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vbkris77
04-24-2012, 06:14 PM
This is my recommendations to IV Core for process improvements for USCIS. Some of the info is based on my own experiences and other issues I have seen in public forums. I open this for discussion. Pls. share your experiences and any recommendations. Pls. limit to processing steps as Administration doesn't deal with law changes.


Application Processing Related changes:

Receipt Number Changes:

Receipt number currently represents the filing date and location. This information is not as much applicable to I485 Adjustment of status applicants as it would for other applications.
1. Generate unique Receipt number for I485 applications without regard to the filing/processing center.
2. Make the receipt number smart to include Priority date and category. Both primary and all dependent applicants to have same priority date. This can be one of the information a lawyer/applicant can provide in I485 application with a copy of I140 application approval/receipt copy or a labor certification copy to justify.
3. Country of Chargeability can't be determined until applications are adjudicated. So it is not possible to get this part of Receipt number.
4. Monthly published I485 application Processing time doesn't appear to correlate to USCIS Officers actual work. So instead of specifying a cutoff date, publish a range of receipt numbers that are being currently processed. Instruct officers use this info to select the cases for processing in a priority date order as much as possible.

I485 Processing and Fingerprints

Based on my observations and personal experiences, processing of an AOS application has no systemic controls for an audit on miss-placed applications and hence no systemic way to ensure applications are processed in a first in first out manner. Applicant perspective of an Immigration Officer touching an individual's case looks to be purely driven by luck than process.
1. Establish a checklist for copies of applicant information such as birth certificate, passport etc. with index of page numbers for I485 information. Allow lawyers/individuals to glue tabs to pages so that information can be accessible to officers quickly during adjudication process.
2. It is better to have a central I485 adjudication process since it effects visa numbers usage. If it's not feasible, at least visa allocation needs to be centralized.
3. Decouple I485 processing and visa allocation. This will ensure a fair and Priority date based visa allocation.
4. Online status to include Pending visa allocation step. This will educate individuals of their correct application status. This can precede final adjudication and Card Production steps.
5. Let individuals/lawyers schedule (reschedule) Fingerprints for the first time when they get I485 receipt notice. Process for this can be same as info pass. Setup a secure connection after validating the secure information along with case numbers etc.

Electronic Documentation and RFE communication

It became more common to re-seek the information that is already supplied in the initial filing. Also USCIS officers are not leveraging the advanced communication such as Electronic storage of documents, Email, Fax to get better, faster information from applicants/lawyers.
1. Instruct Adjudicators to use electronic communication to reach to individuals/lawyers if they choose to sign up for RFE etc.. This could include email, fax etc. This will expedite the processing. Also allow officers to get an electronic response where ever possible. Most of the times the biggest time gap between issuing RFE and officer getting a response is the transit time for physical paper sharing. This is not the most productive use of precious time.
2. Establish a electronic file sharing mechanism so that same file can be reused by both EAD/AP processing and I485 processing. Applicants/Lawyers can upload all the electronic files based on receipt numbers or RFE responses.


Broader Process related Changes:

1. Allow filing for I485 without regard to Dept of State visa bulletin. The visa availability is more dynamic and subjected to lot more parameters. DOS need not consider all of them when publishing a visa bulletin.
2. Setup a self registration process for pending Adjustment of Status. So that applicants with approved immigration petitions can give the necessary projection of demand for a category and country of chargeability.
3. Provide statistics related to I140 filing/approval/rejections based on country of birth of the applicant and category.

Rb_newsletter
04-24-2012, 06:49 PM
I didn't finish reading your post. But i couldn't hold appreciating you.

This is my recommendations to IV Core for process improvements for USCIS. Some of the info is based on my own experiences and other issues I have seen in public forums. I open this for discussion. Pls. share your experiences and any recommendations. Pls. limit to processing steps as Administration doesn't deal with law changes.


