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Member Profile: burtcocaine (318 posts)

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Hello, I'm burtcocaine (report this user)
I am from India
I last logged in 4 hours 36 minutes ago
I have been a member since 06 Apr 2016
I have added 318 posts in trackitt forums
I added my last post on 22 Apr 2018
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Posted in I-140 Forum 4 hours 28 minutes ago
Topic: H1B reform is coming


Will Indians be fine if Nepalis and Bangladeshi work for less pay (agree some Nepali and Bangladesh may really deserve more and command high salaries)?

What moral right do we have to comment on what should be domestic policy of USA?

It is worse than that. Outsourcing firm employees are actually rewarded with GCs (EB1C) for outsourcing local jobs.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 17 Apr 2018
Topic: fate of H4 EAD


Hope your friend knew that GC is based on country of birth and not citizenship. Even if he is an Australian citizen, his GC will be based on his country of birth which would be India. He will eventually get his US citizenship after many many many years like rest of us Indians.

Aussies can just keep working here on E3 (indefinite and spouses can work as well) and then retire in sunny Australia.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 15 Apr 2018
Topic: EB 5 investor visa


I am referring to people already in the green card backlogs here in the USA. Most of them are professionals. They know life here. And I can tell a greencard is not worth 500k

That is because these folks are already here so all $500k gets you is mental satisfaction (not worth much). But for people back home it will be a game changer. Not only they move to US, they cut through all the backlogs and if luck has it, also get a return on their investment.

Pretty good deal if you ask me.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 15 Apr 2018
Topic: EB 5 investor visa


In my opinion US greencard is not worth 500k, unless you are stuck in a 3rd world country and have no other means of getting out.

AND you have money to throw around - in which case you are not "needing" a green card

If you have money to throw around I suggest getting EU citizenship by "buying" into Malta citizenship program or something



My guess is there are a lot of folks in India who will be willing to spend $500k or even 1 million to live here. Think of all the Audi/BMW driving crowd, who send their kids to US for a bachelors degree. They are already spending close to 200-300k including boarding. I know a family whose two kids came here for BS. They will have already paid close to 500k by the time kids graduate.

Moreover education in India is not cheap anymore. Some of my friends back home already pay more for elementary school tuition compared to what I pay here indirectly through property tax. Despite all the development quality of life is going down back home (pollution, water shortage, security, you name it). Given the current crop of politicians the situation is unlikely to improve. In fact, based on the kind of news we see these days, things might just get worse. So I wont be surprised if some people choose EB5 to immigrate here.

Lack of awareness is probably the main reason people have not tried this route. I myself in spite of living here for so many years did not know all the details until recently (just too focused on my job and other stuff). If you think about it, not many countries offer this kind of option particularly for mid career people who have $$$.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 14 Apr 2018
Topic: The New York Times article on the backlog and H4 EAD issues


The real estate and market appreciation that took place in 80s, 90s and 00s was once in a lifetime event - think of it as the gold rush of the 21st century.

Dude, house prices in high growth areas have doubled since 2013:

https://www.zillow.com/seattle-wa/home-values/
https://www.zillow.com/san-jose-ca/home-values/
https://www.zillow.com/boston-ma/home-values/
https://www.zillow.com/dallas-tx/home-values/

Most houses where I live are still going over asking. And this time (unlike 2004-2005) people are doling cold hard cash, Asians in particular.

Location is key. A sleepy suburb, 30 miles away is unlikely to appreciate. My advice is to buy a property as close to the city (or public transport) as possible and then rent it out. As for yourself, rent something in the suburbs.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 14 Apr 2018
Topic: RHC and Manasvi's EB5 solutions

My guess is that very soon EB5 (India) will be be backlogged as well. Not many people knew about this option until recently.

I recently heard about a friends friend who went this route via a restaurant/franchise which i didn't knew was possible. There is also https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/ap_news/th...

There are a lot of people in Delhi/Mumbai/B'lore etc. who will be interested in pursuing this option. $1 million is less than the cost of a single family home in Indian metros. Once the race starts thousands will join.
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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


As I have long suspected, property prices in certain pockets have gone through the roof due to the H4EAD phenomenon. There is an H4EAD case in my family, and the couple dropped in excess of $800K on a house last year in a city on the West Coast.

We have observed this phenomenon in our own neighborhood. In the last 2 years, my house has appreciated some 40% on paper (I am even thinking of selling it to a desi couple while the H4EAD exists). We have observed single family houses approaching a million bucks.

