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RNGC
04-24-2008, 12:27 PM
Hello all,

I am starting this thread exclusively to know and understand all kinds of problems faced by our legal non-immigrant visa community, does not matter if it is minor or major, just put your experience here. Unless we tell and discuss about our problems, how we can expect a solution? So, letís list all our issues here, rank them and forward it our law makers. I am very hopeful that they will help.

I am a firm believer of the proverb "Crying baby gets milk!"


I feel that we are here to compensate the shortage of highly skilled people and we do not deserve unnecessary hurdles/problems/pains that adversely affect our normal lives! We have other things to worry about! For example if our kids don't poop!;)

Here is one I have faced personally and I feel it is absolutely unnecessary! ( or may be it can be changed )

1. Travel issues....when you have applied for H1 extension, sometimes it takes 6 months, you cannot travel during this period, and you have to wait till it is approved. Have paid $1000 twice for premium processing! How this can be fixed ?

hpandey
04-24-2008, 12:40 PM
I would say another problem is getting the H1 stamped. Ever since they got rid of getting the H1 stamped within US we have to go out of the country to get it stamped and you never know how much time it is going to take. Now due to PIMS delays some people are getting stuck for more than a month and no one can afford such long holidays .

On top of that if you are going out of the country then there are airline tickets and stamping fee etc etc which also comes in 1000's of dollars.

Maverick_2008
04-24-2008, 12:47 PM
Getting a driver's license is also problematic in some states.

Maverick_2008





Hello all,

I am starting this thread exclusively to know and understand all kinds of problems faced by our legal non-immigrant visa community, does not matter if it is minor or major, just put your experience here. Unless we tell and discuss about our problems, how we can expect a solution? So, letís list all our issues here, rank them and forward it our law makers. I am very hopeful that they will help.

I am a firm believer of the proverb "Crying baby gets milk!"


I feel that we are here to compensate the shortage of highly skilled people and we do not deserve unnecessary hurdles/problems/pains that adversely affect our normal lives! We have other things to worry about! For example if our kids don't poop!;)

Here is one I have faced personally and I feel it is absolutely unnecessary! ( or may be it can be changed )

1. Travel issues....when you have applied for H1 extension, sometimes it takes 6 months, you cannot travel during this period, and you have to wait till it is approved. Have paid $1000 twice for premium processing! How this can be fixed ?

w3313
04-24-2008, 12:54 PM
Here are the some of the issues
1)Some credit unions will not open an account for your if you are not a citizen/green card holder
2)Same problem with Home loans some banks will not extend loans (I have personally faced these two issues)
3) With the realid act some stats are not giving driving license to non-immigrants that may have fixed but you still need to extend every year even if the state gives a license
4)You cannot get an homestead exemption(tax credit) if you buy a house
5)The latest tax stimulus package will not give tax credit to ITIN holders and with out immigrant status (or EAD) you cannot get an SSN.

As you all know we pay the taxes all kinds of taxes , help economy with our purchase power I can go on with the kind of positive things we bring to this country but for some reason we don't have any rights. I completely agree with the OP the crying baby gets the milk or cranky wheel gets the oil first. Every one if you don't fight for it we are not going get any thing. Remember the congress has write a letter to USCIS saying that the fee for N400 is increased but the service is not any better , why can't the same logic applied to green card applicants the fee is increased but we don't get any congress support isn't that something. Any way's that's my 2 cents....

Good luck to every one...