Application Processing Related changes:

Receipt Number Changes:

Receipt number currently represents the filing date and location. This information is not as much applicable to I485 Adjustment of status applicants as it would for other applications.
1. Generate unique Receipt number for I485 applications without regard to the filing/processing center.
2. Make the receipt number smart to include Priority date and category. Both primary and all dependent applicants to have same priority date. This can be one of the information a lawyer/applicant can provide in I485 application with a copy of I140 application approval/receipt copy or a labor certification copy to justify.
3. Country of Chargeability can't be determined until applications are adjudicated. So it is not possible to get this part of Receipt number.
4. Monthly published I485 application Processing time doesn't appear to correlate to USCIS Officers actual work. So instead of specifying a cutoff date, publish a range of receipt numbers that are being currently processed. Instruct officers use this info to select the cases for processing in a priority date order as much as possible.

I485 Processing and Fingerprints

Based on my observations and personal experiences, processing of an AOS application has no systemic controls for an audit on miss-placed applications and hence no systemic way to ensure applications are processed in a first in first out manner. Applicant perspective of an Immigration Officer touching an individual's case looks to be purely driven by luck than process.
1. Establish a checklist for copies of applicant information such as birth certificate, passport etc. with index of page numbers for I485 information. Allow lawyers/individuals to glue tabs to pages so that information can be accessible to officers quickly during adjudication process.
2. It is better to have a central I485 adjudication process since it effects visa numbers usage. If it's not feasible, at least visa allocation needs to be centralized.
3. Decouple I485 processing and visa allocation. This will ensure a fair and Priority date based visa allocation.
4. Online status to include Pending visa allocation step. This will educate individuals of their correct application status. This can precede final adjudication and Card Production steps.
5. Let individuals/lawyers schedule (reschedule) Fingerprints for the first time when they get I485 receipt notice. Process for this can be same as info pass. Setup a secure connection after validating the secure information along with case numbers etc.

Electronic Documentation and RFE communication

It became more common to re-seek the information that is already supplied in the initial filing. Also USCIS officers are not leveraging the advanced communication such as Electronic storage of documents, Email, Fax to get better, faster information from applicants/lawyers.
1. Instruct Adjudicators to use electronic communication to reach to individuals/lawyers if they choose to sign up for RFE etc.. This could include email, fax etc. This will expedite the processing. Also allow officers to get an electronic response where ever possible. Most of the times the biggest time gap between issuing RFE and officer getting a response is the transit time for physical paper sharing. This is not the most productive use of precious time.
2. Establish a electronic file sharing mechanism so that same file can be reused by both EAD/AP processing and I485 processing. Applicants/Lawyers can upload all the electronic files based on receipt numbers or RFE responses.


Broader Process related Changes:

1. Allow filing for I485 without regard to Dept of State visa bulletin. The visa availability is more dynamic and subjected to lot more parameters. DOS need not consider all of them when publishing a visa bulletin.
2. Setup a self registration process for pending Adjustment of Status. So that applicants with approved immigration petitions can give the necessary projection of demand for a category and country of chargeability.
3. Provide statistics related to I140 filing/approval/rejections based on country of birth of the applicant and category.

Rb_newsletter
04-24-2012, 07:01 PM
Some more info about how the files are handled.

Question and Answer Session with a former USCIS Adjudicator (http://www.visajourney.com/content/adjudicator-q-and-a)

gk_2000
04-24-2012, 10:43 PM
How difficult could it be, to track consular processing data, if not in real time, then at least periodically??

forever_waiting
04-25-2012, 12:15 AM
excellent compilation.
Folks - please contribute your opinions. vbkris is a long-time, experienced and knowledgeable IV volunteer. Lets help put together a strong proposal

This is my recommendations to IV Core for process improvements for USCIS. Some of the info is based on my own experiences and other issues I have seen in public forums. I open this for discussion. Pls. share your experiences and any recommendations. Pls. limit to processing steps as Administration doesn't deal with law changes.


