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Member Profile: srik7 (565 posts)

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Hello, I'm srik7 (report this user)
I am from India
I last logged in on 11 Apr 2018
I have been a member since 21 Apr 2011
I have added 565 posts in trackitt forums
I added my last post on 11 Apr 2018
srik7's Immigration Cases
 
I-140 case: Approved in 11 days (164 days less than average)   (0 comments)
User: srik7 Nationality: India
Applicant Type:primaryService Center:Nebraska
Category:EB2Priority Date:28 Apr 2011
Application Filed:28 Jul 2011USCIS Received Date:29 Jul 2011
USCIS Notice Date:USCIS Receipt Number:
I-140/485 Filing:non-concurrentProcessing Type:premium
RFE Received?:RFE Received Date:
Reason for RFE:RFE Replied Date:
Application Status:approvedApproval/Denial Date:08 Aug 2011
Total Processing Time:11 daysMost Recent LUD:
Days Elapsed:
Case Added to Tracker: 29 Jul 2011 Last Updated: 08 Aug 2011
Notes: Heard today morning about the approval. Thank God!!

I-140 case: Approved in 9 days (166 days less than average)   (0 comments)
User: srik7 Nationality: India
Applicant Type:primaryService Center:Nebraska
Category:EB2Priority Date:
Application Filed:08 Feb 2017USCIS Received Date:09 Feb 2017
USCIS Notice Date:USCIS Receipt Number:
I-140/485 Filing:non-concurrentProcessing Type:premium
RFE Received?:RFE Received Date:
Reason for RFE:RFE Replied Date:
Application Status:approvedApproval/Denial Date:17 Feb 2017
Total Processing Time:9 daysMost Recent LUD:
Days Elapsed:
Case Added to Tracker: 13 Feb 2017 Last Updated: 20 Feb 2017
Notes:

PERM case: Approved in 63 days (171 days less than average)   (2 comments)
User: srik7 Nationality: India
Priority Date:28 Apr 2011Category:EB2
Audit Received?:noAudit Received Date:
Reason for Audit:Audit Replied Date:
Application Status:approvedApproval/Denial Date:30 Jun 2011
Total Processing Time:63 daysDays Elapsed:
Case Added to Tracker: 28 Apr 2011 Last Updated: 30 Jun 2011
Notes: Thank God. Got a mail from employer .. they received a mail which says "application ..... has been reviewed by the Certifying Officer and will be certified."

PERM case: Approved in 124 days (110 days less than average)   (4 comments)
User: srik7 Nationality: India
Priority Date:16 Sep 2016Category:EB2
Audit Received?:noAudit Received Date:
Reason for Audit:Audit Replied Date:
Application Status:approvedApproval/Denial Date:18 Jan 2017
Total Processing Time:124 daysDays Elapsed:
Case Added to Tracker: 21 Nov 2016 Last Updated: 18 Jan 2017
Notes: Just heard from HR today (01/18/2017) that PERM petition will be certified.
srik7's Posts
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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

Its actually a pretty good article. Mere mentioning of the mortgage won't diminish its effect much.

For ppl who are opposed to H1 period, no article can argue them away from their standpoint.

For audience who are pro H1 and for those who don't have much understanding of the plight of Indian's stuck in GC backlogs, this article can act to confirm their stand or open their eyes to the realities of H1 life. In that context, this is a great article. Everyone who knows about H1 visa assumes that everything is rosy for us. The insights this article provides are priceless in that regards.

In fact if at all this article is to be blamed, blame it for not highlighting strengths of Indian workforce. I think this article missed to address adequately the positives tech savvy Indian's bring to US. I believe that one has to sell his/her position/situation effectively to get noticed. Talk up strengths while also making sure that the dire situation we find ourselves in gets noticed.

If in talking about strength's it is mentioned that some of us are high income earners, live in expensive houses - so be it. That is small collateral for the overall benefit such articles can provide.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 18 Dec 2017
Topic: Rule: Strengthening the H-1B Nonimmigrant Visa Classification


May be mate! I felt like I should also share some positive news here. Also, take a look the h1b tracker here in Trackitt, there are quite a few approvals coming in without RFEs.


