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Member Profile: hopefuldesi (45 posts)

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Hello, I'm hopefuldesi (report this user)
I am from India
I last logged in on 30 Jan 2018
I have been a member since 08 Feb 2012
I have added 45 posts in trackitt forums
I added my last post on 30 Jan 2018
hopefuldesi's Immigration Cases
 
I-140 case:   (2 comments)
User: hopefuldesi Nationality: India
Applicant Type:primaryService Center:Texas
Category:EB1APriority Date:26 Aug 2010
Application Filed:24 Aug 2010USCIS Received Date:25 Aug 2010
USCIS Notice Date:26 Aug 2010USCIS Receipt Number:
I-140/485 Filing:non-concurrentProcessing Type:regular
RFE Received?:yesRFE Received Date:18 Sep 2011
Reason for RFE:seven page letter requesting information on six categories including salary, citations, honors.RFE Replied Date:30 Nov 2011
Application Status:deniedApproval/Denial Date:14 Feb 2012
Total Processing Time:539 daysMost Recent LUD:14 Feb 2012
Days Elapsed:
Case Added to Tracker: 09 Feb 2012 Last Updated: 14 Feb 2012
Notes:

I-140 case:   (2 comments)
User: hopefuldesi Nationality: India
Applicant Type:primaryService Center:Texas
Category:EB2-NIWPriority Date:27 Aug 2010
Application Filed:24 Aug 2010USCIS Received Date:25 Aug 2010
USCIS Notice Date:31 Aug 2010USCIS Receipt Number:
I-140/485 Filing:non-concurrentProcessing Type:regular
RFE Received?:yesRFE Received Date:18 Sep 2011
Reason for RFE:requesting evidence to prove why lca should not be filedRFE Replied Date:30 Nov 2011
Application Status:deniedApproval/Denial Date:14 Feb 2012
Total Processing Time:539 daysMost Recent LUD:14 Feb 2012
Days Elapsed:
Case Added to Tracker: 09 Feb 2012 Last Updated: 14 Feb 2012
Notes:

I-140 case: Approved in 9 days (166 days less than average)   (0 comments)
User: hopefuldesi Nationality: India
Applicant Type:primaryService Center:Texas
Category:EB2Priority Date:30 Nov 2010
Application Filed:26 Apr 2011USCIS Received Date:27 Apr 2011
USCIS Notice Date:05 May 2011USCIS Receipt Number:
I-140/485 Filing:non-concurrentProcessing Type:premium
RFE Received?:noRFE Received Date:
Reason for RFE:RFE Replied Date:
Application Status:approvedApproval/Denial Date:05 May 2011
Total Processing Time:9 daysMost Recent LUD:
Days Elapsed:
Case Added to Tracker: 09 Feb 2012 Last Updated: 09 Feb 2012
Notes:
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Posted in H-1B Forum on 30 Jan 2018
Topic: h1b visa stamping - ds160 -immigrant petition on your behalf

In our H1+H4 interview in Ottawa three months ago in October 2017 we were asked if an immigrant petition was filed on our behalf. I believe the question she asked was, "Has any employer filed for your green card?" Not only did we have to answer yes, she also wanted to see a copy of the actual I-140, which she scrutinized carefully and seemed to confirm/double check on her screen. Lots of looking back and forth from screen to paper and clicking of buttons.

So yes, please fill out a new DS160.

I should mention that at least in Ottawa, you can take the new DS160 with you to the existing appointment. When you go to the document verification window, you tell them that you made a mistake, that there was no way to correct the old DS160 and that you have a new DS160 with the corrected information. At that point, they take the new one from you and enter it into the system.

If you don't want to take that chance, or if you are not going to Ottawa, then please cancel the existing appointment and restart the process. And this time make sure you take your time and fill out all the fields as accurately as possible. As another poster above said, there is greater scrutiny these days. Why chance it?
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Posted in H-1B Forum on 17 Jul 2017
Topic: H1/H4 appointment availability Ottawa; resched limit?

anyone? on any of the above?
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Posted in H-1B Forum on 14 Jul 2017
Topic: H1/H4 appointment availability Ottawa; resched limit?

hi... just wondering if anyone has booked appointments in ottawa recently. the earliest i could get was october 10.

also, a couple of questions if anyone can help:

1. the oct 10 date no longer works for us and will need to be pushed out to the 23rd. but if an earlier date opens up, i would like to reschedule for earlier again. how many times can i reschedule the appointment without getting locked out? any ideas?

