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Member Profile: gcmanzil (286 posts)

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Hello, I'm gcmanzil (report this user)
I am from India
I last logged in on 06 Jan 2017
I have been a member since 17 Jun 2014
I have added 286 posts in trackitt forums
I added my last post on 06 Jan 2017
gcmanzil's Immigration Cases
 
I-485 case: Approved in 115 days (549 days less than average)   (0 comments)
User: gcmanzil Nationality: India
Country of Chargeability:IndiaApplicant Type:primary
Service Center:TexasCategory:EB3
Priority Date:28 Jan 2004Application Filed:07 Jul 2015
USCIS Received Date:08 Jul 2015USCIS Notice Date:13 Jul 2015
USCIS Receipt Number:I-140/485 Filing:non-concurrent
I-140 Processing Type:premiumI-140 Approval Date:30 Oct 2015
First Fingerprint Date:03 Aug 2015Second Fingerprint Date:
RFE Received?:yesRFE Received Date:11 Sep 2015
Reason for RFE:Strangely asking for birth certificates copies for self and spouse. Lawyer re sending them.RFE Replied Date:
Case Transferred to:Transfer Date:
Name Check Status:Name Check Approval Date:
I-485 Status:approvedI-485 Approval/Denial Date:30 Oct 2015
Card Production Ordered:02 Nov 2015Card Received Date:05 Nov 2015
EAD Applied?:yesAP Applied?:yes
EAD Approval Date:28 Sep 2015AP Approval Date:28 Sep 2015
EAD Received:16 Oct 2015AP Received:
Time to Get EAD Approval:83 daysTime to Get AP Approval:83 days
Time to Get Fingerprinting Done:27 daysTotal Time to Get GC:115 days
Most Recent LUD:Days Elapsed:
Experience:
Case Added to Tracker: 13 Jul 2015 Last Updated: 05 Nov 2015
Notes:

I-140 case: Approved in 1763 days (1589 days more than average)   (0 comments)
User: gcmanzil Nationality: India
Applicant Type:primaryService Center:Texas
Category:EB3Priority Date:28 Jan 2004
Application Filed:01 Jan 2003USCIS Received Date:14 May 2003
USCIS Notice Date:USCIS Receipt Number:
I-140/485 Filing:non-concurrentProcessing Type:premium
RFE Received?:RFE Received Date:
Reason for RFE:RFE Replied Date:
Application Status:approvedApproval/Denial Date:30 Oct 2007
Total Processing Time:1763 daysMost Recent LUD:
Days Elapsed:
Case Added to Tracker: 23 Jun 2014 Last Updated: 21 May 2015
Notes:

I-140 case: Approved in 1408 days (1234 days more than average)   (0 comments)
User: gcmanzil Nationality: India
Applicant Type:primaryService Center:Texas
Category:EB3Priority Date:28 Jan 2004
Application Filed:17 Jan 2004USCIS Received Date:28 Jan 2004
USCIS Notice Date:USCIS Receipt Number:
I-140/485 Filing:non-concurrentProcessing Type:premium
RFE Received?:RFE Received Date:
Reason for RFE:RFE Replied Date:
Application Status:approvedApproval/Denial Date:25 Nov 2007
Total Processing Time:1408 daysMost Recent LUD:
Days Elapsed:
Case Added to Tracker: 19 Jun 2015 Last Updated: 19 Jun 2015
Notes:
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 06 Jan 2017
Topic: EB3 India - Post RFEs for future priority dates

For EB3 India folks if you were continuously working in one place and thinking of moving post GC - use the work at one location to your advantage and mention to HR/recruiters that you were always stable and looking for better opportunities. Many firms like guys who are working without too many changes.Obviously, you shouldn't mention that you didn't move because of no GC!
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 06 Jan 2017
Topic: EB3 India - Post RFEs for future priority dates

Congrats,
I know you have been hanging in there for long.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 22 Nov 2016
Topic: EB3 India - Post RFEs for future priority dates

Hi,
Congrats!!
Only an EB3 I guy can understand how it feels to receive the magic text followed by the physical green cards.
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Posted in H-1B Forum on 10 Feb 2016
Topic: H-1B extension vs new 6 year period

Hi Karthik,
Looks like you will be first guy to hit the 10,000th post. Trackitt should present you with something :-)
You are on H1 or EAD and on EB2 or the dreaded EB3? What's your PD. Couldn't figure out from your profile correctly.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 08 Feb 2016
Topic: July I-485 2015 new filers

Hi,
I recall June bulletin didn't move forward much, hence your theory that there are fewer July filers is probably true. Regarding I 485, its a black box with multiple variables and it just might get stuck with the weakest link e.g. common name and name check flags something. I have written last year about some of the variables which might affect your I 485. I have mentioned that OECD country persons normally get it faster.

