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LIA 在全国范围内发起远程视频签证面试的请愿活动

posted Apr 5, 2010, 9:24 PM by Admin LIA   [ updated Apr 7, 2010, 9:07 AM ]

中国移民及留学生朋友你们好:

            不知您是否知道,美国参议院Foreign Relations Committee将在4月份对Foreign Relations Authorization Act (S.2971)进行讨论和投票。该法案可能包括一项与中国移民利益相关的条款---远程面试旅游签证(B1,B2)。该条款规定,美国国务院出资建立通过远程视频面试来签发旅游签证的服务系统。虽然该服务不只限于中国,但它将使中国旅美人员成为最大的受益者,特别对那些家庭所在地与美国领事馆相距较远的朋友。一旦该条款被加入S.2971法案并在参议院投票通过,美国政府将在中国部分大中城市开设代办处,美国签证官将通过远程视频的方式在代办处面试签证申请人。大量来美国探亲的中国家属将不用千里迢迢的去中国仅有的5个美国使领馆签证。这一服务可以大大节约您父母亲友赴美的成本和精力。

            代表中国移民利益的Legal Immigrant Association (LIA) 和代表美国旅行业利益的美国旅行联合会 (US Travel Association) 合作,联手推动远程面试条款,争取把它加入S.2971法案,在年内成为法律。但是该条款将面临不小的阻力,为了使其通过,我们现在急需大量的中国移民或旅美人员的请愿和签名,以给议员施加压力。如果您对这项条款感兴趣,我们恳请您用几分钟宝贵的时间到我们的网页进行电子签名。(http://bbs.legalimmigrat.net/petition/information.php)。我们请愿系统会自动把您的签名附加到LIA的请愿书里,最后统一交给Senate Foreign Relations Committee 的两位首脑 Senator John Kerry (D-MA) Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN)。您也可以自己修改请愿书并通过传真发出信件。

            为了我们家中白发苍苍,翘首期盼与游子团聚的父母亲人,希望您能支持LIA的请愿活动,并将此邮件转发给您的朋友,让更多人来参与我们的请愿。多一份签名,就多一份力量,该条款就多一份通过的机会。我们相信只要中国移民联合起来,WE CAN MAKE A CHANGE IN AMERICA

            远程面试条款是由以美国旅行联合会为首的旅游和娱乐业的利益集团发起的,目的是增加到美国访问旅游的人数以刺激美国经济。洲际旅游者每次旅行平均消费在$4000左右,被称为经济的“walking stimulus”。增加旅客人数不仅能为旅游业创造更多利润,还能为美国人创造就业机会。虽然该法案不针对某个国家,但是中国幅员辽阔、人口众多,经济发展迅猛,中国赴美游客将成为最大的收益群体,而他们在美国的消费将会对当前美国低迷的经济起到很大的刺激作用。

            包括远程面试条款的House Foreign Relations Authorization Act (H.R.2410) 已经于20096月在众议院获得通过!具体内容请点击如下美国议会网页,远程面试条款在Sec. 236。(http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_bills&docid=f:h2410rfs.txt.pdf)。参议院Foreign Relations Committee 将最早于下周表决是否把该条款纳入 Senate Foreign Relations Authorization Act (S.2971) 。该条款在committee通过后就很有可能在年底前在整个参议院通过。众、参两院通过的法案经总统签字后正式生效。如果顺利,该服务明年就会在中国部分城市试行。

            但是,该条款在参议院将遇到阻力。为了增加其通过的机会,我们不仅需要来自旅游行业的游说,更需要选区居民的请愿。LIA在过去三年来一直和专业游说人员合作,在草根请愿方面积累了不少经验,同时也在国会山建立了良好声望,所以美国旅行联合会邀请LIA一起推动远程面试条款,使其能够在年内通过。

            LIA会全程跟踪这个提案并向请愿人报告进展情况。最后,我们也希望您登陆我们的网站(http://www.legalimmigrant.org) 成为我们中的一员, 或者加入我们组织的Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Legal-Immigrant-Association/340120152453) LinkedIn Job Referral Network (http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=2512096&trk=myg_ugrp_ovr),共同为争取中国移民的合法权益贡献一份力量。

 

谢谢!

