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pansworld 07-13-2007 03:51 PM

Response from Senator Bingaman - New Mexico
 
Dear Mr. Sharma :



Thank you for your letter regarding recent changes to the employment-based green card application process. I appreciate your taking the time to contact me about this situation.



I am aware of the recent revisions to the State Department immigration bulletin, and I am concerned about how these change s will impact the many individuals who have based their immigration plans on information from past bulletins, which stated that certain employment- based categories were current. Please be assured that I will continue to monitor the Department of State's response to this issue, and I will be in touch with relevant officials to express my concerns about this unfortunate situation . In the meantime, should you need any assistance with your visa application , please do not hesitate to contact my state office at (800) 443- 8658.



Again, thank you for writing. Please continue to keep in touch regarding this or any other issue of importance to you.



Subscribe to my monthly e-newsletter and periodic issue alerts:

http://bingaman.senate.gov/contact/e...ers/intro1.cfm



Sincerely,

JEFF BINGAMAN
United States Senator

kumhyd2 07-13-2007 04:00 PM

Scan the documents
 
guys! who have those documents/letters being sent can you have a scanned copy of these documents/letters so that others can just download them and attach them with their email instead of cut copy paste and format. May be the administrators can have file/document section some where on the site so that people can grab the documents and send out to whoever they want to

amitjoey 07-13-2007 05:33 PM

In the past, we have sent emails and webfaxes to senators only to get canned- pre typed responses. Recently, I have realised that senators favour written letters, posted (with postage stamp) especially if it comes from constituents from their state. Same with house reps. I have talked to my senator's staff and they have advised me to write a letter. The staff member said, letters are always read, and responded.
Senator will send an inquiry to the appropriate agency. This will create an impact, if all of us write letters. I have written a letter about USCIS Visa- flip flop to my senators.

danu2007 07-13-2007 05:33 PM

I already sent Certified letters to Minnesota Senators..

State Rep - Erik Paulsen
State Senator - David Hann
US Rep - Jim Ramstad
US Senator - Amy Klobuchar
US Senator - Norm Coleman

DesiPardesi 07-13-2007 05:43 PM

Format of Request.
 
Having some samples loaded will help other members in contacting. I agree that personal story will be more effective but atleast we will know format of request.

Thanks.

amitjoey 07-13-2007 05:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DesiPardesi
Having some samples loaded will help other members in contacting. I agree that personal story will be more effective but atleast we will know format of request.

Thanks.

-------------Template--------------------------------------


Dear Senator
I am a highly-skilled professional 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 Green Cards 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, backlogs due to various quotas and processing delays at US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), other allied state and federal agencies.

Several categories of EB immigrant visa (Green Card) numbers were unavailable (“retrogressed”) since the fall of 2005. Because our immigrant petitions are tied to the sponsoring employer.

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” (date assigned to us for our turn in the line for Green Cards), 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.

Please note that 6/13 DOS announcement would not have led to immediate green card for most of us; but at least it would have ensured us interim benefits such as the right to travel and right to work for any employer- this was still a welcome change. Especially, for dependent spouses who are otherwise unable to work, this would have translated into right to travel and work without restriction and thus channel their energies positively. Several dependent spouses are also highly-skilled.

Tens of thousands of applicants spent thousands of dollars in legal fees, immigration medical exams & vaccinations & getting various supporting documents ready to file our immigrant petitions to USCIS, at times inconveniencing our old parents in our home countries as well. It has been an agonizing two weeks for us. Some of us to had to fly in our spouses from our home countries or have had to cut short business trips. Hundreds of millions of dollars were spent by thousands of immigrants in preparation of their application. To our shock and dismay, on the morning of July 2nd 2007, USCIS announced that EB visa numbers were not available and all petitions filed in July would be rejected.

For the legal skilled immigrants this has been a rather traumatizing and disheartening experience. These are people that are in the country legally, paid taxes and followed all the rules.

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 request USCIS not to reject our immigrant visa petitions filed in July and provide us interim benefits of a pending immigrant visa petition. We make this sincere request with the hope that people who played by the rules will be rewarded.

amitjoey 07-13-2007 05:45 PM

Please add little personal details, Post it with a stamp, no need for certified copy. Add your name, address and contact no, in a letter format. so you can get a response.

gsvisu 07-13-2007 06:07 PM

Letter Campaign
 
My 2.5 Cents.

We need to start a Letter Campaign next.

A focussed uniform format with some lead from IV. But now focus on San Jose,CA's rally efforts.

amitjoey 07-13-2007 06:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gsvisu
My 2.5 Cents.

We need to start a Letter Campaign next.

A focussed uniform format with some lead from IV. But now focus on San Jose,CA's rally efforts.

A number of people have already sent in the letters, Just use the above template, personalize it a bit, make it a letter. Put in your address, phone #, stamp and envelope and put it in the post.

sriharirag 07-13-2007 06:57 PM

Letter to congressman and Senator
 
Did my part in contacting senator and congressman...did get positive feedback...don't know what they will do.

Thanks
Sri


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