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  • Rohan99
    10-08 12:49 AM

    Finally we got our receipt numbers today from the Check Images. Our Application reached USCIS on 07/03 by USPS Mail. Don't know who signed it. Have been waiting for it patiently. All our receipt numbers start with SRC so from Texas. My I140 was approved form Texas and there was an LUD on the I140 on 07/28.

    All the best for whom ever is waiting for the receipt numbers. You guys should get it pretty soon.

    I am july 3rd filer, still waiting for receipt. In your e-mail you said there was LUD on your I-140 date 07/28. What it means...did you file I-140 and I-485 together? is there any connection in getting receipt of I-485 and LUD on I-140, just curious becasue I am also seeing LUD of 07/28 on my I-140 but my I-140 got approved in 2006.

    Waiting for reply.

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  • ivar
    08-20 10:47 AM
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  • addsf345
    12-01 10:58 AM
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    just wondering if you have exceeded 5K limit few times? I was told that if some one consistently do this, vonage may review their account. Though they advertise that as UNLIMITED mintues, its in fact not.

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  • perm
    06-19 09:36 AM
    What should be the answer to this question on I-485 part 2- out of following 2 options for my dependents ? to me it seems #b is the right answer for my family members 485 and #a for me. BUt some how teh legal guys are changing this from #b to #a for my dependents!!

    a. an immigrant petition giving me an immediately available immigrant visa number has been
    approved. (Attach a copy of the approval notice, or a relative, special immigrant juvenile or
    special immigrant military visa petition filed with this application that will give you an
    immediately available visa number, if approved.) immigrant petition giving me an immediately available immigrant visa number has been
    approved. (Attach a copy of the approval notice, or a relative, special immigrant juvenile or
    special immigrant military visa petition filed with this application that will give you an
    immediately available visa number, if approved.)

    In your post both #a and #b are the same text. anyways. any updates on this one? I also have the same question


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  • desitechie
    10-05 01:40 PM
    I am not talking about calling cards. ALLVOI is also a VOIP service like Vonage and has the same deal on free US calls etc. However, their India pkg is much better IMO.

    Hows ALLVOI quality compared to Vonage for India calls?

    Hows their customer service?

    I know Vonage's CS is bad.


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  • bkn96
    11-17 04:41 PM
    At present my EAD is status not changed (USCIS case tracking), So I assume my EAD is valid. I also read Attorny Ron's blog that EAD is valid even I485 is denied. That gives me some comfort. Another problem, even if I get H1b (with out I94), I don't have AP to go (out of country) for stamping. What happens if I apply for AP while I485 is denied? Any one tried this? I am not sure what to do...


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  • jasmin45
    07-13 07:24 AM
    The whole controversy involving Lou Dobbs and leprosy started with a “60 Minutes” segment a few weeks ago.

    Robert Caplin for The New York Times
    Lou Dobbs was at the anchor desk for CNN’s 2006 election coverage.

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    Episodes of "Lou Dobbs Tonight"

    "60 Minutes" of May 6, 2007 Leprosy Statistics The segment was a profile of Mr. Dobbs, and while doing background research for it, a “60 Minutes” producer came across a 2005 news report from Mr. Dobbs’s CNN program on contagious diseases. In the report, one of Mr. Dobbs’s correspondents said there had been 7,000 cases of leprosy in this country over the previous three years, far more than in the past.

    When Lesley Stahl of “60 Minutes” sat down to interview Mr. Dobbs on camera, she mentioned the report and told him that there didn’t seem to be much evidence for it.

    “Well, I can tell you this,” he replied. “If we reported it, it’s a fact.”

    With that Orwellian chestnut, Mr. Dobbs escalated the leprosy dispute into a full-scale media brouhaha. The next night, back on his own program, the same CNN correspondent who had done the earlier report, Christine Romans, repeated the 7,000 number, and Mr. Dobbs added that, if anything, it was probably an underestimate. A week later, the Southern Poverty Law Center — the civil rights group that has long been critical of Mr. Dobbs — took out advertisements in The New York Times and USA Today demanding that CNN run a correction.

    Finally, Mr. Dobbs played host to two top officials from the law center on his program, “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” where he called their accusations outrageous and they called him wrong, unfair and “one of the most popular people on the white supremacist Web sites.”