 

LIA 志愿者

201045

1-800-556-7065

www.legalimmigrant.org

 

附:

            LIA成立于2007, 是中国技术移民在美国成立的一个非盈利的高级知识分子联合会。我们主要通过专业政治游说和集体请愿的合法方式向美国政府争取华人移民的正当权益。20096月到7月,LIA成功在众、参两院提出了Accept Chinese Talent Now Act (ACT Now, H.R.2532, S.1182),旨在为中国职业移民每年增加1000个名额。20099月,LIA 成功游说移民局,使其公开了职业移民485库存数据库,让等待绿卡的职业移民能够预测自己的批准时间,安排职业计划。更多LIA 的资讯请见http://docs.google.com/a/lianational.org/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=bGlhbmF0aW9uYWwub3JnfHd3d3xneDoxMWEzZjlmNDI0Y2VkY2Iw

LIA Will Hold Board of Directors Election in December 2009

posted Dec 17, 2009, 5:30 PM by Admin LIA

As per the Bylaw of Legal Immigrant Association (“LIA), the national grassroots organization of U.S.-educated professional immigrants will hold its annual Board of Directors election in December 2009. According to the Bylaw, only registered members will be eligible to vote in the upcoming election. We welcome our supporters to join LIA by registering at LIA’s official website (www.legalimmigrant.org ).  If you have not registered for LIA membership but have donated at least $20 since Jan 1, 2009, please send an email to election@legalimmigrant.org and confirm that you wish to be registered. We will register LIA membership for you. Please include your name, home address, email address, and phone number.

 

As per the LIA Bylaw, the incumbent Board of Directors has nominated volunteers who have made significant contributions to the cause of advocating for the legal rights of professional Chinese immigrants as candidates for the new Board. Eligible voters will select five members to the new Board of Directors. Personal statements of all candidates will be sent to eligible voters by email along with instructions on how to vote. Due to the Christmas holiday, eligible voters will be able to vote from Dec 19 to Dec 28, 2009.

 

The tenure of the new Board of Directors will be from Jan 1, 2010 to Dec 31, 2010.

 

If you have any questions about the election, please contact us at election@legalimmigrant.org

关于LIA财务问题的说明和游说成果的总结

posted Dec 9, 2009, 9:11 PM by Admin LIA



鉴于有网友质疑LIA 资金使用状况,LIA 特此说明。LIA的志愿者没有收取过任何报酬,我们的帐务是清楚的。091月前的财务报告在LIA网站上可以查到。之后因为LIA的会计没有时间继续做财务报告,所以没有定时发布。这是我们的失误。现在一位新加入LIA 的会计将会补齐过去的财务报告。因为年底是审计的忙季,所以在1月份可以全部准备好。我们欢迎大家届时对我们的报告进行监督和审核。如果你是会计专业而且愿意帮LIA做财务报表,请联系contact@legalimmigrang.org.

 

最近LIA EB3志愿者发起了EB3C VB 游说项目。需要说明的是项目筹得的资金和项目计划完全由EB3C委员会全权决定,专款专用,LIA理事会不干预。

 

现在,LIA 参与的EB3 诉讼项目也采用同样的管理办法,资金和方案完全有诉讼委员会全权决定,专款专用。

 

LIA的绝大部分支出是用在游说上,包括07年的name check08年的STEMrecapture H1B multifiling investigation09年的485透明度,140延迟,和ACT NOW

 

name check上,LIA的游说帮助了移民局得到国会两千万的拨款。 multifiling 调查上,LIA促成了移民局在08年末产生的报告,指出约20%的H1B申请是 multifiling,促使移民局加强了监管。

 

STEMrecapture 两个法案在08年上半年势头很好。LIA的代表作为唯一的申请人在6月初的听证会上作证。Recapture在移民委员会以81绝对优势通过。但是下半年因为经济形势急转直下,两个法案全部搁浅。

 

08年下半年开始,LIA制定了更容易实现的游说目标,把目标定在移民局上。LIA先后通过lobbyist和移民局进行了两次专门会议,解决485库存和140延迟案件透明度的问题,都取得了明显的成效。

 

同其他组织一起,LIA 促使移民局做出了4个月处理140的承诺。对于个别被滞后的案件,LIA同移民局达成协议,帮助LIA会员进行个案查询。LIA8月以来共收到5个会员的查询,140被拖延9个月以上。经过LIA 140查询系统,全部在6周内得到批准或RFE

 

LIA 经过自己的努力,促使移民局在923日公布了485 库存数据,部分消除了移民局的黑箱操作,使申请人能够看到自己的排队位置。并给VB游说排期提供了数据基础。

 

