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Member Profile: bkulkarn (397 posts)

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Hello, I'm bkulkarn (report this user)
I am from India
I last logged in on 19 Jan 2018
I have been a member since 18 Sep 2014
I have added 397 posts in trackitt forums
I added my last post on 19 Jan 2018
bkulkarn's Immigration Cases
 
I-485 case: Approved in 203 days (461 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
Most Recent LUD:Days Elapsed:
Experience:
Case Added to Tracker: 03 Nov 2014 Last Updated: 23 May 2015
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 19 Jan 2018
Topic: CANADA PR

Underlying question is whether moving to Canada(with all the aspects of weather, jobs, salary etc). is better than India if you don't get US PR in reasonable time.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 17 Jan 2018
Topic: Immigration Reform is coming soon

"America is great because of its diversity". Though I like diversity I don't necessarily agree with America is great because of diversity. It's great because you have freedom, capitalism, love for technology, pragmatism, democracy, respect for rule of law etc. I am not saying white race is superior but due to cultural and historical reasons, other countries(African or south american or arabic) with predominently black or latino or muslim population have high crimes, unstable or totalitarian governments, violence and backwardness. This may change in future but as of now it's fact. Actually uncontrolled immigration to celebrate diversity will doom america and make it third world country. Merit based immigration will help promote diversity as well as make the country great. There is merit in what Donald Trump says inspite of general dislike by media or people.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 12 Jan 2018
Topic: Moving home country after GC

Yes. Recently my friend applied for citizenship after staying on green card for 8 years. There is wait time of one year currently to get US citizenship after applying as many people applied after Trump became president as they feared even on green card there would be severe restrictions. It is long journey to citizenship now. Someone posted about an individual who had to go back to take care of his old father. Such circumstances are challenging and I don't think it's worthwhile to wait for long period for citizenship staying away from parents in their last days especially if you are only child to take care of them. Again this is personal perspective but joy of getting green card or citizenship lasts only for short time compared to missing your parents after they pass away.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 11 Jan 2018
Topic: Should I report this?

I don't know what to suggest but I read this today in Times and surprised what kind of crimes H1B with extraordinary skills are committing. What's the use of degree in electrical and computer science engineering or they may be fake too like resume you mentioned above.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/nri/us-canad...

Raghunandan Yandamuri, 32, in 2014 was given death penalty for kidnapping and killing a 61-year-old elderly Indian woman and her 10-month-old grand-daughter. A native of Andhra Pradesh, Yandamuri had come to the US on a H-1B visa. He holds an advanced degree in electrical and computer science engineering.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 11 Jan 2018
Topic: GC's for skilled to increase - Bill

You are right. India has many problems but you can ignore them except traffic and pollution as you can't avoid them even with money. If these are fixed then you can live with other problems. I also agree the BIMARU states should be separated not as a country but there should be restrictions to migrate anywhere and spoil developed areas. That's the cause of regional parties like Shivsena doing it illegal way. I come from Pune and with new metro trains coming up and proliferation of electric vehicles in next few years worldwide, traffic/pollution problem will be solved to certain extent.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 11 Jan 2018
Topic: GC's for skilled to increase - Bill

Considering people with priority dates after 2010 have long wait time unless there are immigration reforms, do they have same desperation or craze to settle in US like earlier generations. I was born in 70s, in middle class family and had craze to come to US to improve standard of living. My nephew/nieces or their friends born in 90s, recently completed engineering in India and don't have similar craze. Most of them have very well to do parents, all modern gadgets, cars, comparable western lifestyle, shop in malls, go to restaurants every week and also mostly single child of the parents(means they will inherit their parent's wealth). They travel to europe, singapore, australia for vacations and foreign travel is not novelty for them.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 10 Jan 2018
Topic: No jobs in Canada

I totally agree with you. All this may sound preachy but it's true. At least 2 generations from India have benefited from H1B or immigration over the world. Slowly those routes to immigrate and make easy money are closing. With the exposure to western societies, technology and good savings one can go back and can make difference. Even those who are here can stretch themselves and move into latest tech, product development rather than working as cost saving options for americans. Problem is with mentality and lack of vision. Germany, Japan were devastated in 1947 but are tech giants. Israel or south korea were also nothing that time. Unless people want to change nothing will change.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 09 Jan 2018
Topic: No jobs in Canada

One of my friend is working in Fiji islands in pacific. Of course many Indians went there during british rule but he went recently. Except latin america and Afghanistan/Pakistan, Indians have migrated to all countries.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 09 Jan 2018
Topic: Bipartisan 2-phase immigration deal - Not Good

India is better than mexico and most latin american countries except may be Brazil. Getting US GC/citizenship is good but we shouldn't be as desperate as latinos or middle east countries.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 08 Jan 2018
Topic: Isnt wealth drain a factor for H1b?

People can come together and invest this $75 billion to create model city like Dubai or Singapore. They can get land in inhabited area in India or anywhere in the world for cheap and develop. 750000 is a small number as far as city population is concerned. Few suburbs in major US city have this much population. Per capita saving of 100K is big number, apart from individual net wealth. It has been done in the past in 40s and 50s when technology was not that advanced. Even now such cities are being planned. e.g. Masdar city in UAE. Why don't people think of such things rather than be dependent on immigration.