2. in case i have to go to india in september (current stamp expires end august), can i use the same ds 160 number to book an appointment in delhi? or will i have to cancel the ottawa appointment and refill the ds 160 fresh? has anyone done this?
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 18 Jul 2016
Topic: Widowed mother of green card holder




Read carefully: the original post mentioned disability NOT Illness. The mother is DISABLED. It did not mentioned that there was any disease or illness that dangers public health or safety and even many such illnesses won't exclude person from immigration such as HIV etc. And the disability definition is broad in U.S, and can be any thing that limit personal and financial self-sufficiency. This can be a physical disability, a learning disability or mental disability etc. When a country has laws to protect disability than such disabilities does not exclude people from immigration. If you read any immigration form such as I-140 & I-485, there are some instructions on special accommodations based on disability.





sandiegosoul, your reading is accurate. i did specifically mention disability, not illness. she was in an accident that left her physically and a little mentally disabled. thus requiring a caregiver. you're right in that this will not be an issue when the papers are filed for her, since there is no disease issue.

to hellomister:
you are right when you say "CBP requires someone to not be in the US for more than 5-6 months in a rolling one year window. Perhaps the visitor might get lucky once but CBP will definitely flag it the next time and can potentially deny entry." this has already happened to them once, so this is not a route they will be taking.

thank you for weighing in.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 14 Jul 2016
Topic: Widowed mother of green card holder

apparently (and i could be wrong) when you are here on gc and are over 65, if you can prove that you don't have enough assets, you can apply for and be approved for medicaid/medicare. i do know of parents of people who got their gc here and in states like california, were able to show that they didn't have enough assets, and were able to get the california equivalent of medicaid. this solves a lot. but takes time. thank you all again.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 14 Jul 2016
Topic: Widowed mother of green card holder

i think the i-134 is already in place. but yes, going bankrupt is not smart. they will be able to manage between the family, and we're hoping she won't need too much by way of hospitalizations, which is the real drain. costs in india are a fraction of what they are here. my own mother, who needs dialysis, is in india with my father for now, but should this situation occur, we, too, will have to face the decisions.

it's so hard when we live half way across the planet. thank you so much for weighing in. it is greatly appreciated.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 14 Jul 2016
Topic: Widowed mother of green card holder

cost of healthcare will be an issue, but what has to be done must be done. there isn't any way to leave her alone in india. for now they have decided to have her here for six months at a time, she'll go back, live with extended family and have a full time nurse to take care of her needs and once he has citizenship, she will come and he will apply for her gc. once she has her gc, maybe they will be able to apply for some kind of insurance through the affordable care act marketplace. and once her assets are spent, she may be eligible for medicare. it really is a hard thing to go through.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 12 Jul 2016
Topic: Widowed mother of green card holder

hi folks,

not sure if this is the right place, but my friend's family is in dire straits. here's the situation:

brother: gc holder, still one year left before he can apply for citizenship
sister: on ead.
father died suddenly
mother severely disabled and alone in india. the father was the primary caregiver.

is there any way they can bring her here and extend her stay till the brother can sponsor her? she has already done one extension of stay a couple of years ago. i understand that gc holder cannot sponsor parents.

has anyone been through this or knows anyone who has been through this? any ideas or guidance? without the father, the mother cannot live alone in india.

this is a horrible situation and could happen to any one of us.

any thoughts deeply appreciated. ...r
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Posted in H-1B Forum on 12 Feb 2016
Topic: H1b amendment processing time?

hi... here's our case:

extension of h1b I-797 valid 2014-2017
amendment filed in july 2015
went for visa stamping in ottawa after attorney's advice said ok to do so in december 2015
returned with visa stamped and original 797. no issues.
amendment still in process at uscis as of feb 2016.

hope this helps.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 09 Feb 2016
Topic: wife's abuse

sorry for your experiences. everyone here who has responded has made valid points. i can understand posting a question on a faceless forum, it's sometimes easier to talk to strangers who don't know you or who may not be personally invested in you. there are also a couple of things you need to ask yourself:

1. has she always had anger and mood issues? if so, this may be a personality issue and, more importantly, may be a psychological issue as well, which seems to be progressively getting worse. personality disorders are very real and can be treated with the guidance of a good psychiatrist/psychologist. find one your insurance covers and go see him/her.

2. is this a sudden change in personality? if so, then there definitely is some kind of trigger. if the trigger is not immediately obvious (did something work or study related not work out? did a friend/loved one betray or upset her?), then most certainly see a good psychiatrist/psychologist.

