Back to old story again and all rumors of how long priority dates will be current came to an end with USCIS latest press release. Now all dates have retrogressed and became unavailable for employment based categories.This means we cannot file I485 and get EAD now.Since bulletin comes in June middle looks like USCIS miscalculated the visa numbers usage for June.All visa numbers for this fiscal year looks like been used.
The hopes created with this USCIS making all numbers current drama for July literally played fool false hope game with many immigrant lives.Think of this how many of us spent numerous dollars for this drama.Who benefited from all of this – a) Immigration Lawyers. b) USCIS nominated doctors for medical exams. c) Air line industry and d) documentation businesses.
a) Immigration Lawyers – Upon receiving this news many lawyers recruited temps to quickly file I485 applications and charged that overhead costs burden on the applicant (or for some the sponsoring employers bearing all GC cost usually pay the lawyers fees). As applicants now are struck in dilemma of what happens whether their lawyers re-charge them again when numbers are available.Of their no fault immigration lawyers benefited because of USCIS
b) USCIS nominated doctors for medical exams – Medicals for I485 created huge crowds at the doctors offices to get medicals done on time in order to take use of July bulletin news. These doctors charged anywhere between 250 $ and 400$ for these medicals from applicants.
c) Air line industry – One may wonder how come air line industry banked from this fiasco.Here are genuine cases.During summer usually July time frame many Indians go for a vacation. All travel plans either shortened the vacation or canceling the vacation resulting in penalties.My case I lost $1500 for my advancement of tickets to an earlier date because of demand for the seats as airlines are booked for student travels heavily this time during the year.
d)Documentation businesses – I don’t know how many trips I made to copy/scan center to put the documents together for I485.Some lawyers just demanded scanned copies instead of fax to avoid any delays.Extra miscellaneous expenses for the applicant.
If you have any additional miseries to share – please do so via comments.
Thank You USCIS for all this 🙁
Press release says
The sudden backlog reduction efforts by Citizenship and Immigration Services Offices during the past month have resulted in the use of almost 60,000 Employment numbers. As a result of this unexpected action it has been necessary to make immediate adjustments to several previously announced cut-off dates. All Citizenship and Immigration Services Offices have been notified of the following:
Effective Monday July 2, 2007 there will be no further authorizations in response to requests for Employment-based preference cases. All numbers available to these categories under the FY-2007 annual numerical limitation have been made available.
Employment preference numbers will once again be available to these chargeability areas beginning October 1, 2007, under the FY-2008 annual numerical limitation.
Department of State Publication 9514
CA/VO: July 2, 2007