How singapore was built.
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32028693

About half a century ago, Singapore was an island without any natural resources to call its own.
Since then, it has pulled off a dramatic transformation - boasting two casino-integrated resorts and an airport that has frequently topped the "world's best" list.
In addition, the central business district is crowded with skyscrapers that rival neighbouring Hong Kong and mid-town Manhattan in far-flung New York.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 08 Jan 2018
Topic: 200k getting deported

Hyderabad is at the top in sending people with exceptional abilities on H1B, so they may keep the spot.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 08 Jan 2018
Topic: 200k getting deported

New business will start in Hyderabad to send people to US after natural calamities in India under TPS.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 08 Jan 2018
Topic: Immig Reforms :Outcome Possibilities and action plan ?

There will be more offshore jobs available as not all H1B jobs will find replacement locally.
Why should India be dependent on US to solve its problems. It should move on with strengthening local economy, Solar/energy initiatives, Make in India etc. Note India and China were largest economies till 1700 and China is 2nd largest now. India can also catch up rather than depending on foreign remittances and H1Bs.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 08 Jan 2018
Topic: EB ROW injustice

It's little more than 7%. Retrogressed countries have received spillovers from ROW since 2010 and it should be between 10%-15% of the quota. There was less spillover in 2016/17
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 08 Jan 2018
Topic: Immig Reforms :Outcome Possibilities and action plan ?

"Bottom line is : If you are a Tech worker...remain on your toes...if US / West is must for you. If you are in late 40s ...typical PM / Line Manager / 1099 Consultant ...road ahead is going to be tough ..."

Everyone knows this but I am just repeating. It would be hard to go back but not too bad or end of the world. If you are in late 40s and in US for long time then future is not that bleak. You must have made good money by now. You must be having a house already paid off in India. There are 10-15 years of career still remaining. If one has to go back, he can compromise on position/salary and find a job close to his residence or rent residence close to his workplace so that he can avoid horrendous traffic and pollution. Try to enjoy time with family/friends, eat out, watch films/plays/music programs and enjoy what you miss in US. Avoid public/traffic/crowds and other nuances you hate. Your spouse can also work there and you can have driver/maidservants which you can't afford here. There are many tourist places in India within 2 hours flight reach you can visit. For children it will be tough to adjust but people always adjust if they know there are no options. When you have options your mind doesn't accept reality. If you can afford you can place them in International schools or colleges with NRI quota. Also bad times can challenge and sometimes bring best out of you. You can learn new technologies, innovative ideas etc.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 08 Jan 2018
Topic: Immig Reforms :Outcome Possibilities and action plan ?

"Legal immigrants are easy political targets as most are from India or China, and they don't represent a really big vote bank. "

Apart from vote bank, H1B immigrants are well paid and slowly taking away jobs from Americans in large numbers in last few years. That's the core reason they are after legal immigrants. If H1B immigrants had been doing blue collared low paid jobs they wouldn't have bothered. I remember late 90s, no one cared when H1B were being given for Y2K jobs and legal immigrant numbers were low. Exploitation of H1B route by American corporations, desi bodyshoppers and companies to replace well paid tech jobs with cheaper labor has caused this.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 05 Jan 2018
Topic: Can I buy Home in H1B now

It's sellers market right now. Wait till there is clarity on immigration reforms.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 05 Jan 2018
Topic: who is right: IV or immigration girl/lawyers

I agree, it would not be easy to travel to US in old age especially after 80 if you live longer than that. Also you won't have interest to travel and collect social security after certain age unless you really need money for old age. If you start Social security at 62, you might get between $1000 to $2000 per month. Say $1500. If you spend $3000 for flight and one month stay and insurance, you have $15000 per year. We can't predict $ to Rs. conversion rate that time. If your current age is 35(average age of bloggers here) then earliest benefits will start in 2044. We don't know how world will be in 2044. We shouldn't give much importance to social security for future planning but keep it as last option.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 05 Jan 2018
Topic: Moving to Canada/UK ?

Yes. Too many people in India and China(1/3rd of global population) is the root cause for this problem. But China has controlled and stabilized its population is on way to become developed country in next few decades. India will still suffer from population explosion and there are no continents left to go and take over as Europeans did from 1500 till 1800. We are too late to party. There are still many uninhabited regions in the world which can be developed with the use of latest technology and make habitable. Israel, Dubai, Singapore are some such examples. Many parts of Russia, Australia, US west of mississippi, Canada, Scandanavian countries are sparsely populated and may absorb some population in future but everywhere immigration is getting restricted. Rest world Asia, Europe, Africa, Middle east, South america are overpopulated and can't accommodate more people.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 04 Jan 2018
Topic: H1b AC21 Cancellation: Trump's Nuclear option

I agree with you. Don't go for big mansion. We are just 3 of us(spouse and one kid) and bought 4000 sq ft house due to peer pressure but not using even half of it. Apart from mortgage, property tax also increases with area. If you want to go for bigger home go for multi generational home. You can rent part of it, it has separate entrance and you get privacy too.
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