    We’ll get to the merits of the charges and countercharges shortly, but first it’s worth considering why, beyond entertainment value, all this matters. Over the last few years, Lou Dobbs has transformed himself into arguably this country’s foremost populist. It’s an odd role, given that he spent the 1980s and ’90s buttering up chief executives on CNN, but he’s now playing it very successfully. He has become a voice for the real economic anxiety felt by many Americans.

    The audience for his program has grown 72 percent since 2003, and CBS — yes, the same network that broadcasts “60 Minutes” — just hired him as a commentator on “The Early Show.” Many elites, as Mr. Dobbs likes to call them, despise him, but others see him as a hero. His latest book, “War on the Middle Class,” was a best seller and received a sympathetic review in this newspaper. Mario Cuomo has said Mr. Dobbs is “addicted to economic truth.”

    Mr. Dobbs argues that the middle class has many enemies: corporate lobbyists, greedy executives, wimpy journalists, corrupt politicians. But none play a bigger role than illegal immigrants. As he sees it, they are stealing our jobs, depressing our wages and even endangering our lives.

    That’s where leprosy comes in.

    “The invasion of illegal aliens is threatening the health of many Americans,” Mr. Dobbs said on his April 14, 2005, program. From there, he introduced his original report that mentioned leprosy, the flesh-destroying disease — technically known as Hansen’s disease — that has inspired fear for centuries.

    According to a woman CNN identified as a medical lawyer named Dr. Madeleine Cosman, leprosy was on the march. As Ms. Romans, the CNN correspondent, relayed: “There were about 900 cases of leprosy for 40 years. There have been 7,000 in the past three years.”

    “Incredible,” Mr. Dobbs replied.

    Mr. Dobbs and Ms. Romans engaged in a nearly identical conversation a few weeks ago, when he was defending himself the night after the “60 Minutes” segment. “Suddenly, in the past three years, America has more than 7,000 cases of leprosy,” she said, again attributing the number to Ms. Cosman.

    To sort through all this, I called James L. Krahenbuhl, the director of the National Hansen’s Disease Program, an arm of the federal government. Leprosy in the United States is indeed largely a disease of immigrants who have come from Asia and Latin America. And the official leprosy statistics do show about 7,000 diagnosed cases — but that’s over the last 30 years, not the last three.

    The peak year was 1983, when there were 456 cases. After that, reported cases dropped steadily, falling to just 76 in 2000. Last year, there were 137.

    “It is not a public health problem — that’s the bottom line,” Mr. Krahenbuhl told me. “You’ve got a country of 300 million people. This is not something for the public to get alarmed about.” Much about the disease remains unknown, but researchers think people get it through prolonged close contact with someone who already has it.

    What about the increase over the last six years, to 137 cases from 76? Is that significant?

    “No,” Mr. Krahenbuhl said. It could be a statistical fluctuation, or it could be a result of better data collection in recent years. In any event, the 137 reported cases last year were fewer than in any year from 1975 to 1996.

    So Mr. Dobbs was flat-out wrong. And when I spoke to him yesterday, he admitted as much, sort of. I read him Ms. Romans’s comment — the one with the word “suddenly” in it — and he replied, “I think that is wrong.” He then went on to say that as far as he was concerned, he had corrected the mistake by later broadcasting another report, on the same night as his on-air confrontation with the Southern Poverty Law Center officials. This report mentioned that leprosy had peaked in 1983.

    Of course, he has never acknowledged on the air that his program presented false information twice. Instead, he lambasted the officials from the law center for saying he had. Even yesterday, he spent much of our conversation emphasizing that there really were 7,000 cases in the leprosy registry, the government’s 30-year database. Mr. Dobbs is trying to have it both ways.

    I have been somewhat taken aback about how shameless he has been during the whole dispute, so I spent some time reading transcripts from old episodes of “Lou Dobbs Tonight.” The way he handled leprosy, it turns out, is not all that unusual.

    For one thing, Mr. Dobbs has a somewhat flexible relationship with reality. He has said, for example, that one-third of the inmates in the federal prison system are illegal immigrants. That’s wrong, too. According to the Justice Department, 6 percent of prisoners in this country are noncitizens (compared with 7 percent of the population). For a variety of reasons, the crime rate is actually lower among immigrants than natives.