sandy_77
04-24-2008, 04:01 PM
I think, getting my visa re-stamped has become the most inhuman experience. I received my visa renewal I-797 in January 2008 and since I was visiting India in Feb 2008, I decided to get the remaining period (2 years) of my H1B visa stamped. I was not expecting any trouble since I had received my 2nd visa stamp just last year in March 2007. I thought it was impossible for the visa officer's to not have my information since I have been through the drill two times before. Unfortunately, on the Feb 11th, when I went to get my passport stamped, the Visa Officer started giving out blue handouts (this one is not even listed on the New Delhi embassy website) one after the other and sure enough to me too. She wanted to know what I did (Quality Engineer in a biotech company) and even while I was explaining she started chit chatting and laughing with her superior (I assume). Then she wanted to know about my experience of over 4 years in just three words. I was completely shocked. How could I sum up my experience in 3 words. I gave her my answer but was bluntly told to take the blue handout and send the questionnaire and resume as listed to a given email ID. I did that the next day, having no idea what I was getting into. It has been over 2 and a half months now and till date I have no idea what exactly is my fault and what is happening with my visa. The visa officer kept my and my wife's passports and I-797 form and around march 11th asked for my i-129 and other documents which I promptly gave at the embassy. Every time i have called the embassy or the DOS, I get the same response that the application is pending security check and no more details can be given. They refuse to understand that I have a life and home there and i have to pay my bills. I have lived in US for 8 years now and have also completed my master's there. Every month I have to call the utility companies, insurance company, post office and phone company to know what my bills are and have to pay them. Every two months I have to spend close to Rs 1800 to fedex checks to my friends so that they can pay my rent. I have had to cancel my flight tickets and suffered losses there. I have not even filed my tax returns for the year. My life is thrown completely out of gear and i have no idea how i will pay my rent and bills if my company decides to put me on unpaid leave or just terminates my employment. The consulates refuse to issue even a visitor visa so that we can go to US and dispose off our properties. How inhuman and arrogant can the get? How could we possibly become criminals overnight? How can they expect our employer's to retain us after such long delays (so guys have been stuck for 8 or more months)? Aren't they forcing unemployment unjustly on us without any reason if they cannot find anything wrong with our background later? What national security secrets act is preventing the phone visa specialists from disclosing exactly where we are in the process and what is stopping the progress? There are so many questions that need answers and all of us feel helpless as we continue to witness DOS destroy our credibility, careers, our credit history...almost everything that we have worked so hard to earn. How can they expect to build bridges with the world when they are hurting unjustly so many people (29 pages worth of numbers at delhi website and some 59 pages worth of numbers at the chennai website and God knows how many on other consulates worldwide. I have heard people spending some $5000 every month in Canada. This is horrible and some community organizations and law firms must talk to the DOS/Whitehouse about this issue. National Security is must but there must be better way than playing with the future of so many innocent people (99% most likely of which will have acceptable backgrounds).

RNGC
04-24-2008, 04:05 PM
Want to keep this alive....

After reading the sad post at

http://immigrationvoice.org/forum/showthread.php?t=18763

I feel stronger to unite and help ourselves to overcome "unnecessary" restrictions on Legal Immigrants....

Lets keep this thread alive...want to know what difficulties people go thru being here in US and see how they can be avoided..

pbojja
04-24-2008, 04:06 PM
Sandy ,Simply Insane man , write a letter to white house and try to get some attention.This is completely ridiculous and definetley we need to do some thing .. I dont know what is left in this country , And they care more about illegal immigrants ..stupid tv news and news readers , hope one day they realise about legal immigration when we all are eligible to vote in this country

RNGC
04-24-2008, 04:16 PM
Sandy_77

Oh man...very sad for you.....this should not be happenning

Where are you ? If in India, go to CNN-IBN, NDTV or some news channel and get your story out....You are not doing any crime, you are just telling your side of the story.... I just sent a PM to pappu(admin) to see how IV can help people stuck in India

gconmymind
04-24-2008, 04:57 PM
This is horrible and some community organizations and law firms must talk to the DOS/Whitehouse about this issue. National Security is must but there must be better way than playing with the future of so many innocent people (99% most likely of which will have acceptable backgrounds).

You must have already done some of this - try to contact your local Congressman, Attorney, Employer and try to find more info. This is completely unacceptable. After the PIMS introduction, I am hearing a lot of horror stories. It never used to be so bad earlier.

How can the consulate keep passports for so long? Basically, they are even barring you from taking any journey anywhere abroad. Why?

National security and background checks are a must but with someone who has been in US for 5+ years (or for that matter even once) should already have been verified.

I am assuming you do not have AP or do not want to use it...otherwise you can ask for your passports, abandon the visa application and enter US using AP. Talk to your attorney if you try this..