3. some mood-related conditions also arise out of hormonal fluctuations in the body and seeing your primary care physician will rule out any underlying physical conditions.

whatever the case here, please do not just dismiss this. it seems you have a child. you owe it to your child to do your best by his mother and get her the help she needs.

please remember, aggressive behavior like this is strongly indicative that the person needs professional help of some kind, medication and/or counseling. and most of all, please remember that there is no shame in seeking this kind of help not just for her, but for you and your child as well.
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Posted in H-1B Forum on 18 Dec 2015
Topic: Recent Ottawa H1&H4 stamping experience

thanks... yes, i used to see people document their experiences. but haven't in a while. i had also asked if anyone had experiences recently before going for this stamping, but got no replies. anyway, thanks for reading and responding to this post! ...r
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Posted in H-1B Forum on 18 Dec 2015
Topic: Recent Ottawa H1&H4 stamping experience

Hello all,

This is my recent experience with stamping in Ottawa for husband (H1) and myself (H4). Last stamping in 2008 also in Ottawa.

December 2, 2015: DS 160 completed and account created on https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-ca/niv, appointment scheduled for January 25.

Checked back every day, morning and evening, in case anything opened up earlier.

December 8, 2015: Calendar opened up for appointments starting December 14. Rescheduled appointment for December 15, 8 a.m.

December 14, 2015: Checked in at hotel in downtown Ottawa at night.

December 15, 2015:
-- Left cellphones, keys, etc., locked in suitcase at hotel. Only had documents and wallet in hand. This made security check quicker for us. (People with cell phones, laptops and handbags spent more time being checked and were made to leave items at the front desk. This also held up the line. One lady was asked to leave her handbag elsewhere and then return. If you go, please, leave these items in the hotel. The security requirements are very clearly stated on their website.)
-- Walked to embassy for appointment, reached at 7:45.
-- Lady at first counter asked for DS-160 confirmation page, passports, 797s and photograph. Asked when photo was taken and what status in Canada was.
-- After security check, went inside and at first window presented passports, 160 confirmations, 797s. Fingerprinted.
-- Next, interview window.
-- Gave passports, 160 confirmations and 797s.
-- Lady asked H1 how long with present employer, what do you do, are you pursuing green card (yes, [this question was asked and answered in ds 160]).
-- Then turned to ask H4 if any children (no).
-- Asked H1 and H4 to verify fingerprints.
-- Said visas approved, expect email in 3-5 business days. Kept both passports, returned both 797s and 160 confirmations.
-- Left embassy. At hotel, checked CEAC site, which said Administrative Processing. This message is a little scary because it says the process could take several weeks or more, etc. So plenty of stress and imagining bad things happened at this point. But as they say, the buffalo was now in the water, so nothing to do but wait.

December 16, 2015:
-- By 1 p.m., status on CEAC changed to Issued. Message said you will receive email with tracking number and pickup information. But, since it ain't over till it's over, we held our breath.
-- In afternoon, email received from usvisa-info with return travel document shipment notification.
-- Received emails from Canada Post (the new courier starting this month) by evening saying shipment in progress.

December 17, 2015:
-- At 10 a.m. received tracking notification to pick up documents at selected Post Office location.
-- Picked up two separate envelops with passports (one each) after showing US issued id for each applicant. Immediately tore open envelops at post office counter and checked for correct visas and spellings, etc.

December 18, 2015:
-- Crossed land border back into US.
-- Port of Entry officer asked where we live and entered address into system.
-- Asked why we went to Canada (appointment at embassy).
-- Asked for 797s.
-- Issued paper I-94 up to validity of passports (December 2016). Said when new passports arrive, drive into Canada, turn around and re-enter to be stamped in up to validity of 797s (August 2017).
-- Home.
-- Phew.

Hope this helps anyone who's thinking of going for stamping. One note about cell phone plan... found out before leaving that Verizon has a $2 a day plan called Travel Pass which you can simply activate at no cost if you take their Verizon Plan (unlimited talk and text and 12 gb of data). This Travel Pass lets you take your unlimited talk, text and 12 gb data plan into Canada or Mexico. Makes staying connected easier. And cheaper (just 2 a day).

Praise be to the gods. Now I'm going to go and light agarbattis in my mandir and say prayers for all the officers who were nice and who did their jobs efficiently.

All the best. ...r
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Posted in H-1B Forum on 01 Dec 2015
Topic: Recent Canada stamping experience?

hi... just wondering if anyone has any recent stamping experience in canada? were there any issues or problems? i am trying to go to ottawa in a couple of weeks.
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Posted in H-1B Forum on 30 Nov 2015
Topic: Ottawa stamping: Locker facility to store phones, keys, etc?

thank you!

has anyone been to ottawa recently? any pointers? the last we went was in 2008, i'm sure many changes since then.
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Posted in H-1B Forum on 29 Nov 2015
Topic: Ottawa stamping: Locker facility to store phones, keys, etc?

hi... scheduling a visa appointment next week in ottawa. i've seen mention in these forums of a locker facility in ottawa to store phones, keys, etc. was wondering if anyone knew about this?
or,
to people who have gone to ottawa for stamping, where have you left your phones etc prior to appointment?