    Second, Mr. Dobbs really does give airtime to white supremacy sympathizers. Ms. Cosman, who is now deceased, was a lawyer and Renaissance studies scholar, never a medical doctor or a leprosy expert. She gave speeches in which she said that Mexican immigrants had a habit of molesting children. Back in their home villages, she would explain, rape was not as serious a crime as cow stealing. The Southern Poverty Law Center keeps a list of other such guests from “Lou Dobbs Tonight.”

    Finally, Mr. Dobbs is fond of darkly hinting that this country is under attack. He suggested last week that the new immigration bill in Congress could be the first step toward a new nation — a “North American union” — that combines the United States, Canada and Mexico. On other occasions, his program has described a supposed Mexican plot to reclaim the Southwest. In one such report, one of his correspondents referred to a Utah visit by Vicente Fox, then Mexico’s president, as a “Mexican military incursion.”

    When I asked Mr. Dobbs about this yesterday, he said, “You’ve raised this to a level that frankly I find offensive.”

    The most common complaint about him, at least from other journalists, is that his program combines factual reporting with editorializing. But I think this misses the point. Americans, as a rule, are smart enough to handle a program that mixes opinion and facts. The problem with Mr. Dobbs is that he mixes opinion and untruths. He is the heir to the nativist tradition that has long used fiction and conspiracy theories as a weapon against the Irish, the Italians, the Chinese, the Jews and, now, the Mexicans.

    There is no denying that this country’s immigration system is broken. But it defies belief — and a whole lot of economic research — to suggest that the problems of the middle class stem from illegal immigrants. Those immigrants, remember, are largely non-English speakers without a high school diploma. They have probably hurt the wages of native-born high school dropouts and made everyone else better off.

    More to the point, if Mr. Dobbs’s arguments were really so good, don’t you think he would be able to stick to the facts? And if CNN were serious about being “the most trusted name in news,” as it claims to be, don’t you think it would be big enough to issue an actual correction?

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  • tempy
    09-09 07:38 AM

    Yes, it is normal , you will receive welcome letter in USPS mail not email in next couple of days and then GC.


    Today I got one more email (See below) and my status changed from CPO to Decision. What does that mean? Did they send an RFE?


    Your Case Status: Decision

    On September 8, 2010, we mailed you a notice that we had registered this customer's new permanent resident status. Please follow any instructions on the notice. Your new permanent resident card should be mailed within 60 days following this registration or after you complete any ADIT processing referred to in the welcome notice, whichever is later. If you move before receiving your card, please call our customer service center at 1-800-375-5283.


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  • nkavjs
    09-20 02:40 PM
    common.. How they can track? though I did sent flowers.. :)

    Well i am writing to everyone for my case. I don't know it will help. But nothing harm in trying...

    I did sign G-38 (whatever that number is) for attorney. Can I still send email from my end to USCIS, congressmen and all the team requesting explanation on my application?

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  • GCwaitforever
    03-26 11:05 AM
    Always complain, even if there is no hard proof. The companies may not tell you on your face that they do not hire EADs. But the hiring manager or recruiter must be acting on a policy made elsewhere in the company, directed by some higher-up officials. It will be written somewhere. In that case, OSC can ask for archived e-mails, and phone conversations for a record of discrimination. If discrimination is proved, company is liable for fines, and the higher-up official is sacked. If there is no official communication, the company can claim that the hiring manager or recruiter is acting on his/her own and it is not the company policy. Then the hiring manager or recruiter is fired and the company pledges to enforce the rules strictly. Always a positive outcome for us.

    Complain to EEOC also in addition to OSC. Double the pressure on the erring company and you would see quick results.


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  • smisachu
    07-11 11:04 AM
    I agree with immi2006. We set ourselves apart by the Flower campaign indicating that we are law abiding and peaceful.

    If some one can come up with a format which shows the tax dollars we have paid so far and the social security we have contributed and we can extrapolate it to encompass the total estimated number of EB immigrants. That would be a sizable number and will wake everyone up. If we distribute this to all the Senators/Congressmen and media it could have a huge impact.

