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Member Profile: TheLongestRoad (72 posts)

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Hello, I'm TheLongestRoad (report this user)
I am from India
I last logged in on 31 Oct 2017
I have been a member since 11 Mar 2015
I have added 72 posts in trackitt forums
I added my last post on 31 Oct 2017
TheLongestRoad's Immigration Cases
 
H-1B case: Approved in 8 days (86 days less than average)   (0 comments)
User: TheLongestRoad Nationality: India
Application Type:extensionService Center:Vermont
Processing Type:premiumApplication Filed:24 May 2016
USCIS Received Date:25 May 2016Receipt Number:EAC**********
RFE Received?:noRFE Received Date:
Reason for RFE:RFE Replied Date:
Application Status:approvedApproval/Denial Date:01 Jun 2016
TN Status:Most Recent LUD:
Total Processing Time:8 daysDays Elapsed:
Case Added to Tracker: 13 Jun 2016 Last Updated: 13 Jun 2016
Notes:

H4 EAD case: Approved in 35 days (33 days less than average)   (0 comments)
User: TheLongestRoad Nationality: India
Application Type:new applicationService Center:Vermont
Filing Method:paper-basedApplication Filed:24 May 2016
USCIS Received Date:25 May 2016USCIS Notice Date:26 May 2016
USCIS Receipt Number:EAC**********RFE Received?:no
RFE Received Date:Reason for RFE:
RFE Replied Date:Application Status:approved
Approval/Denial Date:28 Jun 2016Card Production Ordered:
EAD Received:02 Jul 2016Total Processing Time:35 days
Most Recent LUD:Days Elapsed:
Case Added to Tracker: 09 Jun 2016 Last Updated: 05 Jul 2016
Notes: Concurrent Filing with H1B Ext / H4 Ext Premium. H1B Ext approved in 1 week; H4 Ext and H4EAD approved 4 weeks later.
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Posted in H-1B Forum on 31 Oct 2017
Topic: W8 BEN form - urgent

Did anyone here (H1b/H4 for a four five years) had to fill or provide W8 BEN form when applying for term life insurance? Thanks in advance.
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Posted in H-1B Forum on 12 Jun 2017
Topic: Parents B2 Visa Interview Documents

Hi,

What documents should parents or in-laws carry for their B2 visa interview?

I'm planning to send them our H1/H4 documents which prove our employment and residence details here. Since they would be paying for their trip themselves, I believe a sponsorship letter would not be necessary. However, we will send them an invitation letter.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 23 May 2017
Topic: Is it good idea to buy a home now

I would just like to add a few more points. It is better to pay $50k on a down payment than to spend that money on buying a luxurious car. Plan to buy something within your means. Not all of us grew up in five bedroom 3000 sq ft houses. The real estate market will fluctuate, no one is to say definitively whether we are heading towards inflation or recession. If you buy something within your means, you will get your feet wet in the real estate. Instead of a house in suburbs, buy a condo or a townhouse in the greater metro area. Buy something newer because repairs and maintenance is really expensive unless you are a DIY person. Instead of showing the world that you are doing well by driving luxury cars and buying palace like houses, focus on being rich in the long run. Save a hundred bucks here and there for maintenance funds.

The pre-2008 recession level prices don't foretell anything. Buying a house or not will be your personal choice. For all you know, housing prices might go higher for another year or two before stabilizing. There are no entry levels single family homes in competitive markets. The property prices in the adjacent town to mine go up 250% across the town line.

It might feel that the mortgage interest, insurance and utilities are a waste but so is the rent. The conveniences are several: not having to use the common washer dryer; ability to drill, nail and hang anywhere in the house; paint the walls fluorescent if that's what the kids want and grill on the porch in winter time. :)
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Posted in H-1B Forum on 22 May 2017
Topic: B2 for parents, DS160 and appt question

On the DS160 for B2 visa, parents put tentative travel dates as June 10 to July 10. After submitting the DS160 and the fees, they found no appointment is available before June 10. Does it matter? If yes, does the DS160 needs to be submitted again. What about the fees?
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 10 May 2017
Topic: Who is consuming rest of EB1Cs?

