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  • *****Final Draft of Our Reply to the Govt.*****

    Please see attached. We are almost done with this.
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  • #2
    Wow. This is brilliant.

    Rajiv, thanks for your extra-ordinatory effort in pursuing this fight.

    extra_dry_gin

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    • #3
      Rajiv,
      The reply looks good...I am not a legal person and so unable to say anything better than this...

      One point which attracted me most was: USCIS own admission that its procedures was inadequate before July 2002....your twist was quite good...

      One more thing which may not be factually not correct, though not part of the case :
      You mentioned that the March 30 th memo will be applicable for concurrent filers who are filing after April 30th. The memo is not clear on this aspect which we all agreed in the conference call.
      However, this is more of a conjecture nature and so not critical.

      I learnt one new word "inapposite" which means not pertinent nor appropriate...

      -rajum
      rajum

      Please donate money and time to immigrationportal.org

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      • #4
        Rajiv,
        Looks good. I suggest one change /improvement. In page 9, paragraph 2, please add the following sentence after the first sentence.
        "They only asked for timely adjudication of their cases and they did not challenge adjudication of other cases".

        It is better to write the above sentence explicitly because CIS has again and again highlighted (in their reply) that the plaintiffs are asking for unreasonable adjudication, ahead of others in the queue. This will be one of the hot topics during the review by the judge.
        Last edited by dsatish; 27th April 2004, 10:21 PM.
        Helping nature is the best Virtue.
        Selfishness is the worst Sin.

        N400 Timeline :
        --------------
        06/20/2009 : Mailed N400
        06/29/2009 : Notice Date
        07/25/2009 : FP (Elizabeth) as per schedule
        09/05/2009 : Status Changed to "This case is transferred to local office for Interview
        09/12/2009 : Interview Letter Received
        10/21/2009 : Interview Date. Became American

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        • #5
          Rajiv,
          I just saw you on the c-span program. It was good to see you finally.
          Helping nature is the best Virtue.
          Selfishness is the worst Sin.

          N400 Timeline :
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          06/20/2009 : Mailed N400
          06/29/2009 : Notice Date
          07/25/2009 : FP (Elizabeth) as per schedule
          09/05/2009 : Status Changed to "This case is transferred to local office for Interview
          09/12/2009 : Interview Letter Received
          10/21/2009 : Interview Date. Became American

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          • #6
            correction of a line

            I may have misunderstood but the last line on page 1
            "Defendant's opposition poses five inapposite arguments that warrant reply"
            should it not be either " plaintiff's opposition" or "just the defendants" as they are the ones who are making irrelevant arguments. Also, we are presenting these arguments from page 2 onwards and replying to them.
            Is my thinking right?
            Disclaimer: Personal opinion only. Should not be considered legal/binding advice. Please contact an immigration attorney for that.

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            • #7
              One more suggestion :
              While countering objection 1 ,i think that you should mention the following (while explaining the commonality of class),in page 7 :
              "All the members of the 5 sub classes that the defendants refer to, face the same laws regarding job portability and career opportunities after getting the green card. The laws and restrictions governing the employment based adjustment of status applicants , are same for all categories. The differences are only in the adjudication procedures"

              I know that the above sentense needs some rework, but i mean to say that it might be better to explain the commonality of laws governing all the sub categories of EB I485 applicants. Every one goes throught the same career stagnation problems, same job portability restrictions etc. For example AC21 does not distinguish between different sub categories.
              Helping nature is the best Virtue.
              Selfishness is the worst Sin.

              N400 Timeline :
              --------------
              06/20/2009 : Mailed N400
              06/29/2009 : Notice Date
              07/25/2009 : FP (Elizabeth) as per schedule
              09/05/2009 : Status Changed to "This case is transferred to local office for Interview
              09/12/2009 : Interview Letter Received
              10/21/2009 : Interview Date. Became American

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              • #8
                I was looking into your reply to their objection #3 : typicality.
                In page 11, i am not sure how strong is our argument that those whose I140 and I485 are both pending is in the same class as those whose I140 is approved and I485 is pending. Are they not different classes if you are talking about I485 delays ? If a person's I140 is not approved, how can we ask for his/her I485 adjudication in a timely manner ? Please try to give some more explanation to the commonality of these two groups . I would suggest that it is better to argue that "for those whose I140 is still pending, their I485 should be adjudicated within reasonable time after the I140 approval".
                Breaking this deadlock might be important in the class action certification. All the recent Memos and pilot projects of CIS seem to be attempts to divide the class into concurrent filers and non concurrent filers.
                Last edited by dsatish; 27th April 2004, 11:34 PM.
                Helping nature is the best Virtue.
                Selfishness is the worst Sin.