    Maybe all IV members can send the two figures:
    Lifetime tax paid- One figure
    Contribution to SS- One figure

    We can put this in a presentable format with a write up and publish it. More ideas and thoughts please.


    This should not boomrang on us, let us do it with caution. Food Delivery etc can look mean.

    What we can think of is Sending your tax statements for 5 years to tell them how honest we have been and how much we contributed to economy..
    Sending it to local senators ?.

    What dou think ?

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  • drirshad
    01-09 01:43 PM
    DOW has crossed the 11,000 mark that is good for the economy .......


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  • vsrinir
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    I called again for the second time.

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  • dixie
    02-22 09:05 PM
    Thanks, but could i still file for a concurrent AOS even though i am currently in the country on a AP?

    As far as I know, FB and EB are completely independent of each other. As long as you can prove that you have been in legal status all along, there is nothings stopping you from applying for AOS based on marriage. However, none of us here are legal experts on such niche immigration issues since there wouldnt be too many of us in that situation; so consult an expert attorney asap. In such matters I would not go by advise on a public forum.


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  • ram_ram
    01-11 01:33 PM
    ITAA President Quits, May Run For Senate

    Harris Miller all but declares run for Virginia seat held by Republican George Allen.

    By Eric Chabrow

    Jan 5, 2006 04:05 PM

    The chief voice for American IT vendors in Washington is seeking to switch sides and become a target of Capitol Hill lobbyists.

    Harris Miller, 54, this week quit his job for the past 10� years as president of the Information Technology Association of America�the lobbying arm of the IT industry�to run for the U.S. Senate from Virginia. A Democrat, Miller is eying the seat held by Republican George Allen. Miller says he'll make an official announcement on whether he'll run next week. But in a telephone interview, Miller sounded like a candidate. He already reserved a domain name for his campaign:

    Miller says top Virginia political leaders, including the retiring and popular Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, a former high-tech executive who's mulling a run for president, urged him to run for the Senate.

    As head of the ITAA, Miller has lobbied Congress to liberalize laws such as the H-1B visa program to allow a greater number of foreign IT workers to be employed in the United States, as well as opposed efforts to penalize American businesses from outsourcing work overseas. Miller's positions on these matters have been attacked by some members of the liberal wing of the Democrat Party who seek to limit the importing of IT workers and the exporting of IT jobs as a way to protect American jobs.

    But Miller suggests his views have been misinterpreted by critics, saying he isn't pro- or anti-outsourcing, but recognizes that American businesses operate worldwide and have the right to hire workers in countries where they conduct business. Placing limits on outsourcing could hurt efforts to open foreign markets to American IT wares, he contends.

    Instead, government should back programs that encourage the creation of new IT jobs in the United States. For instance, he says he's a long-time advocate of programs to bring broadband and other high technologies to American rural areas as a way to attract IT jobs to those areas. He cites a Warner administration program to create hundreds of high-tech jobs by providing broadband Internet connections to businesses in southwest Virginia. "Five years ago, it was not an option, the area didn't have access to the Internet and technology, and those jobs might have gone to Mexico, India, or China," Miller says.

    Miller says the United States isn't investing enough in education and worker retraining, as well as IT research and development and broadband, adding that America has fallen behind some other countries. If elected, he says he'd push for increased investments in these areas. "We have to figure out how to run faster, jump higher than our competitors," he says.

    Before joining the ITAA, Miller ran a consulting and lobbying firm in Washington, and served as deputy director of personnel management for Congressional relations in the Carter administration.

    Replacing Miller as interim ITAA president is Robert Laurence, who had been Sybase VP of public sector.

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  • factoryman
    06-18 01:27 PM
    either you can figure as Principal or dependent but not both.


    Both, me and my wife have approved I-140 through two seperate consulting companies.

    Can we apply for I-485 individually and add the other as dependant at the same time?



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  • pappu
    09-21 12:04 PM
    Congrats ski_dude12. My personal opinion is that this may have delayed your greencard since July. Sometimes people get too anxious once their date is current and want to try everything that is possible to get approval. There is so much information and misinformation on forums.