经过lobbyist游说,ACT NOW 法案已经成功在众参两院被推出,并已经被众参两院的移民委员会主席加入到他们的CIR中。如果10年上半年CIR失败,LIA将推动ACT NOW 作为独立法案通过。

 

LIA的游说策略还不成熟,有很多需要改进的地方,特别是在现在经济形势下,不能为职业移民增加名额。不仅我们不能,更强大的组织,包括Compete AmericaIV,也不能。但是这并不能否定我们在其他方面取得的成绩。比较其他民间移民组织,LIA的工作成绩是突出的,如485库存透明,推出ACT NOW,解决140延迟等等。同时,我们也积极参与有可行性的诉讼,如这次将中国EB3在过去两年中的短缺追回来。去年针对中印两国EB2排期的不均衡,LIA曾经做了大量的努力,雇用律师做立案分析。但是最终因为没有法律立足点而搁浅。

 

公共论坛上经常会有一些网友对LIA产生误解,甚至进行不符合事实的指责,这些都我们的募捐产生了不良影响。请关心LIA的网友访问我们的网站 www.legalimmigrant.org, 浏览我们的月报http://www.lianational.org/publications/lia-monthly-newsletters-archive,了解LIA的真实动向。

 

如果您有疑问,欢迎您联系我们:CONTACT@LEGALIMMIGRANT.ORG 800-556-7065


Beyond the inventory published by USCIS

posted Nov 15, 2009, 8:27 AM by Admin LIA   [ updated Nov 15, 2009, 8:42 AM ]

Robert Divine wrote an analysis about USCIS-published 485 inventory. It points out that the inventory data is not comprehensive because it doesn't include pending 485 cases from consulate and cases whose cut-off dates are not current thus can't file 485. Please refer to the report for details.

LIA EB3C 游说

posted Oct 5, 2009, 8:44 AM by Admin LIA   [ updated Oct 21, 2010, 10:48 AM ]

再接再励,团结共进

 
---LIA EB3游说项目紧急号召捐款! 鉴于2010年中国EB3的游说项目取得了巨大成功,为中国EB3争取到了3480个名额,比份额2687 多了近800个名额! 比08、09两年的总和多了近1000个! LIA EB3 项目组经过再次投票,决定立刻和游说顾问---Bruce Morrison续约,在2011年财政年度继续保证中国EB3分到应得的名额,并利用Family fall across 和其他渠道争取多余的名额。
 
前期六个月的合同需要$9000 ($1500 x 6)。请大家尽快到LIA EB3网页捐款(http://www.lianational.org/Home/projects/eb3)。
 
支票请寄:
PO Box 2082, Santa Clara, CA 95055
Payable to "Legal Immigrant Association"
 
我们需要在10月底前筹集至少$6000 以开始合同。
 
鉴于EB3捐款人只有100多人,建议捐款额为每人$100,最低捐款额为$50。
 
希望大家积极响应!
问题或建议请发信到:eb3@legalimmigrant.org或电话:800-556-7065, ext. 3
 
 
2009年9月底,中国EB3游说组借助LIA在游说平台,聘用 Bruce Morrison(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Morrison)作为游说顾问,保证在2010年度中国EB3的名额不再短缺,并争取超出份额的多余名额。
 
Bruce Morrison 毕业于Yale 法学院,和克林顿夫妇是同届同学,关系密切。毕业后成为移民律师。之后当选美国众议院议员,并在1989~1991年间任众议院移民委员会主席,主导了1900年移民法改革,创造了H1B program, 并使每年合法移民的数量从十几万提高到100万。他的立法经历成就了他对移民法的独一无二的理解。他的政府关系也帮助他日后成功地游说了多个移民项目。值得一提的是在90年后,唯一的一次大规模增加绿卡名额的游说项目就是Morrison 促成的---2005,他为护士移民争取到了65,000个额外名额。
 
所以,我们非常幸运能用低廉的价格(每个月$1500)请到Bruce Morrison 为中国EB3代言。
 
一年过去,Bruce Morrison 凭借其在政府部门的人脉和对移民法名额分配的精通,在EB3项目上游说效果显著!
 
