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  • asanghi
    01-17 03:51 PM
    I just signed up for $20 per month. I consider my cashflow situation to be not very good right now. Buying a house in SF Bayarea can do that to you. However I think that immigrationvoice is a cause too important to not contribute.

    I mention my cashflow situation, so that those who might not be contributing for the same reason may also get inspired to come forward and contribute.

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  • Michael chertoff
    05-04 11:17 PM
    Well deserved one MC. Good to see you get it. Was a fun ride

    Thanks Bitz,

    11 years in USA,

    F1 - H1, never paid a single penny to any attorney in last 11 years, i did all paperwork by myself.

    Joined IV by many names. i am part of IV since beginning, even before Pappu

    KAKA got banned
    Dalai Lama got banned

    Then MC still here.

    IV is a great platform for us, i am willing to help IV in any ways.

    Best of luck to all

    Special Thanks to Teddy for his hardwork.


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  • breddy2000
    01-14 10:07 AM
    Wall Street's Rigged Casino


    Last year was certainly a turbulent one for investors. Not only did good assets and companies sell off with bad, but the very integrity of the U.S. markets was brought into question. Financial firms spend millions of dollars convincing the average citizen that investing in stocks is necessary and prudent, yet the playing field is far from level. Fraud, naked shorting and other forms of manipulation are now endemic to the American markets. As Overstock's lawyer, John O'Quinn points out, “You have more chance to be treated fairly in a casino in Vegas.” How can you invest if you can't trust the system?
    Jim Puplava, Mike Schneider and a few other journalists have exposed the prevalence of naked shorting on Wall Street. While selling short is a legitimate activity, naked shorting occurs when parties sell shares they don't own and don't intend to borrow, causing more shares to be traded than actually exist. Approximately 7.5% of the trades reported by the DTCC fail to deliver each day, and this agency is private and not at all transparent. Furthermore, 96% of all stock transactions are completed outside the official system and are totally unregulated.
    Regulation SHO was enacted in 2005 by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to supposedly eliminate chronic settlement failures by forcing brokers to close out positions after thirteen consecutive trading days. However the regulation doesn't cover small and micro cap companies, or failures to deliver (FTDs) that are below a certain numerical threshold. Market makers were exempt from this regulation until last fall, and old FTDs were allowed to remain open. Some corporations remained on the threshold list for over a year consecutively with no relief from the SEC.

    Chairman Cox admitted in July 2006 that there were many large loopholes in Regulation SHO which allowed predatory shorting to continue. Few firms were investigated, and even those brokers who were caught paid minimal fines. Almost nothing was done until naked shorting threatened “the stability of financial institutions,” according to Cox. In July 2008, the SEC banned naked shorting of 19 select financial firms. With this rule and the subsequent emergency order banning all short selling in 799 financial institutions, Cox admitted that naked shorting was a serious problem, but the SEC would only enforce the rules for certain institutions that deserved the effort.

    The Commission has demonstrated where its real allegiance lies, and it’s not with the small investor. For years, hedge funds, brokerages, and investment banks soaked up fat profits by naked shorting promising companies to death. These shorts never have to be covered if the company is delisted and goes bankrupt, so it’s a very lucrative criminal practice. When some of these same corporations that preyed on small cap stocks suffered share price drops due to their hideous balance sheets, the SEC moved in to give them special protection.

    Even with some of the loopholes closed, market manipulation still goes on. As Allan Young points out on his website, naked shorting is in effect another derivative like credit default swaps or mortgage backed securities. Predatory brokers can sell more shares than exist, as if they are buying a put (a bet that prices will go down). Sell enough shares and you can ensure your bet is correct. These brokers can later close out their naked shorts and avoid censure from the SEC.

    Although the most egregious violations of the naked short rules have been eliminated, with corporations like Overstock now off the naked short list, much of the damage has already been done. Many solid businesses have been naked shorted out of existence, leading to unemployment and destruction of wealth for millions of taxpayers. U.S. citizens are angry and scared as they watch their stock portfolios shrink, and see their pensions in jeopardy.

