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Member Profile: shree30 (7 posts)

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Hello, I'm shree30 (report this user)
I am from India
I last logged in on 05 Mar 2015
I have been a member since 24 Jul 2013
I have added 7 posts in trackitt forums
I added my last post on 05 Mar 2015
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Posted in I-765 (EAD) Forum on 05 Mar 2015
Topic: EAD for H4 Visa Holders

I am a quiet observer of this thread and also a beneficiary of the new H4 EAD rule. I have made smaller contributions from my end like Tweeting and mobilizing a small community of immigrants from all countries as well as managers and well wishers of legal immigration in my company to push local congressmen to pass sensible reform. The community has met several times in the past few months to collectively come up with a strategy to post sensible comments in favor of passing piecemeal legal immigration reforms and has also helped with the tweeting campaign.

First of all I would like to congratulate Kamakazee and team on the outstanding efforts they have made in order to help the H4 EAD rule along. This thread has been very helpful in providing accurate and timely information & has kept the momentum going by motivating the users. I would like to congratulate each one of you for your contributions, big and small.

Secondly, I would also like to add that it pains to see the divide and petty name calling between two groups who are fighting for the same cause. Yes, there will be differences in the ways each group functions but the end goal is the same. I strongly urge each one of you to stay away from creating internal rifts in the legal immigrant community which can be a strong force in this battle of legal reforms, but only if we all stand united.

Thirdly, I have a question which a lot of I-140 beneficiaries here in Seattle have asked me and we have tried contacting USCIS on this as well with no luck. I would really appreciate if anyone of you could help us with this question.

Let's say someone with an approved I-140 is in the third year of H1B which is expiring after May 26, 2015 but has an approved I-797 notice for extension of H-1B. Will the duration of the H4 EAD card be based on approved I-797 notice or on the existing H1B stamped visa which will be expiring shortly? In short for the person to get the maximum duration on the H4 EAD, would they require only the latest I-797 notice or would they have to leave the country and get a new H1B stamp with extended duration?

We would really appreciate if someone could provide some insight into this query.

Thanks much!
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Posted in I-765 (EAD) Forum on 09 Feb 2015
Topic: EAD for H4 Visa Holders

Hi all - I have been a quiet observer in this group. Although I don't post frequently, I do try to do everything that is suggested in this thread since my wife is also on H4 visa. I came across a link that will be helpful and can provide some sense of relief and a tentative timeline on when the rule will be finalized. Below is the link, let me know your thoughts:

http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eoDetails?...

P.S: I would like to congratulate a few folks on this thread for the awesome work they are doing for this cause. Really appreciate all the hard work, rest assured I am trying every bit from my end as well.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 24 Jul 2013
Topic: Dependents Passport missing

Satinder75 & Sanjaygoel

I have been following this thread for a long time now. I was in a similar position, initially we had sent my wife's original Washington State Drivers License and her Original Indian birth Certificate for the ITIN application but they did not accept it for reasons unknown and undisclosed to us.

Then we sent my wife's passport to IRS on May 24th which was delivered to them on May 28th. After 4 weeks we started following up with the ITIN department (1-800-908-9982). After several hours of waiting time and atleast 30 odd calls, the customer service was unable to locate her passport and could not give us any update. I do not think they have visibility to any of the processes, the call center can only address minor queries or if the main IRS system is updated by officials higher up than the representatives. So no point in calling them again and again.

I then decided to go through the tax advocate service (TAS). Link to the local Tax advocate service contact numbers is http://www.irs.gov/uac/Contact-a-Local-Taxpay...

TAS can help if you cannot resolve your problem with the IRS and:

1. Your problem is causing financial difficulties for you, your family, or your business.
2. You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action.
3. You have tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded to you, or the IRS has not responded by the date promised.

Once you contact them and provide your details to them (including your SSN, so don't be alarmed if they ask you for it), they will assign an advocate to work on your case. An advocate will get in touch with you in a couple of days and give you clear timelines on how your case will be approached and resolved.

My experience with TAS has been very positive. The lady who was assigned to my case was very cooperative and made several follow-up calls with me giving me the status of my request. I contacted TAS on July 8, 2013; on July 22nd my wife's passport was tracked, on July 23rd my wife's ITIN was approved and on July 24th (today) we received her passport by overnight mail. Note: we received it overnight only because we went through TAS. TAS will ensure that they have possession of your passport, they will call you to make sure someone is at home at the time of the delivery of the passport and make sure you get it. I hope this helps your cause.

I have been reading in the thread that you do not need to send your passport to IRS. I agree with what everyone else is saying. You can go to your local IRS office to get the documents verified (Note: not all local IRS offices are authorized to do that and hence your application maybe rejected. Please confirm before you do that).

Starting 2013 IRS has stopped accepting ITIN applications through acceptance agents so even if you see it on their website it is not true because they have not updated it. They have also stopped accepting notarized copies, the only documents they accept are:
1. Originals sent to them by mail (Please check the list of documents. They did not accept my wife's Washington drivers license and her Indian birth certificate. We do not know the reasons, so they can be erratic and unpredictable with original documents especially if they are not issued in US. Others may have a different experience than we did.)
2. Documents certified by the issuing agencies
3. Documents verified by authorized local IRS offices
4. Documents verified by ITIN department Austin Texas office.

You cannot get your ITIN unless you follow one of the four ways mentioned above. I hope this information helps people in the future.
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