                N400 Timeline :
                --------------
                06/20/2009 : Mailed N400
                06/29/2009 : Notice Date
                07/25/2009 : FP (Elizabeth) as per schedule
                09/05/2009 : Status Changed to "This case is transferred to local office for Interview
                09/12/2009 : Interview Letter Received
                10/21/2009 : Interview Date. Became American

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                • #9
                  In page 12, second paragraph : I think that it may be better to explain some other serious issues while explaining the varieties of harm suffered. The delays in naturalization and the resultant issues are good but i think that you can put more touching issues mentioned by some people in the thread titled "Govt's response to our class action ". Due to the severe delays, the Companies are exploiting the applicants by not increasing the salaries during this period, people declining promotions due to fear of the new job descriptions not matching the one mentioned in LC, etc.
                  Helping nature is the best Virtue.
                  Selfishness is the worst Sin.

                  N400 Timeline :
                  --------------
                  06/20/2009 : Mailed N400
                  06/29/2009 : Notice Date
                  07/25/2009 : FP (Elizabeth) as per schedule
                  09/05/2009 : Status Changed to "This case is transferred to local office for Interview
                  09/12/2009 : Interview Letter Received
                  10/21/2009 : Interview Date. Became American

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Typo error in page 14, line 7 : "immigration.portal.com"
                    The "." should be deleted.
                    Helping nature is the best Virtue.
                    Selfishness is the worst Sin.

                    N400 Timeline :
                    --------------
                    06/20/2009 : Mailed N400
                    06/29/2009 : Notice Date
                    07/25/2009 : FP (Elizabeth) as per schedule
                    09/05/2009 : Status Changed to "This case is transferred to local office for Interview
                    09/12/2009 : Interview Letter Received
                    10/21/2009 : Interview Date. Became American

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Page 15, line 6. It may be better to rewrite the sentence "The common harm inflicted by unreasonable delay is self-evident".
                      How about saying "These plaintiffs face the same difficulties as the other plaintiffs and the class in general, due to the delays in the adjudication of their cases"
                      Helping nature is the best Virtue.
                      Selfishness is the worst Sin.

                      N400 Timeline :
                      --------------
                      06/20/2009 : Mailed N400
                      06/29/2009 : Notice Date
                      07/25/2009 : FP (Elizabeth) as per schedule
                      09/05/2009 : Status Changed to "This case is transferred to local office for Interview
                      09/12/2009 : Interview Letter Received
                      10/21/2009 : Interview Date. Became American

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        (Almost?) every one with 140 pending filed under concurrent filing, be definition, which requires adj of 485 at the same time of 140. So I think they are in the same class of 485 applicants.

                        Originally posted by dsatish
                        I was looking into your reply to their objection #3 : typicality.
                        In page 11, i am not sure how strong is our argument that those whose I140 and I485 are both pending is in the same class as those whose I140 is approved and I485 is pending. Are they not different classes if you are talking about I485 delays ? If a person's I140 is not approved, how can we ask for his/her I485 adjudication in a timely manner ? Please try to give some more explanation to the commonality of these two groups . I would suggest that it is better to argue that "for those whose I140 is still pending, their I485 should be adjudicated within reasonable time after the I140 approval".
                        Breaking this deadlock might be important in the class action certification. All the recent Memos and pilot projects of CIS seem to be attempts to divide the class into concurrent filers and non concurrent filers.

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                        • #13
                          Rajiv and his team has just 5 days to reply. He also could spare time to get our comments with in this 5 days but CIS cannot submit their reply in 90 days for complaint and 30 days for class action. This explains all the delay at CIS.

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                          • #14
                            Re: *****Final Draft of Our Reply to the Govt.*****

                            Once again, excellent effort of Mr. Rajiv!

                            Originally posted by operations
                            Please see attached. We are almost done with this.

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                            • #15
                              So someone please explain what and when happens next? What else can USCIS do further delay the court decision? After the court decision, in case in favor of us, can CIS appeal?

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                              • #16
                                i agree with dsatish...