    This begs the question as to why the U.S. government would prop the markets up on one hand using the Plunge Protection Team, while allowing naked shorting on the other which pushes the share prices down. I can only conclude that the system is designed to redistribute wealth from small investors to elite bankers and hedge fund managers. Perhaps the stock markets were allowed to decline so the politically connected shorts could cover profitably. With the close relationship between Wall Street, regulators, Congress, and the Treasury Department full of former Goldman Sachs executives, it's clear that the average worker with retirement money invested in the market is at an extreme disadvantage.
    The SEC suffered another embarassment with the revelation that Bernard Madoff ran a US$50 billion Ponzi scheme disguised as a hedge fund for several years. Only a tip from Madoff's sons to the FBI unraveled the scheme. In fact, the SEC investigated Madoff's company eight times over more than a decade and failed to find any fraud. A former SEC attorney is now married to Madoff's niece, raising doubts about his objectivity in examining Madoff's books. Even when Harry Markopoulos, a private whistleblower, produced evidence that Madoff's trading results could not be replicated, no one at the SEC took him seriously.

    Congress has been quick to blame Commissioner Cox, a former colleague for the Madoff scandal. However, missteps and inadequate enforcement predate Cox, who has only run the SEC since August 2005.

    Obama's pick to replace Cox, Mary Schapiro has many flaws of her own. She previously appointed one of Madoff's sons to a disciplinary board, making her judgement look very poor. Schapiro is currently chief of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, a self regulating body which has been even less willing than usual to crack down on Wall Street abuses during her tenure. She ran the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) under President Clinton, an agency that has been unable or unwilling to perceive the manipulation in the precious metals markets while pursuing collusion in other commodities. Schapiro stated she was inspired to pursue a regulatory career by watching the Hunt brothers' silver moves, so we know where her biases lie.

    As an analyst, I spend hours each week poring over balance sheets, and reading financial statements of companies I may want to recommend to my subscribers. My task is made very difficult by the widespread financial fraud. While Madoff's results were too good to be true, other forms of deception are extremely hard to detect. Satyam is the latest scandal to hit Wall Street. Although the corporation is headquartered in India, Satyam has Fortune 500 clients in the U.S. and is listed on the NYSE. It has to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley regulations just like any American company, rules that are supposed to enforce honesty and transparency. Satyam – which is Sanskrit for truth - was awarded the Golden Peacock award for corporate governance just three months ago, in an amazing bit of irony.

    With all these scandals, no wonder Merrill Lynch reports that rich customers are demanding gold coins and bars instead of shares in “paper gold” like ETFs. Credible stories indicate that the COMEX warehouses are experiencing record activity as receipt holders seek delivery of their gold. Brokers are apparently attempting to discourage this activity to squelch metal demand. When trust is eroded, people naturally seek safety in an asset without counterparty risk like gold.

    If you are a stock investor despite all these perils, how to you separate the wheat from the chaff? First you have to find industries with impeccable fundamentals. While commodities suffered greatly in 2008, I believe they will see a strong rebound in 2009.

    Second, check the track record of management and look for any hints of impropriety. Third, read the financial statements and look for unnecessarily complicated structures or conflicts of interest: these are red flags. Fourth, if results seem unbelievably excellent, they may be fictional. Fifth, while you can no longer take delivery of shares in the United States, you can contact the companies you invest in to determine if you are on the list of legitimate shareholders or a victim of naked shorting. Sixth, diversify into several different companies so if one is fraudulent you don't lose all your money. With the danger inherent in stocks, I recommend only investing capital you can afford to lose.

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  • santb1975
    04-09 01:01 PM
    We need members to sign-up and keep this thread on top



  • xela
    07-15 08:14 AM
    I don t give you red, but I am tired of your attitude. Guess what I have a masters degree, however in my field the jobs do not require one. Look again EB3 is not based on what peoaple have but what the job requires.

    Granted even in my field they prefer to hire Masters and yes after 10 years I am a manager and a leader in my field, none of that helps me converting to Eb2 if the general impression is that Bach suffices for this as well.

