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tomCT said:My observation regarding BEC/PERM:
1. I see some of my friends got their BEC labor(with PD 2002 end and 2003 beginning) approved recently. Dallas seems to be doing it faster than Philly. So, waiting on BEC labor if atleast PD is 2003 would not be a bad idea as far as you are sure that your employer can prove the ability to pay from the PD(in I140 stage).
2. PERM approvals are quite common now. If you have a BEC labor pending, you could use that PD to file a PERM application. (Here, ability to pay from the date of priority need to be proved in I140 if a question/query arises).
3. A new PEM application without affecting your BEC pending labor is also possible. I my self have a pending application in BEC Philly with 2003 PD. The PERM application with PD October 2005 is approved in Dec and filed I140. The PERM application will not affect the existing pending labor in BEC.
4. As we all expect, there is a good chance for a bill which would remove this retrogression this year.
a. Apply for PERM as soon as possible if you do not have a pending labor application yet. Dont wait for a bill or anything. Just apply.
b. If your employer is willing, apply for a new PERM application even if a pending labor in BEC.
c. If the advertisement(job details) are same, you could use that PD for a new PERM application. If you are already in 7th year of H1. It would be better to have the PERM as a separate application. Its a decision you have to make.
Note: Ability to pay: The employer is required to prove the ability to pay from the PD. This can be proved either by showing your W2 or by the profit of the company. This may not be required always...but need to be proved if a query comes.
The above is just my observation and suggestion...... You need to take yourown decision on this.
SAI_GIVE_GC2005 said:I heard through some sources that we cannot use the PD of RIR or Regular labor pending to a PERM petition. But check with some legal persons.
rameshNYC said:I am new here but watching this board for some time. Its very impressive that you guys are putting tremendous amount of effort and energy to find some solution which should commendable with out any question or doubt. I think it looks to me that you guys are focussing maninly on how to get/reach the congress men/senator and convince them about the retrogression problems. May I suggest it would be fruitful if you could able to reach the people through the Indian diplomatic channels. May some people will come forward to help you in reaching the senator/congress man. Did you try to explore this area also and try to make a list of people and organizations who could extend some help if at all approached. I think many elite from our community maintain good relations with political guys. Did you think of Bobby, Upendra etc. ?
Please pardon for my ignorance if any such effort is already done before?
The Post-ABC News poll found that four in five Americans think the government is not doing enough to prevent illegal immigration, with three in five saying they strongly hold that view.
The same poll found that 56 percent of Americans believe that illegal immigrants have done more to hurt the country than to help it, with 37 percent saying they help the country. About three in five Republicans and a bare majority of Democrats agreed that illegal immigrants are detrimental to the country.
I agree 100 percent. Everyone if you want GC get ready for the showtime. Contributing money will not damage your reputation. Neither it will make you poor nor it will bring any hardship on you.logiclife said:Yesterday there was a conference call where members of immigrationvoice.org participated and pooled ideas. The structure for fund-raising is up and running and the flow of funds is thick and fast so far.
We need these funds to work professionally this time with the help of a strategist who will act as a field coach when we work to lobby congress for eliminating retrogression etc.
A lobbyist does not write Java, C++ code when he needs a computer program. Similary, we cannot match the quality of work done by lobbyist to get a legislation passed. Its not our expertise. Previous efforts of meeting with congressmen have generated very very limited results. No member of congress is going to be rude to you and say "get lost". Everyone will respond by saying "Sorry, we will work for you next time.". They like to hear you and they like to respond but not each congressman will actually do something about it. I am not saying that those efforts never work. They do. But do we have the luxury of time until that happens??
TO IDENTIFY the ears that listen most, we need a lobbyist. TO KNOW THE TIMING when to write letter, meet a congressman in person WE NEED A LOBBYIST. TO learn how not to talk like an Oracle programmer but to talk in a way that convinces congress, we need a lobbyist.
Go to immigrationvoice.org and contribute generously. I have been asking only for comments/posts/ideas so far but now I am asking for funds. Either you can wait for "Others" to do something and rely on legislation that might never come. Or you can DO SOMETHING FOR YOURSELF and act on it.
Sitting on H1B forever, until hell freezes over is going to be a lot tougher than contributing few dollars to non-profit org that will work to eliminate retrogression, allow you to file you I-485 and put your GC within visible distance from where you are now. Go to immigrationvoice.org now.