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Member Profile: bkulkarn (430 posts)

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Hello, I'm bkulkarn (report this user)
I am from India
I last logged in on 05 Apr 2018
I have been a member since 18 Sep 2014
I have added 430 posts in trackitt forums
I added my last post on 17 Apr 2018
bkulkarn's Immigration Cases
 
I-485 case: Approved in 203 days (469 days less than average)   (1 comment)
User: bkulkarn Nationality: India
Country of Chargeability:IndiaApplicant Type:primary
Service Center:TexasCategory:EB2
Priority Date:17 Sep 2007Application Filed:21 Oct 2014
USCIS Received Date:22 Oct 2014USCIS Notice Date:24 Oct 2014
USCIS Receipt Number:I-140/485 Filing:non-concurrent
I-140 Processing Type:premiumI-140 Approval Date:
First Fingerprint Date:17 Nov 2014Second Fingerprint Date:
RFE Received?:RFE Received Date:
Reason for RFE:RFE Replied Date:
Case Transferred to:Transfer Date:
Name Check Status:Name Check Approval Date:
I-485 Status:approvedI-485 Approval/Denial Date:12 May 2015
Card Production Ordered:Card Received Date:22 May 2015
EAD Applied?:yesAP Applied?:yes
EAD Approval Date:10 Jan 2015AP Approval Date:10 Jan 2015
EAD Received:17 Jan 2015AP Received:17 Jan 2015
Time to Get EAD Approval:81 daysTime to Get AP Approval:81 days
Time to Get Fingerprinting Done:27 daysTotal Time to Get GC:203 days
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Case Added to Tracker: 03 Nov 2014 Last Updated: 23 May 2015
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 17 Apr 2018
Topic: EB 5 investor visa

7 Crore or 1 million may be substantial amount even for higher middle class IT wage earners. But there are many in India who have got that kind of money by hook or by crook. I know many individuals from my native place in Pune who are not educated but have such money. Farmers who became builders, government servants(through corruption), tuition class owners, restuarant owner, even Pav bhaji sellers, Bhais(goondas), businessmen, doctors, gujjus(traditionally but now many others) who play in stock market and those who inherited from parents. Just for example one person I know sold his ancestral property in south mumbai for 20 crore and bought bunglow in pune for 5 crore and enjoying life there. He is not very inteliigent or has great career but has money. His kids studied in US and now settled here. He visits them regularly in US and also travels around the world. I had gujju manager in TCS where I started my career. He used to work only for passing time and spend lot of time in stock buying selling. He had big house in Worli(posh area in mumbai). He used to travel to switzerland for family vacation back in 1995. Many such individuals are there. For them 7 crore is nothing.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 12 Apr 2018
Topic: The New York Times article on the backlog and H4 EAD issues

I agree with both your points 1) increase in housing prices in good school districts due to desis buying 2) Buying beyond their means. I have done this myself and bought big house due to peer pressue and now feel I should have gone for smaller house. It puts constraints on other enjoyment like going to movies, restaurants, travel, shopping etc. Also big house is underutilized by small family like mine. I may sell it after my son goes to college in next few years. Don't buy for status or show off is my unwanted advice.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 05 Apr 2018
Topic: The true reason for 70 years GC wait

I agree. India is progressing and media usually covers only negative news. The news below is very recent one, no one would have noticed. And it's not vaporware. This one is already changing agriculture in India with Isreal tech. Already 15 out of 26 centers of excellence operational in many states and farmers benefiting from them.

https://www.businesstoday.in/sectors/agriculture...

Tata signed MOU with Israel company to solve water problem. Making cheap water from air moisture. This is not alien technology. Even many US companies have these products.

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/India-Israel/I...