Lastly, hang in there. One fine day you will get it. I am sure your application has been LOOKED.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 15 Jan 2016
Topic: EB3 India only

Hello All EB3Ians,


I waited mine to take its sweet time and even though I finally got it, the last year was very tough on me as company went through reorgs. Hence as others have suggested - PORT to EB2 if you can or try your best to port. Do whatever it takes. I wouldn't even worry about some financial loss.

Don't believe too much on the immigration reforms. Based on my past 7/8 years review the only tangible change has been the EAD for H4s.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 04 Jan 2016
Topic: EB3 I first time 485 filers

Water,
Congrats!!. All is well that ends well. As I say only an EB3I can emphathize with another EB3I. Each person journey is nothing short of an epic.
Happy New Year.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 08 Dec 2015
Topic: UREGNT! help for visa stamping question

You can go to any city. I myself went to different cities based on my trip to India with no hassles. Just to give you more comfort at one time, myself and my spouse went to different consulates and there were no issues.

I have seen the support of customer service is very good. Reach out to them by sending an email to support-india@ustraveldocs.com. I reached out to them for crazy things and they were always knowledgeable and helpful.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 08 Dec 2015
Topic: EB3I movement in FY2016 - Prediction & RFE

Best of luck EB3I brethren.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 30 Nov 2015
Topic: TSC: I485 filled in 2014, anybody out there?

I feel bad for you. Hope you get it soon.

Normally I thought persons from OECD countries (South Korea being one of them) gets I 485 approved quickly. This is also corroborated with the trackitt approval data.
Is there any thing in your back ground which can raise flags e.g. worked in military, nuclear area or stayed in multiple countries or anything which is not typical? Is your name very common? Did you change multiple locations/jobs with US?
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 19 Nov 2015
Topic: August 2015 I-485 Filers Thread


I have a newbie question! Isn't it like EB1 cases have higher priority than EB2 than EB3? so, why is that I see some EB3 cases getting I485 approval in 2-3 months while many EB1 and EB2 cases are still waiting for more than 5-6 months?

I am just wondering if there are some reason behind this and trying to understand the situation better, not trying to say EB3 cases should take longer or something like that cause I know how much frustration there is for everyone about I485 processing times...,



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Hi Good question. My theory is EB1/2/3 shouldn't matter. There are other factors. I am copying and pasting something I wrote earlier in "Let's track July 2015 Filer thread"


I wouldn't say its my confidence but a sort of predictive analysis. I feel there is a good opportunity for someone writing a tool to predict I 485 approval timeline post becoming current. Since I filed I 485 I am trying to demystify some of it and would answer in general and specific to water's case.
See how your thing compares with the below and you can predict something for yourselves.



We have to understand the process of approving I 485 means US is accepting the person as a permanent resident and USCIS will be mostly concerned to ensure that candidate will not cause any harm to community, neighborhood and the country. That is the underlying principle. So a person making a person making 200K will have no advantage over someone making 50K. Now how does the US ensure that the person is safe? It cannot be done 100% but the process they have minimizes the risk.

1. They take fingerprint so that all agencies can review the person's antecedent. Once the I 485 packet is received they send fingerprint notification. We don't see much deviation in fingerprint notification timeline since its fairly straight forward. This also supports my theory that I 485 approval is independent of employment category.

2. In the case of water he has been in US for over 12 years at one job and one company. If there is anything wrong with his background it will be clearly caught. He may have gone for H1 visa stamping few times, which will again check his credentials. So I feel his background checks to be fast.