thank you...r
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Posted in H-1B Forum on 11 Mar 2015
Topic: documents for H4 visa holder coming alone at port of entry

i'm an h4 dependent and re-entered alone once. here's what i carried in addition to my passport with stamped visa:

1. my original 797
2. copy of husband's 797 and latest I-94
3. copy of his I-129
4. copy of his passport name page and visa page
5. copy of marriage cert (our last names are different)
6. copy of letter from employer stating how long he has worked for them
7. three recent paystubs

while i believe the first two would be sufficient, i carried the remaining because, well, i didn't want to take any chances. i tend towards the slightly paranoid, but that's just me. copies of proof of address would definitely be good, if she doesn't have a driver's license of her own.

at the immigration line i handed the poe officer my passport, my 797 and I-94 card (this was in 2010, when paper I-94s were issued). he asked me:

1. what does your husband do? (he's a physician)
2. where does he work? (at ___ hosp in ___)
3. you went back home to visit family? (yes)
4. where is your husband at this time? (at home in ___)

he didn't ask for any other documents other than what i gave him. i gave my fingerprints. he stamped me in.

hope this helps.
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Posted in I-765 (EAD) Forum on 02 Mar 2015
Topic: EAD for H1-I140 visa holders

would this be ead PLUS ap for h1-I140?

this is just my two paise (and, i am not aware of the larger advocacy plan, so please don't jump down my throat if this is obvious to many): it seems that now that the h4 ead battle is won, either an ead+ap or visa revalidation (stamping in country) along with 797 approval for h1s and dependents to facilitate hassle-free travel would be the next great relief for I140s waiting in line. i know it would be for our family. also, i may be mistaken, but i read somewhere that visa revalidation is an admin fix that is a rule change that the uscis can initiate (like h4ead), especially since there used to be revalidation pre 9/11.

is this what the thought is?
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Posted in I-765 (EAD) Forum on 25 Feb 2015
Topic: EAD for H4 Visa Holders

first, congratulations to all my sisters (maybe a brother or two!) on h4 visas who have endured the hardships this status has imposed on us for years on end. this new rule will alleviate much for us. granted many of us have waited years (i have been on this status nearly 8 years, some much more, some less), but it's only a matter of a little more time when we can start rebuilding a little bit of our self-esteem back.

i'm not very active posting on trackitt, but when i saw in these forums that the rule was in public comments last year, i went online, read the entire document and submitted my thoughts and suggestions. after reading the final policy document in its entirety, i have to say i have a newfound admiration for people who work behind the scenes and create these documents. they actually read through nearly 13,000 of OUR comments, considered them, some individually, and actually MADE CHANGES based on those comments or explained why the changes couldn't be made.

this would most likely NEVER happen in our countries of origins.

as a result, i am deeply thankful to all the people here on trackitt and elsewhere who, as members of the immigrant community, have worked to petition, meet, ask questions, contribute, whatever it took to bring this issue to resolve.

that said, i've read many comments clamoring for things like premium processing. please, let us bear in mind that the policy document specifically explains the logistical issues involved with this. even if we were all to magically become current today, our 485s and 765s and 131s would still take their time in being approved and we would wait, just like we've been waiting all these years. honestly, how many of us h4 spouses who have been out of the workforce for nearly a decade have jobs lined up outside our doors? i call for a little bit of dignity and gratitude. this rule is ENTIRELY discretionary and while i get that we don't have to fall all over ourselves in thanks, let's please respect the policy created based on our feedback and ask questions about how to move forward.

i can understand that we have questions that need answering. i do, too. but so far, there's nothing in the 110 pages i read that is not clear. they will release the form with specific check boxes created specifically for h4 spouses, they will have a list of specific documents that we all have access to, they have specified the filing fee, which we have access to, we will fill out the form, send it in, and wait, like we do for everything else.

once again, a huge thank you to all those who advocated and made this possible. i look forward to seeing links to future regulation changes in public comment that i can contribute to in my own small way.
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Posted in H-1B Forum on 23 Feb 2015
Topic: h4 visa

you can't file for your fiancee till you have gotten married. simply because you will need the marriage certificate as proof of marriage. if you apply before you're married, remember that your date of marriage will reflect on the application. and when filling out the application, if you say you're already married, there is this clause that says "everything in here is the truth," which won't be the truth, because you'll say you're married but in fact not yet. i'm not sure it'll be accepted. but, if you already have an h1, i'd say consult with your company attorney. when i got my dependent visa, it was after we got married and i had the marriage cert in hand.
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Posted in H-1B Forum on 03 Jan 2015
Topic: Reapply H4 797 after amendment in H1B?



The only thing that can be filed for H4 is an extension of status to extend the I94, usually done when the H1 is renewed.




which we did in 2014.

thank you for your response, argento! i appreciate it.
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