While discussion on 70 year wait for GC may continue for those who are seeking it, technology can solve many issues back there.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 04 Apr 2018
Topic: The true reason for 70 years GC wait

I don't start any thread. How are you carried away by idiots like us. Don't have any original thinking? Obviously you want to read. It helps even me and many more. We don't get sadistic pleasure in it. Don't take it that way. There are many relevant posts about your genuine immigration issues and such threads help think holistically.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 04 Apr 2018
Topic: The true reason for 70 years GC wait

I visit this forum occasionally. I came to US in 1998 and got GC in 2015, 17 long years. So kind of hooked to it. Another reason is there are many interesting discussions like this thread about India, positives and negatives of staying here, buying home, net asset, 401K and people give helpful suggestions. Also can help others if they have any question, provide hope, experience of being on other side(life doesn't change magically) etc.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 04 Apr 2018
Topic: The true reason for 70 years GC wait

I guess again you are taking it too personally. All your personal comments show you presume someone without knowing him. I am perfectly okay with what you are or where you want to live. Examples given are not for pompousness or false pride about India but I was just trying to make you think little positive about it. Even they teach same to kids in schools here. George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and what not. Not every individual is great like the role models but it helps feel positive. But No issues. Be happy with your thinking. I do have green card, home in Dallas and stayed in this country since 1998. I did work in Mumbai, travelled by locals. I do have many friends in bay area and NJ who have started their companies. They are not likes of Elon Musk or Bhragava but they also came from similar background like us and I learnt many things from them. They have onsite offshore offices, visit India often and trying to do something for people there. I understand settling in US is dream and one can definitely stay satisfied with this achievement and happy family life. There is no need to have contempt and negativity in mind though. And I am part of new start up in Dallas and trying to move to next level.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 04 Apr 2018
Topic: The true reason for 70 years GC wait

It has nothing to do with Indian people. Even California has drought due to climate changes and many other rivers will change in the world in due course. Most climate change is caused by industrialized western nations if you believe climate change is happening. Have you heard of Israel, they have no water, is desert, surrounded by hostile nations and still export tech and agricultural produce. Same with Dubai, Singapore even phoenix/ las vegas who are not naturally endowed still oasis in the deserts. India is much more blessed. It gets lot of rainfall. It's all mismanagement that's the root cause. Same applies with south asian or african nations. Poor management and wealth is squandered.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 04 Apr 2018
Topic: The true reason for 70 years GC wait

I think you are taking this personally. I may sound preachy so forgive me for that. On larger note, there is nothing wrong staying in US as it provides better life. Many people living in NJ, bay area and even place I live Dallas, commute for long hours. So you are fortunate to have convenience of less commute. One can become american in all aspects he can date, go to bar on friday night etc.etc. or go to temple and teach Indian values to children. It's all up to an individual. One can make money in India or US based on where he can make a fortune. It's more important to have positivity towards birth country or planet earth if you think you are global citizen inspite of all negative things existing there. It doesn't matter where you live and make money. It's your choice. Around 100 years back it was not conducive to stay in India and fight for freedom so many incl. Subhash Bose, Savarkar, even Gandhi started there activism outside India. They could have stayed outside India and made riches but still tried for change in India. Those who are already in US and enjoying better life can apply their intellect, innovate and find solutions for betterment of India or US or the world. Few recent examples. Elon Musk is from south africa but he wants to change world through entrepreneurship, electric cars, solar energy etc. He is completely gelled in US culture. There are many individuals in US who are trying to change India through NGOs like Manoj Bhargava. He is billionaire, innovator(company that makes 5 hour energy). From wiki. "Bhargava is a member of the Giving Pledge campaign. His foundations include the Hans Foundation and Rural India Supporting Trust. In 2016, Bhargava told National Geographic that he planned to distribute 10,000 of his stationary, power generating bikes to rural homes and villages in India". My point is let there be positivity instead of contempt and negativity towards place from where we came. While enjoying privileges here try to make things better there for others. Note India has 5000 years of history with glorious periods. Rightnow it may have mixed picture, many dark areas and some bright ones. It's richly endowed with natural resources like rain,sunlight(solar power), vast seashore(offshore wind, desalination) etc. Poor resource management, corruption and population are problems.Within next 100 years it will definitely be better inspite of all negative forces. Population will stabilize and then start going down by end of this century. There will be technological solutions/innovations, people will be forced to mend their ways due to internal or external crisis. It's already one of the most industrialized nations. It could have been better like China with authoritarian rule but it's not all hope lost kind of thing people perceive or media portrays.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 03 Apr 2018
Topic: The true reason for 70 years GC wait