Bruce Morrison 关于游说和诉讼的总结见附录。
 
首先,Bruce Morrison 确保了我们分到2687应得的名额。他在去年夏天要求DOS和USCIS解释过去两年中国EB3名额短缺的原因,迫使DOS承认广州大量的名额浪费是根源,并承认短缺对中国EB3造成了很大伤害。更重要的是,DOS和USCIS都意识到中国的EB3有专业人士代言维护利益,我们不再是任人摆弄的弱势群体了。另外,Bruce Morrison 促使移民局公布了库存数据,大大提高了排期的可预见性。这些,都为中国EB3达到份额奠定了坚实的基础。
 
更重要的是,Bruce Morrison 今年初成功地游说了DOS,把几百个中国family 的剩余名额分给了中国EB3。这是我们今年能够超出份额的主要原因。虽然这不是全部的family 剩余名额,但是这种操作时过去几年没有过的。仅这一点,就充分体现了Bruce Morrison的游说价值。
 
还有一些多余的名额属于灰色区域,可以用排期制定的误差来解释。在游说代言以前,我们遭遇的都是负误差,现在我们有了正误差。
现在很多EB3申请人在关注EB3诉讼。我们也真心希望这个官司能打赢,最好的结果是帮我们追回08、09少分的2500名额。为此,我们中的一些志愿者为诉讼贡献不少力量,包括寻找诉讼律师等等。现在的律师Bob Pauw 是一个有丰富经验的移民诉讼律师。我们希望他能有所作为。值得一提的是,Bruce Morrison 虽然不参与诉讼,但是多次向Bob Pauw 提供免费咨询,帮他研究名额分配的条文。
 
但是,我们完全不同意有了诉讼就停止游说的看法。因为诉讼还没有成功的经验,失败的风险很高。现在看来,即便是有Bob Pauw 代言,能胜诉的可能性也超不过50%。一旦被法官驳回,即使能向上一级法院上诉,但是费钱费时费力,可行性就更低了。而且诉讼的周期很长。对我们有利的裁决不是短时间内可以做出的。
 
游说项目的效果是已经被事实证明的了,而且游说是短期见效的。还有,如Bruce Morrison 在他的报告所述,诉讼时为了过去的名额,而游说是为了将来能多分名额。二者缺一不可。
 
所以,我们希望那些支持诉讼的申请人也能够支持游说。
关于游说,有些曾经是项目组的志愿者有先入为主的认识误区,觉得游说就是拿到名额分配数据,哪个组织或个人拿到的数据及时或详细,那么就他的“游说”作用就大。这是看法是因为他们不了解华盛顿游说的运作模式。有些政府官员,如DOS的Charles Oppenheim, 对Public inquiry 的回复非常及时,但是并是说他的回复就证明你对他决策的“有影响”。
 
我们是Bruce Morrison 8个客户里最小的一个,他不可能在获得数据的及时性和那些每天盯着排期的网友或网络组织相比。但是,Bruce Morrison 是前国会议员,是移民法的制定者,和Oppenheim 熟识20多年。他对政府官员的影响力和我们自己是不能同日而语的。这也是为什么他能争取到family 剩余名额,而我们只能停留在理论分析而已。
 