EndlessWait
04-24-2008, 05:42 PM
we all suffer, waiting for the administration/immigration policies to be humane to us..but honestly they've only gotten worse every year. the only good thing was the july bulletin but that also was becoz of the pressure from the big companies who'd already paid big bucks for immigration/attorney fees.

honestly here or back home no one really cares...we will get old, die tryin' perhaps but its true "might is right" and that is how the US embassy treats us.

pappu
04-24-2008, 05:58 PM
I think, getting my visa re-stamped has become the most inhuman experience. I received my visa renewal I-797 in January 2008 and since I was visiting India in Feb 2008, I decided to get the remaining period (2 years) of my H1B visa stamped. I was not expecting any trouble since I had received my 2nd visa stamp just last year in March 2007. I thought it was impossible for the visa officer's to not have my information since I have been through the drill two times before. Unfortunately, on the Feb 11th, when I went to get my passport stamped, the Visa Officer started giving out blue handouts (this one is not even listed on the New Delhi embassy website) one after the other and sure enough to me too. She wanted to know what I did (Quality Engineer in a biotech company) and even while I was explaining she started chit chatting and laughing with her superior (I assume). Then she wanted to know about my experience of over 4 years in just three words. I was completely shocked. How could I sum up my experience in 3 words. I gave her my answer but was bluntly told to take the blue handout and send the questionnaire and resume as listed to a given email ID. I did that the next day, having no idea what I was getting into. It has been over 2 and a half months now and till date I have no idea what exactly is my fault and what is happening with my visa. The visa officer kept my and my wife's passports and I-797 form and around march 11th asked for my i-129 and other documents which I promptly gave at the embassy. Every time i have called the embassy or the DOS, I get the same response that the application is pending security check and no more details can be given. They refuse to understand that I have a life and home there and i have to pay my bills. I have lived in US for 8 years now and have also completed my master's there. Every month I have to call the utility companies, insurance company, post office and phone company to know what my bills are and have to pay them. Every two months I have to spend close to Rs 1800 to fedex checks to my friends so that they can pay my rent. I have had to cancel my flight tickets and suffered losses there. I have not even filed my tax returns for the year. My life is thrown completely out of gear and i have no idea how i will pay my rent and bills if my company decides to put me on unpaid leave or just terminates my employment. The consulates refuse to issue even a visitor visa so that we can go to US and dispose off our properties. How inhuman and arrogant can the get? How could we possibly become criminals overnight? How can they expect our employer's to retain us after such long delays (so guys have been stuck for 8 or more months)? Aren't they forcing unemployment unjustly on us without any reason if they cannot find anything wrong with our background later? What national security secrets act is preventing the phone visa specialists from disclosing exactly where we are in the process and what is stopping the progress? There are so many questions that need answers and all of us feel helpless as we continue to witness DOS destroy our credibility, careers, our credit history...almost everything that we have worked so hard to earn. How can they expect to build bridges with the world when they are hurting unjustly so many people (29 pages worth of numbers at delhi website and some 59 pages worth of numbers at the chennai website and God knows how many on other consulates worldwide. I have heard people spending some $5000 every month in Canada. This is horrible and some community organizations and law firms must talk to the DOS/Whitehouse about this issue. National Security is must but there must be better way than playing with the future of so many innocent people (99% most likely of which will have acceptable backgrounds).

Pls contact IV.

illusions
04-24-2008, 06:03 PM
dang....sandy_77... is this for real ? hearing your story i don't even wanna take a chance. Contact IV i'm sure they can help you. This totally doesn't make sense. I wish you luck... sooon! Please keep us posted on what's going on.

sandy_77
04-25-2008, 10:31 AM
Dear Administrator (Pappu)...How should I contact you. I had previously emailed at info@immigrationvoice.org (on 4/20/2008) but did not get a reply.

