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BUSINESSWEEK: LOFGREN PUSHING FOR SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN GREEN CARDS FOR SKILLED WORKERS

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More welcome news from the Congresswoman's office. Few details, but this might dovetail with proposals to roll unused numbers over in to the next fiscal year and to allow for filing adjustment cases when numbers are retrogressed.

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  1. legal's Avatar
    I don't understand why anyone would be against legislation that allows recapturing of wasted numbers.

    I would understand it if it were the case that there was no demand in those years and the full 140,000 were not used for that reason. However, considering that people are waiting in line for years and at the same time the USCIS has been wasting visa numbers due to inefficiency, it is very hard to argue that this was the intent of the law.
  2. GC's Avatar
    Hi Greg , this is good news !!!
    Sorry this is off topic , but i thought you will look into it since this is the latest post !!!
    Have a question on my labour petition
    When i filed my labour in PERM , i by mistake entered wrong date about one of my employment period by just one day (21st Feb instead of 20th Feb) and now i have filed my I-140 along with the approved labour and have an RFE to send copies of experience letter.

    Is there a way to get this mistake corrected on labour or i have to live with it throughout the process.

    Any reply is appreciated !!
    Thanks
  3. legal's Avatar
    GC, I don't think anyone would care about 1 day. As far as I remember, my labor didn't even mention days but rather months, e.g. Jun 01 - Sep 04, etc.
  4. ROLRBLADE's Avatar
    Greg:

    How can we best help in this process? I am not for sending any flowers or mass faxes to senators, as I believe this has the potentail to make it a bigger issue than it really is, but would like to assist in some silent way that can help her.

    Any suggestions?
  5. D's Avatar

    Same question here: what can we do to help? I'm all for sending emails/faxes or calling house or senate members if it helps.
    As we saw with the July VB, the power is in the numbers: the more people speak up the better.
  6. legal's Avatar
    Yeah. Definitely, I'd also love to do something. We may be happy now with the current resolution but we shouldn't become complacent. Very soon the large number of July applications will show its effect and people will begin complaining about the long wait times. We should do something to prevent this now rather than later.
  7. paskal's Avatar
    Rolrblade,

    Both public and behind the scenes work are critical and complement one another. Many of us have in the past been skeptical of we faxes for example. Then we discovered- from the horse's mouth that the senate offices were tallying phone calls and faxes in favor and against legislation. So you can't ignore that. There is major work of both kinds coming up, one option is to join IV if you have not done so, they are the only organised mass lobbying group for legal immigrants. Coordinated action has a lot more power. I seriously doubt anyone is sending flowers to senators. The power of that action has already been harnessed- naysayers not withstanding. There will also be a lot of grassroots work done, including meeting lawmakers and staffers and coordinating with friendly organizations. Your other option is to DIY, call and fax etc and meet your lawmakers. Either way, our opponents have shown us the way in bringing down CIR. We have shown that we have the ability to stand up for ourselves, in return. It's not over yet though.
    I do not know of other organized efforts that welcome all comers. thanks!
  8. 's Avatar
    ?? today announced her on-going support to the immigrant community and said she is happy to join immigration voice. Now it is believed that immigration voice has active members of 20,001. Now that as she joined the immigration voice group, the core group are resting their dispute with several members as they recently hiked their donation to 200%. The admin by the name of puppy further said this is indeed a positive development in getting our members community.
  9. 's Avatar
    Greg, can you delete the post? Wrong website.
  10. BharatPremi's Avatar
    I would suggest twisted way to this twisted system.

    Assumptions:

    1) All D and R senators would not let this happen by
    making it a politically hot bed especially if
    brought the issue on the floor prior to
    presedential election.

    2) If we try to bring the demands like recapturing visas ,
    increasing visa numbers no twisted anti-immigrant groups
    will let that pass on the floor. In this political battle
    even if we see little light on this would not be
    satisfactory and per market demand and will take at least
    infinite numbers of bill introduction and death of them on
    the floor.Before 2012 you would not be able to see
    anything.