所以,EB3游说项目的通过事前的专业游说拿到名额,特别是多余名额,而不是事后的分配数据。请大家不要被误导。
 
感谢大家的捐款支持!
LIA EB3 游说项目组
 
2010年10月18日
 
附录:Summary from Bruce Morrison regarding EB3 lobby and litigation
The visa under usages in 2008 and 2009 occurred when we were not retained by LIA.  We warned that monitoring of monthly results was required, but the group apparently did not have the resources to retain us.
We began this project a year ago to press for the maximum possible China EB-3 numbers that we could achieve.  Even before the project began, I had spent the summer of 2009 pressing Mr. Oppenheim about the severe shortfall in China EB-3s for 2009 and the reasons for it.  Early in our project I raised the issue of family fall across and that many China family numbers had gone unused in 2009.  That was the crucial fact that moved Mr. Oppenheim to move China to ROW and to keep it there for the bulk of the year.  As the end of the year approached, he was worried about how far over its allocation China was (with the CSPA 300 deduction).  Although I pressed him to stay at ROW, he indicated that the FB usage appeared to be very high and he feared that he would not cover the extra EB numbers.  In the end, I was right and the extra numbers were fully covered.  However, Mr. Oppenheim continues to resist my arguments for an internal EB fall down regime that would provide even more numbers to EB-3 because they are “not needed” for EB-5, EB-1 or EB-2.  Moving him on this analysis would be a primary focus of 2011 work.
The lawsuit had nothing to do with our numbers in 2010.  The suit began after most of the extra numbers were already allocated.  And the suit was not considered by the judge till the last week of the fiscal year.  And the decision was reserved, so there has been no pressure on Mr. Oppenheim from the lawsuit.  However, there is no doubt that the suit made lobbying harder, because Mr. Oppenheim resented the fact that his actions were being questioned in this way.  I warned of that effect from the beginning.  However, if the suit is successful, it will be worth it.  For that reason, I have actively helped Bob Pauw from the beginning.  I consulted with him about how the visa allocation system works.  He did not have nearly the knowledge that I have about the system.  But he is a very good lawyer and he has presented a good case.  The challenge is to accelerate the use of numbers for pending cases, not to take numbers from one group of Chinese immigrants to give to another group.  I developed a theory of “equitable reallocation” that would move the cut-off dates ahead to readjust the allocation between China and other countries to reflect the improper hold-back of the cut-off in 200 and 2009.  This would allow the per-country limit to be exceeded in 2011 to allow for reallocation.  Bob also has presented a “recapture” theory—giving more per-country numbers to China in 2011 that it was denied in 2008 and 2009.  However, since there were no extra overall EB numbers in those years, the numbers would come from long ago and I am skeptical about whether the court can recapture them in this way. In addition to monitoring the visa allocations and providing lobbying arguments that were successful in increasing the overall numbers, I was able to make big progress on transparency at both DHS and USCIS.  It was our lobbying that led to the creation of the I-485 inventory.  And I used that to get Mr. Oppenheim to provide the pending demand reports that he now publishes each month.  We have dramatically changed the quality of information to predict and advocate cut-off date movement.  The next steps are the integration of field office cases into the I-485 inventory and the creation of an approved I-140 inventory to predict future demand.  I have moved both of these projects forward this month in anticipation of a contract extension.  In the future, monitoring of FB usage will also become important to push for fall across usage.  And there are still arguments for better use of fall down and fall across numbers to enhance the annual totals available to EB-3.  China is starting behind the ROW cut-off for 2011.  It will stay there unless there is forceful lobbying to move it up.  The lawsuit is about 2008 and 2009 and has nothing to say about that—and could result in China numbers from  2011 being reduced to handle 2008 and 2009, rather than adding to the total.

 

 

LIA EB3C 项目组

http://www.lianational.org/Home/projects/eb3

800-556-7065, ext. 3

 

EB2 visa number of fiscal year 2009 research

posted Oct 2, 2009, 10:49 AM by Admin LIA

LIA成员们好,

 

      我们是LIA EB2 研究小组。 这里,图 一是2008/10 /1– 2009/6/30 绿卡使用情况。 所有数据均来者于LIA雇用的游说顾问。

FSC

E1

E2

E3

EW

E4

E5

Total

China

3,926

2,916

1,027

50

77

1,184

9,180

India

5,387

3,347

2,224

84

660

46

11,748

Mexico

1,687

861

3,752

82

681

17

7,080

Philippines

426

1,471

5,268

274

387

3

7,829

All Others

21,623

25,613

25,081

1,989

6,675

1,253

82,234

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Total

33,049

34,208

37,352

2,479

8,480

2,503

118,071

 

图一

从上表可以看出,到2009630日,全世界有118071个名额被使用。其中,中国共使用9180个名额,已经超过中国8800个名额的国家配额。至于我们今年能够从ROW中分到多少个名额,取决于2009/6/30-2009/9/30期间全世界的绿卡消耗和移民局最近发布的绿卡库存量(http://www.uscis.gov/USCIS/New%20Structure/3rd%20Level%20(Left%20Nav%20Children)/Green%20Card%20-%203rd%20Level/Pending%20Form%20I485%20Reports.pdf)。

 

 

然后,图二是2007/10/1 – 2008/6/30 的绿卡使用情况

 

October 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008 visa number usage

FSC

          E1

       E2

        E3

 

      E4

           E5

Total

China

4619

5061

2057

 

67

254

12058

India

4104

9216

3743

 

289

14

17366

Mexico

1124

984

5270

 

449

8

7835

Philippines

251

1493

6125

 

264

4

8137

All others

18467

34623

29781

 

3814

751

87436

Total

28565

51377

46976

 

4883

1031

132832

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

图二

 

