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02-11-2017, 11:16 AM
Easy access URL to this post: telegram.ImmigrationVoice.org (http://telegram.ImmigrationVoice.org) (ALWAYS use this to invite others stuck in backlogs)

The primary purpose of Immigration Voice's Telegram Groups is to discuss (non-virtual) advocacy related action items around the removal of per-country caps. Only folks who are genuinely interested in shoe & leather advocacy should join. You will find a lot of folks that are in the same boat as you and are working hard on a local level to complement IVs efforts in DC.

If you are only interested in updates, follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/immivoice/), like our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ImmigrationVoice/), subscribe to our Newsletter (https://app.getresponse.com/site/ivnewsletter/webform.html?wid=392338) and join the Telegram Alerts (https://telegram.me/ImmigrationVoice) Channel.

But if you are willing to step outside the virtual world and do meaningful things in your congressional district &/or state, then keep reading and follow all of the instructions listed below.

Fill out this CONSTITUENT form (http://constituent.ImmigrationVoice.org) before proceeding further</br></br>
Visit FIND YOUR REPRESENTATIVE (http://www.house.gov/htbin/findrep) to find your Congressional District (state (ST) & district (DT)) using your residential zip code.</br></br>
In the telegram app (download it here (http://telegram.org/apps)), update your profile as directed below. This will help everyone to easily connect with constituents from a particular state & district if & when needed for specific action items related to that District.
Example: If your name is Albert Einstein and you reside in zip code 11203, according to FIND YOUR REPRESENTATIVE (http://www.house.gov/htbin/findrep), this makes you a resident of the 9th Congressional District of New York.

> Open Telegram app
> Open Settings
> Click Edit
> Enter "Albert Einstein" in the first name field and "NY09" in the last name field - without quotation marks</br>
Click here to view an example of how your telegram profile should look like (https://www.dropbox.com/s/igga9rg40uukapk/photo_2018-01-04_19-19-21.jpg?dl=0)
FIRST Name field of Telegram profile should display your FULL REAL Name - Aliases are NOT allowed</br>
LAST Name field of Telegram profile should only have 4 characters - 2 characters of your state (ST) abbreviation and the 2 digits of your district (DT) without any spaces or parenthesis or dashes or quotation marks as shown in the example above.</br>
When looking for someone from a particular congressional district, if you were to just type @stdt, in the message field, a list of names matching that criteria pops up. But if folks have ", -, () or even space this doesn't work. When you have more than 100 members who follow this protocol, managing things becomes much easy for everyone.</br></br>
Click here to join IV's Advocacy Chapter on Telegram (http://statechapters.immigrationvoice.org)

Thank you
Team IV

PS: From time to time non-compliant folks may be temporarily removed from IV Telegram groups - you can add yourself back, but keep in mind that you will only be able to do so a certain number of times before a permanent ban kicks in.