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09-07-2007, 08:47 PM
Immigrationvoice likes to thank the following organizations and law firms for endorsing our effort. Some law firms have posted the rally information on their website, sent newsletters to their clients. Some have come forward and contributed money as well. Lets use this thread to express our gratitude to all organizations and law firms by naming them on this thread.

Immigrationvoice also likes to thank the members who contacted their lawyers and other organizations and sought support from them.

Please continue the good work.

Here is the E mail I got from Immigrantslist.org today

Dear Friends,

With comprehensive immigration reform dead for this Congress, our hope is that other positive steps will be possible.

There will be a rally for legal, employment based skilled immigrants in Washington, DC, on September 18th. The event is being organized by Immigration Voice and is expected to have between 5,000 to 10,000 participants.

What: Rally for employment based skilled immigrants
When: Tuesday, September 18th
Where: Washington DC

The issues they are address at the rally are:

1. The need to fix the backlog in the employment based green card system.
2. The need to change the current per-country rationing of green cards.

Click Here for more information on the issues they are addressing.

For more information on the rally and how you can take part, visit their website at http://www.immigrationvoice.org.


Drew Seman
Immigrants' List

09-07-2007, 08:49 PM

Dear iv members,

Our efforts are being recognized by the pro immigrant community. We owe it to ourselves to continue being the strong voice of highly skilled workers in limbo in the current immigration quagmire. It is our commitment to work towards the end of ALL retrogression for all EB applicants.

The September 18 rally is one important step in achieving this goal. The success of this rally will go a long way in helping us achieve our goals. Failure will doom us to more waiting and endless frustrations. Filing AOS applications was one small victory for us. The war is yet to be won.

Let us not sit on our laurels. Let not our commitment waver. Let us not send a signal of weakness to the anti immigrant community. Let not all our efforts be frittered away by a few moments of complacency.

Today our community has grown to a stature where concerned agencies recognizes our strength and representation and we have the ability to influence views and events on an unprecedented scale. It is time to push for relief from retrogression in the current session of Congress.

Come join us on September 18th at the Washington Memorial as we march to the capitol to petition the government for immigration reform. Join us as we celebrate the enthusiasm and motivation of volunteers from all parts of the country- people flying in from the west coast and busing and flying in from the South and Midwest, and streaming in any which way from the DC region, North East and Tri-States area. Join us on the 17th for a lobby day- meet your lawmakers and then join the IV community in the evening for our first ever gathering. Let us celebrate the freedom and the rights to petition government peacefully that our adopted country grants us. But most of all, join us in sending a message that we are a strong viable community that will stand up for our rights.

See you all in DC!
Murthy Law firm sent out their Weekly today


VOL. XIII, no. 37; September 2007, week 1
Posted : Sep 07, 2007

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6. Join the Sep 18th Immigration Voice Rally!

As the September 18th Rally organized by Immigration Voice approaches, we at the Murthy Law Firm and MurthyDotCom would like to encourage all in the immigrant community to consider attending and participating in this important event. [See our Aug 26th article, Immigration Voice Group Organizes September Rally, available on MurthyDotCom.]

Law-abiding, highly-skilled foreign nationals need to bring their dire situation to the forefront; awakening lawmakers and U.S. citizens to the broader social and economic implications. This segment of the immigrant population, represented by Immigration Voice, on the one hand is contributing to the U.S. economy, paying taxes, and following the complex and expensive path of legal immigration. On the other hand, they are caught in backlogs caused by processing delays and a shortage of immigrant visas stemming from annual numerical caps under U.S. immigration law. Their problems have been too long ignored by Washington. The time is right to add your voice and make sure you are heard.

Add your number to those whom history will recognize as having made an important difference. Invite not only others in the immigrant community to join you at the rally, but also your U.S.-citizen colleagues, business associates, and friends. Let's not forget that throughout the history of this country, leaders have been moved to action through peaceful protest. Be a part of this historically significant rally. Help to change the present course and build a better future for immigrants to the United States!

We at the Murthy Law Firm and MurthyDotCom support this peaceful demonstration and rally, organized by Immigration Voice, and offer to help where needed. A schedule for Lobby Day and the Immigration Voice Rally are available under September 18 Rally: Updates and What You Should Know, on the Immigration Voice WebSite.