Application Processing Related changes:

Receipt Number Changes:

Receipt number currently represents the filing date and location. This information is not as much applicable to I485 Adjustment of status applicants as it would for other applications.
1. Generate unique Receipt number for I485 applications without regard to the filing/processing center.
2. Make the receipt number smart to include Priority date and category. Both primary and all dependent applicants to have same priority date. This can be one of the information a lawyer/applicant can provide in I485 application with a copy of I140 application approval/receipt copy or a labor certification copy to justify.
3. Country of Chargeability can't be determined until applications are adjudicated. So it is not possible to get this part of Receipt number.
4. Monthly published I485 application Processing time doesn't appear to correlate to USCIS Officers actual work. So instead of specifying a cutoff date, publish a range of receipt numbers that are being currently processed. Instruct officers use this info to select the cases for processing in a priority date order as much as possible.

I485 Processing and Fingerprints

Based on my observations and personal experiences, processing of an AOS application has no systemic controls for an audit on miss-placed applications and hence no systemic way to ensure applications are processed in a first in first out manner. Applicant perspective of an Immigration Officer touching an individual's case looks to be purely driven by luck than process.
1. Establish a checklist for copies of applicant information such as birth certificate, passport etc. with index of page numbers for I485 information. Allow lawyers/individuals to glue tabs to pages so that information can be accessible to officers quickly during adjudication process.
2. It is better to have a central I485 adjudication process since it effects visa numbers usage. If it's not feasible, at least visa allocation needs to be centralized.
3. Decouple I485 processing and visa allocation. This will ensure a fair and Priority date based visa allocation.
4. Online status to include Pending visa allocation step. This will educate individuals of their correct application status. This can precede final adjudication and Card Production steps.
5. Let individuals/lawyers schedule (reschedule) Fingerprints for the first time when they get I485 receipt notice. Process for this can be same as info pass. Setup a secure connection after validating the secure information along with case numbers etc.

Electronic Documentation and RFE communication

It became more common to re-seek the information that is already supplied in the initial filing. Also USCIS officers are not leveraging the advanced communication such as Electronic storage of documents, Email, Fax to get better, faster information from applicants/lawyers.
1. Instruct Adjudicators to use electronic communication to reach to individuals/lawyers if they choose to sign up for RFE etc.. This could include email, fax etc. This will expedite the processing. Also allow officers to get an electronic response where ever possible. Most of the times the biggest time gap between issuing RFE and officer getting a response is the transit time for physical paper sharing. This is not the most productive use of precious time.
2. Establish a electronic file sharing mechanism so that same file can be reused by both EAD/AP processing and I485 processing. Applicants/Lawyers can upload all the electronic files based on receipt numbers or RFE responses.


Broader Process related Changes:

1. Allow filing for I485 without regard to Dept of State visa bulletin. The visa availability is more dynamic and subjected to lot more parameters. DOS need not consider all of them when publishing a visa bulletin.
2. Setup a self registration process for pending Adjustment of Status. So that applicants with approved immigration petitions can give the necessary projection of demand for a category and country of chargeability.
3. Provide statistics related to I140 filing/approval/rejections based on country of birth of the applicant and category.

vbkris77
04-25-2012, 09:06 AM
How difficult could it be, to track consular processing data, if not in real time, then at least periodically??

USCIS is supposed to send all approved I140 applications to DoS facility for a disposition including those elected AOS option. But what we learned is that USCIS is not consistent in doing that. So this data doesn't help much. Infact we thumbed down when we learnt that only some specific country (not Indian) applications are sent to DOS facility.

Hence our request to publish I140 application data publicly.

vbkris77
04-25-2012, 09:07 AM
Some more info about how the files are handled.

Question and Answer Session with a former USCIS Adjudicator (http://www.visajourney.com/content/adjudicator-q-and-a)

Thank you. I saw this link and it made double down on my recommendations after that. Its just not possible to orderly approve applications with their current process.

sanhari
04-25-2012, 10:18 AM
Please also include request to issue EAD/AP combo card with validity until approval/denial of I-485. Since with the new I-485 filing USCIS doesn't make any money out of EAD/AP renewals. This will be a great relief for applicants, and also a lot of time and money saved for USCIS.

