Now with the 180 day rule for FBI name check, things could be expected to be little better, but we have to remember that since most of the cases are paper based, some one has to physically get to cases from a huge storage, sort it manually, distribute it manually and get it adjudicated.
So even if the visa number is current, just beacuse the number of applications are so high that we still cannot say for sure whose cases are going to be approved.
From www.immigration-information.com, it appears, the biggest factor in getting the GC visa number allocated to a case is, having a case ready to be adjudicated and in the hands of an immigration officer at a time, when both processing date and priority dates are current. It appears that even after the huge retrogression, there were not enough demand for AOS based approvals, so they had to PD current to allow CP based cases to use the visas and ensure they are not wasted. I like the fact that visa were at least not wasted, but I would have loved to see applicants who have been waiting for years to have a first opportunity to that visa, specially because they have done everything that any one could do.
I have been pro-fee increase by USCIS, only provided that they will use this money to expedite the processing, make things eletronic, make things more transparent, and to be honest, I feel the overall improvements are happening. Though I still see a lot of scope for futher improvements.
We have clearly seen that labor processing has been improved dramatically with PERM. Now waiting for years to get Labor is almost history. I hope that IV and all its members direct its efforts towards ensuring that we see the improvements in efficiency that we expected to happen with fee increases.
Lets unite together to work for a system which is fair and efficient for everyone. Lets contribute to IV administrative fixes and any other efforts which will ensure a higher efficiency and better utilization of visa numbers for AOS applications.
I would like to take this opportunity to ask all the smart and creative people here to put some effort and find out what real steps could be taken
- Identify what was expected from the fees increases like
=>more information online about the case status.
=> Some tracking on how much backlog is reduced each month
=> come up with a trend of how much time it would take to complete the backlog.
=> Use the statistics, to keep the pressure on the agencies, to improve effencies.
- Verify that those steps (which needed fee increase) have actually taken place
- Maintain Statistics to show how successful Fee Increase was ....
- Ask for multi year EAD/AP
- Ensure, that once a higher fees is paid for EAD/AP, every one should be treated equally(as in all other renewals should be free)
Keep coming up with what all needs to be done. How we could track it. How could we maintain statistics which would put the needed pressure on agencies which need to improve....
Again I would encourage to come with ideas which will unite the legal immigrants togther and be fair to every one instead of ideas that will divide us and help one group at the cost of other.
We all deserve to get cases processed in a reasonable time. SO lets put ideas together....................Alberto Aquilani
The 25 year-old will travel to Merseyside for a medical this week before signing a five-year contract at Anfield.
Aquilani underwent ankle surgery in May after struggling for fitness last season – he played just 14 times in Serie A – and Benitez is keen to make sure he is not suffering from any chronic underlying problems.
Benitez said: “Alberto is a very good player and I’m delighted we’ve reached agreement with Roma for his transfer.
“Alberto has a winning mentality and great experience in both Serie A and the Champions League. He has long been seen as a top-class talent, captaining his country at under-19 and under-21 levels.”
Aquilani, an elegant midfielder likely to be deployed in a more advanced role than Alonso, was promoted to Roma’s first team under Fabio Capello, making his debut aged 18. He made 106 appearances, attracting the attentions of Arsenal and Chelsea after a string of impressive performances in the Champions League.
Roma have always said that Aquilani, a product of their academy after joining the club at the age of nine, would end his career at the Stadio Olimpico. But cash-strapped Roma, who are in the midst of a takeover battle, were unable to turn down Liverpool’s offer.
The Anfield club moved swiftly to finalise negotiations with Roma once Florentino Perez, the Real Madrid president, finally matched Benitez’s £30 million asking price for Alonso.
The Spanish international arrived in Madrid yesterday after being excused Liverpool’s pre-season trip to Oslo and was immediately taken to the Sanitas La Moraleja hospital, where he passed his medical, before travelling to the Bernabeu to sign a four-year contract worth about £95,000-a-week.
He was introduced to his new team-mates yesterday afternoon and will fly with the rest of Manuel Pellegrini’s squad to Toronto today to take part in Real’s pre-season tour of North America.
Aquilani is unlikely to mark the end of Benitez’s spending. Coupled with the arrival of Glen Johnson, the England international right-back for £17.5 million from Portsmouth earlier this summer, Benitez has now spent the £38? million raised through the sales of Alonso, Alvaro Arbeloa, Jack Hobbs and Sebastian Leto.
However, he is believed to be keen to sign Sylvain Distin, Johnson’s erstwhile team-mate at Fratton Park, while he is also known to be interested in signing another forward as back-up for Fernando Torres.
He remains interested in Valencia’s David Silva, while he has also been monitoring the development of Athletic Bilbao’s Javi Martinez. Reports in Italy that Liverpool are in negotiations to sign Juventus midfielder Christian Poulsen are thought to be wide of the mark.
Whether finances will stretch sufficiently far to permit the £25 million signing of Silva, believed to be a target for Manchester United, or the £10 million required to bring in Martinez, is unknown.
Benitez intimated after the arrival of Johnson that he had enough in the kitty to add a further player to his squad without any major departures.
However, the club’s owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett, need to provide extra equity as part of their £350 million refinancing agreement with RBS and Wachovia, which may preclude any more big-money signings.
Andriy Voronin and David Ngog scored in a 2-0 win against FC Lyn in Oslo on Wednesday night, although winger Albert Riera picked up a minor ankle injury.Alberto Aquilani