同时,图三是 FY 2008全年绿卡使用情况,以便大家作一个参考

FY 2008 visa number usage

FSC

E1

E2

E3

EW

E4

E5

Total

China

5602

6964

1982

76

93

360

15077

India

5327

14818

3576

171

461

141

24494

Mexico

1457

1348

4020

1316

680

15

8836

Philippines

310

2057

5625

531

418

4

8945

All Others

23894

44948

27637

2270

5996

926

105671

Grand Total

36590

70135

42840

4364

7648

1446

163023

图三

请注意, EB3 因为在6/30/2008前超用而负调整

 

2008年全年(图三)的减去2800个中国EB2配额可以看出,去年中国从全世界多分了4164名额,同时我们也可以从图二看到,截至2008630日,全世界共用去132832个名额,然而今年同期全世界仅用去110871个名额,少用 21961个名额。经济不景气造成的移民锐减 已经一目了然。我们有理由相信,今年全世界会有更多的剩余名额, 导致移民排期迅速前进。(注意,08年职业移民获得family 2万多未用名额,09年则难以得到family未用名额)具体数据将会最快在200910月中旬出炉。我们认为,这批数据的出炉将会大大提高USCIS工作的透明度,从而使我们能够迅速预判排期的进度。如果我们的预测与实际有误,也可以通过政治说客来提醒USCIS来加以改变。由于这种工作属于行政监督,而非立法改革,所以可行性强,见效快。

 

当前,LIA EB2 小组先公布此移民数据,以供LIA会员参考使用。接下来,我们将很快与游说顾问接触,咨询游说顾问是否有可能依靠他们来监督移民局对剩余数据的使用和所需费用。

 

谢谢大家,请继续关注LIA EB2 研究小组的后续行动。

 

Immigration Daily (www.ilw.com) Gave Credit to LIA for 485 Inventory Data disclosure

posted Sep 30, 2009, 6:03 PM by Admin LIA   [ updated Sep 30, 2009, 6:06 PM ]

On September 28, The largest immigration information portal -- Immigration Daily, praised Legal Immigration Association for its effort to push USCIS to release 485 inventory data.
 
"USCIS Releases I485 Inventory

On September 23, 2009, USCIS for the first time published an inventory of I-485 data online (for the item, see below). Applicants can more reliably estimate their expected waiting time for green cards and thus, finally make informed life decisions in career development, family, and becoming new Americans. Congratulations to USCIS, particularly Deputy Chief of Service Center Operations Robert Kruszka and his team, for working with stakeholders including the Legal Immigrant Association in particular and recognizing the importance of making this inventory public."

USCIS Responds to Steady LIA Involvement -- I-485 Inventory Data Released September 23, 2009

posted Sep 23, 2009, 5:01 PM by Admin LIA   [ updated Sep 24, 2009, 4:58 PM ]

For more than two years, LIA has closely followed both State Department and USCIS immigration activities through our Washington representatives, Morrison Public Affairs Group. This has led not only to the discovery of a law that discriminates against Chinese based on national origin (for which we have a legislative solution: the ACT Now bill introduced in both the House and Senate), but also to significant progress clarifying the processing of I-485s.

Last October, in one of a series of meetings arranged by our Washington representatives, LIA became the first – in fact, the only – organization to request that USCIS release what we suggested they call an “inventory” of I-485 data.  Early this year, LIA made the “inventory” disclosure as
its top agenda. Throughout 2009, both through our Washington representatives and in direct meetings with LIA’s dedicated team, USCIS continued to promise that an inventory of I-485 data – something like the monthly Visa Bulletin issued by the US Department of State – would be made available online. More details of the progress can be found in LIA newsletter.

On September 23rd, USCIS has for the first time published an inventory of I-485 data online.
LIA was the only group to be notified of the release date. Through this LIA-urged innovation, applicants can more reliably estimate their expected waiting time for green cards and thus, finally make informed decisions in career development, starting a family, and becoming new Americans. This USCIS initiative, prompted by LIA’s tireless advocacy, is an important step to improve the transparency of USCIS in providing immigration benefits.

LIA’s leadership, and all of our growing membership congratulates our team that kept up the pressure and got this done – and we thank USCIS, particularly Robert Kruszka and his Service Center Operations team for listening to our ideas, and recognizing the importance of making this inventory public. 

 

This kind of positive result depends on YOU – the involvement of LIA’s members, and the constant growth in our membership: we are still a new, grassroots group, but with your continued help and support we can keep working hard and effectively to make the immigration system work the way it should.
 