This is my recommendations to IV Core for process improvements for USCIS. Some of the info is based on my own experiences and other issues I have seen in public forums. I open this for discussion. Pls. share your experiences and any recommendations. Pls. limit to processing steps as Administration doesn't deal with law changes.


Application Processing Related changes:

Receipt Number Changes:

Receipt number currently represents the filing date and location. This information is not as much applicable to I485 Adjustment of status applicants as it would for other applications.
1. Generate unique Receipt number for I485 applications without regard to the filing/processing center.
2. Make the receipt number smart to include Priority date and category. Both primary and all dependent applicants to have same priority date. This can be one of the information a lawyer/applicant can provide in I485 application with a copy of I140 application approval/receipt copy or a labor certification copy to justify.
3. Country of Chargeability can't be determined until applications are adjudicated. So it is not possible to get this part of Receipt number.
4. Monthly published I485 application Processing time doesn't appear to correlate to USCIS Officers actual work. So instead of specifying a cutoff date, publish a range of receipt numbers that are being currently processed. Instruct officers use this info to select the cases for processing in a priority date order as much as possible.

I485 Processing and Fingerprints

Based on my observations and personal experiences, processing of an AOS application has no systemic controls for an audit on miss-placed applications and hence no systemic way to ensure applications are processed in a first in first out manner. Applicant perspective of an Immigration Officer touching an individual's case looks to be purely driven by luck than process.
1. Establish a checklist for copies of applicant information such as birth certificate, passport etc. with index of page numbers for I485 information. Allow lawyers/individuals to glue tabs to pages so that information can be accessible to officers quickly during adjudication process.
2. It is better to have a central I485 adjudication process since it effects visa numbers usage. If it's not feasible, at least visa allocation needs to be centralized.
3. Decouple I485 processing and visa allocation. This will ensure a fair and Priority date based visa allocation.
4. Online status to include Pending visa allocation step. This will educate individuals of their correct application status. This can precede final adjudication and Card Production steps.
5. Let individuals/lawyers schedule (reschedule) Fingerprints for the first time when they get I485 receipt notice. Process for this can be same as info pass. Setup a secure connection after validating the secure information along with case numbers etc.

Electronic Documentation and RFE communication

It became more common to re-seek the information that is already supplied in the initial filing. Also USCIS officers are not leveraging the advanced communication such as Electronic storage of documents, Email, Fax to get better, faster information from applicants/lawyers.
1. Instruct Adjudicators to use electronic communication to reach to individuals/lawyers if they choose to sign up for RFE etc.. This could include email, fax etc. This will expedite the processing. Also allow officers to get an electronic response where ever possible. Most of the times the biggest time gap between issuing RFE and officer getting a response is the transit time for physical paper sharing. This is not the most productive use of precious time.
2. Establish a electronic file sharing mechanism so that same file can be reused by both EAD/AP processing and I485 processing. Applicants/Lawyers can upload all the electronic files based on receipt numbers or RFE responses.


Broader Process related Changes:

1. Allow filing for I485 without regard to Dept of State visa bulletin. The visa availability is more dynamic and subjected to lot more parameters. DOS need not consider all of them when publishing a visa bulletin.
2. Setup a self registration process for pending Adjustment of Status. So that applicants with approved immigration petitions can give the necessary projection of demand for a category and country of chargeability.
3. Provide statistics related to I140 filing/approval/rejections based on country of birth of the applicant and category.

vbkris77
04-25-2012, 10:39 AM
Please also include request to issue EAD/AP combo card with validity until approval/denial of I-485. Since with the new I-485 filing USCIS doesn't make any money out of EAD/AP renewals. This will be a great relief for applicants, and also a lot of time and money saved for USCIS.