NOTE : For individuals who have concerns about participating in this event, we at the Murthy Law Firm would like to allay some of those fears. The right to gather peacefully is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, in the Bill of Rights. It specifically allows peaceful demonstrations and the freedom to gather as a measure to address injustice. It states, in relevant part, that "Congress shall make no law … abridging … the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." [See http://usinfo.state.gov/usa/infousa/facts/funddocs/billeng.htm for the full text of the Bill of Rights. The U.S. Constitution, in its totality, is available at http://usinfo.state.gov/usa/infousa/facts/funddocs/consteng.htm.]

The following FAQs are provided by Immigration Voice.

Question 1. What is First Amendment? Does it apply to me? I'm on H-1 / H-4 / EAD / and have applied for I-485, etc.

Constitutional rights of an individual are applicable to everyone, including foreign nationals.


Question 2. Will I get arrested and/or deported for participating in the rally?

No, participating in rally with proper permits from city police and other authorities is legal. You cannot be arrested or deported for simply participating in the rally.


Question 3. Will participation in the rally negatively impact my current nonimmigrant status or future green card application?

No, exercising your civil rights does not impact your nonimmigrant status or future green card application. There are certain procedures and processes for rejecting or denying petitions and applications, it is not done on whims and moods of agencies or USCIS employees. There is a process driven by federal regulations and rejections and denials are backed up by reasons described in federal regulations and the laws. Participating in rallies, meeting with your lawmakers, exercising your civic duties, and enjoying your civil rights granted by the Constitution are not grounds for denial or rejection of petitions and applications or any other adverse action on immigration petition or application.


Question 4. Can my employer take action against me for participating in the rally? Do we have any obligation to inform my employer if I participate by taking a day off?

No, an employer cannot simply take action against you for having exercised your Constitutional right granted by the first amendment. Whether you inform your employer about your plans for your vacation or day off is up to you and your relationship with your employer. Usually employers do not care what their employee do with their time off from work, as long as those activities are legal.


Question 5. What kind of identification do I need to carry? Will my driver's license be enough?

Yes. Your driver's license or a state-issued identification card is enough for ID purposes.

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Thank Q Murthy Law Firm

09-07-2007, 08:52 PM

Law Offices of Carl Shusterman

3. September 18th Demonstration in D.C. by High-Skilled Workers
Immigration Voice, a grass-roots advocacy group of legal high-skilled immigrants is organizing a historic; first-ever rally of skilled workers in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, September 18, 2007.

Thousands of high-skilled, legal immigrants including doctors, engineers, scientists, MBAs and other professionals from all over the country are expected to participate in this rally in the nation's capital.

Immigration Voice urges the legal high-skilled immigrant community to come and show their support for this cause. More information about the demonstration is available at


Rally Path
Rally participants will assemble at the Washington Monument at 9 AM for registration and announcements. The rally will start by 11 AM and reach the Capitol Building by 12:30 PM.
If thousands of high-skilled immigrants come into the streets in protest and to draw attention to the flaws in the legal immigration process, it means two things:

* One, the immigration process for legal high-skilled professionals is badly broken.
* Two, these skilled professionals, despite all the setbacks and the hoops that the system has made them jump through, love this country, its freedom and want to grow permanent roots here.

With this peaceful rally, these legal high-skilled professionals want to draw the attention of the US lawmakers, the immigration bureaucracy and the American public towards their current painful long wait times that have put them in probationary status for many years and seek an immediate solution.

Will Lawmakers Act Before It Is Too Late?
The question is that will the lawmakers and the immigration bureaucracy pay attention to their demands of a fair treatment or will they wait until it is too late? According to a recently published study by researchers from Harvard, Duke and New York universities, if steps to alleviate the backlog of green cards are not taken soon, the US faces a very real prospect of "reverse brain-drain". An article about the report and a link to the report can be found at


According to the report, there are over a million foreign nationals stuck in the backlog for green cards and the wait in the number of years can be 6-8 years. These are the professionals who are highly sought after by other countries and by their own home countries. In 2006, 24.2% of US patents were filed by foreign nationals, despite the fact that only about 140,000 green cards are given to skilled professionals, out of a total of approximately 1.2 million green cards awarded per year. The current backlog and the lack of concern shown by the US Congress towards skilled, legal professionals is disheartening because these professionals played by the rules, entered this country legally, have used the most productive years of their lives in enriching this country and yet, the entire immigration process is hopelessly mired in inefficiencies, lack of transparency and mind-boggling delays.
Immigration Voice, an advocacy group representing high- skilled, legal professionals from all countries, is organizing this rally.