 

LIA不懈努力终获回报,移民局公布职业移民绿卡申请积压数据

2009923日,移民局(USCIS)首次在其网站公布职业移民(EB)I-485调整身份申请的待处理的积压数据。这是合法移民协会(Legal Immigrant Association, 简称“LIA)继发现歧视中国移民的法律条款并推动在美国国会参众两院提出“立即接收中国人才法案”(Accept Chinese Talent Now, 简称“ACT Now)之后,独立推动并实现的又一重要成果。申请人能根据该数据预计自己拿到绿卡的时间并做出合理的职业发展计划。它不仅使正在饱受绿卡排期煎熬的中国EB类申请人受益,而且惠及来自其他国家的EB类申请人。

 

去年10月,在其雇用的游说顾问的安排下,LIA的代表与移民局高层官员举行首次独家会议。会上,LIA向移民局提出要求其公布按国家,类别和优先日期列出的职业移民I-485调整身份申请的待处理的积压数据(LIA建议移民局称其为“inventory data", 即“库存数据”). LIA从而成为第一个,也是唯一一个向移民局提出此项要求的组织。此后,LIA及其游说顾问不断催促移民局尽快落实此项目。今年2月,LIA把移民局公开“库存数据”做为今年的。今年5月,LIA代表与移民局高层官员再次会晤,并将公布I-485待处理数据列为首要议题。会上,移民局官员承诺将尽快在其网站公布I-485数据。详请请见LIA Newsletters.

 

在此后的几个月中,LIA及其游说顾问一直在密切跟踪此项目的进展情况。8月底,移民局向LIA,也仅向LIA,透露,“库存数据”移民局于922日和改进后的网站同时发布。由于技术故障,数据推迟了一天在23日出台,立即引起了广泛的兴趣。据此,申请人将能比较准确的预测其等待绿卡的时间,从而为自己的职业发展及家庭作出规划。这项经过LIA的不懈努力而推动实现的移民局首创项目,是改进移民局在提供移民服务方面的透明度的重要一步。

 

LIA理事会及全体会员祝贺其团队坚持不懈,从而使此惠及中国及其他国家的EB类绿卡申请人的项目得以实现。LIA感谢移民局听取LIA的意见,能认识到公布I-485库存数据的重要性。作为一个新生的全国性草根组织,LIA为职业移民奔走呼号,取得了积极的成果。希望来自中国的职业移民及华人社区继续支持LIA的努力,推动移民立法及行政改革。

 

LIA Executive Committee

contact@legalimmigrant.org

800-556-7065

www.legalimmigrant.org

 

LIA 关于移民局公布485库存数据的更新

posted Sep 22, 2009, 6:11 PM by Admin LIA

移民局的网站在921日全面更新,但是并没有提供485库存数据的查询。有不少会员向我们询问此事。22日,LIA及时和移民局官员取得了联系,得到的回复是:没有及时发布库存数据是因为数据库的技术故障,而不是政策变化。他们表示将在“非常短的时间”发布该数据库。保守的估计,这段时间可能是几天,甚至几周。移民局早在6月中旬就表示要发布数据,后来推迟到7月,8月,直到9月底。所以,我们只能希望大家耐心等待。

 

LIA21日发布的过于乐观的消息表示歉意。

 

LIA Executive Committee

Legal Immigrant Association

(800)556-7065

contact@legalimmigrant.org

USCIS will improve its website on 9/22 and offer inquiry into I-485 inventory data.

posted Sep 21, 2009, 6:32 PM by Admin LIA

移民局网站922日将全面更新,并提供485库存数据查询。

 

LIA 921日得到移民局的确认:移民局将在922日推出全新的网站(www.uscis.gov)。改进后的网站将更直观、方便。更重要的是,改进后的网站将提供对未被批准(库存)的485申请数量的查询。通过查询,申请人就可以知道自己在等待队列中所处的位置。

 

0810月第一次和移民局的单独会议开始,LIA就一直在全力推动移民局公开485库存数据。在095LIA和移民局的第二次会议上,移民局官员承诺会在今年下半年公布数据。922日,移民局终于付诸行动。

 

请大家在922日访问移民局网站。如有问题和建议,请和我们联系。

 

 

 

Executive Committee

Legal Immigrant Association

www.legalimmigrant.org

800-556-7065

contact@legalimmigrant.org

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