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  • pat123
    09-22 08:18 AM
    What Pappu says is right. Ppl have been so impatient that they're bombarding USCIS with SRs, emails, letters from attorneys, Infopass etc..etc...etc...I understand the anxiety but isnt this a bit 2 much? I was no exception to this. I raised an SR on the very first day my date got current and on trying to followup on the SR the very next week, I stumbled upon a clearly tired second level IO who didn't like the way I was pushing for it. He clearly explained to me that there was no need to worry as the dates were current and everyone who was current and cleared of security would be approved as there were several visa numbers available and he also told me that there have been thousands of calls received everyday and its becoming really hard for them to handle the situation. I could see how tired and frustrated he was. I immediately understood their plight and just waited without any further action and within a span of 15 days after that call, I got my approval. My attorney also advised me to wait as he was sure the dates were gonna be current the next month as well and followups would only result in delays.

    Well I'm not saying its wrong to be anxious. Ofcourse, its an important milestone, one that secures our future in this country and yes, its only natural to be anxious. But being anxious doesn't mean that by calling or emailing or Ombudsman etc...ur case will be approved. Try and put yourselves in the IO's shoes as well. For a moment think what it wud be like to be an USCIS first lvl/second lvl IO receiving the same call every minute from a diff person and each one trying to reach the second lvl IO with lies such as my A# on file is diff than the one on 140 OR address change etc...etc...This is ridiculous. After years of wait we resort to such shameful behavior towards the end.

    Yes when others with later PDs are getting approved and u r still waiting, it does bring out frustration in u. But u should also put in thought as to why that could be. Maybe one of the security checks in ur case is awaited or maybe ur file is on some table waiting to be picked up etc...I was venting out my anger and frustration during my wait on this forum and ppl were only asking me to do that, do this blah blah blah. I just waited nevertheless as I knew the moment I spoke with the IO that there was really no point in following up as cases were getting approved and USCIS was definitely WORKING as hard as they could (even on weekends) to clear all current cases.

    There was one dumb idiot who called and spoke to the second level IO (per his own words "just to confirm") even after getting the CPO email. I mean how foolish and idiotic is that. Check this out...I'm not kidding:

    Guys, just trust USCIS now that they've been approving left and right before u login to ur email to followup or pick up ur phone to check ur status. EB2 has not moved ahead for the Oct bulletin but ppl who were current from July will still be current in Oct. What does that mean??? It simply means that USCIS is hell bent on clearing all the cases which have been current since July and my best guess is until the last of the "current" cases has been approved, the dates will be not be retrogressed.

    It is fine for you NOW that you received your GC now and "see" the plight of IO. You are drinking cool aid now under the awnings of Green card. It is now tough for you to understand the plight of the people on "this" side as you crossed over to the "other"side. It is the same old story of people who got their GC and Citizenship dont care about the people who are going to wait for dog long years. Imagine what would have you done, if you didn't receive your GC in 15 days time, i am sure that by this time you would have shaked the earth from heaven to hell by calling your senators, ombudsman, alderman, congressmen etc. Instead of giving advice to others to understand the plight of IO's, keep your emotions under check and encourage others to do their best. Do not post unnecessary comments.

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  • imm_pro
    09-09 06:20 PM
    Posting it in this thread, as this is related to HR5882.

    Make Immigration Work for Working Immigrants

    Employment-based immigrants contribute greatly to America, although you would not know it from the way current U.S. policy treats them. Due to low quotas, a typical skilled immigrant sponsored by an American company now waits 6 to 10 years for a green card (permanent residence). The House Judiciary Committee marks up legislation this week to change that, representing likely the only measure Congress may take in the remaining weeks to aid innovation, the economy and the competitiveness of U.S. companies.

    H.R. 5882, authored by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), would reduce wait times for green cards and help retain talented people in the United States. It would do this by providing green cards that had been allotted in previous years but went unused, primarily due to bureaucratic obstacles.

    �A developed country�s competitiveness now comes primarily from its capacity to innovate � the ability to create the new products and services that people want,� according to Curtis Carlson of the Silicon Valley research firm SRI International. Skilled immigrants are a vital source of America�s capacity to innovate.