What you said everyone knows. This thread was about why Indians want to immigrate in large numbers. They apparently want to leave India as it's overcrowded and all the problems mentioned in the Sean Kelly link. Same applies to many asian, african and latin american nations. Nature of problems and class of people immigrating might be different but they want to come to US for better life unless you can enjoy it in host countries, provided you have privileged life there.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 02 Apr 2018
Topic: The true reason for 70 years GC wait

I am giving examples from top echelons who still live in India. Amitabh Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit, Sachin Tendulkar, Ambanis, Vijay Mallay before fleeing and so many. I guess you are not better off than them still they are living there. We don't want to compare with them but there are many higher middle class people enjoying life there inspite of all the issues we know. I am for chinese way of dealing with problem like one child norm but unless there is revolution or emergency it won't be possible. In that scenario, things will change slowly for average person. But for higher middle class and rich can enjoy life. I have been to inner parts of Maharashtra and seen wineries, luxury homes, farm houses and people enjoying life there. If you haven't seen these things you need to be open and travel more. At the same time all the problems you mentioned are there. No one denies that. I don't accept that people don't live life there.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 02 Apr 2018
Topic: The true reason for 70 years GC wait

Inspite of all issues India is facing, it will develop slowly while southern states will get better faster. We won't see India as developed nation in our lifetime but it will happen towards end of 21st century once population stabilizes to 1.7 billion and then start reducing. Still there will be small pockets that will have comparable lifestyle and standard of living like western nations due to technology and new generation with better outlook. What author mentions about kerala in 2005 will happen at more places. Kerala had population stabilized in 1990s. Many southern states have reached that by now. About northern states nothing said is better. There are many technological breakthroughs going mainstream like solar, wind energy, cheaper desalination, organic biotech farming, electric vehicles that will improve current conditions. I come from Pune and I have seen people staying in slums have all latest gadgets, smart phones, two wheelers even cars. Our maid servant uses 2 wheeler and has toilet too at home. Metro is coming up so things are improving albeit slowly.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 28 Mar 2018
Topic: Life in H1b came to an end after 8 years ,Will return to India

Many times things happen for some reason. This is totally my personal aspect. In 2011 I was in similar situation, my company had given me termination notice and I had only one week left on H1B. I was desperately marketing and finally received an interview call and got confirmation from client 3 days before my termination date and I continued. I had been in US for 7-8 years by then and had good saving and had a home in India already paid off. But I was happy that I got chance to continue here. Some of my friends went back then for personal or family reasons and got good opportunities like one mentioned in above post. They are enjoying life there in spite of all nuances in India we know. Last year my mother passed away. I had not met her for more than one year since my last India trip. When I went there for funeral I felt what I had missed while staying in US. There are pros and cons of everything. If I had gone back in 2011 due to circumstances, I could still have saved good money and also enjoyed family life with parents in their last days. My wife could have got better job there. Again this differs from person to person but other side might be greener sometimes.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 09 Mar 2018
Topic: Salaries in India

Feeling happy and being tension free are too different things. After you are greened you will get relief from uncertainty of visa, travel etc but it doesn't make you necessarily happy. You will chase something else, human mind is like that. At the same time, there are many who are happy in India with all problems we are aware of.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 07 Mar 2018
Topic: Buying house in current climate

