crony capitalism reasons. Perhaps some Republicans dislike it on principle but, being politicians, more likely because they don't want to go the way of Republicans in California, a state in which every law passed which affects illegal immigration, encourages illegal presence. Based on their inaction, some Republicans aren't really against it much (or at all), but talk a good game because their base doesn't like it.
  8. Nurse Waiting's Avatar
    "I am thoroughly re-evaluating what on earth I am doing here waiting for my green card. "

    You have invested too much time and effort into one single investment and you are emotionally attached to it. You put all your eggs in one basket, and now repenting your lack of diversification. But since you are emotionally attached to this investment, you cannot let it go. Even though you know that letting this investment go and face the loss will probably be best for your future, you are still ruled by your emotions.

    Fact is that American/world companies are investing heavily in emerging markets and very little gets invested here in US. Manufacturing has moved away and so has all the tertiary sector it brings with it. On top of it, visa quota problems, stamping issues, USCIS arrogance, high visa fees etc has resulted in people getting discouraged.
  9. Crime Master Gogo's Avatar
    Nurse Waiting -
    "You put all your eggs in one basket, and now repenting your lack of diversification. But since you are emotionally attached to this investment, you cannot let it go."

    You are correct. I understand because I am investor too and I don't lose "money" in investments because of such a mistake. LIFE - is another matter. When you are 30-32, you have to buy that "decent enough" car and that "decent enough" sofa and that decent enough vacation for your wife and yourself. You have to force yourself to start living like a normal human being despite having the insecurity of what will happen if you lose your job, or if the American economy tanks. Till I wasn't married, sleeping on the floor was fine. But now that I have my own house (30 year fixed rate mortgage along with it), I need to have a "decent enough" bed.
    And suddenly, one day, you realize, that all your eggs ARE in one basket.
    It has been said so many times by so many who are in the same boat as I am, that it has become a cliche - "If I had a green card, by now, I would have done ... ... ...". Well, I would have opened my own firm. My wife would have done the same. Our parents would have spent more dollars in US while here on longer vacations. May be, I would have bought a bigger house.
    I hope America, and its governing class, realize what I said earlier. If America brings people like I here, who have been vetted plenty of times, are professionals in specialized fields, are graduates from US universities, follow the law, speak English and pay their taxes... you will see a positive change in the economy in 3-5 years. Education reform, comprehensive immigration reform, health care reform, and a plethora of others will take a decade to show their real colors (if at all these reforms can be made in the first place). But minute changes in legal immigration, including HR 3012, can be a big boost to the US economy in a very short term. This isn't rocket science... if only people took the time out to evaluate this and see how much it can benefit this amazing country!!
  10. Affordable Auto Insurance's Avatar
    Fact is that American/world companies are investing heavily in emerging markets and very little gets invested here in US. Manufacturing has moved away and so has all the tertiary sector it brings with it. On top of it, visa quota problems, stamping issues, USCIS arrogance, high visa fees etc has resulted in people getting discouraged.
  11. Affordable Auto Insurance's Avatar
    Some Republicans like illegal immigration too but more for crony capitalism reasons. Perhaps some Republicans dislike it on principle but, being politicians, more likely because they don't want to go the way of Republicans in California, a state in which every law passed which affects illegal immigration, encourages illegal presence. Based on their inaction, some Republicans aren't really against it much (or at all), but talk a good game because their base doesn't like it. Does this mean many highly educated Indians/Chinese are leaving after they get their education? That is worrisome. Land of opportunity no more?
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