Sure thing, But I just don't know if USCIS policy allows them to have indefinite date on EAD/AP cards. Is there a regulation that you could search for me? I will try to google myself too.

thomachan72
04-25-2012, 03:09 PM
Sure thing, But I just don't know if USCIS policy allows them to have indefinite date on EAD/AP cards. Is there a regulation that you could search for me? I will try to google myself too.

vbkris, great points!!
regarding the indefinite EAD/AP cards that might be too much to be asking given the rather indefinite waiting period for EB3 folks. That would counter the general concept of periodic review and extension for immigrants. However, they could atleast give a min of 2 year duration and also permit continuity of status while an application for EAD renewal is pending and delayed despite being filed in time. If all we have to do is to submit the EAD renewal application and not have to worry about when they send it renewed I am ok with it. The problem arises when there is a break related to the delay in renewal which causes undue stress both to the employee and the employer.

gk_2000
04-25-2012, 03:25 PM
USCIS is supposed to send all approved I140 applications to DoS facility for a disposition including those elected AOS option. But what we learned is that USCIS is not consistent in doing that. So this data doesn't help much. Infact we thumbed down when we learnt that only some specific country (not Indian) applications are sent to DOS facility.

Hence our request to publish I140 application data publicly.

Yes, updating publicly would be real cool .. but not much use if not automated.. they might need to make major changes. Anyway, nothing to lose by expressing the need

pappu
04-25-2012, 03:42 PM
Please also include request to issue EAD/AP combo card with validity until approval/denial of I-485. Since with the new I-485 filing USCIS doesn't make any money out of EAD/AP renewals. This will be a great relief for applicants, and also a lot of time and money saved for USCIS.

It will be misused . Nothing can be indefinite. With every renewal USCIS should be checking the applicant current status, employment and other things.
When thinking of ideas, think like a USCIS policy maker who not only thinks about the law, relief etc... But also thinks how the end user will misuse it and how it can be avoided.
Vbkris. Have not read your post. When I get time, will read and comment. But thank you for always being proactive. It was due to your proactive work along with ashipwin that we saw a big relief to several people in the community that were able to file I485 due to forward date movement in the early quarters.

vbkris77
04-25-2012, 04:41 PM
Now a days USCIS does not bother to update the USCIS case site https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/logon.do with appropriate status.

My I-485 though pre-adjudicated long back, still shows "Initial review". Recently I applied for AP. Though I received the AP, the status still shows "Initial Review".

This site was brought up to bring more transparency into case status for user. If I remember correctly Pres Obama made a big deal about this after a while he came to power.

Some times the links are broken for online status. Also the customer support personal don't care as much for that. It is more like the adjudicators are not following a process that their IT requires to update online status or something like that.

vbkris77
04-25-2012, 04:48 PM
It will be misused . Nothing can be indefinite. With every renewal USCIS should be checking the applicant current status, employment and other things.
When thinking of ideas, think like a USCIS policy maker who not only thinks about the law, relief etc... But also thinks how the end user will misuse it and how it can be avoided.
Vbkris. Have not read your post. When I get time, will read and comment. But thank you for always being proactive. It was due to your proactive work along with ashipwin that we saw a big relief to several people in the community that were able to file I485 due to forward date movement in the early quarters.

I agree that they need to continue the review. One point I liked is to have a policy where in the EAD filing or receipt notice be used for employment continuation without accruing unlawful employment due to CIS delays. But I don't think USCIS will be right organization to make that call. So it may not be part of our recommendation to them. It is more a policy matter that needs WH intervention.

gk_2000
04-25-2012, 06:03 PM
Yes, updating publicly would be real cool .. but not much use if not automated.. they might need to make major changes. Anyway, nothing to lose by expressing the need

Now a days USCIS does not bother to update the USCIS case site https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/logon.do with appropriate status.

My I-485 though pre-adjudicated long back, still shows "Initial review". Recently I applied for AP. Though I received the AP, the status still shows "Initial Review".

This site was brought up to bring more transparency into case status for user. If I remember correctly Pres Obama made a big deal about this after a while he came to power.

Yeah, what I had in mind..

sanhari
04-25-2012, 10:28 PM
Thank you all and Pappu for your responses. I agree there could be chances for misuse, atleast they should make the renewal process simple and faster may be get it renewed by just going to a local Field office and with a longer validity. Particularly for people like me in EB3, I have already renewed it like 5 times and it's a time consuming process and the 90 days or sometimes even more wait time is a much worrying part.

