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santa123
07-02-2008, 12:48 AM
Hello IVans,

According to Attorney Murthy on June 27, 2008,
"It is hoped that, as the USCIS works through the numerous pending I-140 petitions, premium processing will resume on a more widespread basis"
http://www.murthy.com/news/n_pp4140.html

I strongly feel that AILA and their associates are pretty good at predicting the policy changes within USCIS / DOL. In my observation, such statements by leading immigration Attorneys have resulted in near future procedural / policy changes. I consider this as an hint to all GC seekers to brace for I140 PP across the board, not just for people on the H1B brink.

Does anyone feel the same? any thoughts?

cygent
07-02-2008, 03:13 AM
Hello IVans,
Does anyone feel the same? any thoughts?

But only because they know everybody will be frustrated with the wait & opt for PP - Another clever manipulation IMHO.

bluekayal
09-19-2008, 03:17 PM
I am in a tricky situation. Filed concurrent I-140 and I-485 (Schedule A Group 2..exceptional ability in the arts and science) ... 8/2006.
In the meanwhile a labor cert as well- PD 8/ 2004 was approved in 2006 and I recieved an updated I-140 using the old priority date, ie. 2004. Now after 2 years the TSC is adamant that my PD is 2006 not 2004 and have given me yet another "corrected" I-140 with 2006 PD.

One lawyer said I could cite "affirmative misconduct" and request the supervisor of the I-140 section to consider and accept the late filing on the basis of affirmative misconduct. If not for the earlier I-140 with 2004 PD we would have filed another I-140. So their affirmative mistake cost us 2 years in a category so backlogged already. (I am EB 2 India).


My lawyer says we will not win and does not want to do it. Any advice?

kondur_007
09-22-2008, 04:09 PM
Hello IVans,

According to Attorney Murthy on June 27, 2008,
"It is hoped that, as the USCIS works through the numerous pending I-140 petitions, premium processing will resume on a more widespread basis"
http://www.murthy.com/news/n_pp4140.html

I strongly feel that AILA and their associates are pretty good at predicting the policy changes within USCIS / DOL. In my observation, such statements by leading immigration Attorneys have resulted in near future procedural / policy changes. I consider this as an hint to all GC seekers to brace for I140 PP across the board, not just for people on the H1B brink.

Does anyone feel the same? any thoughts?

I did not believe it at that time (July). However, looking at the flow of approvals from even NSC (they processed my case filed in April 2008); I now believe that I 140 premium processing will resume soon (in next couple of months).

I am not sure how will they phase it in; may be first for all new filings and/or for people with current PD and then more widespread (hopefully based on PD).

TSC has been processing 2008 cases since past 3 months and NSC is doing so for at least a month now (they seem to have processed July/Aug cases for the past 10 months). Also, the first couple of quarters will be slow as far as I 485 processing goes...so they can probably concetrate on I 140s and resume flow of MONEY :p

looivy
10-11-2008, 07:12 PM
Can IV help expedite I-140 processing? It would benefit a lot of folks who have EAD but do not have I-140 approved yet?

Thanks.

raydon
10-12-2008, 11:30 AM
According to one website http://www.immigration-law.com the USCIS is working on trying to streamline processing I-140 petitions to four months by April 2009. I quote the following from the website
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10/08/2008: I-140 Processing in Four Months by April 2009?

* This is a five-month old information which has just been released. This source of information indicates that the USCIS was hiring and training new employees and by April 2009, I-140 petitions might be processed in four months. It is a good news in a way.
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Going by the previous track record of the USCIS though, I do have reasons to be skeptical about that. We will find out in April eventually, unless our invididual petitions get approved before that. The only issue is that in the interim we still have the threat to jobs in this bad economy. The other concern of mine is that older petitions might get dumped into another Backlog Elimination Center and they only work efficiently on newer I-140 petitions. That solution would be hell for people with older I-140 applications

dontcareanymore
10-21-2008, 06:20 PM
According to one website http://www.immigration-law.com the USCIS is working on trying to streamline processing I-140 petitions to four months by April 2009. I quote the following from the website
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10/08/2008: I-140 Processing in Four Months by April 2009?

* This is a five-month old information which has just been released. This source of information indicates that the USCIS was hiring and training new employees and by April 2009, I-140 petitions might be processed in four months. It is a good news in a way.
--------------------------------------------------------

Going by the previous track record of the USCIS though, I do have reasons to be skeptical about that. We will find out in April eventually, unless our invididual petitions get approved before that. The only issue is that in the interim we still have the threat to jobs in this bad economy. The other concern of mine is that older petitions might get dumped into another Backlog Elimination Center and they only work efficiently on newer I-140 petitions. That solution would be hell for people with older I-140 applications

Same source, but latest bulletin :


10/17/2008: I-140 Delays and USCIS Answers to Discrepancy in Processing Times Between Stand-alone I-140 and Concurrent Filing Cases

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We will see what and when "significant" decrease in reduction will take place. We still feel that the reinstatement of premium processing services should hold an answer to part of the problems. However, the USCIS answer to this question is as follows: "USCIS expects that adding other classifications to Premium Processing Service at this time would exceed USCIS’ capacity to provide timely Premium Process Service. USCIS will continue to evaluate whether it is able to process other groups of cases beyond this limited classification of petitions and will provide notification of any further availability of Premium Processing Service for Form I-140."