Thanks for all the replies guys. Believe me I have tried everything possible to try and expedite this security check process. I contacted the news channels and news papers (ones you guys mentioned and more) but no one even dared to reply. I firmly believe that most of the media in India is extremely sympathetic to US and they do not want to disturb the status quo. Otherwise what can explain this complete lack of any news coverage given the number of people who are suffering. Please also read the security clearance tracker at http://murthyforum.atinfopop.com/4/OpenTopic?a=tpc&s=1024039761&f=4724019812&m=772108581
Given the number of people who have read these forums and documented their situation, you would assume that there must be at least one news item covering this situation. There is none whatsoever. Everyone on H1B is now afraid to go out of US and most of those people who wanted to or needed to get their passports stamped are thinking again. This essentially means nobody on H1B visa should think of visiting their families and friends outside US if they already do not have a visa stamp with sufficient time. Initially I thought mostly guys with muslim names are getting stuck but now it is confirmed that if your name is Amit Kumar forget about stamping as you will have to wait for 3 to at least 8 months. I have a hindu name and so do lot of others who are stuck. The situation I think became worse since January 2008 when most visa officers were asked to apply not only PIMS checks but also TAL checks strictly. So if your are a chemical engineer, biotechnologist (unfortunately I am engineer working for a biotech company) and any other job that a Master's level student (mostly with none IT degrees, but not necessarily so) can take in US, you will have to go through TAL check since every type of advanced skills job is listed in this TAL list. How dumb can the US government departments be by issuing such a list without adequate training of the visa officers to understand what represents a threat versus what represents some advanced skills work being done in US which will allow such work to remain in US.
I am extremely worried because I don't know what will happen to this backlog when newly issued 85000 H1b professionals will go for stamping.
Guys this situation needs urgent attention since DOS has started seeing every body with an H1B as a threat to the nation and this notion has to be dispelled. I am not saying that they should not apply TAL checks, but these should be applied to only those who are working on some really sensitive technology and to determine this DOS should have a technologist to review the resume of such a person rather than an Visa Officer. DOS doesn't even respond to my emails. My last hope is the US senator from my area that my company has contacted to help. But given the experience of others at the murthy forum, even this does not shake the mighty all knowing DOS.

John_doe
05-02-2008, 01:54 AM
I completely agree with what sandy_77. I am going through a similar fate, although i have been in the US for a little less than 5 years.

I have a MAsters degree from US and been working there for the last 2 years on an approved H1B work permit. So I came to India to get my visa stamp for H1B as my earlier visa (F1) was expired. Life was apparently going smooth till I came to India in december 2007, primarily to get married and also get the visa stamp. But everything has been going downhill since then. I was not issued the visa, and no specific reason was given for this. A pink form 221G was given with instructions to wait and watch! AS if this is some kind of comedy/drama... I have lost my car in the US, forced to sell it at throw away price, will be loosing my apartment this month end and all my personal belongings will be put on an "yard sale" pretty soon. I have been able to hold on to my job, although without pay for all these months, but after 5 months, I am on the verge of being fired.

I have called both the Chennai US consulate and the Department of State office in Washington DC many times. Neither of them have an inkling of when this process is going to end. They decline to give me any information about my visa processing status other than that it is "pending" and they NEVER tell me how long it is going to take.
I just wish and pray that they had the least consideration for a perfectly legitimate, legal, hardworking, *tax-paying* non-immigrant worker in USA whose 3 years of hard work at an American Grad-School and 2 years of burgeoning career is at stake due to no perceivable fault on his side. The complete hostility being displayed is simply beyond my comprehension. I just want to know if there is a name-check or security clearance or lack of more documental evidence due to which I am being put through this completely unwarranted state of limbo. I just cannot go on waiting forever for something.