I think two things are happening simultaneously:

1) H4EAD spouses are resourceful, hard working and will aggressively pursue job opportunities. We see in our school district several H4EAD spouses taking even temporary jobs on the side (such as being a substitute teacher). I think years of being denied work opportunities has strengthened their resolve even more, and the true American way is to grant them the work authorization. I do sincerely hope the Trump administration sees all sides of the issue before revoking this program. I believe this is a net positive for the country.

2) Having said this, the desi couples are too eager to throw away their limited resources on a mini mcmansion. In some sense, I don't blame them - us desis judge others quite harshly, and having a modest house is now sneered upon. The moment a couple thinks they can afford a mortgage, they stretch themselves thin and buy the biggest house possible. Desis will remain frugal in other life aspects (so many of these mcmansions remain unfurnished and several people don't have means to even finish their basements) and miss other finer aspects of life. They will forget how to even live life. The mistake the couple in the story made? They should have stuck to renting or bought a small house and just saved the entire H4EAD salary. This was the way of our parents, but our generation has truly forgotten it.

Nothing wrong with that. The behavior is typical of 1st generation immigrants who do have a feeling of insecurity. Also, a lot of desis buy houses from an investment point of view so no harm in that either given that interest rates are low here.

The concept of 'living life' is rather overrated.

H4EAD makes sense. What doesn't is abuse of EB1C and H1B by WITCHS and Desi consultants.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 11 Apr 2018
Topic: The New York Times article on the backlog and H4 EAD issues


fretting about how they would afford their $4,800 monthly mortgage? Around $700,000 house? You go tell this an average american or congressmen and they will definitely support these kind of visas/EAD that helps foreign national afford it.

Assuming a 30 year mortgage it is more like $1 million.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 09 Apr 2018
Topic: IV,RHC etc etc- Suddenly all disappears


I don't feel bad though, it's something i believed in so i committed, but didn't work out.....life goes on.....i highly doubt someone who donated his own hard earned 10million really cares much about collecting 10-50k donations from desis...it's hardly anything....if anything the time he spent on this nonsense was worth lot more to Mr Shalab...so he is still at loss here...

Why bother with backlogs when there are better ways to make money ...

http://avgamericainvestments.net/index.php

Scroll down and look at the leadership.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 08 Apr 2018
Topic: Urgent response to NOID-EB1B


Unfortunately there is no other way to tell how you're citation count is outstanding in the field because the truth is ...IT IS NOT..in any field the top most researchers get 1000s of citations.....so if USCIS made a rule only guys with 1000 citations get approval...then maybe only a handful of people will get EB1 approvals each year..

what do you think?

It is not about top researchers but younger, early career folks who are applying for EB1. What is the average citation of EE majors who are your peers?

In biochemistry/medicine there are often multiple authors or teams and they just get cited more. E.g., the top 5 journals across all fields are bio related:

http://www.scimagojr.com/journalrank.php

An early or even mid-career civil engineering or history major will never be able to compete with folks in these fields. Even in a particular field there are sub fields which are currently 'hot' and might result in a higher citation counts.

IOs overseeing your case might not know this and that is why all such stats must be included with your application.

And let's not forget that citation is just one metric.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 08 Apr 2018
Topic: Urgent response to NOID-EB1B

As I said, it might be better better to withdraw and start again with VC. In matters like these don't be shy of spending some money.

Number of citations also depend on the field. E.g., 1000 citations in biochemistry may not be a big deal but in math they would be way above average. IOs don't know that so you have to provide all the supporting evidence. You need to build a watertight case. And just don't rely blindly on your lawyer. Make sure you are comfortable about each and every aspect of your case. They don't know you or your field any better than yourself. Be ready to spend some quality time on your application.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 08 Apr 2018
Topic: Urgent response to NOID-EB1B

What kind of lawyer did you hire? Looks to me that your petition letter (the most important thing) had a lot of holes and you failed to connect the dots between your claims and the supporting evidence. E.g., just writing that you reviewed for some journals is not enough. You need to mention that only selected few, who have a reputation in the field, are invited by top journals to review consistently. The letters you are requesting from editors now should have been part of the original application. I also don't understand why you only had 2 independent letters and 5 from people you know. A competent lawyer would have caught such glaring issues.

I would recommend that you hire a good lawyer (VC?) and follow their advice. Maybe its better to withdraw and reapply.