3. The above guiding principle also makes me believe there is no direct benefit of EB1 over EB2 or EB2 over EB3 as employment criteria doesn't prove the persons background. However due to convoluted /multiple jobs/I140s EB2/EB3 may get delayed. For the case of water candidate has been at one job so it should be fairly simple to review the process.

4. For safety reasons only the medical is designed to capture any communicable disease a person can have. However, I feel this is a silly thing. An H1 can stay for long and they don' t worry about communicable diseases!
5. They will reconcile I140s but I am made to believe water has only one I140 so it saves some time. My hypothesis is more than one I140 will add some delay to approval.
6. USCIS will check continuous legal stay and water's credential should pass easily as he will have W2s for the past 10 years, home, job etc.
7. They check employment credentials. Very few persons can have continuous stay with same employer for 11 years. If USCIS scrutinizes for water in detail imagine what will be the fate of persons who have worked in multiple companies/locations. Hence, I predict this will be a breeze for water.

8. What I have seen are people from OECD and small countries get I 485 approved faster. I am made to believe USCIS has better insight into those countries process as far as birth certification, marriage credentials, and criminal records go. However, this item does not pertain to water and the same was with me. So this is a question mark for water.

9. Assumption for this discussion is that dates are current all along for the person.EB3I moved back to March 2004. As water's is Feb 2004 and fresh quota started he should be good on this.

10. I heard if you have US citizen kids it may help too. Not sure if water has any.

11. A rare last name will work to one's advantage for security clearance. A common name will most likely delay the security clearance. Remember Shahrukh Khan getting detained at airport couple of times. At the end of the day, USCIS staff are bureaucrats. You don't get paid more if you approve fast someone you suspect.

12. I am guessing USCIS management will have a dashboard reporting which will show the oldest priority date and waters will be shown prominently and that may also speed up. However, I still believe processing is done by receipt date but EB3-I applicants will have the oldest PD.

13. Most persons who visit trackitt are persons from backlog countries. viz. India, China, Philippines, and Mexico. We don't see many approvals of other countries so the timelines we see are not representative. You will see many persons get approved very fast who just update their profile and don't contribute actively. This item doesn't pertain to water but just to high light we get shocked to see some person getting approved in 50 days or so.

14. Lastly no one can predict the antiquated USCIS/DOS technology and stupidity. The most recent example of USCIS/DOS stupidity is moving forward and backward the dates of EB2I for filing I140/EAD. Two more examples - I got RFE for no birth certificate documentation for self and spouse! Lawyer had to resend them as it meets the standards, its in English and my spouse has notarized too as it was issued quite late. Another one - Both our EADs are approved, but we got EAD only of the spouse. My EAD has still to come :(-
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 10 Nov 2015
Topic: December Visa bulletin released - Next month prediction also


In the same boat with a bigger hole. 56 years old senior level professional with a medical condition and in recent forced employment transition with family in India. Waiting and waiting and waiting and looking actively for the next employment in the same classification/field.

We are all like the proverbial monkey trying to go up a grease pole. We appear to go up a few steps only to fall several
steps....(apparent progression and real retrogression)




Ouch- family back in India and add to that health condition. I can understand what you are going through!!
Take care of your health.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 09 Nov 2015
Topic: Job Title Change and Description Change After Green Card


Hi all,

I am offered a manager, information services - position in my job and am presently a lead IT Analyst. This is with my same employer, same office. new description more than 50% different.

my pd jan 2005. I told my boss to offer me the position as soon as my gc arrives.. effective that week. Is there anything wrong in accepting this after GC arrives ?

HR is goin to talk to lawyer this week to make sure we can do this and to get things rolling.

Please advise folks of my situation. Am i ok in doing this ??? I thought GC is the ultimate freedom to do this... Please advise folks..





Hi,
Your priority is Jan 2005 and we are currently running Apr 2004. Are you sure when you will be current? Will they keep the position till you become current?
If I were you, I will work with your boss and legal and HR(in that order of importance) and get the position. When you will require EVL, you will say the job you are doing is not much different than your I140 filed one and you should be good. Changing something immediately after getting GC is legally fine, but its a grey area and lawyers will not advice to follow that path.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 07 Nov 2015
Topic: Got my GC - Few Parting Thoughts


About your last point on informing the folks in india who come in hordes, there is not much we can do.