I think, getting my visa re-stamped has become the most inhuman experience. I received my visa renewal I-797 in January 2008 and since I was visiting India in Feb 2008, I decided to get the remaining period (2 years) of my H1B visa stamped. I was not expecting any trouble since I had received my 2nd visa stamp just last year in March 2007. I thought it was impossible for the visa officer's to not have my information since I have been through the drill two times before. Unfortunately, on the Feb 11th, when I went to get my passport stamped, the Visa Officer started giving out blue handouts (this one is not even listed on the New Delhi embassy website) one after the other and sure enough to me too. She wanted to know what I did (Quality Engineer in a biotech company) and even while I was explaining she started chit chatting and laughing with her superior (I assume). Then she wanted to know about my experience of over 4 years in just three words. I was completely shocked. How could I sum up my experience in 3 words. I gave her my answer but was bluntly told to take the blue handout and send the questionnaire and resume as listed to a given email ID. I did that the next day, having no idea what I was getting into. It has been over 2 and a half months now and till date I have no idea what exactly is my fault and what is happening with my visa. The visa officer kept my and my wife's passports and I-797 form and around march 11th asked for my i-129 and other documents which I promptly gave at the embassy. Every time i have called the embassy or the DOS, I get the same response that the application is pending security check and no more details can be given. They refuse to understand that I have a life and home there and i have to pay my bills. I have lived in US for 8 years now and have also completed my master's there. Every month I have to call the utility companies, insurance company, post office and phone company to know what my bills are and have to pay them. Every two months I have to spend close to Rs 1800 to fedex checks to my friends so that they can pay my rent. I have had to cancel my flight tickets and suffered losses there. I have not even filed my tax returns for the year. My life is thrown completely out of gear and i have no idea how i will pay my rent and bills if my company decides to put me on unpaid leave or just terminates my employment. The consulates refuse to issue even a visitor visa so that we can go to US and dispose off our properties. How inhuman and arrogant can the get? How could we possibly become criminals overnight? How can they expect our employer's to retain us after such long delays (so guys have been stuck for 8 or more months)? Aren't they forcing unemployment unjustly on us without any reason if they cannot find anything wrong with our background later? What national security secrets act is preventing the phone visa specialists from disclosing exactly where we are in the process and what is stopping the progress? There are so many questions that need answers and all of us feel helpless as we continue to witness DOS destroy our credibility, careers, our credit history...almost everything that we have worked so hard to earn. How can they expect to build bridges with the world when they are hurting unjustly so many people (29 pages worth of numbers at delhi website and some 59 pages worth of numbers at the chennai website and God knows how many on other consulates worldwide. I have heard people spending some $5000 every month in Canada. This is horrible and some community organizations and law firms must talk to the DOS/Whitehouse about this issue. National Security is must but there must be better way than playing with the future of so many innocent people (99% most likely of which will have acceptable backgrounds).

kshitijnt
05-02-2008, 02:10 AM
Here are details of my interview:

VO: what do you do?
I: Software engineer.
VO: How many employees in your company?
I: 20-25
VO: I see your english is not good. How will you be able to do your job?
I: You are the first person to tell me in last 4 years that I cant do my job due to poor english.
[At this point I was ticked off]
VO: How long did you work for last employer?
I: 18 months
VO: How many employees in previous company?
I: 150
VO: How many Indians?
I: I dont know. Ask the employer.
VO: Is this company owned by Indians?
I: I dont ask my boss his citizenship status.
VO: Have you worked with them before?
I: Yes, I am here just to revalidate my visa.
VO: Why you are working for a small company?
I: My preference.
VO: How much salary do you earn?
I: XYZ USD per annum.
VO: Thank you very much sir, your visa is approved.

Didnt bother to thank her, just turned my back and walked away. Visa came by mail.

genius
05-02-2008, 04:03 AM
Hi everyone,
Last week one of my friend(Mexican) from mexico was sent back from the airport and her visa was revoked (B1/B2).The officer claimed that since she lived in the US for almost 5-6 months (no overstays) for the last 2 years,she must have worked here.Is there any possibility that she could apply for another visa (either after waiting for a few months and what are the Odds?).Can the immigrant lawyer do anything to help her get her any other visa (student or something).

Please help!!


Thanks in advance!!!

calabor2001
05-08-2008, 12:52 AM
I don't even know where to start on this. Should I be angry or frustrated or laugh at the incompetence of DoS/USCIS or is it just time to leave US and move to more immigration friendly country or better yet - settle down in my home country. I have spent close to a decade in the US, already have a Masters and almost done with the second one. Decided to take a break and visit India/family after 3.5 years. Guess what, I am stuck - since Jan. 7th 2008. No questions asked, no information provided - just handed over a pink slip in the name of "221g - Additional Administrative Processing". So, from being a law-abiding citizen paying his taxes and doing everything by the book, I overnight became a "threat to the national security" whose background needed to be checked. What kind of BS is that? And why for heaven's sake are you worried about me AFTER I have already left the country on my own accord. Subject me to SC while I am there and deport me if something fishy is found. Don't make me go through this WHEN I MYSELF left the country... Oh! Logic - these F@#$heads don't have that.

I don't even have a freaking traffic violation on my name and here I am. Go figure! thankfully, I have family in New Delhi (I went to the embassy here) and a fast Internet connection to continue working - but for how long?

