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sw33t
09-09-2007, 01:24 PM
Dear Texas IV Members:

We have approx. 9 people representing TX attending the DC Rally. I am sure many of you fall in either of this categories:

a. Family reasons
b. Economic reasons
c. Work reasons
d. Ignorance - I don't care.


I honestly would love for those who fall under category D to look back and do some simple math:

I am sure most of you earn between $25 to $35 /hour, aka. An average of $30/hour (pre-tax). There are 176 paid work hours a month. Which puts you in the range ~ $60,000/yr (pre-tax).

Those of you waiting for a GC, have some sort of an agreement with your employer (verbal/written). Let's assume that your employer with some calculation makes adjustments to your pay, reasoning that they need to bear the expenses for lawyer fees, application fees etc.

That's approximately $2500 for a 3 yr H1B work visa. The employer obviously marks up this cost as a result your pay decreases to $55,000.

Lets ballpark ~$10,000 towards the following:

a. Attorney fees
b. Job Advertisement
c. PERM
d. 140
e. 485
f. Number of Hours spent by you to the make the above steps happen.

THE ABOVE ARE VERY CONSERVATIVE ESTIMATES.

Imagine what a GC would do to your paycheck! Your $55,000, with just a GC, would put you on par with everyone else for jobs in your field of expertise. Your pay scale has the potential to jump to $80,000/year (Conservative estimates).

Thats an increase of 45%.


The total cost you have so far spent in staying legal in order to work in a highly skilled job while waiting for your GC is:

$5,000 (6 yr H1B)+ $10,000 (I-485 pending) = $15,000


The total cost of your trip to Washington DC would be in the range of $400 (Including lodging expenses). This represents 3% of the total cost you have spent waiting for your GC.

Assuming that by attending the DC rally, the lawmakers take notice and a special legislation is passed to expedite GC applications and provide sweeping temporary status to those waiting for 485 adjustment of status which would give you the same privileges as a GC would give,

YOUR INVESTMENT OF 3% JUST GOT YOU A 45% INCREASE IN YOUR ANNUAL SALARY.


If that is not a reason for you to stand up now and help yourself to that return on your investment, either you are a bad investor, or related to the likes of Gates, Bezos and Buffet families.


YOUR ARE NOT WASTING YOUR TIME IN ATTENDING THIS RALLY. YOU ARE HELPING YOURSELF TO A BETTER LIFE. I CAN'T MAKE DECISIONS FOR YOU. I CAN ONLY HELP YOU UNDERSTAND THE POTENTIAL. YOU HAVE TO MAKE YOUR OWN DECISIONS FOR YOUR OWN LIFE.


Please consider helping people who want to come but the expenses are prohibitive due to some pressing situation.

Enroll your name in one of the databases:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/texasiv/database




Good luck everyone.

brij523
09-09-2007, 02:02 PM
My dear friends,

People those who are stuck in GC line should pull all the plug and attend the rally. Why? Today not having GC does not pain anyone, but the day you are fired from job, the importance of GC will be felt. And that day there would not be any rally to highlight the pain felt. You can only repent if I did attend the rally on Sept 18...........
This rally will highlight the pain endured by the educated families and request Senator to do something about it.
You have to do the "Karma" or put your effort and hope for positive result. and this rally is one of the "Karma" GC stuck member should do. But if you do not do anything, then result will be ZERO. You can come on this site or other immigrant site and cry/crib with no result.

Please make your personnal decisions.

vandanaverdia
09-09-2007, 02:18 PM
Very well said... This aint the time to sleep over things!! WAKE UP & HELP YOURSELVES!!!!

diptam
09-09-2007, 02:49 PM
The cost of attending this rally say 300-400 whatever but the Rally has the potential of eradicating the disease of Retrogression - IF WE ALL CAN SHOW STRENGTH IN NUMBERS. EAD+AP cost for 1 year is $644... For 6 yrs of wait you will be spending 3500-3600 or even more if the rates change in a retrogressed world PLUS other disadvantages/hassles that we already know.

Remember IV is just a platform with some LOGICAL and PRACTICAL agenda before Congress - if we do not stand up and show our heads NO ONE IS GOING TO LISTEN TO AGENDAS.

Come on folks - its our chance to save some hardearned money over the next few years by investing in the rally.

Lets all stand up at DC and show them numbers.
Very well said... This aint the time to sleep over things!! WAKE UP & HELP YOURSELVES!!!!

sw33t
09-09-2007, 04:25 PM
You. Yeah You. The one reading this post. Curious yet sober about the situation?

I am not related to you. I am not your boss. I am not your mom. I am not your dad. I am just another individual like you, looking for a better life and respect. If you don't want to help me, I promise, I will help you. If you do decide to help me, meet me at the Rally in DC.