Even if we explain the GC processing troubles to them, they will think this guy went to US and enjoying there and when I am trying to go, he is telling me all this bull crap stories on not to come to Us.

Let them make their own decisions.

You can take the horse to the water but you cannot make it drink water.



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Point well taken. We can't decide for them. I am suggesting we provide the details that there is no country limits for H1, Perm and I140. Trouble starts after wards. They can take whatever decision they feel like.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 06 Nov 2015
Topic: Got my GC - Few Parting Thoughts

Click on my profile. I 485 onwards everything is accurate.
This brings to me another item - Persons should update profiles with any changes, rather than sending in a thread as threads are bound to be lost but, profiles are there for posterity.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 06 Nov 2015
Topic: Got my GC - Few Parting Thoughts

Yesterday, I got my GC for self and spouse. So wanted to share few thoughts and suggestions and advice. Take it or ignore it. That's the beauty of trackitt :-)


1. Keep your skill set marketable. Don't get enamored by your company or boss or anything. In this country things can happen overnight - 2001 internet bust, 2008 Financial crisis, and more recently the oil crisis. Visa holders have to be at least good or better than GC or Citizen to hold on to their jobs.
2 Within the long wait periods you most likely will have an excruciating period and must be strong willed. One movement was my labor got approved in Sep 2007 and missed applying EAD in the July fiasco. Other was Oct 2013 to Sep 2014 when EB3 -I dates moved 7 weeks or so. Year-end Sep 2014 dates didn't move a single day which made me cringe.
3. Renew your Indian passport 12 months ahead of time or at the earliest to that you don't have clash with renewal for other things e.g. H1/H4 same goes with your kids passports for us passports. Renew DL at the earliest.
4. Reviewing trackitt is good, but don't get addicted. Spend more time on item 1.
5. Engage in some non-job activity or passion e.g. sports, swimming, social service to reduce stress.
6. Get yours and your spouse and children (if on H4) birth certificates and marriage certificates when going on regular trip to India.
7. Get vaccination with Dr. irrespective of medical time as they are free and you don't worry when filing I 485.
8. Don't get swayed or make plans by hearing immigration changes even from lawyers firm or news agencies. It takes time to implement them may be months or years.
9. Keep all documentation e.g. copy of 140, perm(job code) for future portability.
10. Financially save, save, save- Money is portable. I have saved some in my 401K. Your method may vary but do save.
11. Predicting processing speed of I 485 is half science and half art. I have tried to decipher it in one of my other threads. Please check that. My belief is once your date is current it doesn't matter whether you are EB1/2/3.
12. I always think social scientists who want to study Indian caste system have a great testing ground with EB1/2/3. EB1/2/3 sounds similar to me with the creation of caste system and how it evolved. With a shrinking pie or constant pie and larger number of persons vying for it, there is bound to be friction.

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Lastly recently I read in a whatsapp which I feel is apt for all of us and especially EB2/3 Indians as our wait is very long

When bad things happen in your life you have three choices. You can either let it define you, let it destroy you or you can let it strengthen you.
I hope to follow the last option and also educate persons back in India who are coming in hordes to make sure they understand what they are getting into as far as GC go.

BEST OF LUCK TO ALL -
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 05 Nov 2015
Topic: Let's Track - TSC 485 July 2015 Filers

Great. Way to go for July filers!

Meanwhile, I have reached my destination aka manzil today. Got physical cards for self and spouse. Unlike few others, I have been all along in one company in one state. I have just filed one I140. Only the last 2 years has been very tough with regards to job profile change and boss change.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 03 Nov 2015
Topic: i485 approved and waiting for the green card

Seems unfortunate for you that you haven't yet got your GC. There is no logic in USCIS even after approving!
For me yesterday I got emails stating "we mailed your new cards" for both self and spouse. Will keep you posted when I receive the physical cards.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 02 Nov 2015
Topic: TSC October approvals

Mohammh,

Thanks again. Yes it has been a long wait.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 31 Oct 2015
Topic: Let's Track - TSC 485 July 2015 Filers

Thanks.
EB3-I,
PD - Jan 28, 2004
RFER received last month and submitted response sometime in Sep end.
Do remember I filed in July 2015 as I was not able to file in July 2007 and have been on H1 all along.
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