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Yes, They always do that. I did fill that form for my Senator and congressman when they did inquiry for my application in the backlog center.
I sent faxes to my senators and congressman on 2nd july. But haven't heard back from them. When they'll reply they will send me the same form.

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I wrote letters to Cornyn and Hutcison about the situation. They have asked me to fill the privacy form authorizing the senator to access my data. Did anyone do this?
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I called the congresswomen and senator from our constituencies. They do not have any idea what I am talking about. I think I made them more confused than ever.

We need to come up with a letter format, which can be printed and send it to them by mail as well as we need to have web fax with a clear message.
Dear Senator,
I am an immigrant who entered this country legally. I’ve been waiting for my US permanent resident visa -also known as green card for the past several years along with 500,000 other educated, highly skilled employment based (EB) immigrants. Many of us have been waiting for our turn to get the green card for 5-10 years while consistently abiding by all the laws of this country. Such long delays are due to tortuous and confusing paper work, back logs due to various quotas and processing delays at US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).

Several categories of EB immigrant visa numbers have been unavailable (“retrogressed”) since the fall of 2005. Because our immigrant petitions are tied to the sponsoring employer, for many of us these delays have led to indentured servitude. Our professional prospects, job mobility and potential opportunities for entrepreneurship have been shattered.

For the past several decades, the US Department of State (DOS) has been publishing advisories known as visa bulletins once a month to announce the availability of immigrant .visa numbers. On June 13, 2007, after a gap of nearly two years, DOS announced that all EB visa numbers would be “current” for the month of July. This meant, irrespective of our “priority date”, all of us were made eligible to apply for some interim immigration benefits. This “priority date” refers to the date when our labor certification (documentation verifying no US citizen worker was available for a given job) had been filed.

This announcement by DOS on 6/13/2007 would not have led to immediate green card for most of us; but at least it would have ensured us interim benefits such as job mobility, some freedom from the employer, work authorization for our spouses and a travel authorization known as “advance parole”. This authorization would allow us to travel outside US without fear of not being able to re-enter the country.

We spent thousands of dollars in legal fees, immigration medical exams, vaccinations, blood tests, x-rays and getting various supporting documents ready to file our immigrant petitions to USCIS. It has been an agonizing two weeks for us. Some of us to had to fly in our spouses from our native countries. To our shock and dismay, on the morning of July 2nd 2007, USCIS announced that EB visa numbers were not available and all our petitions would be rejected. Within a span of 2 weeks, to be precise -in 12 working days- USCIS claims to have approved 60,000 EB immigrant visa petitions. This unprecedented rapid action of USCIS has led to exhaustion of all the available visa numbers for this fiscal year. Meanwhile it is prognosticated that in the next fiscal year which begins on October 1, 2007 our plight and delays would actually worsen.

Interestingly USCIS has never processed so many applications this fast, and it is unclear why they did not convey this potential exhaustion of visa numbers to DOS before June 13, 2007.

For the legal skilled immigrants this has been a rather traumatizing and disheartening experience.
We sincerely seek immediate congressional/ legislative remedial measures which would
(1) Reduce the enormous backlogs of green card petitions of legal skilled immigrants
(2) Ensure and enable USCIS not to reject our immigrant visa petitions and give us interim benefits of a pending immigrant visa petition.

I make this sincere request on behalf of all legal skilled immigrants with the hope that people who played by the rules will be rewarded.
Yours Sincerely,
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I JUST FAXED DC OFFICES OF THE FOLLOWING SENATORS WITH MY PERSONAL LETTER:

CLINTON FAX: 202-228-0282
CANTWELL FAX: 202-228-0514
SCHUMER FAX: 202-228-3027
KENNEDY FAX: 202-224-2417
CORNYN FAX: 202-228-2856

I will call their offices later and talk about the issue.
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I used AILA site to send the mail. May be some one else provide the email info. Thanks

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I Just Faxed Dc Offices Of The Following Senators With My Personal Letter:

Clinton Fax: 202-228-0282
Cantwell Fax: 202-228-0514
Schumer Fax: 202-228-3027
Kennedy Fax: 202-224-2417
Cornyn Fax: 202-228-2856
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Send email using AILA link to 20 senators an counting...Please continue to do...this is as important as campaigning for SKILL Bill...
Lets make ppl aware of waht injustice has been thrust upon us by the impotent DOC and USCIS combo.
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I used AILA site to send the mail. May be some one else provide the email info. Thanks
Email and Web Forms of all US SEnators

http://www.senate.gov/general/contac...nators_cfm.cfm

Take some time to send the message on Page 1 of this thread.
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do u have the list of email addresses?
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I sent an email to all 100 senators, hopefully they will reply.
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Email and Web Forms of all US SEnators

http://www.senate.gov/general/contac...nators_cfm.cfm

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Search the address on Google, make a call & just make one visit with the printout of the Congresswoman's letter ( downloaded from IV home page) & copy of WSJ news & EB Bulletin & reversal memo on 2nd July

It is easy

In fact these Congressman office staffs are sitting idle like me ( may be you) . They are really happy to receive someone like you.

Trust me, I am not joking .....
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Finally spoke to my congressman's Immigration contact in Bucks County PA.

He sounded supportive and said he will investigate the matter. I am going to call my state senators Sen Specter and Sen Casey's office as well.

People in PA, unite and call these lawmakers.
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I just used the letter above (slightly edited) to email senators Bennett and Hatch from Utah.

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Please send the contact info, I will call them too.. Iam from PA also..

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Finally spoke to my congressman's Immigration contact in Bucks County PA.

He sounded supportive and said he will investigate the matter. I am going to call my state senators Sen Specter and Sen Casey's office as well.

People in PA, unite and call these lawmakers.
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People Instead of "PREDICTING" what will happen in Oct 2007, Call and FAX Now!!

My local Congressman's office was very sympathetic and will look into it. Unless you make a noise, no one will hear you or even care.
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