    Or maybe my lawyers are not as creative as yours. Either way stop trying to sound like you are so much better than EB3 people cus you are not. On the contrary I have yet to see you post something positive. Go back to bed and get some sleep maybe tomorrow you wont get up on the wrong side of bed, and finally have some more friendly attitude.

    Employment based immigration was created to invite bright minds from the world and also fill the needs of companies who could not find good skills in USA citizens. It was not created to give green cards immediately to everyone who applied for one. The system works based on priority given to the top minds first who are in EB1. Then they give to EB2. There are other categories like asylum or family based created for their specific purpose.

    If we are claiming to be best and the brightest having high skills and inventing then it is EB1 and EB2 mostly. By law EB3 is mostly for people who have Bachelor degree and hardly any experience in their field to claim as EB2. It does not matter you are masters from Harvard but by law, if your job requires just a bachelor degree then you are doing basic work at lower management. Legally EB3 have no case if they claim to be best and the brightest inventors. All doctors get EB2 or EB1. All managers with advanced degrees get EB2. All Scientists and PhD holders get EB1 and EB2. So EB3 is mostly people who are low skilled programmers, people in professions doing lower line work or people who despite having higher degrees are doing jobs that do not need advanced skills to be the brightest folks immigrating in USA. There are some exceptions of people who are screwed by their lawyers and employers by forcing them in EB3. These people should fight with their lawyers and employers or change their jobs to EB2. EB3 do not have a strong legal case to fight for EB3 if they claim to be best and the brightest. It is very humiliating but you like it or not EB3 is grouped with EB3 Other Workers that are waiters, janitors, construction workers, Farm workers etc.

    You can give more reds. It does not matter. But if we need to fight the system, we need to understand the system and look at our strategy to fight it.

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  • Green_Always
    01-12 10:12 PM
    If you have account in BOA with 25K, you can do 30 trading per month for free. Also I have some good tips for long terms investors like people who are planning to settle here. The plan is to buy the stocks from companies directly and reinvest the dividend. When you are not paying the commission and investing the dividend, you can get very good return in the long run.

    If any one interested please let me know...

    Hi Snathan, will be able to give more details / explain more on -- The plan is to buy the stocks from companies directly and reinvest the dividend. When you are not paying the commission and investing the dividend, you can get very good return in the long run.

    tks look to see your reply.

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  • rorypirrie
    03-23 02:23 AM
    If someone is offered a job at a non-profit year round church camp, what visa can they get to allow them to work for 2 years. obviously proof of intent to return will be required but is there a special visa available?

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  • softcrowd
    10-07 09:54 AM
    Do we need to give a strong justification for using TATKAL (expedite) service? Or just sending an additional $150 with a covering letter going to do the trick?


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  • ilikekilo
    04-09 02:00 PM
    there was a rencent drive undertaken by IV which involved getting a list from USCIS (or some other authority) about where the visa #s are being used, right ?

    Perhaps something to do with collecting money from the requstor..
    Basically, USCIS sent letters to a few folks asking them to pay 5000$ or so to get the list as it involved some programming ?

    Where is that ? does anyone know ?

    the visa bulletin is just ...what do you say....

    Please join hte donor forum , you will be assured frequent updates...and also does it for our cause..thank you..

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  • mdforgc
    04-07 08:42 PM
    The first step you should get your employer to do is to file a job order in the state job bank or americas job bank. You have to keep this ad for 30 days and then wait another 30 days to file PERM. This is the longest time. All other forms of recruitment needs to wait only 30 days and you can file PERM on the 31st day. There is no mention of working days or weekends, it is 30 continuous days. As you know in addition to this job bank order, and two Sunday newspaper ads, there has to be three other forms of recruitment before you can file PERM. If your employer and lawyer are really proactive it will only take 60 days to file PERM from start to finish. You also have to get a prevailing wage determination and post it at your job site for 10 days not including holidays and weekends. Hope this helps. Please contribute and incrase the membership of IV for the good of all of us.


