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Member Profile: tweaker (23 posts)

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Hello, I'm tweaker (report this user)
I am from India
I last logged in on 01 Feb 2017
I have been a member since 07 May 2012
I have added 23 posts in trackitt forums
I added my last post on 01 Feb 2017
tweaker's Immigration Cases
 
I-140 case: Approved in 7 days (167 days less than average)   (0 comments)
User: tweaker Nationality: India
Applicant Type:primaryService Center:Nebraska
Category:EB2Priority Date:10 Feb 2012
Application Filed:22 Oct 2012USCIS Received Date:23 Oct 2012
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:29 Oct 2012
Total Processing Time:7 daysMost Recent LUD:
Days Elapsed:
Case Added to Tracker: 22 Oct 2012 Last Updated: 01 Nov 2012
Notes:

PERM case: Approved in 239 days (5 days more than average)   (8 comments)
User: tweaker Nationality: India
Priority Date:09 Feb 2012Category:EB2
Audit Received?:yesAudit Received Date:30 Apr 2012
Reason for Audit:Layoff Details, Referral Program Details, Resumes & applications, 9089, Recruitment Process & Report, Basic Process, Business Necessity ect.Audit Replied Date:24 May 2012
Application Status:approvedApproval/Denial Date:05 Oct 2012
Total Processing Time:239 daysDays Elapsed:
Case Added to Tracker: 08 May 2012 Last Updated: 08 Oct 2012
Notes: Mid sized Company, FT, Req: BS+5, Actual: MS+8 Legal team received e-mail confirmation from DOL on 10/05/12.

H-1B case: Approved in 14 days (80 days less than average)   (0 comments)
User: tweaker Nationality: India
Application Type:extensionService Center:California
Processing Type:premiumApplication Filed:01 Nov 2012
USCIS Received Date:02 Nov 2012Receipt Number:
RFE Received?:noRFE Received Date:
Reason for RFE:RFE Replied Date:
Application Status:approvedApproval/Denial Date:15 Nov 2012
TN Status:Most Recent LUD:
Total Processing Time:14 daysDays Elapsed:
Case Added to Tracker: 01 Nov 2012 Last Updated: 16 Nov 2012
Notes:
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Posted in H-1B Forum on 01 Feb 2017
Topic: Trump cancels visa drop box

What POE (airport) did you friend arrive through?
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Posted in H-1B Forum on 01 Feb 2017
Topic: H4 entering US before H1

Consider the current US travel atmosphere before any future travel for near term until the dust settles.

With that said, my wife and I traveled to India in December at different times (she traveled by herself before I did) and planned to return together in January. I am on H1B and she is on H4. Due to delay in receiving my new passport (ran out of pages on the old one), I had to postpone my travel by a couple of days. Wife traveled to US through LAX by herself, no problem. I traveled 3 days later. Both of us entered US prior to Jan 20th so this experience is based on the travel prior to inauguration of current administration, so not sure how the new rules and policies in effect at your POE will affect entry to US in your case.
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Posted in H-1B Forum on 10 May 2013
Topic: H1B visa stamping @ Chennai - Issued 221 (g) Pink Slip

All the positive points you noted about SSN ect. are good, and will not add to the delay. However, I doubt they will help in anyway to reduce the required time to process your case. Looking at the sheer number of cases getting 221g signals some kind of a trend in processing NIV cases. I think a lot of these cases are Security Advisory Opinion (SAO) related checks. There is an article on Wikipedia on this which makes for a good read (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Security_Advis...).

Looking at the (relative) speed at which they are processing cases, it appears most cases should get cleared in the stated timeframe of 4-8 weeks.