Though I have bought house, I am with you. There are advantages of renting too. One more advantage is you can rent apartment close to your workplace. I bought big single family house but with single kid, I hardly use 2nd floor. Property tax in texas is high, I am paying almost 1K per month for property tax, though there is no state income tax. Buy house
- If you can stay in the house for at least 5 years
- You can do physical work and take care of all hassles that come with big house
- don't buy big house under peer pressure, go for medium size(up to 2500/3000 sq ft) or condo
- Have at least 6 months of cash to pay mortgage in case of visa issues or layoff so that you can sell the house in that period
- You can also lease house for a year just to taste the waters or experience lifestyle
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 05 Mar 2018
Topic: Buying house in current climate

I feel one should wait till dust settles down in current volatile situation. Apart from immigration reforms, Trump is pushing for tariffs. You never know if he will put tariff on offshoring.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 28 Feb 2018
Topic: why Eb2 , & Eb3 India is so much backlogged.

It is not isolated scenario. It depends on which class in India you belong to. If you are from upwardly mobile or already higher middle class/rich class, going abroad may be an option but it won't be absolutely must. Also there are many in lower middle/middle class, they want to leave India desperately. Place where I live(Pune), many farmers became rich by selling land or became builders. One of my schoolmate joined government service and made many times money than you make in US(of course not by good means). There were few who started businesses and are doing very good. One friend started 10th/12th/CET tuition and is one of the richest in our class. Some friends are at top position in multinational companies with handsome pay package. I know at least 10 friends who went back after getting citizenship and are doing very well also few went back and again returned. It differs from person to person. But in general there are many who want come to US but also many who don't and are doing good there.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 28 Feb 2018
Topic: why Eb2 , & Eb3 India is so much backlogged.

This may have been true till last decade. Those born after 2000 who had both parents working or parents who planned well don't have comparable craze to immigrate as previous generations. Most of my friends have one kid and 2 apartment flats, some have farmhouse and are at top positions in Indian companies. They visit Europe, US for vacations with their family. Having good house, nice car, foreign trips, shopping in malls is no big deal for their kids. They also know their parents have done all hard work for them. They may go abroad for education or job but earlier craze or desperation is not there. Other problems like corruption, pollution, crowded cities etc are there but they accept those and try to avoid it.

Chinese and mexican immigration is also declining due to development and societal advancement, benefits of technology etc. Had India controlled population it would have been same case. There is still lot of lower middle/middle class section of population who want to upgrade their standard of living quickly and they are still desperate to go abroad.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 23 Feb 2018
Topic: New H1B memo

Onsite offshore model has matured. There might be issues with quality, lack of innovation or communication but those can be worked upon. With advances in communication tech, development work can be done from offshore using online meetings, video conferencing. Only team lead or onsite coordinator and business analysts can work at onsite. Higher end work will be done at onsite while all routine, maintenance, migration development work can be done at offshore. Companies will also save more with offshore rates and improve profitability. This new business model will emerge with visa restrictions. Indian IT companies need to use easy money earned to invest in quality, innovation and better offshore option to mitigate visa restrictions.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 21 Feb 2018
Topic: immigration reform or gun control..which one

I personally hate guns and false sense of security it provides. Sometimes I feel some gun nut who lost job due to large scale abuse of H1B might take his anger by racially motivated attack just like the student in last week's incident who was expelled from high school.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 21 Feb 2018
Topic: Is our Money safe in Indian Banks?

That's true but it exists in US also, only insured up to 250K as someone mentioned. Also bank is not responsible for theft of valuables you keep in bank safe. Though these are legal disclaimers, no government banks have gone bankrupt or defaulted on bank deposits because of government support. While private and cooperative banks have defaulted or gone bankrupt. So people still have trust in government bank inspite of all frauds. Government can always print more money to pay back even though it causes inflation. All your money is virtual till you spend it. World economy is dependent on US government bonds inspite of trillions of dollars of government debt. If one day US government says they can't repay debt, all world economy will be in shambles but it's possible.
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