Yup, thanks for sharing positive news. Hope for the best ...
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 18 Dec 2017
Topic: Rule: Strengthening the H-1B Nonimmigrant Visa Classification


May be mate! I felt like I should also share some positive news here. Also, take a look the h1b tracker here in Trackitt, there are quite a few approvals coming in without RFEs.


Yup, thanks for sharing positive news. Hope for the best ...
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 18 Dec 2017
Topic: Rule: Strengthening the H-1B Nonimmigrant Visa Classification


What about an MBA from a top 25 US University working in Information Security/CyberSecurity domain in a decision making role for a top wall street firm with a level 4 salary? And that will be me (and I'm still unsure about myself when I'm up for my next extension in 2018!). However, I have hired a couple of entry/mid level guys as cybersecurity analysts in my team recently with level 2/median wages and we had no RFEs..went just smooth (direct employees). Both approvals came within the past three weeks. That's a silver lining and I felt like I should share here.


You sound a bit more worried than needed at this point. As I said, I think much depends on the intent behind the rule. If the intent is to check if US citizens are getting undercut in any manner and stop that, then I think you, I and for that matter many of us are safe.

My work is technical and I am pretty skilled at what I do. Can my employer continue without me? Absolutely. Will they like to do that - not so much. If any person in an organization isn't replaceable then there is something wrong with how that org is structured. But most of us can say we are skilled enough to be wanted and that it will not be easy to find a replacement.

If the intent is to stem the diversity of the country from increasing, then none of us are safe. Again stemming employment based immigration isn't going to do much in terms of diversity.

After all said and done, I believe that everything follows the money. So ultimately in few years, climate won't be this adverse to immigration. Till that happens, we will keep facing these hurdles and can only hope that we can cross them one by one.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 18 Dec 2017
Topic: Rule: Strengthening the H-1B Nonimmigrant Visa Classification



What about an MBA from a top 25 US University working in Information Security/CyberSecurity domain in a decision making role for a top wall street firm with a level 4 salary? And that will be me (and I'm still unsure about myself when I'm up for my next extension in 2018!). The reason why I have to state this here because you can't write a general comment that any non CS person is out of luck here. Its a pretty broad brush painting. I feel the inverse is going to happen. I think USCIS will raise the bar really high in IT sectors because that's where the program is badly abused. For example, they are going to let those high school STEM teachers with advance degrees and licenses to stay as long as they are paid a level 3 or 4 wage. Same with mechanical engineers, accountants, financial professionals and doctors!! I would be very very careful if you are in IT these days with some exceptions.


Your comment again is using a very wide brush when you say "IT with some exceptions". But for all we know you might be correct. Again, the person who said all non-CS grads are in trouble, she/he might also be correct.

Both of your warnings/predictions aren't mutually exclusive. If truly as stated, the intent is to allow qualified US citizens find jobs without being undercut, I don't see this rule having huge impact. But if the motive is to restrict diversity, then any and all prospective and current immigrants will be at loss.

Till we know better, lets each hold on to our hopes and see what transpires.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 01 Dec 2017
Topic: Salaries in India

Exactly what I was getting at.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 01 Dec 2017
Topic: Salaries in India


I just have to experience that "greened" feeling I suppose :)) . Wonder how that would feel ...

Its a mere change of status with fewer restrictions on travel and employment...besides that mostly everything else remains same...get your hopes down and you would be happy :)


Every 3yrs h1 extension, can't work without sponsorship, can't travel with ease. Well I think there are many benefits that come with green card. Beat of all - sense of permanence, knowing that the roots you have dug-in wont/can't be uprooted easily. That feeling is what I crave.
I am happy where I am for the most part. And I don't believe happiness is completely a measure of ones circumstances, it's predominantly a mind set.But still ... Dil maange green :))
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 01 Dec 2017
Topic: Salaries in India

Just the other day I got into an interesting and long discussion with a Hispanic gentleman about life and such. Not that it's fair to generalize but can state just from his and my point of view that his thoughts were not so much jumbled as mine.

He laid more emphasis on enjoying now but for me enjoyment has to go hand in hand with "achievement".

His view was more simple. And often times simple is peaceful.

I think this immigration wait is playing havoc with our mindset, where even denying the pains of wait (as we sometimes do) is in itself an acknowledgement of the pain.

