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Old 06-18-2010, 03:54 PM
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Old 06-22-2010, 09:38 AM
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Contributed $50 through paypal.
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Had sent $50 earlier to support my state chapter's efforts with the rally.

We received our Green Cards yesterday. Earlier this year I filed I-I40 under EB-1 (Outstanding Researcher / Professor). Was frustrated with non-movement of our EB-2 (Nov-05 PD, filed through spouse) and possibility of it getting denied. Over the last year, had to reply to over 6 RFEs (medical, signature, address issues, marriage bonafide,...) and a NOID (AC-21 issue) on spouse's EB-2 petition. When we received NOID, that was it, we decided to go for EB-1 through me. Trying to progress in our careers and still maintaining the green card process has not been easy. Changing addresses, maintaining separare residences, changing jobs .... all become nightmares once the permanent residency process starts.

In the last 10 years, I have seen the worst and the best of USCIS. It has been a very challenging journey. Over this time the collective value all of us provide through IV has been invaluable.

I am surprised that people just joining the EB-based permanent residency queue don't contribute more to IV. Also, EB-3s all over (India, China, Worldwide) and EB-2 (India, China), have to realize that things will just not change on their own. I was of a similar mindset in 2006, I used to think that policy makers know what we are going through and things will be set right. However, 4 years later, I know that that's not the case. Frankly, legislatures just dont know (or care enough) about our issues.

Final words (of more unsolicited advise) from me - join your state chapters. That will give you more confidence and understanding on how IV operates and where funds go. Lastly, contribute .. there can be no excuse... contribute and become involved...sitting on the sidelnes will not help......

Thank you IV ... I will continue to participate ......

Non-contributing members don't double guess yourselves.... become active ..

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Old 06-22-2010, 11:38 AM
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Contributed $50 through paypal.
Transaction ID: 1PU72694YC425325M

Had sent $50 earlier to support my state chapter's efforts with the rally.

We received our Green Cards yesterday. Earlier this year I filed I-I40 under EB-1 (Outstanding Researcher / Professor). Was frustrated with non-movement of our EB-2 (Nov-05 PD, filed through spouse) and possibility of it getting denied. Over the last year, had to reply to over 6 RFEs (medical, signature, address issues, marriage bonafide,...) and a NOID (AC-21 issue) on spouse's EB-2 petition. When we received NOID, that was it, we decided to go for EB-1 through me. Trying to progress in our careers and still maintaining the green card process has not been easy. Changing addresses, maintaining separare residences, changing jobs .... all become nightmares once the permanent residency process starts.

In the last 10 years, I have seen the worst and the best of USCIS. It has been a very challenging journey. Over this time the collective value all of us provide through IV has been invaluable.

I am surprised that people just joining the EB-based permanent residency queue don't contribute more to IV. Also, EB-3s all over (India, China, Worldwide) and EB-2 (India, China), have to realize that things will just not change on their own. I was of a similar mindset in 2006, I used to think that policy makers know what we are going through and things will be set right. However, 4 years later, I know that that's not the case. Frankly, legislatures just dont know (or care enough) about our issues.

Final words (of more unsolicited advise) from me - join your state chapters. That will give you more confidence and understanding on how IV operates and where funds go. Lastly, contribute .. there can be no excuse... contribute and become involved...sitting on the sidelnes will not help......

Thank you IV ... I will continue to participate ......

Non-contributing members don't double guess yourselves.... become active ..

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Congrats on your Green Card.

Thanks for your contributions. You have said it correctly. Many people do not know the mess they are in. They still think Government knows their problem and it will be solved soon or some magical spillover will happen. Everyone seems to be a so called expert on politics or we blindly follow so called political experts on other blogs just because that person has a law degree. After many years of grind and struggle we realize the reality of the political situation and understand that unless we make efforts ourselves nobody else will do anything for us. Everyone else out there is in for their own vested interests and we as a community have to look out for ourselves.

EB3 India, China, ROW etc are all in a far more greater mess they have not yet imagined. We still believe in useless predictions that only raises false hopes. I see people in EB3 I still thinking that their dates will move in the next quarter or quarter after next.... This goes on every quarter until they give up and contact IV to offer to work with us and fix this problem. Only after some of us have waited for several years and suffered badly in our lives and careers we get desperate for greencard and take part in IV activities.

I agree the sense of urgency is missing in a lot of new filers. This is because the reality has not hit them. Some of us do not even understand or have any idea of the opposition and roadblocks out there for simple fixes. Some of us still do not know about lobbying, how it works and still think that writing junk emails to officials or lawmakers will get any fix done. We have seen so many threads on forums and really wonder why people cannot simply take a day off and meet their lawmakers. Why can't they take time off and come to DC with us and take part in advocacy day. Meeting an official in person is worth more than millions of junk emails we may write to any official.