    The National Venture Capital Association reports that 1 in 4 publicly-trade companies that began with venture capital since 1990 had at least one immigrant founder. While the vast majority of employees at U.S. firms are Americans, when U.S. employers recruit on college campuses they find foreign nationals represent a high proportion of the graduates in key fields. In 2006, 73% of new electrical engineering Ph.D.s in the U.S. were granted to international students, according to the National Science Foundation, while in 2005, foreign nationals received 55 percent of electrical engineering master�s degrees and 42 percent of computer science master�s degrees.

    H-1B temporary visas, which have been exhausted each of the past 5 fiscal years, only allow individuals to stay on a temporary basis, so an employment-based green card is necessary to stay here permanently. The separate quota for green cards for skilled immigrants is set at 140,000 a year (including dependents of the skilled immigrant). That quota has also been insufficient to meet demand, creating waits of 6 to 10 years for a green card.

    The great uncertainty these waits create lead some to give up and leave the United States and others to not even begin the process. The current long waits �cause a reverse brain drain affecting American competitiveness and innovation,� according to Aman Kapoor, executive director of the group Immigration Voice. �At the same time, these green card backlogs create severe quality of life issues for the applicants and their families.�

    Those who understand markets realize that there is no such thing as a fixed number of jobs, as critics of high skill immigration maintain. A 2008 National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) study found that for every skilled foreign national requested (for H-1B visas) with the Department of Labor, U.S. technology companies increase their employment by 5 workers. Many U.S. executives confirm this experience at their firms. Looking to America�s next generation of scientists and engineers, a 2004 NFAP study found more than half of the finalists for the Intel Science Talent Search, the leading contest for top U.S. high school science students, were the children of skilled immigrants.

    In addition to the reduced waiting times for green cards from H.R. 5882, Congress can take other steps. It can fix the labor certification process for skilled immigrants under which the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) requires companies to engage in expensive and time-consuming advertisements to show no qualified Americans are available for certain jobs. Neither the law nor the original DOL regulations required such advertisements. Yet DOL is using its questionable authority to, among other things, audit thousands of green card cases from the nation�s largest immigration law firm, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy. The Fragomen firm has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court alleging DOL has exceeded its authority. Congressional oversight is warranted.
    Congress can also eliminate the per country limit for skilled immigrants, which pushes back wait times for Indian and Chinese professionals, exempt from green card quotas those who earn a master�s degree or higher, and increase the quotas for H-1B temporary visas.

    While H.R. 5882 will not solve all our immigration problems, it represents an important effort to retain talented individuals in America so they can help create jobs and innovation in the United States.

    Stuart Anderson is a former Staff Director of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee and now Executive Director of the National Foundation for American Policy, a nonpartisan policy research group based in Arlington, Va.

    11-28 03:30 PM
    My prediction was more on the long term like 5-10 years horizon. REITs have lost almost 70% of their values, but that's because asset value has gone down. If you want to gauge the returns look at the dividend yields on REIT which hasn't gone down that much. Besides due to free fall of oil and credit crunch we have deflationary pressure affecting the rents.

    I don't think deflation is going to last very long, and sooner than later inflation will come back. and rents will go up. The enormous spending that is on card along with the money printed for bailout will eventually lead to inflation and dollar decline. Though I would rather have a deflation, signs tell me it is going to be inflation, call it my luck I have often been on the wrong side of the table. Look out for 50% REIT dividend yields in next 5-10 years.

    rents will sky rocket in our dreams (I own a little REIT - so in my dreams too). rents are mostly decided on supply and demand, location and vacancy rates. in 99% of the areas the rents will increase by a very small amount and there is a good chance that it will stay the same or come down (because of deals). there is a huge oversupply of rental apartments and townhomes/condos (which are converted to rentals in many places)
    in other words - rents will not go up for long long time and in my experience in many places, it has come down by around 100 - 200$ in many locations

    06-27 10:30 PM
    This is what it says on form I-485, from the USCIS website

    Where Should You File Form I-485?
    USCIS Nebraska Service CenterP.O. Box 87485Lincoln, NE 68501-7485

    Employment-based adjustment of status.

    File all employment-based adjustment of statusapplications at the following address

    USCIS Nebraska Service Center
    P.O. Box 87485
    Lincoln, NE 68501-7485

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