                                we definitely need to address all the problems we face - citizenship is just one of them. keeping same job, whole career lost if job is lost due to situation beyond the applicant's control, education assistance problem, death of primary applicant, no loans or insurance till you are not a permanent resident, driver's license problem, etc. we can also get testimony if we need. thanks.

                                edit - we also need to point out that there is ABSOLUTELY no order in their processing.

                                Originally posted by dsatish
                                In page 12, second paragraph : I think that it may be better to explain some other serious issues while explaining the varieties of harm suffered. The delays in naturalization and the resultant issues are good but i think that you can put more touching issues mentioned by some people in the thread titled "Govt's response to our class action ". Due to the severe delays, the Companies are exploiting the applicants by not increasing the salaries during this period, people declining promotions due to fear of the new job descriptions not matching the one mentioned in LC, etc.
                                Last edited by tmc; 28th April 2004, 10:04 AM.
                                I-485 (TSC): PD 05/2001, RD/ND 11/2002, FP 10/2004, AD/PS/CO/CR 11/2004.
                                N-400 (TSC, Atlanta GA): PD/RD aug/12/2009, FP sep/08/2009, ID/OD/USC dec/02/2009.

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                                • #17
                                  In their reply they say the processing of application is done on or before the date published by the USCIS.But the reality is most of the cases before that date is processed.They don't process the cases in orderly manner,they do processing from 2001 to 2003 with out any regard for FIFO

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                                  • #18
                                    My Suggestions

                                    I am a bit new here so please bear with me.

                                    1) One of the reasons that deters most of the members joining the petition, is that fear of reprisal from BCIS. Can we ask the Court to grant some kind supervision/protection for members joining the case. BCIS,as we mentioned here, can delay , issue RFE's, and cause further delays with no recourse or intervention from anybody. There has to be some kind of protection here.
                                    We should also raise the issue where the Attorney of BCIS wanted depositions in a threatening/insinuating way, instead of looking at the merits/demerits of the complaint.

                                    2) The relief we are looking for petition members and class action members should be exactly 180 days. In other words, BCIS should adjudicate the case in 180 days. This was a number that was given by BCIS itself for the recent pilot project at TSC.

                                    3) We should point out blatant false statements made by BCIS in its reply to class action suit. This should be factual. Please include EAC numbers of personnel who have been approved in October 2002, whereas EAC numbers of members of Jan 2002, who have not been approved, without any notice of cause whatsoever.
                                    And therefore request the judge to throw out the defendents plea for refusal of class action suit for providing inaccurate/misleading statements/facts.
                                    ( I have my EAC number in July 2003, so I have nothing for or against anybody in Jan or Oct 2002).

                                    4) We should challenge BCIS's assertion that it is the security check that is causing the delay. They should be asked to provide a factual number/statistics, as to how long it takes for them to obtain security clearance for an application. Is the delay happening because of lack of persons assigned to security, or security check itself. How are cases cleared in a month after RFE for 2nd FP. Again we can provide certain EAC's here.
                                    BCIS, is using "NATIONAL SECURITY" to scare people and hide its inefficiency behind that.
                                    BCIS should also indicate why is a security check a pre-requisite to GC. Why can't it be a parallel process. Is there a law which mandates it. They are free to do as many security checks as they wish. GC is revocable privilege, so why is it not made parallel to security checks.

                                    5) If funds is the issue, then what is stopping BCIS to immediately start premimum processing of I-485's by asking for appropriate fees.

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                                    • #19
                                      we may also need to point out this...

                                      that they (is it Aguirre?) testified that they process 20000 gcs per day which doesn't reflect the fact - counting the no.of I-485 and I-90.
                                      I-485 (TSC): PD 05/2001, RD/ND 11/2002, FP 10/2004, AD/PS/CO/CR 11/2004.
                                      N-400 (TSC, Atlanta GA): PD/RD aug/12/2009, FP sep/08/2009, ID/OD/USC dec/02/2009.

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                                      • #20
                                        Points

                                        Good points by vi00. Let me add some more.

                                        1: Processing. It is obvious that they process/adjudicate applications without second FP and with second, third FP, so the RD and/or ND is gone with the wind. Furthermore, the ASC as driven by USCIS fail to timely schedule second FPs.

                                        2: Security. The country has a lot of SECURITY EXPERTS which could testify their opinions as to the so called "security checks" applied additionally after April 2002. One example could be the 9-11 commission declarations wrt Immigration policies.

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