    Twisted Solution:
    -----------------

    Old Saying in India: To control the buffalo speak the "language of buffalo to a buffalo" ( I tried my utmost to translate)

    Step 1: USCIS/DOS has kept the limit 140000 visas. Let us
    assume that they have decided this limit using
    WISDOM and they are "always right" so do not
    challenge them for this limit.

    Step 2: Let us fight for making USCIS/DOS accepting ONLY 1,40,000 + 10 % of applications per year considering denial or revocation of 10 % applications. As it is unethical to keep limit on visa number and simultaneously accepting TONS of applications. Greedy merchant in the city?.. Oh, ya, Good business??!! Just US government will have to make sure while making this law is to give the affected people " Welcome pass" in case they will have to decide to quit USA.

    - First impact would be many of us would start packing bags
    and go finding nests in other countries. (Do not start
    bashing me now :-) Read ahead) with "Welcome pass" in the
    pocket
    - Busnesses will start feeling impact gradually
    - In addition people from outside countries will stop
    coming on H1 here as not seeing the remote possibility
    of "GC"
    - Businesses will be suffered more and by then most
    powerful businesses might already be migrated to other
    countries (Just like what Microsoft did now)

    Note: ALLOW the period of 2 years for this step 2

    Step 3: After 2 years all "So called nativist" and American government realizes the impact and that time let business groups demand only two things 1) increase the visa numbers 2) let us decide (Business groups) what limit should be there for visa numbers per year, we will not let government decide the limit.

    By 2010 you will see end of the evil system

    - Frustrated BharatPremi


  11. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    If the link was wrong, please try again. Sorry.
  12. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    D and others - I'll have a lot more to say in the coming days and months about what you can do to help. I would say that what others have said is true - you need to mobilize to make calls, send faxes, emails, etc. But you should also make sure that you get your employers involved. When the CEO of a company or the head of human resources contacts a Senator or Congressman, it is noticed. Unfortunately, people are often too busy to think of this on their own so you need to make sure that your employers don't forget. Be their eyes and ears on what's going on in Washington and how it impacts their businesses and make sure they are contacting the people that need to be contacted. I'm sure IV and AILA as well as blogs like this one are going to be keeping you updated on what's happening and will give you the information on how to be active in promoting a pro-business immigration agenda.
  13. RolrBlade's Avatar
    Guys a simple question which most of you should know the answer to. Can someone please help?

    If I have a 485 pending for less than 180 days (do not have a EAD) and I change jobs to another employer who is willing to do an H1 transfer, do I have to start the process of GC all over again or can my I-485 keep processing.

    i am assuming that my original employer is NOT going to withdraw my I-140 approval.

    Your answers please?
  14. Pending LC's Avatar
    I believe this guy is a good friend of Greg. Good article of the problems we face

    http://www.usimmlaw.com/When%20do%20I%20get%20my%20green%20card.htm

  15. Legal and waiting's Avatar
    RolrBlade,
    You need to make an AC21 request on your I-485. This is the request to 'port' your petition to the new employer.
  16. Legal and waiting's Avatar
    Ok, I am a numbers person, so I am going to take the liberty and have my own calculations. This has absolutely nothing to do with my desire to increase the H1 and EB quotas, it is just done in the name of sound analytical judgement.