I have called DoS religiously every week for the last few months now... same crappy response, just a different day. I went to the embassy last week to inquire and oh my lord! I was treated like a terrorist. My wife took an Infopass apptt. to figure out and the officer said, "Who knows your husband may be involved in something you don't know?" :) That is when we gave up laughing... understanding and agreeing that if nothing changes in a reasonable amount of time (to each his own) we will change our situation our selves.

dohko
05-08-2008, 08:55 AM
Sorry to hear that. I think it really depends on the Country of origin. Neither me nor my friends had any problems at the Embassy in Panama.

sandy_77
05-09-2008, 08:36 AM
I would like to request all the senior members at IV to help us with these questions:

1. The official expected delay in visa issuance in case of extra processing is 3 weeks and the DOS has conveniently left the additional administrative processing delay open ended which in turn has left us all law abiding professional non-immigrant/immigrant workers out of our jobs, away from our families and friends and homes for an exceptionaly long time. Is this worthy of a lawsuit/class action lawsuit given the number of people who are suffering?

2. DOS officials refuse to inform the applicants why and where their applications are stuck and how much longer it is expected to delay. Is this worthy of a lawsuit/class action lawsuit given the number of people who are suffering? Why can't the DOS come out with a bi-weekly report on how many people applied for visas, who were denied and who are referred to AAP (and how long each AAP applicant has been delayed)?

3. DOS VISA/ US immigration law does not seem to have any mechanism to protect the rights (do we have any rights or not is also a question) of those who get delayed unjustly (unjustly because they do not have any known criminal background and yet are treated like criminals). Is this worthy of a lawsuit/class action lawsuit given the number of people who are suffering?

4. So many of us in the security check are getting delayed just because our names are similar to known criminals in the databases. I wonder how many people by the name of "Timothy" (of the Timothy McVeigh of oklahoma bombing fame) or other US citizens whose names are similar to people taking part in various conflicts around the world are delayed/denied entry into the country for so long because of this illogical association. Does this "similar name so you are a criminal too" policy of DOS lend itself to judicial review?

5. In many cases remember that justice delayed is justice denied (as many of us will not be able to return due to reasons such as job loss or delay beyond I-797 approved time.

Sorry for this long post but many of us have these questions in mind. If you could tell us what are the problems we can face (finances, resources, etc.) if lawsuit/class action lawsuit route is adopted it would be of great help. Are there any organizations in US who can take up our cause (such as ACLU). Even if you say that this will be a futile exercise, it will at least help us all accept our fate a little better.

Thanks in advance.

nissan_1
05-09-2008, 10:56 AM
I was also in the same boat in 2005 from New Delhi Embassy..
I had 2 earlier H1B visa stamp from Delhi and this was the third time and this time I got 221 (g) for additional processing...My one month vacation tunrs to three months and I can not tell that was a vacation...it was HELL...I called US embassy so many times...but no one picked up....so many emails..no response...finally after three months got a call that they got my clearnce..nexy day went to embassy and got stamped without a question. I did not get paid for that time period but I had to pay my rents and utility bills from India...

Now my visa has expired and I missed the July boat...so I do not have AP..And I have to go to India for brothers marriage...I am pretty sure this time also I will have to go through this and I heard the name check wait time is 6 months now...I will definitely loose job...so I am in a situation of loosing my job or missing my brothers marriage...And my family memebers do not understand a thing about VISA problems :((. I have emailed New delhi embassy about my situation and asked them do my backgroud check in advance so that I can just go there and do the stamping..but they never replied....It's really frustrating to go through this when you never broke a single law in India and US..(I do not even download anything from web..man...)...



I don't even know where to start on this. Should I be angry or frustrated or laugh at the incompetence of DoS/USCIS or is it just time to leave US and move to more immigration friendly country or better yet - settle down in my home country. I have spent close to a decade in the US, already have a Masters and almost done with the second one. Decided to take a break and visit India/family after 3.5 years. Guess what, I am stuck - since Jan. 7th 2008. No questions asked, no information provided - just handed over a pink slip in the name of "221g - Additional Administrative Processing". So, from being a law-abiding citizen paying his taxes and doing everything by the book, I overnight became a "threat to the national security" whose background needed to be checked. What kind of BS is that? And why for heaven's sake are you worried about me AFTER I have already left the country on my own accord. Subject me to SC while I am there and deport me if something fishy is found. Don't make me go through this WHEN I MYSELF left the country... Oh! Logic - these F@#$heads don't have that.

I don't even have a freaking traffic violation on my name and here I am. Go figure! thankfully, I have family in New Delhi (I went to the embassy here) and a fast Internet connection to continue working - but for how long?

