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Thursday, July 05, 2007

The grass is always Greener ?

The last two weeks have been busy and hectic, but nothing compared to what my green card awaiting colleagues and relatives are going through.

First they were told the good news that their waiting for I485 was over and all dates are current. This set off a rush of events. To mention a few:

1. Resumes were printed
2. Monster.com was bookmarked
3. Old photo albums were searched for that "maaplai" or "ponnu" look photo
4. Matrimonial ads were placed frantically
5. Air tickets were blocked with hopes of an "imminent marriage"
6. Realtors were consulted..

just to list a few!

Then came the big letdown. Just when all paperwork was kept ready and lawyers were consulted, the announcement was practically reversed!

I have seen all those happy faces turn sad. Most of them are over it now, partly because their faith in the Immigration department is near zero! All these years of waiting, while people who cross the border illegally are going to be legalized ! What kind of message does that send ? Why punish people who wait in line for a few years to legitimately cross over for residency and reward people who cross over illegally ?

Beats me!

One of my buddies sent me this forward, which takes a Gandhigiri approach to things.

Hey There -

Were you affected and disheartened by the recent fiasco by the USCIS over priority dates? The priority dates were made current for July and were then retrogressed to a status of unavailable without accepting a single application.

One of our biggest handicaps is the lack of awareness and lack of media coverage of the problems surrounding the process of legal, skilled immigration. Most often, media is not looking for details and legalese, it is just looking for a good interesting story.

Some folks on the discussion forums at Immigration Voice came up with this brilliant idea of sending a bouquet of flowers to the Director of the USCIS on the same day. Imagine the director getting hundreds, if not thousands of bouquet on the same day. If we are able to get sufficient numbers, media will certainly get interested. This is our response, a la Gandhigiri, to USCIS's fiasco.

You may just cynically delete this email, thinking that it will not make a difference - or take a chance on it - maybe it will. If you are sending the flowers, then please take an additional minute to drop an email to legalimmi@gmail.com with subject line "Flowers Sent". It will help us keep track of the number of flowers being sent; we can alert the media only if we have a respectable number.

Please forward this email to your friends who might be interested.

Please note the following information regarding the flower delivery.

Date of delivery should be 10 July.

Select Occasion: "Sympathy"

The message: All the best for future Employment Based visa estimates. (You may use a different message but please don't be rude in your message)

Delivery location type is Business, US Citizenship and Immigration Service


Emilio T. Gonzalez
20 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20529

Phone number: 202-307-1565

We live in interesting times!


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I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 8:20 AM, Blogger Swetha wrote...

Even as we heard the "current" news, we knew it would not last long.. I am sure everybody would have guessed it too.. But definitely did not expect such a quick revocation!

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 8:51 AM, Anonymous Poonam wrote...

Yeah, its such a fiasco. It created a situation similar to a feeding frenzy... I don't blame anyone!
Imagine being bound to a job and position always in the fear of being laid off waiting for your PD to be current... and suddenly God (read USCIS) says "Tathastu!" :)

Hope things get better.... and life gets a little easier for them.

I like the idea of sending flowers... Lets hope Gandhigiri gets the cause some attention.

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 10:27 AM, Blogger Kavi wrote...

Governments and bureacracy is crazy ! everywhere ! What happens to the commoner ?

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 11:09 PM, Blogger SS wrote...

Yeah, we were part of the frenzy - collecting documents and mailing them , getting affidavits from our folks .. and then this huge anti-climax. Anyways .. que sera sera :)

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 12:17 AM, Blogger Sundar Narayanan wrote...

the best part is that my buddies keep trusting company lawyers. I keep telling them "the company lawyers work for the company. Not for you!" and it always falls on deaf ears !


I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 11:01 PM, Anonymous yaadayaada wrote...

This whole mess definitely is a pain. I have lost count of the people I know who are affected by this chaos. Is there any tie up between the airline industry and the immigration department? I know a few people who have postponed/canceled tickets to India with a heavy penalty. Very sad.

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 11:11 PM, Blogger Sundar Narayanan wrote...


the question now is

is there a tie up between the Immigration dept. and

1. the airline industry
2. the immunization doctors (so many people at work have sore hands, mild fever etc. after getting shots!! and TB tests which I believe are valid only for some time).
3. Tamilmatrimony.com, Bharatmatrimony.com monster.com etc. and of course
4. the flower industry (see the forward ?)



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