For more information contact:

Immigration Voice

PO Box 114
New Jersey -08810
Telephone: (850) 391-4966
E-Mail: info@immigrationvoice.org

09-07-2007, 08:53 PM
ImmigrationVoice to Hold Rally in Wash, DC
Law offices of Rajiv S. Khanna

09-07-2007, 08:56 PM


09-07-2007, 08:59 PM

Greg Siskind's Blog

09-07-2007, 10:06 PM
Thank you Greg, Rajeev, Murthy, Oh, Carl and others.

Your support is really appreciated!

09-07-2007, 10:19 PM
Thank you to Steel, Rudnick and Ruben Immigration Firm for donating an airfare for a Southern California member's trip to Washington DC for the Rally!

09-07-2007, 10:39 PM
Daniel M. Kowalski

Rally in D.C. Tuesday, September 18th, 2007
"Immigration Voice To Organize A Peaceful Rally Of Legal, Skilled Foreign Professionals In Washington D.C. Immigration Voice (http://www.immigrationvoice.org), a grass-roots advocacy group of highly skilled legal immigrants is organizing a rally of skilled workers in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, September 18th, 2007 to draw the attention of US lawmakers and the American public toward the excessive delays and backlogs in the Employment Based Immigration system. Thousands of skilled, legal professionals, such as Doctors, Engineers, Scientists, MBAs and other professionals from all over the country are expected to participate in this unprecedented rally in the nation's capital. With this rally, they hope to impress upon the Congress the urgency and the necessity for reform in the Employment Based Immigration System."


09-07-2007, 11:01 PM
Thank you all for supporting IV, adding links and spreading the message!

09-08-2007, 12:37 AM
Thank You for Supporting ImmigrationVoice objectives.

09-09-2007, 01:17 AM

09/07/2007: Time for the Hill to Hear Voice from Foreign Skilled Workers

* We have reported again and again the importance of foreign brains for the sustained growth of this nation in every aspect of life as the most powerful leader in the world, including enrichment of culture, sustained economic growth, leadership in technology and business, etc. We have also reminded the political leaders through this website time and time again unfair treatment of these foreign brains and intentional or unintentional minimization of the tremendous contributions of these foreign brans to the nation. We even used the term that they remain "orphans" in terms of lack of attention and care from the American political leadership. We also reminded the political leaders of their failure to give "at least" an equal shake in the nation's immigration policy and legislative process, not necessarily unfair favor extended to these foreign brains over other immigrants. However, it is extremely frustrating to notice in the nation's capital that the "immigration reform" is perceived and considered "synanimous" with amnesty of illegal aliens or low-end industry unskilled workers. We do recognize that these latter immigration issues are as important as the immigration issues involving foreign brains. In stating such, we must underscore the term "as important as." The reality is though that the political leaders have been and are obsessed with one part of politically volitile immigration issue and closing their eyes to other part of important immigration issue, to wit, "legal immigration" and "inducement and retention of foreign brains." We find this unacceptable.
* These foreign brains deserve at least an "equal shake" in the political process. In a way, the nation has failed to give such equal shake because these foreign brain workers have been "under-represented" in the political and legislative process and it is time for the leaders in Washington, D.C. to hear voice from these foreign workers. As we reported earlier, these skilled foreign workers are scheduled to gather in the nation's capital on September 18, 2007 to call the nation's attention to the importance of this issue as they may not be able to "take it no more" being treated unfairly or neglected. This rally is organized and called upon by a group of foreign skilled workers named immigrationvoice. We usually do not encourage people to go out to the streets to address their views and opinions, but in this instance, we, as the watcher of the nation's politics and political process on the immigration, share with them the need for their voice heard in the nation through such action. We encourage the immigrants to participate in such activities to have their voice heard in the nation's capital.
* We also urge the business leaders, research and academic institutions, and political leaders to come forward to educate some of the misinformed and misguided political leaders and the members of the public with the critical issues involved in foreign brains immigration. We reiterate with regret that yesterday's House Judiciary Committee Immigration Subcommittee hearing on STRIVE ACT legislation missed the opportunity to hear the voice from this segment of immigrants, and the business community, academic community, and foreign brains are entiled to be outraged for the House's unfair treatment of the U.S. employers needs and foreign brains contribution to this nation. We trust that this unfortunate event will never be repeated in the future. The nation is impatient of the Capital Hill's engaging in politiking with the label of "do nothing" when it comes to the immigration legislation. One way for the nation's capital to recover from such label will be to solve issue by issue producing legislation rather than dumping hundreds of different issues under the name of "comprehensive" and fail to produce any single immigration legislation. We admire the House leaders for their initiaves to bring back CIR debate. At the same time, we want to urge these leaders not to neglect passage of piecemeal immigration legislation at the same time.