My case summary, Chennai:
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April, 09 - OFC
April, 10 - Interview, 221g
April, 16 - Documents emailed
May, 06 - 'Last updated' date on CEAC site updated to May 6th
May, 07 - Case status updated to "Issued" on CEAC
May, 08 - Case status changed to "Issued" on Chennai PDF
May, 09 - Email received from USTravelDocs, "Your document(s) have been collected from the US Embassy/Consulate"
May, 10 - Passport picked up from local OFC.
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Posted in H-1B Forum on 03 May 2013
Topic: H1B visa stamping @ Chennai - Issued 221 (g) Pink Slip

I am in a similar situation, I came to India in first week of April and was supposed to fly back 10 days later. I went through a very similar experience at Chennai consulate. It's been 3 weeks now and I am hopeful and patiently waiting.

I have been tracking the cases updated on the Chennai 221g PDF and there seems to be good movement. Around 158 cases have gone from Pending to Issued in last one week. Some of these case got cleared in about a week and some in 20+ days. I noticed that they have been clearing a bunch cases form certain days. On May 01-02, they processed around 41 cases with initial dates ranging from April 1-April 9th. So let's hope they keep up the momentum and our cases get cleared soon.

Somebody here said, enjoy your vacation in India, I would concur. :)
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Posted in H-1B Forum on 29 Apr 2013
Topic: Successful H1b at Chennai, two previous cases of 221g

As other posters here noted, one might or might not get 221g and in certain cases it seems random. I previously worked for large University in basic research with access to advanced technology. Got stamping from Chennai (last H1), no issues and no documents were asked. I have been to Chennai consulate about 6 times before for other visas and never had an issue.

This time around, I thought I would be in and out like all the other times and had the same set of docs as always. Got to the VO and he asks me what do I do and I replied (medical device development). Immediately he started looking up stuff on this PC. I knew this would be an uphill battle, but was hopeful. He came back with 'can you explain your role in simple terms, I am not very technical.' In the end, I got hit by 221g. The lady in another counter I was sent to, asked for my resume as the required doc.

From my previous experiences, here is a couple of things I did differently which might or might not have led to my present situation.
1. When asked about my role, I did not say something mundane like software engineer or design engineer like I had done the previous times. I was more specific about my system engineering role and somewhere mentioned research.
2. I did not provide good description of my role and field in medical devices in non-technical language.

If I had to do it all over again, I would check what is filed in my LCA or H1 paper work, compare that to what I do currently and pick something one of the task and state that in simple language when asked. So if I worked on complex medical system research and software development for the research, I would state software development as the primary answer. I am not trying to hide anything here since all the information is available to the VO in their files or in the docs we handed them. I feel that in the short amount of time they have in the interview, if they here anything that triggers a check in the Technology Alert List and if they cannot understand your role sufficiently, they will opt for additional processing.

So do take some supporting information about your field from your employer that describes it in simple language and additionally memorize this, in case you are asked about your field/role in the interview. Second thing do have your resume with professional/academic references handy. Worst case scenario, if they quickly need to look at your current resume, you will have it. The one doc I was missing was my resume and they asked for it. :) I had to mail it to them after going back home.

Reading elsewhere on this forum, somebody got a 221g the second time they went for an interview and was told "Visa approved but we need to to AP as you had AP last time". In my case, when I talked to the the CO at the second counter while mentioning that I had worked in the same field for 10 years and asked why I got picked for AP, she said "since you have never been though 221g before, we are doing it now".

Good luck with your interview.
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Posted in H-1B Forum on 25 Apr 2013
Topic: H1B visa stamping @ Chennai - Issued 221 (g) Pink Slip

The lady at counter 31 asked me for my resume as well and I did not have it with me. My immigration team took another week to come up with response for all the details asked in the pink slip and email it.

I read elsewhere that the case status update date on CEAC site was listed as the date of the interview and never updated till the status changed to 'Issued'. There were other people reporting on the Mumbai thread that their case status updated after they sent the requested documents. What was your experience with checking status on CEAC site?
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Posted in H-1B Forum on 25 Apr 2013
Topic: H1B Canada stamping question

I went through a similar quandary. I thought of getting stamping in Vancouver but decided to go to Chennai instead. After much thought, I decided that if I get stuck, it would be better to be stuck in India than a third country.