I just hope by the time we get out of this but, we are as sane as we started as :))

PS: some of you might say just go back to India. But right now I think I will be more at peace in US even give this immigration headache. I just have to experience that "greened" feeling I suppose :)) . Wonder how that would feel ...
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 08 Nov 2017
Topic: About to sign offer letter


In my offer letter I see the period of notice before leaving the firm is 3 months.Is this correct?


Are you on H1? If you are on H1 3 months notice will be a bother when you need to change employers. You can only change employer after they apply your H1 transfer and you get the receipt .. no employer would like to wait 3 months after they have spent $$ applying the H1 transfer.

Even otherwise, 3 months notice period is not viable.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 06 Nov 2017
Topic: Immigration reform bill next year

well said. it's not so easy to say how dems vs gop vs President's negotiations will go. one thing for sure is no one is friend of legal immigration.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 03 Nov 2017
Topic: H.R. 392, Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act

its very optimistic to think that hr392 will pass. Legal immigration changes (if they happen) will be to go for the raise act. and since raise act hasn't been defined yet, its anyone's guess who will benefit and who will be at loss. when it comes to deal making you always need to have some items you ask for which you can let go of easily. hr 392 or any legal immigration reform effort will be 1st thing on the chopping block when deals are done. the legal immigration reform when it happens will include efforts to reduce it rather than streamline it. everyone of us will take a hit.

sorry if all this sounds pessimistic, its actually realistic based on the political and social climate.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 03 Nov 2017
Topic: H.R. 392, Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act

No one is going to support such statements in current political climate. You see DT and WH inching towards India when it comes to foreign policy. But domestically, they are opposed to any sort of immigration that will change the demographics - even slightly.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 13 Oct 2017
Topic: December 2017 visa bulletin




So just to clarify, if instead of you, had another American Manager saw this guy's inefficiency and if he assumes all Indians are wastes and inefficient and decides to work on a rule which will stop all Indians coming to US on work visa, what will be your take on it?



If you take a look at anti immigrant websites , you will understand this perception is already well underway. All because below par employees are sent down for onsite jobs without much orientation of customer handling. I am not saying Americans are better than Indians. But customer is sort of god since he/she pays for our food, we need to understand the basic behaviors and culture of the customer. you might have seen some Car, home or cable TV salesmen here in America trying to understand Indian culture and converse in our terms. It applies to all departments in sales.

PS : Some American perceptions of Indians are truly perceptions because of tunneled vision fed by hate media.


I don't have any experience of working with WITCH contractors but in general when we get a contractor, if he/she is Indian, they tend to put something extra as compared to non-Indian contractors.
We had non-Indian a guy from a product company (not second or third party, this guy came to work for 6mons when we bought the product) paid him $150/hr. He wasn't even sure how to install the product, it took me about 1hr to figure out and install. I tght perhaps his expertise is in using the product rather than admin tasks. At one of the bigger meetings he joked abt how "Indian" contractors do lousy work and can be hired dime a dozen. Ppl laughed as he made it sound funny. Six months later, he left and within 2 weeks internal team deemed his work useless and trashed the entire effort. That was 36k down the drain. I am sure he is out there doing horrible work for some other client.

This isn't one off experience, I have seen more ppl like this.

I am not saying that is the general norm with every non-Indian contractor but in general I find that ppl who disparage work based on nationality are themselves useless.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 15 Sep 2017
Topic: Oppose DACA for all its worth!


Bingo. You got it exactly mate.

Seriously...there is absolutely no comparison here. Even if you are not compassionate enough, at least be sensible guys. You DO NOT gain anything by opposing them. All you'd do is show yourself as a dispassionate being void of any logical thinking.

Our pains are real. Absolutely true but we need to fight for it separately; that fight doesn't include opposing or wishing harm for others.


Very well said!

Show some compassion folks.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 15 Sep 2017
Topic: H.R. 392, Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act


Ok the whole crux of the matter is since Indians and Chinese are suppressed for so many years and waiting in the queue for long time they got frustated. Now if they complain then they get the non emphathetic response that this is the law of land and they knew what they are getting into beforehand..while this might not be true because no body knew what they are getting into when they first received the H1-B . Its was couple of yrs down the line that they realised and came to know about this back log. By the time their entire process of perm and i140 finished the backlog grew multifold .
Now when they see some other group get a free pass and not even penalised for breaking the law its becomes intolerable to them.I think both groups are right and both the groups sufferings are real thogh these exists at different levels.
Indians getting bitter is natural . DACA should be given some legal status to stay but not before legals waiting here for decades.