I pulled these stats from permchecker for a comparable time period in the last three years.
FROM TO TOTAL INDIA ROW
11/8/2014 5/5/2015 31951 19139 12812
11/8/2015 5/5/2016 56857 30095 26762
11/8/2016 5/5/2017 42892 23957 18935

Does anyone think that EB2I might get a little more than what it got last fiscal year from spillover? I agree that the EB1C filings from ROW have probably gone up and the visa bulletin also said about people downgrading from EB2 to EB3 from China if I remember correctly. Any thoughts on whether EB2 ROW might not be as bad as last year?
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 21 Apr 2017
Topic: Buying house in current climate

I bought a condo/duplex within 2 years of being on H1b visa. The rental for a similar condo/duplex was more expensive. If you look into buying a house closely, there are several incentives for first time buyers including 5% down payment. I got a $1000 extra tax refund this year because in the first few years, interest on mortgage is high and mortgage interest is tax deductible. If for visa reasons, you do not qualify for federally backed loans for first time home buyers, you can go with other banks or credit unions. I got five pre-approvals from credit unions and private banks and all were very competitive. I eventually chose to go with a private bank because it sped up the process and had prior experiences with H1b. Now, every month when I write a check to pay off a part of a mortgage, I know that I am building equity.

I don't think we should hold our lives hostage to immigration backlogs.

I would like to add though that a lot of responsibilities come with buying a house. When you're renting, if there's a problem, you just call the management company. In your own dwelling, you are responsible for all maintenance. If you're experienced with tools, great, if not, don't hesitate to try something out. You'll save a lot of money in DIY projects.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 19 Apr 2017
Topic: H.R. 392, Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act

On this thread, I have seen both supporters and those who oppose H.R.392 and both sides have valid points. Irrespective on whichever side you are on, please remember that there is no excuse for inaction. This holds true whether we decide to stay in the queue or head back home or head to another country or get a permanent residency. Choosing not to advocate for your progress is akin to accepting your own demise.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 19 Apr 2017
Topic: H.R. 392, Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act

I just sent this to the congressman representing local district:

Dear Congressman XXXXXXX,

I have been a resident of XXXXX, XX, since XXXX. I'm a registered professional engineer in XXXXXX and I work on XXXXXX XXXX XXX XXXXXXXX XXXXXXXX projects in the state. I take great pride in my work. In XXXX, my spouse and I bought a house in XXXXXX as we looked forward to settle in this beautiful town after my employer sponsored me for permanent residency. My immigration petition (I-140) towards permanent residency was approved in the same year. However, there is a final step in getting a green card i.e. I-485 or application to register permanent residence. Currently, USCIS is accepting I-485 for Indian citizens from applicants whose I-140 was approved in 2008-09. These dates have only moved a few months in the last few years owing to a huge backlog and by some estimates it could take a few decades for our application dates to become current. There are some bills in the Congress like H.R. 392 with 173 cosponsors and immense bipartisan support which could help ease these backlogs and provide immediate relief to thousands of prospective highly skilled permanent residents along with a sense of permanency in a place which we are ready to call home. We anticipate your support and look forward to your co-sponsorship for immigration bills that aim to provide fair pathways to highly skilled immigrants.
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Posted in H-1B Forum on 22 Mar 2017
Topic: Student Loan on H4?

The discussion seems to have veered off topic. I know that FT study is permitted on H4. My question was about getting an education loan to fund a full time study on H4. Based on the replies, it seems that the H1B/H4 couple needs a US citizen / GC holder cosigner to get a loan from US based lending institutions. I am still not sure if you can get an education loan from your home country to fund your studies on H4.
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Posted in H-1B Forum on 21 Mar 2017
Topic: Student Loan on H4?

Thanks for your reply. Is getting an education loan from home country a possibility?
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Posted in H-1B Forum on 20 Mar 2017
Topic: Student Loan on H4?

Are there student loans available on H4 visa with H1B primary as a cosigner to go to grad school in the USA?
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 08 Mar 2017
Topic: H4 EAD : Immigration Voice seeks to intervene in H4 EAD case

I agree that this is the time to support IV. H4EAD was means a lot to a lot of families stuck in green card queue. I have been getting in touch with family and friends to support IV in their effort through donation.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 07 Mar 2017
Topic: H4 EAD : Immigration Voice seeks to intervene in H4 EAD case

Great work IV! I hope you guys get good support from this forum. It is easy to type in posts but it takes a lot of effort to actually put things to work.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 24 Feb 2017
Topic: Need advice on H1/J1 couple

I'm very curious if you have heard more on this? If you do find out more, please post back on this forum. Thank you.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 10 Feb 2017
Topic: H4-EAD lawsuit backup plan

Thank you for taking this initiative!! I am in too. I am surprised that some people actually consider H4 EADs as a direct competition to their H1B jobs. We need to unite on this. Revoking H4 EAD will do more than substantial harm to the beneficiaries of H4 EAD and their families.