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  • Macaca
    01-01 09:58 PM
    The following article is about children. I don't know if it covers aging out.

    Blog your comments. Also, ask the reporter to cover your cases!

    No green card puts student in the red (http://www.thnt.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071229/NEWS01/712290428/1001#chat) By RITU JHA [(732) 565-7277; rjha@thnt.com] | Home News Tribune, 12/29/07

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  • chanduv23
    04-08 08:34 AM
    I found a Immigration Voice Group on Linkedin. Does anyone have an Idea of who verifies the credentials and makes you part of the Group. I sent in my request to Join the group already. Thanks

    IV handle 'sertasheep' who is also a core team member Naren, created the group. You may want to email him or PM him just in case.


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  • vbhup2
    02-01 09:35 AM
    Registered. Attending.

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  • jainnidhi26
    03-04 08:31 AM
    I have registered for Advocacy Days in DC.
    I will come from SC. Can I get any help on accomodation/carpool? I will book my own tickets.


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  • ChampU2008
    10-26 02:49 PM
    We need a new bill which supports legal

    Instead of starting afresh with a new bill, it would be wise if our lobbying efforts for legal immigration adjust to the changing political winds in Washington.

    How Would a Republican Congress Handle Immigration? � The Washington Independent (http://washingtonindependent.com/101609/how-would-a-republican-congress-handle-immigration)

    1. Based on the report above, the new heads of judiciary committee and Immigration Sub Committee are individuals who view "border security" as the first step towards Immigration Reform. Since a majority of members on this forum are LEGAL immigrants, we need not worry about any steps taken towards border security and ICE Enforcement.

    2. We could take our efforts, straight to Congressmen Smith and King and explain the challenges we face in getting LPR status.
    3. Congressman Smit represents 21st Congressional District (San Antonio- Austin) area, which has a sizeable Indian population. We can approach him after the elections and discuss our issues with him. I am not aware of Rep. Kings constituency in Iowa, but he can be approached as well.
    4. Having a powerful "ear" to listen to our issues and given the limited controversy (Since a majority of US, are on the oft targeted H1B) associated with our immigration needs, we might ask the Congressman himself, what the right steps should be. (New Bill or take up the visa recapture bill (introduced by Rep. Zoe Lofgren).

    5. Immigration Voice works with Patton Boggs to voice our concerns with the lawmakers. Former Senator/Congressman Trent Lott works with Patton Boggs. He was the house majority leader, Republican whip and is someone who has (or had) a lot of clout within the Republican party. He was a colleague of Rep. Lamar Smith. He might help us push for the legal immigration piece.[/B]

    Just my $0.02

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  • arc
    06-11 02:45 PM
    E-Filed - Apr 9th - Got the 2yr EAD Card on - June 10th took 2 months!

    NO AP YET!!!

    Good Luck!


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  • gclongwaytogo
    09-02 06:18 PM
    There are still 28 more days to go :). Also the new Visa bulletin for October COULD stay the same or go back just a few months. So just keep your hopes up.:)

    It is very hard to pass 28 sleepless night....:):) Hard to make it thru even one...

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  • jamesingham
    05-16 11:50 AM
    Do you need to be married at the time of applying I-140 to get GC in the same application ?

    My question is when is the latest that one can get married so as to get his/her spouse a GC on the same application.

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  • willigetgc?
    06-16 07:53 AM
    Bringing in motivated members to the forums, participating in action items - this has to be a direct responsibility of every member who participated in the advocacy days in DC.

    10-05 10:33 PM
    My appln with March 2001 cleared BEC in June, so are tons of such applications in my company that cleared BEC with EB2 pD (atleast 600-800 - our company ). Many were stuck from 2001, as my company did not apply for GC bet 2001 Aug - 2004 Oct.

    can you please tell me the source of these stats? Per the DOL stats, from March 2005 to March 2007 only 130K total cases were approved:
    Your stats are almost twice that number!

    07-16 01:59 PM
    Thankyou , Just wrote my cry!

    Pl send your template so that we can write to our senators/reps etc

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