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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

LOFGREN GOES AFTER USCIS FOR FEE INCREASES

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Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), the Chair of the House Immigration Subcommittee who has quickly gained a reputation for holding USCIS' feet to the fire to deliver good service to its customers, has taken on the USCIS over the fee increase that went in to effect yesterday by introducing legislation to force USCIS to reverse course. Lofgren issued the following press release in connection with the bill:

Rep. Zoe Lofgren
(D-San Jose) today introduced a bill to void the recent increases in
immigration fees by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
The bill would void the new fee structure set to take effect today and
reinstate the previous fee structure. The bill also states that USCIS
has consistently failed to reduce application backlogs and has suffered
from a lack of transparency and effective management.



"Our immigration services need to move into the 21st
century," stated Rep. Zoe Lofgren. "But, USCIS has consistently failed
to explain or justify the amounts and distributions of this new fee
increase. While I agree that USCIS needs to modernize its existing
infrastructure and procedures, they must do so in a transparent and
open manner. After repeated requests over several months, USCIS has yet
to provide Congress with a detailed plan for its infrastructure
modernization efforts. Our immigration system should be both effective
and fair; sacrificing one to achieve the other should not be an
option."

Here's the text of the resolution. Download fees.pdf

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  1. YourFan's Avatar
    No doubt, she is the leader who means business!
    I bet she can make them deliver...

  2. It could be worse's Avatar
    http://money.cnn.com/2004/03/09/pf/workers_to_india/

    Today, experts say, there are about 30,000 foreigners working in India. That's a virtual drop in the bucket for a country that has a population of more than 1 billion -- and far less than the 250,000 foreigners (mostly English) living in India some 60 years ago, just before India's independence in 1947.

    You guys should really stop complaining.
  3. YourFan's Avatar
    In response to - "It could be worse"
    ____________
    For centuries, India has been a melting pot for all the cultures and religions. Nobody can say that India is unwelcoming.. But

    People don't leave their country and immigrate/migrate just anywhere..
    They want better conditions than they have in the country they currently living, then only they want to leave to a foreign country. So I am sure when India becomes a developed country, more 'people' and more 'businesses' would go there and work.

    Today, India is a favored destination for businesses.. it's a booming economy - and unlike US, there is no shortage of manpower.

    But, still Indians like us, do acknowledge that India is still a developing country - the infrastructure and the system is still evolving and lots of things are lacking. And those who demand improvements do have all the rights to do it. We don't ask them to 'stop complaining'.

    On the other hand, you seems to be citizen of a developed country.. and you are telling if your system is not up to the mark then instead of fixing that the victims should shut their mouth, keep on paying taxes, fees etc, and stop complaining. It is ridiculous, isn't it?

  4. Who is the victim here?'s Avatar
    "and you are telling if your system is not up to the mark then instead of fixing that the victims should shut their mouth"

    I'm the victim here. I just want to take all of my money to India, work remotely, and live the life. But India is shutting their doors to me.

    It's just not fair. I suspect racism is at play here.
  5. YourFan's Avatar
    This one sounds absurd to me, doesn't make any sense, and doesn't worth any comments.

    __________
    RE : "Who is the victim here?"

  6. Calouste's Avatar
    To the person who dares not speak their name:

    What were the obstacles you encountered trying to emigrate to India?

    From the website of the Indian embassy it doesn't seem that you really need much more than an employement contract to get an employment visa in India:

    http://www.indianembassy.org/newsite/visa_guide.asp#4

    Good luck with your application!
  7. Why so late's Avatar
    Greg,

    I dont understand the timing on this. This has been out there for a long time, USCIS took comments, published in fed register and she waited all this while to get this bill in. I know that she has been a opponent from the outset but why the bill had to be delayed until the last day? The only thing I can imagine of remotely is, for Rep Lofgren to introduce this bill the fee increase should have taken effect. But that sounds absurd to my self again. This more or less looks like trying to get some accountability from USCIS.
  8. USC's Avatar
    "I'm the victim here. I just want to take all of my money to India, work remotely, and live the life. But India is shutting their doors to me."

    Sure, neither India, the US or any other country should unnecessarily restrict you from living where you want or subject you to an arbitrary quota. This is especially true, in your scenario, where you are financially independent.

    "Good luck with your application!"

    Your link confirms my belief that England (prior to its implementation of the point system) and its former colonies have a flexible and workable immigration system.


  9. Calouste's Avatar
    Interesting point about the timing of Congresswoman Lofgren's bill. I think she correctly worked out that most immigrants (at least the high skilled ones and their employers) are willing to pay extra to have a better, quicker and more reliable service from USCIS, and that it isn't really of much use to anyone if the fee increase is cancelled. That is why she is proposing a bill at the point in time where USCIS can't really cancel the fee increase and should already have budgeted what to do with the extra money. Getting to know what they are going to do with the extra money is the goal.
  10. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    >>I dont understand the timing on this. This has been out there for a long time, USCIS took comments, published in fed register and she waited all this while to get this bill in. I know that she has been a opponent from the outset but why the bill had to be delayed until the last day? The only thing I can imagine of remotely is, for Rep Lofgren to introduce this bill the fee increase should have taken effect. But that sounds absurd to my self again. This more or less looks like trying to get some accountability from USCIS.
  11. I'll test the system's Avatar
    "5 Years (Effective from December 1, 2002) Multiple Entry $75"

    Sounds like a challenge. I'll try the 5 year business visa out - anyone taking odds on the approval? Am I correct that this visa is not the 180 day visa? Meaning in theory I could stay in India for 5 years and no exit?

    If I get a 5 year business visa - or just some sort of working permit - I'll eat some humble pie.
  12. USC's Avatar
    "Am I correct that this visa is not the 180 day visa? Meaning in theory I could stay in India for 5 years and no exit?"

    You will have no problem getting the visa. Just make sure you give them the docs they list. The visas are issued the day after you drop off your passport. You can stay upto 5 years but have to register with the FRO if you intend to stay for more than 180 days.

  13. 's Avatar
    "The visas are issued the day after you drop off your passport. "

    They will take my American passport away in exchange??? Scary. Is that typical in all countries?
  14. USC's Avatar
    "They will take my American passport away in exchange??? Scary. Is that typical in all countries?"

    LOL!! Let's look at the reciprocal side. Indian citizens can't apply directly to the US Embassy. They must submit their passports to a private for profit corporation (it takes two months just to get an interview). See link for VFS. VFS then overnights your passport through a private courier service to the US Embassy. Once you are interviewed two months later, assuming the American Consul approves the visa, you won't just get your passport back across the counter. He will give you the option of drudging to the offices of VFS a few days later or he will send it back to VFS who will then overnight it back to your home address.

    Needless, to say passports are lost quite ocassionally!!

    https://www.vfs-usa.co.in/Home.aspx

  15. 's Avatar
    "They must submit their passports to a private for profit corporation (it takes two months just to get an interview). "

    The system isn't designed with citizens of any country in mind. It is designed with corporations in mind. Who on Earth would trust a corporation with their travel documents? Well, apparently many people because they have no choice. What rubbish!
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