There was a lot of false reporting going on about the White House filing a motion to revoke H4 EAD lawsuit. Here's exactly what happened: http://immigrationgirl.com/the-real-story-of-tr...
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 28 Dec 2016
Topic: I-140 EAD approved by OMB


BIG JOKE.

If spouses of H-1B have US MS/PhD, why would they need H4-EAD -they can find employers sponsoring their H-1B directly. The sole basis for H4-EAD is that spouses of H-1B were not able to work despite getting job offers because their employers would not sponsor H-1B for them (and why would employers not sponsor H-1B - find it yourself) while spouses of L1 could work.



If you would please read what I posted before responding you would realize that I'm not saying that H4s have US MS/PhDs. I was making a point that people on H4 could be / are in the US due to several reasons and they could be better qualified than US MS/PhDs. A US MS/PhD is not necessarily a measurement of your skills / qualifications. It depends which school one went to either in their home country or in the US. Also, engineering, MBA and IT are not the only highly skilled professions in the universe. A medical doctor with several years of experience and specialization from their home country could be on a H4 visa and so can a person with a doctorate in literature. To those people, H4 EAD could be of real benefit.

If J2 can work, L2 can work, why suddenly it is unfair for H4 EADs to be able to work? So unless one's own benefit is the measure of usefulness of an immigration provision, H4 EAD is good for those it benefits. Moreover, if immigration system wasn't so broken because of excess supply, the H4 EADs would already have the GCs.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 28 Dec 2016
Topic: I-140 EAD approved by OMB

It used to be a rule of thumb earlier. Taking Step 3 doesn't necessarily get you an H-1B anymore.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 28 Dec 2016
Topic: I-140 EAD approved by OMB

Not all H4-EAD have ordinary bachelors degree. Immigration is not a one size fits all thing. Stop generalizing things. A lot of H4 spouses are highly qualified and sometimes better than US MS/PhDs. If benefiting the American workers is on your mind, America should stop importing cheap goods from China and should get ready to do the hard work in agricultural sector and vocational professions. I know and I have met some Americans who would rather be on welfare (no offense to them, the system allows for it) in their 20s and 30s than work for Uber / Lyft or as an electrician or a plumber. The good paying easy jobs are not coming back anytime soon.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 28 Dec 2016
Topic: I-140 EAD approved by OMB

Medicos rarely get H-1B. The preferable visa is J1 because unlike H-1B, it doesn't cost the sponsoring institution anything. Moreover, J1 can be extended for up to 7 years allowing one to complete residency and fellowship together. H-1B poses a problem after 6 years if one wishes to do a fellowship. J1 is sponsored by ECFMG. J1 also comes with a 2 year home country residency requirement which means at the end of J1, one has to go back to their own country for 2 years before they can come back with a different visa. It doesn't matter if you come back on H-1B or H-4 EAD or GC EAD. Normally, a lengthy application process would lead to waiver if you practice in an undeserved area but recently Indian government categorically stopped issuing that waiver to all Indian doctors who do their residency abroad. It is also very difficult to get a H-1B sponsoring program for medical residency.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 20 Dec 2016
Topic: I-140 EAD approved by OMB

I'm thinking the same thing. If US roots out entire H1B, the short term-medium term sufferers would be the businesses which are favored by the Republicans. The idea of $110,000 minimum wage for H1Bs seems to have gained so much traction recently. The argument for and against it is based only on South California's average wages in the tech sector. On the BLS website, there are more than enough professions with under $100,000 mean and median wages. Nursing and engineering base salaries are well below $100,000 in the first five-ten years out of school. Most American firms in these sectors have a very small percentage of foreigners and they stand by EEO. They pay what the prevalent wage rate is plus / minus your performance, skills and negotiation. Barring a few coastal states, even the 75th percentile wages falls short of $100,000. Moreover, salaries for students fresh out of graduate schools are nowhere close to $100,000. Setting a minimum wage to $110,000 would imply telling students that they can come and attend undergraduate / graduate schools in the USA but they shouldn't expect a job after graduation. How many students would then enroll in institutes of higher education here?

The discussion on this forum is highly IT-centric where everything that gets discussed is to an extent true (for IT). IT has those problems. IT takes up most of the H1B quota and thus gets most of the attention. There's more to H1B than just IT. If H1B reform in the sense of increasing prevailing wages to $110,000 or another random number goes through, a lot of people would be packing their bags. The irony is most of these people would be from non-IT fields and from non-Indian backgrounds.

So, any sensible regulation that comes through, IMO, should focus on the demand / supply and fraud prevention of H1B dependent businesses. That would be fiscal conservatism that republicans boast about. Again, who knows...let's wait it out until next year. Happy New Year.
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