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Old 02-01-2011, 02:56 PM
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Default Sad story of many 2001- 2005 PD folks

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Originally Posted by eb3retro View Post
Chaya, We are going back to India on personal choice. My manager here knows very clearly that I cannot take up promotions and the HR does not want to do eb3-->eb2 conversion. So, I took up this crap for a while, and decided to put an end to this misery once and for all. And fortunately the same company is offering me a job in India at a good designation with good compensation. Also, we were missing out (esp my kids) were missing out lot of things happening in India, which they want to be a part of. Original idea was to stay in US for 10 years and go, only difference is now, we did spend that 10 years but still dont have our GC. Another important thing that we considered was , it becomes more difficult to take this decision when we have GC in hand because, as much as it helps to stay in US, it avoids us from leaving US too, and to wait for citizenship is another 5 years from that point, which could all take easily 6 years to the minimum from today. Thats why we wanted to make it easy on us, and do this now.

Looking back, would I re-do this GC process one more time - no, but am I happy to be a part of IV - you bet I am. Thats the bottom line.
Looking back, labor certification was the problem for lot of EB3 folks even though they were current at I485 stage. There was so much backlog (5 years or more) in certain states. While certain states could get the labor approved in a couple of months. People with older PD than yours could get greencards before Sept 2005. Smart guys changed their jobs and went to states where labor was quick. There was lack of awareness and easy availability of information as we have on IV now. Even now fortunate folks are changing jobs and filing under EB2 to significantly shorten their wait times. The whole Green card wait is a career killer for many and that is sad.

Between 2001- 2005 nobody did anything about the labor backlogs. The community was only anonymously browsing forums. There was lack of initiative and courage among the community. All people could do was look upto attorney or HR to do a miracle for them. I wish those folks between 2001-2005 did something like forming IV then. After IV was formed in Dec 2005 we focused our attention on Labor department to clear backlogs. Remember Backlog elimination centers? Folks today are just very fortunate that they can get Labor approved in a few months. I do not see the same amount of pain and desperation in the new people as I have seen in old timers. Many new filers still think that if their labor could come in few months, I1140 could come in another few months, their I485 should be coming in the mail very soon. It is only when they lose job, or their employer revokes their I140, or face problems in the process they start worrying about Greenecard, read more about what backlogs are and want to play an active part in IV.

Last edited by pappu; 02-01-2011 at 03:09 PM.
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