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Old 02-22-2006, 06:57 PM
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Hello everyone,

I have a question abt the recent contributions. Of late i have seen a SHARP drop in contributions. Have we reached a plateau now, or are the contributions not updated live?

Also i have a question abt what the agreement is with QGA. Do they do nothing till we pay the $200k or do they do things in installments (like our immigration lawyers ). A lot of non members, but possibly potential contributors keep asking me abt the same. If the board can answer this question i would appreciate it. If you do not want to post that info on here, please send me a Private Message.
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Hello everyone,

I have a question abt the recent contributions. Of late i have seen a SHARP drop in contributions. Have we reached a plateau now, or are the contributions not updated live?

Also i have a question abt what the agreement is with QGA. Do they do nothing till we pay the $200k or do they do things in installments (like our immigration lawyers ). A lot of non members, but possibly potential contributors keep asking me abt the same. If the board can answer this question i would appreciate it. If you do not want to post that info on here, please send me a Private Message.
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Here is my honest opinion.... you guys need to highlight the fact that IV is equlally concerned about PBEC issue. This is what i have heard and read from a lot of folks... Just to let u guys know that even my app is stuck with PBEC..
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Pardon my ignorance, but what is PBEC exactly and what are the issues regarding it? Something to do with Labor backlogs?
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I had the same experience when I was trying to arrange state volunteers for IV to meet the lawmaker, I was asked questions to the same effect.. What and howmuch of IV resources are being spent for labor backlog elimination? It is stated in the agenda on the home page. A webfax for a letter writing campaing was suppsed to start, but has not started yet. I think IV should work onputting up the letter on the site for people to use to send to lawmakers.
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Old 02-23-2006, 12:28 PM
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Hi,

Thanks for all the questions.

I will answer as much as possible without causing any damage to ongoing efforts. Please keep
in mind that not everything can be disclosed on public forums.

1. Funds:

We have about 30,000 collected so far. Major expense of running this organization is the fees for our lobbying firm QGA. Minor expenses include administrative costs such as website registration(one time), Organization registration in New Jersey(one time) etc. Other than that, we also have some advertising expenses as we put up ads on some popular websites. Sometimes we have to hire lawyers for certain org activities but those are minor expenses again. We are also paying for the webfax feature but not sure how much. Please dont suggest the free versions of webfax because they dont work and they DID NOT WORK during S 1932.

Please keep in mind that we are avoiding expenses as much as we can that results from members travelling to DC and so far all those expenses have been out of pocket.

QGA is currently working for us right now and we do not have to wait until we have 200K in the bank for QGA to start working.

The board members of IV(Board of directors) would decide if all the financial information could be made public to members on website for accountability reasons and transparency reasons without damaging anything else.

2. Labor backlogs:

Labor backlog problem is an administrative problem, not a legislative problem. There is nothing that is stopping the BECs from doing their job more efficiently as there is no quota restriction mandated by law on labors approved each year. That is the reason it is under "Administrative Goals". Would any law help improve labor backlogs? No. can we still involve congress in it? Yes. It is the intention of IV to draw the attention of lawmakers to the horrible job BECs have done so far as it is the constitutional right and privilege of congress to overlook and oversee the job of the executive.

However, if a backlog victims asks: How much of money/effort is going towards backlog and how much is going towards retrogression? I dont think anyone can answer that question. To be frank with you, this is not like cable TV where you pay $35 for basic cable and then you pay $7 for HBO and $7 more for cinemax etc. IF you think you do not want to contribute money no matter what...here is another choice: Use the resources tab to contact your local congressmen, write letters, send webfaxes etc. Use endorsement of Richard Florida. Prepare a glossy set of documents and drive to your local congressman's office(after appointment ofcourse) and talk to their staff. [b]YOU HAVE THE POWER. ITS IN YOUR HANDS. Immigration voice is not a company providing a service to EB immigrants, its made up of EB immigrants who are serving themselves. See the "TEAM IV" menu on homepage.

3. Sharp drop in contributions:

Yes, there has been a drop in contributions since one week. Part of the reason is that we have 30K which many members may feel is still in the bank. But please understand that we are using those funds and we will run out of them eventually and we would like to keep this effort ongoing until we meet our goals. Quite frankly if the current slowness of funds continue, we cannot last very long.