09-10-2007, 03:02 PM
I just sent a thank you note to my attorney (Steel, Rudnick and Ruben) for supporting our cause and here is her response.

"I'm glad to hear that you are involved in IV. I think it is an amazing organization and it gives me hope for the future. Are you going to the DC rally? I will be there in spirit, but I think having lawyers there would take away from the uniquely grassroots nature of the organization."

Others, please do the same.

09-10-2007, 03:11 PM
For sponsoring radio publicity on Funasia radio.

09-10-2007, 03:20 PM
My Attorney, Prashanti Reddy from Manhattan , has promised complete support when she heard about the organization and rally. She will be coming out with her piece of contribution soon.

09-10-2007, 03:58 PM
Law offices of Prashanti Reddy located in Midtown Manhattan caters to a lot of clients in the New Jersey area, has supported IV with the following message via email to all her clients

Dear Friends,

As you all know, it has become more and more difficult for Immigrants in this country, the anti-immigrant voice has become stronger and more powerful than the Immigrant voice, this is because most of us do not take any action when it comes to our own rights. As you might have seen the Comprehensive Immigration Bill has not come up for a vote, the H-1b numbers and visa numbers have not been increased, immigration issues have taken a back seat. This is because we are not speaking up. One way of doing this is by joining or supporting organizations such as Immigration Voice. Please read the write up below and contribute monetarily (if you can) or contribute by becoming a member and spreading the word. They are fighting for you, support them.

Immigration Voice is a not-for-profit organization representing the concerns of over half a million engineers, doctors, MBAs and scientists are stuck in the quagmire of processing delays resulting in a wait of up to 10 years for their green cards. The organization has grown to over 22,000 members, drawn from various fields and nationalities, since its inception in December 2005.

Hundreds of skilled professionals came together earlier this year to express their disappointment at the volte face by the Dept. of State and USCIS when the agencies announced that no green card filings (485 applications) would be accepted in July. Flowers poured into the offices of the USCIS, requiring the agencies to retract their earlier statements and honor applications submitted until August 17th.

Immigration Voice is organizing a rally in Washington DC on 18 September 2007 to highlight the inefficiencies in the employment-based immigration system in the US. Processing delays and arcane laws result in indefinite delays for applicants that are waiting for their employment-based green cards to be adjudicated. Immigration Voice is striving for an overhaul of the employment-based immigration system by proposing reform such as the following:

removal of a country-based limit on the available annual green card quota,
exclusion of dependents from counting into the available annual green card quota so that only the primary beneficiaries are counted against the annual cap
the permit to work and travel (EAD and AP) even if one cannot adjust status if green card numbers are available

The objective of this rally is to create awareness among the lawmakers and policy influencers in Washington DC and show strength of solidarity by peaceful means.

Now, Immigration Voice would like to ask professionals to come together and voice their concerns in the nation's capital. A schedule of the upcoming events during the rally is given below. Volunteers have organized for buses from various parts of the Coast, from New England to Florida. Also, if you are willing to participate and are unable to bear the travel expenses, other Immigration Voice volunteers can sponsor your travel and stay if you are able to make it to the rally day.