What you say is true. The suffering exists at different level. On compassionate grounds, I would prefer a DACA beneficiary to get to stay here vs I getting GC sooner than later. That much is clear to me.

Our wait has been long and frustrating often with adverse affect on career growth (I know!). But DACA beneficiaries would suffer much more if they don't get some sort of protection.

DACA beneficiaries don't know any other country or life. They didn't chose to come here. And now after all these years, its cruel to deny the only life style they know.

Anyways they need not worry, that vote bank won't be trifled with.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 25 Aug 2017
Topic: Help Need Please

I think you can get 1yr extension on h1 if perm has been approved or perm application has been pending for more than 365 days.
At this critical stage, please consult immigration attorney to know what to do.

Best of luck.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 23 Aug 2017
Topic: Is it good time to accept new FTE Position - Need suggestion


"If you were to step out of US after you switch jobs, you will have to get new VISA stamped (based on new I-797) before you can enter US. "

Incorrect. Visa is not tied to employer. They just print Current employer name for reference purposes. As long as it doesn't expire, one can use it for travel even after employer has changed. This is how it has been for ever.



Thanks, I never knew that.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 23 Aug 2017
Topic: I-140 still in progress ,what are my option to be on H1B again

Why did you have to switch to H4? I think you can get 1yr H1 extension on approved PERM or if PERM application has been pending for more than a year.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 23 Aug 2017
Topic: Is it good time to accept new FTE Position - Need suggestion

Q: Is it good time to accept new FTE Position - Need suggestion
A: I think it is. Given that your prospective employer is promising to start PERM in 3 months after joining, looks to me that you should take FTE.

1. If i move to new client, i assume i can use my current Approved I-140 for further H1B extenstions until i get new I-140 . Am i correct?
A: By new client, I suppose you mean the prospective employer who is offering you FTE position. Then Yes, you can keep getting extensions on your H1 provided the current I140 has been approved for 180 days or more.

2. My wife has H4-EAD based on current I-140, guess i can use the current I-140 for EAD extensions until i get new I-140.. Am i correct?
A: I don't know the answer for this.

3. I have H1 and H4 Visa stamped with current employer till Dec 2019, i assume i can use it even if i change to new employer?
A: What do you mean by "using VISA"? If you are questioning if you can stay in US that depends on the new I-797 from the prospective employer (you can stay in US without issues till the date mentioned in the new I-797). VISA is a travel document - you can continue to stay in US on approved I-797 (till date mentioned in it) without having a VISA associated with it. If you were to step out of US after you switch jobs, you will have to get new VISA stamped (based on new I-797) before you can enter US.

Hope this helps.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 22 Aug 2017
Topic: I140 query about priority date

1. Once I140 is approved, can i change the employer immediately with the same priority date?
You can have the new employer file H1B based on the approved I140 (if you are past 6yrs on H1B). You should have a copy of the I140 approval to have this done. After you join the new employer and they file PERM and PERM is approved then you will have the new employer file I140. Capturing of the priority date will happen during the I140 stage. The capture should happen without issues if the I140 from the first employer hasn't been revoked.

2. I heard that employer can withdraw the I140 form from USCIS after i moved out of them.
Will it have any impact to porting the existing priority date to new employer?
If old employer withdraws I140 befote 180 days of its approval, I think that will prevent you from porting the priority date. But as per new rule (implemented Jan this year), if your I140 has been active for 180 days, the employer then can't get it revoked (employer can withdraw the I140, USCIS will not revoke it). Of course, USCIS can revoke it anytime for error, fraud, or misrepresentation - if any such is detected. So its safer to switch jobs 180 days after I140 has been approved.

3. What reasons can employer provide to USCIS for withdrawing my I140? Will it affect my job switch?
Employer can simply say that position is no longer available. Remember GC is for future employment. But if the employer withdraws the I140 180 days after its approval, USCIS doesn't revoke the I140 and priority date will be retained.

Hope this helps.
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