I have 6 previous visa stamps from Chennai and never had an issue. This time, I am stuck due to 221(g). It is completely random, as I have worked in the same field for last ten years and this time around they decided that they need to do AP.

I have heard several people getting their Visa stamped in Canada without any issue. You have to make up your mind that you will be willing to bear additional expenses in Canada, if there is a delay (beyond the 4 days for normal processing). Worst case scenario, you might have to fly back to India from Canada and reapply/wait there for your Visa.
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Posted in H-1B Forum on 25 Apr 2013
Topic: H1B visa stamping @ Chennai - Issued 221 (g) Pink Slip

Did they ask you to submit any specific document from the pink slip or all the documents or none?
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Posted in H-1B Forum on 25 Apr 2013
Topic: H1B visa stamping @ Chennai - Issued 221 (g) Pink Slip

Nice to see some positive outcomes on this thread.

I went for my H-1B stamping at Chennai on April 10th. The last 6 times I went for stamping at Chennai (L1, F1, H1 over 10 years), the interviews lasted 30 seconds each time. This time I expected it to be no different and planned to return to US in 10 days and guess what? 221g! :)

My experience at Chennai US Consulate:
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I work full time for a US med device company. The VO after reviewing my application, asked what do I do for . He then followed up by what was my educational background, so I replied Bachelors in Instrumentation/Biomedical from India and MS in CS from US. He then said, 'I am not very technical, can you please explain your role at the company in simple terms'. So I explained that I mainly work in software integration for medical devices. In my LCA/129 there was a mention of 'medical monitoring device'. So he was furiously trying to locate my field on TAL - Technical Alert List on his computer, I guess. Then he came back with 'Is it biological?'. At this point I knew, I was done for. :) I explained that, it is biomedical and I work on software. He returned all my docs, pulled out a pink slip and said that they need some additional information and sent me to counter 31.

The lady at counter 31, asked if I have my resume. And for the first time (in all the times I have been at Chennai consulate), I did not have it on me. She said that it did not matter and gave me the 221g pink slip with my case number and said it would take 4-8 weeks. I forget, but the VO or the lady at counter 31 retained my passport.

It took us another week to prep the docs and email them to the Chennai Consulate email address and now the wait is on. Last year I was stuck in India for 7 months as my H1 ran out and my PERM went into audit and now, who knows how long it will take to get the PP with VISA back!

My question to anyone reading this is if anyone got a 221g Pink in the last couple of months and were requested to email additional documents, had their Visa issued? And if so, how long did it take?
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Posted in Atlanta PERM Forum on 01 Oct 2012
Topic: January-February PERM Filings 2012 - Audited Cases Only

Feb Audit Cases Stats (as of 10/01/2012)
(All data as seen on Trackitt)

Total Audited Cases: 62
Pending Cases: 44
Approved Cases: 16 (26 %)
Denied Cases: 2 (3 %)
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Posted in Atlanta PERM Forum on 24 Sep 2012
Topic: looking to apply NEW perm, just 4 months left on 6year of H1

"3).Is there in option to regain time from within 6 year H1,like travel for canada or change status to F1
if my process delays and need couple weeks more to be complete?
(i.e transfer H1,i-140 applying, appeal, watever) "

My situation was similar, in the sense that, I had 6 months left on my H1 when I got a job offer. However I did not know about this at that time, as my stamped visa indicated a date in 2013. While my new employer's attorney was looking through my Visa paperwork, they realized that I had 6 months left as I had entered the US on L1 visa back in 2003. I had switched to F1, OPT and H1 and had never left the country. So the L1 time counted towards H1 and took away 2.5 years out of my 6 years of H1.

Anyway the point is, yes you can recapture any time you physically spent out of the US. However you cannot recapture any time while you continuously stayed in the country on a different visa like F1.