It will take time, but with time IV platform will grow, educate our members on advocacy in USA and we will surely succeed.
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It has been a real busy year with long working days and multiple complex projects that have been taking away my weekends when I first saw the news about Advocacy days planned by Immigration Voice in Washington D.C. That was definitely not another thing I had time and energy for. My first thought about the event was that I will make it if I can. As days went by I did not want to miss this event. I thought I would regret if I missed this. After a couple of years of no talks about immigration, Advocacy days provided a good opportunity to focus and advocate for issues we all have been living with for many years with many more to come. My vacation request was sent for approval to all the project managers I have been working with and got approved.
I landed in D.C saturday evening and went to the situation room on Sunday. The situation room was filled with passionate people who have made a choice to dedicate their time to advocate for issues faced by our community. All of us had a lot to accomplish over the next three days. Every one of us had anywhere between four to eight meetings with people who write laws that shape this nation and determine its future. There were a few events happening in the situation room throughout the day like registering members, giving out meeting schedules, tracking schedule changes, training members on how to handle meetings with law makers, mockup lawmaker meetings, preparing meeting materials, printing business cards, making sure everyone has necessary accommodation, making sure everyone knows where their meetings are, who their team members are etc. Towards the end of the day, former USCIS Ombudsman made a visit to the situation room and told all of us how important it is for us to take our issues to law makers and keep up with the work we have done when we go back home. Things donít happen in life if we donít try. He really felt bad for all of us who had to walk between House and Senate offices for our meetings over the next couple of days. It was around 11 PM when most of us were ready for the next day. I met my team before I left the situation room and I knew our team was high performing and would do really well. A few people stayed back to finish up and it turns out everyone who stayed back were up until 4 AM.
We had five meetings scheduled for day 1 in three different buildings on the same side of the capital building. We picked up an additional meeting over the ones we were already scheduled for since we had additional time. Everyone we met knew our issues and were very supportive. No one needed an introduction. Our team accomplished a lot on day and we felt really good. Towards the end of the day and my foot started screaming. Walking between three large buildings which serve as offices for House of Representatives and climbing steep staircases gave me one less blister compared to what I normally get after finishing a half Marathon and next day was not going to be a day of rest.
My second day turned out to be more exciting compared to the first one. I had five meetings scheduled and I was going solo for my first two lawmaker meetings. I had an opportunity to give a process overview of obtaining permanent residency (Green Card) for highly skilled legal immigrants in one office and that felt really good. After my second meeting I met my IV friends from Southern California and we all headed to our next meeting together. We went to the Rayburn cafeteria to get lunch after. Just when I thought I had luxury of having a 90 minute lunch and only two more meetings to go to for the day my foot really started screaming. The dress code on the hill did not allow me to take my shoes off and stretch my foot or wear sneakers. It felt better to sit for the next 90 minutes in the cafeteria compared to walking or standing. Our next meeting was in the Senate building which was on the other side of the Capital. Normally it would take about 10 to 15 minutes to walk to other side but it took over 40 minutes to reach the office we were supposed to get to only to find out that our meeting got rescheduled to 4:30 PM. I had a 5 PM meeting scheduled as well which did not give me enough time to stay for this meeting and head to the building I came from earlier. I split from my team and started walking towards the other side of the capitol hill for my 5 PM appointment almost an hour early because of my foot issues. I couldnít really walk for long after I left the senate building. I walked to the nearest bench in front of the capital. I didnít care about anyone watching me and just took my shoes off and sat down for the next 30 minutes before I could walk again. Our 5 PM meeting was with a Congressman himself and had a Core team member, myself and another member who was later offered an unpaid Internship by a lobbying firm. Just when we were wondering why the position would be unpaid we were told that the reason for being unpaid was because the green card process for the member accepting the position would be reset since It would not fall under same or similar category which made all of us crack up.
Our next stop was the congressional reception which gave us an opportunity to spend the evening with present and former USCIS Ombudsman, representatives from law makerís offices, personnel from our lobbying group and a few prominent Immigration attorneys. Our reception was wrapped out around 8 PM and we headed to the situation room for our closing meeting. Our closing meeting went on until 11 after which each one of us took our Action items and next steps to take back to our districts. Everyone we met over the past couple of days told us to keep up the work we have been doing for the past few years. Good work and great follow through always leads to good results.
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