More details are available at www.immigrationvoice.org

Upcoming Events:

15, 16 September 2007(Saturday and Sunday):

Rally Mobilization:

If you arrive on Saturday or Sunday in DC and wish to help, we will need lot of help in giving final touches to the rally work. The work ranges from banner and poster preparation to taking charge of some rally day coordination work like being a marshal for the rally. Get more details from the Immigration Voice website

17 September 2007:

Lobby Day: Meet Your Lawmaker

Location: Washington DC

Agenda: Members of Immigration Voice are co-coordinating "Meet the Lawmaker" events as a precursor to a Rally planned on the 18th September 2007

Email: lobbyday@Immigrationvoice.org

Evening of 17 September 2007:

Location: Washington DC

Meet up and socialize with other Immigration Voice members

Some lawmakers may also be invited

18 September 2007:

Location: Washington DC

9 AM: Registration begins at the North East Quadrant of the Washington Monument for rally participants.

11 AM: Rally starts for Capitol Building through Constitution Ave

12:30 PM: Rally reaches the Capitol Building. Addressed by the US lawmakers

Prashanthi Reddy, Esq.
Law Offices of Prashanthi Reddy, PLLC

09-12-2007, 06:39 PM

for posting on their homepage

09-12-2007, 06:45 PM


Employers - You are in the same boat as your foreign employees. If they cannot see a green card within attainable reach, they will go to other countries that also are desperate for skilled workers. So you have just as much to gain if we can find a workable solution. If you want to take a small, but important, step in this direction, give your employees the day off to head to DC for the IV September 18th protest. And don't make them take a vacation day. They're acting in your company's interest as well as their own. More importantly, they're acting in America's interest because we cannot compete internationally without the needed skilled workers.

09-12-2007, 07:36 PM
Apart from many law firms, I would say many of our employers also supporting us

I had a business trip conflict with the DC rally, After my discussion with my boss, I postponed the trip and I am on to DC Rally

Thank Q all

Go to DC to get GC

09-12-2007, 07:46 PM
here is one more....


Attorney Zhang, thanks for posting the infor on front page

09-12-2007, 07:58 PM
here is one more....


Attorney Zhang, thanks for posting the infor on front page


09-12-2007, 09:00 PM
GO IV GO. Lets make it to the rally.
or Do this... http://immigrationvoice.org/forum/showthread.php?t=13204

NOW on Murhty Law Firms Top of home page: http://www.murthy.com
IV-LOGO Immigration Voice Group Organizes September 18 Rally

The purpose of the rally is to peacefully protest Congressional inaction on the issue of visa & processing backlogs for highly-skilled legal immigrants.

Join the Sep 18th Immigration Voice Rally! Posted Sep 07, 2007
Immigration Voice Group Organizes September Rally Posted Aug 23, 2007

09-12-2007, 09:52 PM

09-19-2007, 08:13 AM
Thanks to my Attorney Prashanti Reddy - who has been doing a lot of social work and has recently started supporting IV.

Hello Chandra,

Sorry I could not be at the DC rally, will participate in your next event. I have contributed $500 towards this event. Will send an additional (general) contribution later. Good luck hope everything goes well.

Prashanthi Reddy, Esq.
Law Offices of Prashanthi Reddy, PLLC

09-19-2007, 09:24 AM
Thank Q All

09-19-2007, 09:28 AM

Immigration Voice Rally Great Success!
Posted Sep 18, 2007

This has been an exhilarating day, having attended the Immigration Voice Rally in Washington, D.C. The turnout was very impressive, considering that this was a work day and that many participants had to travel great distances to get to the rally!

The vision of fellow immigrants, so many members of my Indian community, in a grassroots movement, fighting to make their voices heard, using the democratic process to peacefully assemble was a unique experience.

When the week began, like many of you, I had a full schedule. I received a kind invitation from Immigration Voice to their Congressional Reception at the Rayburn House in D.C. on Monday, September 17th evening. After meeting so many dedicated members of the organization, their passion which was infectious compelled me to re-arrange all my appointments for the day to attend the rally and show my support!

I was delighted to have the opportunity to say a few words at both events with other eloquent speakers who spoke passionately of their own immigration journey with its trials and tribulations. I applauded each person who attended the rally, their families for supporting them, and the organizers at Immigration Voice. Without each person there, the event would not have been so successful.

The goals of Immigration Voice are indeed laudable. They seek to influence legislation and get Congress to examine the delays and problems in our immigration system that penalizes those who are law abiding.

In decades to come, this rally will be considered the stepping stone that changed the course of our history in immigration law in the U.S. with increased quotas for legal and skilled immigrants. It is obvious that this was a Herculean effort on the part of the organizers who have been preparing and working behind the scene for months. We at the Murthy Law Firm will continue to support this effort!


Best wishes,

Sheela Murthy

09-26-2007, 08:54 PM
Attorney Prashanti Reddy has posted about IV on her website and added a link to IV.

Thanks for the wonderful gesture and support