Hopefully everything will work out for you. I am currently working from India since last six months while DOL chugs along, patiently waiting telling myself that this will be the week I will get one of those 'certified' emails.
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Posted in Atlanta PERM Forum on 23 Sep 2012
Topic: March PERM Filings 2012 - Audited Cases Only

DOL just started processing Feb audit cases on 9/21. Based on available DOL processing info for the last few months, I would say the earliest would be mid October.
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Posted in Atlanta PERM Forum on 14 Sep 2012
Topic: January-February PERM Filings 2012 - Audited Cases Only

Well you might be right.

It's been a month since DOL started processing Jan 2012 cases (on 8/15) and they have processed around 102 audited cases as of 9/14, thats about 49% (as seen on Trackitt). This is at about the same pace as Dec cases were processed in Jul/Aug.

They have been switching over to processing following month cases when we see roughly 50% of audited cases of the current PD month are processed. So let's hope they start processing Feb cases early next week!
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Posted in Atlanta PERM Forum on 05 Sep 2012
Topic: January-February PERM Filings 2012 - Audited Cases Only

You might be be spot on...

Looking back for the last 5 months starting with Jan 2012 the following data shows:
(All data as seen on Trackitt)

PD Month........First Case Approved On............Fastest Case-Processing Days
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Sep 2011...................03/22...................................180 days
Oct 2011....................04/18...................................185 days
Nov 2011...................05/08...................................180 days
Dec 2011...................07/13...................................203 days
Jan 2012....................08/15...................................204 days

Unless we lose another month, without PD month progression like when we lost June, I am hoping they will start processing Feb cases by end of next week.
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Posted in Atlanta PERM Forum on 04 Sep 2012
Topic: January 2012 Perm Audits

About holidays and long weekends, I couldn't agree with you more.

As for DOL approving cases faster, they actually are doing a better job than they have been earlier this year and all of last year. The number of approved audit cases as seen on Trackitt has steadily increased in the last 8 months. January-June, the number of audit cases approved were consistently less than ~50/month. In July this number jumped to 147 cases, a 3x increase. In August, on the last count as of today, that number stood at 189 cases (not counting denied cases), a 28% increase from previous month! In all they processed 212 audit cases in August, which is a Trackitt Record for most audited cases processed in a single month! LOL

Further more if you purely looks at Jan cases they approved 50 cases in fist 16 days since they started approving Jan cases. Compare that to 38 December cases that were approved in the same amount of time.

Let's hope they keep up the momentum and we all hear positive news soon on our cases.
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Posted in Atlanta PERM Forum on 04 Sep 2012
Topic: January-February PERM Filings 2012 - Audited Cases Only

All data as seen on Trackitt

Number of approved audit cases as seen on Trackitt has steadily increased in the last 8 months. January-June, the number of audit cases approved were consistently less than ~50/month. In July this number jumped to 147 cases, a 3x increase. In August, on the last count as of today, that number stood at 189 cases (not counting denied cases), a 28% increase from previous month! Let's hope they keep up the momentum and we all hear positive news soon on our cases.

First January case approved on Aug 15, 2012

Fastest processing of a January case: 204 Days (Compare that to cases from Sep-Nov 2011, which was ~180 days and was 203 days for Dec)

January Audit Case Status

As of Aug 31, 2012
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Total audited Cases : 203
Total audited cases Approved : 50 (approval percentage 25%)
Total audited cases pending : 150 (pending percentage 74%)
Total audited cases Denied : 1
Total audited cases withdrawn : 2

*As of Aug 29, 2012
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Total audited Cases : 196
Total audited cases Approved : 35 (approval percentage 18%)
Total audited cases pending : 160 ( pending percentage 82%)
Total audited cases Denied : 0
Total audited cases withdrawn : 1

*As of Aug 23, 2012
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Total audited Cases : 192
Total audited cases Approved : 14 (approval percentage 7.29%)
Total audited cases pending : 177 ( pending percentage 92.18%)
Total audited cases Denied : 0
Total audited cases withdrawn : 1

* Some data collected by kumar1984
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Posted in Atlanta PERM Forum on 04 Aug 2012
Topic: December 2011 Perm Audit

The last iCert update on processing dates was on Jun 28th.