4. Contacting the lawmakers on your own:

Use all the links under resources tab to learn how to meet your lawmakers. Like I've said before, you owe it to yourself, not to immigration voice to work on this cause. Best case scenario of doing something: We make a difference. Worst case scenario: Nothing happens besides a polite reply from lawmakers' staff.
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Here is my honest opinion.... you guys need to highlight the fact that IV is equlally concerned about PBEC issue. This is what i have heard and read from a lot of folks... Just to let u guys know that even my app is stuck with PBEC..
Sorry that u r stuck at PBEC. It is more than 4 months since i tuned into labor forums. Is there any progress at PBEC? Has the RIR Q moved to mid 2002 consistantly? Earlier Non RIR Q was ahead. Is this still the case?
I can understand those without labor not coming fully forward.
U must understand that it will be 4-6 months atleast by the time we see the fruits of any new law, but if we miss this chance, the options are very bleak. Here is why.
If u dont get any relief now, there will be none for may be another couple of years.
There are enough aspirants that can consume this years and next years quota whose PD is in 2002 for some countries like INDIA (even for Eb2). Dont be fooled by the forward movement of PD now.
The way the USCIS works and the way priority date moves, u will see some forward movement till sep' 06 and again they will move back a couple of years. For those who come out of labor process from PBEC the situation is no different than it is today, if u cant file I-485 and get portability. U will be even more dissapointed.
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Here is my honest opinion.... you guys need to highlight the fact that IV is equlally concerned about PBEC issue. This is what i have heard and read from a lot of folks... Just to let u guys know that even my app is stuck with PBEC..


The main goal of IV is to bring an end to labor processing delay in the backlog center and I-485 retrogression. We have consistently mentioned this in all possible forums. This has been clearly mentioned on home page. And if there is anybody who has any doubt, could you please request them to please call at (281) 576-7185.

I am beginning to realize that for some people who do not want to contribute, there will always be plenty of reasons and plenty of excuses not to participate & contribute. I think these people are the once who are actually responsible for the problems of all of us. Our problems do not originate in the slow GC process or the existing bad legislation. Our problems originate due to the people who are always looking for reasons to not participate or do anything or these people who are always looking for reasons to feel offended. And these people are sure doing a wonderful job because there will always be plenty of reasons to feel offended or not feel part of the group or not find enough motivation to feel part of the bigger community.

Asking questions or requesting a specific item in the goals is one thing. People beating the drum of transparency …. That is no big deal either. Everybody is entitled for their opinion. But people watching from the sidelines or for the people who want to include agenda as Goals of the IV or for the people putting conditions to their contributions, here is what I have to say to you. I would sincerely request you to never visit Immigration Voice or any other immigration related forum or website. You guys are the real problem because you are the once helping to foster the current system by not participating in brining the change. At the end of the day, know that you are the real culprits not the system which will be shaped by the contribution of each of us.

In last 2 weeks the contributions has really come down drastically. Everybody please note that we are running very low on the funds collection. All of us have two choices. One, contribute for this cause generously and lead the friends and acquaintances by example and tell them to do the same. Secondly, find reasons to not participate or not to contribute due to this, that or whatever …. The choice is entirely yours. But with your choice also understand whether you are being part of the solution or part of the problem. And whatever you do (including posting negative messages), I would sincerely request everybody to ask yourself one question, whether you (or your post) are strengthening or weakening this effort.

I would like to request all the members who have not yet contributed to please contribute generously. Please put your money where your mouth is. This effort or any similar effort for that matter cannot do much without the necessary funds that only come in the form of contributions from its members. And for those of us who have already contributed in the past, its time to please contribute more and help to fuel this effort.

This is not just about the life of the people who started this effort or the core/active members who have taken the initiative and responsibility. This is about all of us whether or not you feel part of it or not. It doesn’t make any difference how you feel about the situation or state of affairs. Why? Because this will be over very soon. And for the people who want to continue to ponder over this idea of whether or not they have a sense of belonging to IV, I would sincerely request you to please understand and know that by any contribution to this effort, you are strengthening your our voices. Know that this is not about anybody else but you.
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