Someone with a PhD in CFD should have no trouble in getting approved via EB1. Good luck!
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 08 Apr 2018
Topic: RHC rally is cancelled. Does anyone know why?


Seriously? I too heard about their EB5 scam. Is this really happening? They can't just cancel a rally to go raise EB5 $$$

RHC guys figured out that backlogged guys are cheap and stingy. Those interested in EB5 on the other hand ...

I feel that in the near future, there will be a huge demand for EB5 (India). A lot of people back home really don't know about this program. A house in top metros back home costs more than what is required for EB5.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 07 Apr 2018
Topic: RHC OR IV - whom to support ?

Stop wasting your time and upgrade to EB1 or EB5. In future even those will be backlogged (EB1 already is).

In last 6 months I have personally met two EB1C folks who came here recently on L1 and one EB5 guy (friend of a friend) who apparently started a food/restaurant related business. I didn't even knew that it was possible but then see http://www.eb5investors.com/magazine/article/eb... or http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/consume...

If you think about it 500K is not a lot for IT folks.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 04 Apr 2018
Topic: Immigration potluck parties


we are unable to find solution for any problem and it is because we are not able to properly talk to one another. It will be a good idea to have weekly potluck party in one of our house on Saturday or Sunday and discuss for future plans. If you planning to appear in exams we can do combined studies and like how we did in college. If I am trying single it is becoming very hard and lots of disturbance. Our wifes can also get company and we will discuss important details.
We can easily join 20-30 families in every small city

You need to find ways convert to EB1/5. Last week I met a guy who recently moved from India (~2 years ago) and filed in EB1C. No harm in living abroad for an year, especially if your spouse is on H1B as well.

Also, there is a chance that EB5 minimums might go up. 500K is not a lot for IT folks (Apartments back home in tier 1 cities cost more). If you're smart, you can even get a good return on your investment.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 29 Mar 2018
Topic: RHC MEGA Rally in DC - April 15


Check this website. See the similarity between RHC and AVG America Investment leadership team?

http://avgamericainvestments.net/index.php

http://www.rhcusa.com/

Scroll to the bottom of both websites to see the leadership team.

What the heck is going on!

Lol!

Immigration is good business after all. RHC guys are only in for the money. If H1B doesn't work then EB5 is good. There is no shortage of people willing to spend $1 million in India.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 26 Mar 2018
Topic: RHC MEGA Rally in DC - April 15


Anyone with some intelligence would question the seriousness of this character when he boasts like that and that is why I was being skeptical.
Ah well, to each their own.

You should also check out http://www.rhcusa.com/members-vikram.php

Here are some gems, especially the last one ;) ...

"Vikram learnt the value of hard work and discipline at a very early age. Anyone looking for Vikram, at most any time of the day could always find him in his favorite spot in the library if not in class-room. It was no surprise that he was the Valedictorian at Rumsey graduation, and the Top performer in math at Hotchkiss."

"Vikram went on to study Electrical Engineering at the Kumars’ favorite university that is Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, where he got his BSEE in 2007. He graduated Suma-cum-Laude with ETA KAPPA NU honors to be among the top 5% graduating engineers in the country."

"Right after graduation, Vikram Kumar joined the family business, to which he had been exposed to as early as 10 year old doing summer jobs. He quickly mastered the art of running manufacturing operations and then running the Sales operations in a record one year time frame, and is the CEO of Automation division of AVG."

"Vikram was married in January 2011 to Pooja Chitgopeker, Miss India 2007, in what was described as the “most lavish wedding New Zealand has ever seen” by the NZ media."
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 24 Mar 2018
Topic: RHC MEGA Rally in DC - April 15

For maximum impact carry placards/pictures of WH staff and RHC bosses complete with garland & tilak ;)
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 24 Mar 2018
Topic: RHC MEGA Rally in DC - April 15


I am personally not convinced by RHC, so would rather stay away.

You forgot their slogan ...

"Nahi GAYE DC, Bhool Jao GC"

;)
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 23 Mar 2018
Topic: RHC MEGA Rally in DC - April 15

My guess is that this Kumar guy wants to be a power broker/player. Citizen and greened desis don't take him seriously so he is using the H1B crowd.

It is a very smart strategy. The latter group is simply too desperate and will do whatever he tells them. Even $100 per year (assuming 500k people) amounts to a cool $50 million per year to further your political ambitions. I am sure many would contribute much more.

Smart move.
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