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JAY SOLOMON: USCIS REQUESTED VISA NUMBERS FOR CASES IT HAD NO INTENTION OF PROCESSING

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The scandal will broaden if it turns out to be true. Jay Solomon is a friend of mine and an excellent immigration lawyer who has been turning up key information in this saga. To read what he has to say on the subject, go to his site.

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  1. Cereal1965's Avatar
    In the blog, Attorney Solomon wrote:

    "And we believe that many - if not most - of the requests made in the first two days of July were for applicants whose priority dates were not current in June!"

    I have a question here: how did the applications arrive in CIS if their priority dates were not current?
  2. paul's Avatar
    Guys, I'm telling you, now the biggest joke will be when at the end of the year, it turns out that 10,000-20,000 numbers were wasted again!
  3. a2007's Avatar
    I suspect that applications were sent in Friday's mail (June 29th) in order to arrive on the first business day of the month for July Visa Bulletin, Monday July 2nd, when of course they would have been current applicants. Nobody ever thought that USCIS would be open for business on the weekend and accepting applications that were therefore not current. It's the USCIS that's clearly at fault for changing the rules and confusing the hell out of everyone.
  4. paul's Avatar
    a2007,
    Regardless of whether USCIS was open on the weekend, no mail is delivered on Sunday. And if you sent it Friday, you'd be a fool to Fedex the application with Saturday delivery, knowing that either the office will be closed (so your money for Sat. delivery went down the drain) or that the app. will arrive too early and will be disqualified.
  5. legal's Avatar
    Greg, this information should probably be forwarded to the press and to Zoe Lofgren. If there's a congressional hearing and investigation, I hope this abuse doesn't get swept under the rug.


    BTW
    Update: USCIS has removed Gonzalez's statement about the flower campaign from the news section in their main webpage. Maybe they don't want to acknowledge it anymore (I doubt it's out-of-date as probably flowers are still being sent.)
  6. Shakti's Avatar
    That is true. A lot of people had filed their 485 from may-sep 30 2005 , during the early perm approval cases. Their cases was not current until July 1st. So the CIS started approving those cases on 1st of July, which was on a sunday.
  7. roseball's Avatar
    The CIS requested visa numbers for the cases which were already "pending" and whose PDs are not current in June....They are not refering to new applications in July....
  8. In Immigration Limbo's Avatar
    This is just disgusting. More ammunition for the lawsuit(s). These people need to be held accountable for their actions. If tens of thousands of visa numbers end up being wasted this year, that is bordering on criminal.
  9. 's Avatar
    > I have a question here: how did the applications arrive
    > in CIS if their priority dates were not current?

    that need not be new applications, they still have a lot of 485s
    sitting with them (2004-2005 EB2 India for instance) for which
    the PD was not current in June. Many people were able to get their
    application into USCIS before retrogression hit. USCIS could be
    requesting PDs for these cases.
  10. Waiting for GC's Avatar
    Greg,

    So what does this mean to the rest of us?

  11. 's Avatar
    I think DOS is issuing new Bulleting today, or are they just not going to ?


  12. 's Avatar
    Thanks everybody for answering my question. Poor guys!
  13. SSS's Avatar
    Hi Greg,
    In Immigration Voice, I see the following post. Do you have any update on this?
    Thanks
    -S


    Immigration Voice core has learned from that something is likely to happen in next 24 hours (or Monday) possibly to fix the issues caused by recent visa bulletin.

    We have been told not to divulge details of this development.

    All we can say as of now is that :

    1). The solution will be announced in next 24 hours or on Monday.
    2). The solution is not going to be a change in visa bulletin of July. The bulletin will most likely stay as-is. This is not about August bulletin either.
    3). This fix will be of a more permenant nature and this idea has been highly popular in this community in the past.
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