It will be misused . Nothing can be indefinite. With every renewal USCIS should be checking the applicant current status, employment and other things.
When thinking of ideas, think like a USCIS policy maker who not only thinks about the law, relief etc... But also thinks how the end user will misuse it and how it can be avoided.
Vbkris. Have not read your post. When I get time, will read and comment. But thank you for always being proactive. It was due to your proactive work along with ashipwin that we saw a big relief to several people in the community that were able to file I485 due to forward date movement in the early quarters.

pappu
04-26-2012, 05:54 AM
Thank you all and Pappu for your responses. I agree there could be chances for misuse, atleast they should make the renewal process simple and faster may be get it renewed by just going to a local Field office and with a longer validity. Particularly for people like me in EB3, I have already renewed it like 5 times and it's a time consuming process and the 90 days or sometimes even more wait time is a much worrying part.

If one goes to the local office and renews, the expectation will be to get it done in an hour or so as a service. How would you address concerns of background check, national security, if the employer is non existing now , the person is misusing it, the applicant is no longer working, or not working in his profession, or the company has withdrawn the application, or the company is a red flagged company for fraud and so Many other things. While the wait is painful to us for sinple EAD processing, as a policy maker these concerns are valid and should be addressed while changing any rule. So always think from the perspective of the other side of the table while analyzing flaws in the system. It helps make a solid case and arguement for any reform.

thomachan72
04-26-2012, 06:41 AM
If one goes to the local office and renews, the expectation will be to get it done in an hour or so as a service. How would you address concerns of background check, national security, if the employer is non existing now , the person is misusing it, the applicant is no longer working, or not working in his profession, or the company has withdrawn the application, or the company is a red flagged company for fraud and so Many other things. While the wait is painful to us for sinple EAD processing, as a policy maker these concerns are valid and should be addressed while changing any rule. So always think from the perspective of the other side of the table while analyzing flaws in the system. It helps make a solid case and arguement for any reform.
I agree with what you are saying Pappu. However, given the fact that there is negligible numbers of rejections for EAD renewals they could be persuaded to permit continuation of employement without any interuption while they process just like somebody would be extending an H1b, so long as the application for renewal/extension has been filed within the specified time. I have seen friends really agonize over the uncertainity of not hearing back anything regarding their applications for EAD renewal. Potentially many could be layed off if the EAD does not arrive in time. Mostly folks who have chosen to work using EAD rather than H1b are those who would benefit from this. This is a simple thing and I believe this is something within the limits of the USCIS to approve since the delay is usually at their end.

thomachan72
04-26-2012, 06:52 AM
Pappu,
One fundamental aspect you are missing from your discussion is EAD is a derivative benefit of a pending I-485. It is not like H1. The only requirement to issue EAD is a pending I-485. All the other concerns you mentioned will be reviewed at I-140/I-485 approval/pre-adjuducation. Even if situations change, it will affect the I-485 directly. So adjudicator issuing EAD doesn't have to look for lot of things as far as EAD goes.

Also wondering why are we discussing so many other issues and status quo, have we lost hopes on HR 3012 ?

Whether anything is a derivative benefit or not there is no way they can/will allow for an indefinite period for any employment authorizing document. The investigation might be very minimal as you said, however, even the green card has renewal periods. If they would permit continous employment while an application for renewal is pending then we should be fine. It is also in their interest to make sure the applicant is able to maintain continous employment since the 485 itself is for a continuous permanent position and not hiring-firing-rehiring. They do process applications faster if you explain your position but it is a real pain. My friend had to take an appointment and carry letters from the HR and also one from the representative. He really spent sleepless nights but fortunately got it about 1-2 day prior to the expiry date.

Rb_newsletter
04-26-2012, 12:02 PM
Completely agree. indefinite EAD is not practical. Allowing employment while EAD application is pending is probably the best we can hope for. It is a chicken and egg situation in regards to EAD vs having a valid employment to keep I-485 valid and thus issue an EAD based on that.