I have called DoS religiously every week for the last few months now... same crappy response, just a different day. I went to the embassy last week to inquire and oh my lord! I was treated like a terrorist. My wife took an Infopass apptt. to figure out and the officer said, "Who knows your husband may be involved in something you don't know?" :) That is when we gave up laughing... understanding and agreeing that if nothing changes in a reasonable amount of time (to each his own) we will change our situation our selves.

GCplease
05-09-2008, 10:58 AM
OMG, I am truly apalled by these stories. What is DOS upto.

Reminds me of the movie Rendition where the guy will be taken to another country and physically tortured because he is an American Citizen but born in a Muslim country and he is a chemical Engineer.

Here in these real life stories, the physical torture is not there (Thank God), but the emotional torture is equally worse. I still cannot believe something like this can happen in this century.

People forced to have an extended stay in their home country, forced to let go of their belongings in US, not sure if their employer will preserve his job, this is ridiculous.

Guys, I am really sorry for you. I would suggest, a bunch of you guys join together, contribute some money and consult with an Attorney like Sheila Murthy or Rajiv Khanna and try to coordinate things through Immigration Voice because our name could carry some weight. There should be atleast 10 of you guys so that there can be the desired impact. I am sure your Employers will be backing you. Get letters from them, document your sufferings and get in touch with Senators and congressmen.

I sincerely hope your sufferings will come to an end in the near future.

I think, getting my visa re-stamped has become the most inhuman experience. I received my visa renewal I-797 in January 2008 and since I was visiting India in Feb 2008, I decided to get the remaining period (2 years) of my H1B visa stamped. I was not expecting any trouble since I had received my 2nd visa stamp just last year in March 2007. I thought it was impossible for the visa officer's to not have my information since I have been through the drill two times before. Unfortunately, on the Feb 11th, when I went to get my passport stamped, the Visa Officer started giving out blue handouts (this one is not even listed on the New Delhi embassy website) one after the other and sure enough to me too. She wanted to know what I did (Quality Engineer in a biotech company) and even while I was explaining she started chit chatting and laughing with her superior (I assume). Then she wanted to know about my experience of over 4 years in just three words. I was completely shocked. How could I sum up my experience in 3 words. I gave her my answer but was bluntly told to take the blue handout and send the questionnaire and resume as listed to a given email ID. I did that the next day, having no idea what I was getting into. It has been over 2 and a half months now and till date I have no idea what exactly is my fault and what is happening with my visa. The visa officer kept my and my wife's passports and I-797 form and around march 11th asked for my i-129 and other documents which I promptly gave at the embassy. Every time i have called the embassy or the DOS, I get the same response that the application is pending security check and no more details can be given. They refuse to understand that I have a life and home there and i have to pay my bills. I have lived in US for 8 years now and have also completed my master's there. Every month I have to call the utility companies, insurance company, post office and phone company to know what my bills are and have to pay them. Every two months I have to spend close to Rs 1800 to fedex checks to my friends so that they can pay my rent. I have had to cancel my flight tickets and suffered losses there. I have not even filed my tax returns for the year. My life is thrown completely out of gear and i have no idea how i will pay my rent and bills if my company decides to put me on unpaid leave or just terminates my employment. The consulates refuse to issue even a visitor visa so that we can go to US and dispose off our properties. How inhuman and arrogant can the get? How could we possibly become criminals overnight? How can they expect our employer's to retain us after such long delays (so guys have been stuck for 8 or more months)? Aren't they forcing unemployment unjustly on us without any reason if they cannot find anything wrong with our background later? What national security secrets act is preventing the phone visa specialists from disclosing exactly where we are in the process and what is stopping the progress? There are so many questions that need answers and all of us feel helpless as we continue to witness DOS destroy our credibility, careers, our credit history...almost everything that we have worked so hard to earn. How can they expect to build bridges with the world when they are hurting unjustly so many people (29 pages worth of numbers at delhi website and some 59 pages worth of numbers at the chennai website and God knows how many on other consulates worldwide. I have heard people spending some $5000 every month in Canada. This is horrible and some community organizations and law firms must talk to the DOS/Whitehouse about this issue. National Security is must but there must be better way than playing with the future of so many innocent people (99% most likely of which will have acceptable backgrounds).