    140K green cards a year. 10K go to 'other' category and 14.2% go into EB4 and EB5. Assume, EB4 and EB5 use 10% total (they were current in June, that means the category in undersubscribed. So, there is 111K left. EB1 is undersubscribed and H1s are unlikely to apply in that category - let's assume there is 10K principal petitions and 20K total. So, we are left with 96K petitions. 65K annual limit for H1 plus 20K for masters. Out of 85K, 50% will end up getting green cards, that 42.5K. With dependents it is back to 85K a year (most H1s are young enough to have children in the US, some use just one number, so 2 petitions per filing H1 is reasonable). Assume, 10% will end up marrying citizens or adjusting through other family ties, That's 76.5K petitions a year for EB2 and EB3. The only other group of people adjusting through EB2/3 is L visas. They are a lot less common thah H1s, maybe 5 times less. So, we have a total of 91,800 applications for 96K EB visas. 4,200 extra each year. Someone mentioned that if EB2 is undersubscribed, the visas are not going to EB2 Indians and Chinese, but to EB3 rest of the world. I wonder, how long it will take for EB3 rest of the world to eat up the 4,200 annually. Given that the dates were all the way up to 2005 for EB3 in June, and that roughly 18,800 of rest of the world petitions are adjusted every year (40,040 - 10K others - 2,800 trimes 4 countries), 4,200 is a 22% increase in EB3/ROW. The fact that the dates in this category were moving forward proves that there is less petitions expected to be filed every year than visas available. I would give it a maximum of two years before this category is current. After that, the additional 4,200 visas will have nowhere else to go by to EB2s from India and China, which are likely to clear up in another 2-3 years.

    This whole analysis assumes all 140K visas are used and is based on rather liberal assumptions of EB 1, 4, and 5 numbers. My gut feeling is that there is around 15K visas more than expected annual applicaions, which will make the movement much faster.

    Second observation is that many people used sub labors, thus moving themselves ahead in the line. This resulted in lots of people with 2001-2004 priority dates while not that many with 2005-2006 priority dates. This is why the movement over these particular timeframes was so slow. As EB3/ROW moves to 2005 PD, we should expect a much smoother sailing.

    Third observation is the importance of lobbying for H1 and EB numbers together. It's all the same pipeline. If we achieve a significant increase in H1 quota without an increase in EB quota, the victory will be poinsoned by the fact that these people are bound to stay in very-very long EB lines.
  17. greener_pasture's Avatar
    I had almost accepted 'legal and waiting''s analysis when I realized the big mistake - assuming only 50% os H1s end up applying for green cards. In reality, it's more like 95%. With this spin, it's easy to realize why the numbers are not enough. To make matters worse, the H1 limit during hte tech boom days was 115,000 and all those H1B holders aren't going to vanish into thin air.
  18. mar's Avatar
    greg,
    I heard some ppl saying they are expecting 700,000 application in EB. If this is true I may have to look for something else. One question - I have Phd with 10yrs exp and publications etc prior to coming here. I have approved Eb2 I140 and NOw I am filing on 485 (PD Jan 2006) and waiting in the Q . Is it worth filing EB1 self petition to expedite the GC?
  19. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    mar - I've seen the figure 300,000 to 500,000. I really don't think there are enough people in a position to qualify to file an I-485 in one of the qualifying categories to go higher than that.
  20. USC's Avatar
    Greg:

    "I've seen the figure 300,000 to 500,000. I really don't think there are enough people in a position to qualify to file an I-485 in one of the qualifying categories to go higher than that."

    I had spoken to you just prior to the CIR bill and Thanks to you and your blog I shed my apathy and got involved in the political process. I through my Congressman got an invaluable contact at Zoe's office. While my interest is in the Family categories, unlike many here I realize that if the pro-immigrant factions do not unite (including NIVs, FB, EB & illegals) and fight for their common cause the antis will pick them off one by one. One of your colleagues makes the point eloquently:

    http://www.kayevisalaw.com/6-07-07_Immigration_Reform_Shame_On_Us.html

    I hope that INS (which as a protest is what I will call USCIS till they improve their attitude and functioning) will be deluged with the 500,000 applications that you mention. This will force INS to renew 500,000 EADs (and possibly AP) every year. When INS and our disfunctional immigration system completely breaks down under this burden is when Congress will be compelled to deal with CIR in a serious manner.

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