How about premium processing for EAD and AP? Of course we loose money but the gain is peace. I am suggesting premium processing as additional not as substitute for continuation of employment while EAD application pending.

sanhari
04-26-2012, 12:33 PM
Thank you for your response Pappu. Per my knowledge to renew an EAD all they need to verify is whether you have an active 485 application pending with USCIS, nothing else. I do renew EAD for my spouse every year, though it's not used so far, therefore there is no need for them to verify employment or other related things. This should be a fairly simple and quick process.

If one goes to the local office and renews, the expectation will be to get it done in an hour or so as a service. How would you address concerns of background check, national security, if the employer is non existing now , the person is misusing it, the applicant is no longer working, or not working in his profession, or the company has withdrawn the application, or the company is a red flagged company for fraud and so Many other things. While the wait is painful to us for sinple EAD processing, as a policy maker these concerns are valid and should be addressed while changing any rule. So always think from the perspective of the other side of the table while analyzing flaws in the system. It helps make a solid case and arguement for any reform.

Svee
04-27-2012, 01:04 AM
485 Application submission should be similar to H1B Applications filing....If the quota of 65 K is full, no more filing for that year. Few may not like this idea......., but it would help all the Eb3I kind of candidates who have filed & waiting for a decade.No filing... No limbo confused state of mind.

vbkris77
04-27-2012, 08:09 AM
485 Application submission should be similar to H1B Applications filing....If the quota of 65 K is full, no more filing for that year. Few may not like this idea......., but it would help all the Eb3I kind of candidates who have filed & waiting for a decade.No filing... No limbo confused state of mind.

Currently there are more than 1M applications filed in all categories.. I rest my case..

puding
04-27-2012, 10:04 AM
I don't know how relevent/possible this is. How about elminating EAD / AP renewal fees for pre July / August 2007 filers? After the new fee structure, it is a one time fee for I-485 and no fee for EAD & AP whereas, the old timers still paying renewal fees. With the current outlook, some one in 2005/2006 EB3 category may need to renew his EAD/AP for atleast 5-6 times and that is lot of money.

waitingnwaiting
04-27-2012, 11:24 AM
I don't know how relevent/possible this is. How about elminating EAD / AP renewal fees for pre July / August 2007 filers? After the new fee structure, it is a one time fee for I-485 and no fee for EAD & AP whereas, the old timers still paying renewal fees. With the current outlook, some one in 2005/2006 EB3 category may need to renew his EAD/AP for atleast 5-6 times and that is lot of money.

Filing fees is not a lot of money. Only lawyer fees is a lot. If one is smart and educated, they can file themselves.

puding
04-27-2012, 02:12 PM
For a family of 3, the application fee alone is $2200 once every 2 years. I feel this is still a lot.

Madhuri
04-27-2012, 02:24 PM
I don't know how relevent/possible this is. How about elminating EAD / AP renewal fees for pre July / August 2007 filers? After the new fee structure, it is a one time fee for I-485 and no fee for EAD & AP whereas, the old timers still paying renewal fees. With the current outlook, some one in 2005/2006 EB3 category may need to renew his EAD/AP for atleast 5-6 times and that is lot of money.

I agree, pre July / August 2007 filers will be paying renewal fees forever. If pre July / August 2007 filer has crossed certain threshold, they should be eligible for fee EAD and AP renewal.
Not sure if it is possible or not to pursue USCIS for this.

vbkris77
04-27-2012, 02:41 PM
I agree, pre July / August 2007 filers will be paying renewal fees forever. If pre July / August 2007 filer has crossed certain threshold, they should be eligible for fee EAD and AP renewal.
Not sure if it is possible or not to pursue USCIS for this.

I don't know how relevent/possible this is. How about elminating EAD / AP renewal fees for pre July / August 2007 filers? After the new fee structure, it is a one time fee for I-485 and no fee for EAD & AP whereas, the old timers still paying renewal fees. With the current outlook, some one in 2005/2006 EB3 category may need to renew his EAD/AP for atleast 5-6 times and that is lot of money.

I am sympathetic . But my recommendations are towards process improvements. I will let IV core make a decision on how they want to proceed with this request.