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Old 01-08-2008, 11:25 AM
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I will send the letters after returing from India
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Some of the feedback we got when we met our legislators here in Dallas was, when ever we send letters of these kinds they get much more attention when

1) The letter has a personal story in it
2) Letter is hand written

If the letter is hand written and has a personal story in it (along with the IV agenda) then it's likely that some one will read it. On the other hand if it's just a printed copy of a standard letter then it's just going to get tossed into a bin.
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Is this letter in Action Alerts ?
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Everyone that took part in the IV lobby day in September 2007 should get in touch with the lawmaker offices now and request them for letters. If you have met your local lawmaker offices through state chapters or on your own, it is time to visit them again for this request.
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my letter is on its way

will reach by next week .. great goin IV
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I will send letters in a day or two. Thank you for your hard work.
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This brings back old memories back in early 2006. I had brought this point up and actually even written to the White House (and got the generic response back). Unfortunately back then we were a much smaller organization and not as well recognized and not as knowledgeble and as organized as now.

Good to see we're finally taking this step "en-masse"
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Recapture administratively the unused visas for permanent residency to fulfill the congressional mandate of 140,000 green cards per year.
Anybody knows how many visa numbers can be recaptured if this is approved by the President?
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I will try to do this today. And if possible try to convince jombi's in my office to do the same.
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Will do this from my side today, and will contact my representative over next couple of days.
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I just contacted my senator's local office .working on the letters now .Thanks IV for coming up with this wonderful initiative..I hope our community gathers around and works together to make this a success , please put bickering and cynicism to rest for sometime and work pro actively on this new IV action item..
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Yes you are correct.
I dont know about the Govt and bureaucrats and political aides - maybe they have big attention spans - but i know for a fact if someone in a corporate structure receives such a long letter as proposed originally- most would not have the patience to read it. Maybe, the handwritten and personalized part should be:

1. I am XYZ - educated at ABC and work in DEF sector. Been in US legally for XX years - no able to buy a house, progress in career, start my company etc for not having visa certainity.
2. While we wait anxiously for comprehensive reform - the following administrative fixes can speed up the processing backlog, specially for some countries like India, China etc

a.
b.
c.

Highly skilled immigrants have been a key stakeholder in keeping America competitive and your leadership in providing relief to this segment through these fixes would ensure that the best and brightest from around the world continue to be attracted to America.

I am also enclosing a detailed write-up on this issue for your further reference and I look forward to your urgent attention in this matter.

Yours truly.....

Encl: as above

Then the standard printed mailer can be an attachment. Keeps the main letter short and sweet.

This may be a trash proposal - but is based on my close observance of senior management (and i am asssuming senior mannagement in corp world is not that different from politicians) - would increase the probability of the main message being read!
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example of a personal blurb

Sir, I came to the United States of America 8 years back. I graduated from University with a Masters in and started working for company where I hold the position of . While in many respects I live the American dream of participating in a thriving economy, the dream is still incomplete because I cannot buy a home because the lenders do not consider me as a viable risk considering my Employment Authorization Document is valid for 1 year. According to them I am a risky prospect although I can easily put down 20% of the house value and have a stellar credit rating. This weighs on my mind heavily and many people I know are contemplating moving to other economies of the world to take advantage of a fairer immigration policy. In other circles I am also aware of developing nations trying to lure back their citizens to boost their Research and Development potential.

another one:

Sir, I came to the United States of America 8 years back. I graduated from University with a Masters in and started working for company where I hold the position of . While in many respects I live the American dream of participating in a thriving economy, the dream is still incomplete because under the work visa provisions my wife of years cannot work inspite of having a from University. Many people I know are contemplating moving to other economies of the world to take advantage of a fairer immigration policy. In other circles I am also aware of developing nations trying to lure back their citizens to boost their Research and Development potential.
I am on H1/EAD and own a home. Lenders don't deny you a loan solely based on your visa status. Some think its too risky to own a home before getting a green card. I think this is a personal choice you make based on your comfort level. IMHO, we should keep the home ownership out of this. If we include things that are simply not true, it will only make our letter(s) less credible.

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If you dont have PR, the rateyou pay is higher. Some deny loans as well.


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I am on H1/EAD and own a home. Lenders don't deny you a loan solely based on your visa status. Some think its too risky to own a home before getting a green card. I think this is a personal choice you make based on your comfort level. IMHO, we should keep the home ownership out of this. If we include things that are simply not true, it will only make our letter(s) less credible.
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If you dont have PR, the rateyou pay is higher. Some deny loans as well.
This is not true. Recently, me and one of my friend got Home Loan for a good interest rate. It all depend on your credit score and credit history and not PR. You need to provide your papers properly. If you say some statement like this, please provide evidence.
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