June 28, 2012 Update
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As of June 11, 2012
Analyst Reviews: Apr 2012
Audits: Dec 11

I am not sure if there was an update in May. The previous update I know off is April 23rd.

April 23, 2012 Update
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As of April 02, 2012
Analyst Reviews: Jan 2012
Audits: Sept 2011
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Posted in Atlanta PERM Forum on 01 Aug 2012
Topic: December 2011 Perm Audit


More audits and DOL site not being updated regularly are the key factors to bring people like us here on Trackitt.



I agree! If I had a Rupee for every time I hit refresh on Trackitt and DOLETA site since I got to India a few months back, I could have taken a long vacation with all that money. LOL


I was comparing the pending here (Trackitt) and there (DOL) as of Jul 8th. That's very much comparable.



I would like to believe that too but, the reality is they are not comparable. Consider the Feb/March Perm Stats http://icert.doleta.gov/includes/modules/callDo.... You will notice the following:

A. YTD (as of 03/05/12) Applications received: 24720
B. YTD (as of 03/05/12) Total cases (Certified+Withdrawn+denied) = 18130
C. YTD (as of 03/05/12) Application Processed: 21420
D. YTD (as of 03/05/12) Active PERM cases (pending): 26100

If we use the same math as you did, A (applications received) - B or C(Total cases or processed cases) should have been equal to D (pending cases) but those numbers don't add up. So it looks like the processed cases include lots of cases pending from previous months. Cases reported on Trackitt are a small fraction of the cases received by DOL and reported by individuals who know about Trackitt. I only found out about Trackitt when I googled for PERM audits.

In any case, I counted 135 audit cases that were certified on Trackitt in July. This is up 3x from ~40 certified cases in June. So I am happy that there is movement. Hope we see January responses in the next couple of weeks. Good luck with your case.
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Posted in Atlanta PERM Forum on 31 Jul 2012
Topic: December 2011 Perm Audit


This is the report from DOL as of Jul 08, 2012 (Figures are rounded)

Oct. 1 - Dec. 31, 2011

Total Case Received (T) 13,300
Certified (C) 9,500
Denied (D) 2,900
Withdrawn (W) 600

Remaining Cases T - (C+D+W) = 13,300 - (9500+2900+600) = 300

300 is total number of cases including AUDITED
Source : http://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov/pdf/perm...

As of Jul 30th analysis from "krishtracks", we have 257 pending AUDIT cases just for Nov and Dec 2011 and that's quite comparable to number given by DOL. So stating that it just represents 5-10% doesn't seem accurate.



For October - December 2011 period, I counted about ~900 cases (total - C+A+D+W) on Trackitt. Compare that to your stated number of 13,300 cases (total) as reported in DOLETA Perm Stats that is about ~7% of all the cases DOL reported. So voshima's assertion that Trackitt cases only represent 5-10% is accurate.

Even if you just look purely at Audit cases in DOL PERM stats they claim ~26% Audits in 02/15 report for Q1 - FY12, that would amount to about 3458 audited cases for Oct- Dec 11. I had counted about 325 audited cases on Trackitt (as of 07/20) which is again ~10% of actual audited cases.
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Posted in Atlanta PERM Forum on 30 Jul 2012
Topic: January-February PERM Filings 2012 - Audited Cases Only

Going with current average processing time of 205 days, it might be around 3rd week of August. Let's say something around 08/18. :) I am just speculating. The number of Audit cases approved, as seen on Trackitt, improved more than two fold from last month. Let's hope for the best.
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