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11 May 2010

New Design: The Green Card Goes Green

The new $100 bill will now share the spotlight with another newly designed green cohort: The Green Card.

The redesign modernizes the Green Card - known officially as the "Permanent Resident Card" - with state-of-the-art technology. The new features make the card more secure for officials and card holders alike. Here is a preview:

The redesigned Green Card
The new enhancements to the Green Card include:
  • Embedded data and holographs to make the detection of fraudulent cards easier.
  • Cutting edge printing and forensic features for added security.
  • A return address on the back of each card for return of lost cards.
Beginning May 11, 2010, USCIS will issue all Green Cards in the new format. It will be the most modern and secure Green Card ever issued. In one respect, however, the new card will get back to its roots: It will once again be green!

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At May 11, 2010 at 6:14:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is a good iniciative, But if you USCIS doesn't work on the backlog and give a fair treatment to the legal immigrant... Doesn't matter the design...

 
At May 11, 2010 at 6:25:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is surprising that Mayorkas is not aware of this Burning situation faced
by a million plus legal applicants and that he needs to consult the experts. I wonder
if senate is interested in doing anything better, other than settling in for such a
mediocre explanation from the Head of USCIS.

What Mr Mayorkas could have suggested to mitigate the backlog is : Visa Capture, I-485
Preregistration, senate passing bills to increase visa number and other strategies that will resolve the
backlog issue. May be he can refer to these forums which can give him some thoughts coming from people
who are suffering first hand as result of such services of provided by USCIS :
http://immigrationvoice.org/forum/forum108-analysis-discussion/

http://www.trackitt.com/usa-discussion-forums
USCIS has already shown us their (fiasco)effeciency during filings of 485 for 800000 applicants in
Jul 2007. They already are showing when it is coming to visa allocations every month. One wonders what
gives the confidence to Mr. Mayorkas to admit that USCIS can handle CIR ?

 
At May 11, 2010 at 7:36:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good job. Not only looks great but also seems fraud proof.

Next step could be to provide some similar cards issued for those on visas and their dependents required to live in the country for 3 years and more so that this could provide as authentic identification for them too. You could charge a fee for issuing such ID cards. This way all foreigners living in the country are easily identifiable.

 
At May 11, 2010 at 8:14:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't show us just the picture of the Green Card. Show us the real green card as I am waiting for more than 7 years and stuck in EB3 backlog despite playing by rules. I feel like insulted when I see this as a news on this blog. Wanted to share my feelings, but also appreciate the new security features on this newly designed GC.

 
At May 11, 2010 at 11:07:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

@USCIS Blog Team:

I am a Registered Nurse, BSN (USA Educated)and I work as a State Employee for the past 3 years. DOL designated Nursing as a ‘Schedule A occupation’ because of the nursing shortage in the US. To me it seems like USCIS/DOS would take this into consideration when issuing Visa Numbers and Green Cards. Everyone knows there is dire need for qualified Registered Nurses across the United States. So, my suggestion is someone needs to take some action to correct the current method of visa number appropriations, particularly for Registered Nurses.

For the record: I am not from one of the "oversubscribed" countries, and actually I am from a country which traditionally seeks only a relatively small number of Green Cards anually.

The new GC looks very sharp,...I know my patients will be very proud of me when I eventually get it!

3 years of uncertainty is way too much, actually mentally debilitating!

 
At May 12, 2010 at 10:04:00 AM EDT , Anonymous B said...

This has elegant look.

But am not sure when my dream of getting this card will come true.

USCIS - please do something for EB3 India backlog.

 
At May 12, 2010 at 1:42:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares? We the EB3 applicants will never see the card in our lifetime.

1) While the EB3 applicants are waiting for more than 8 years paying taxes and everything, USCIS is printing green card to Diversity visa lottery winners (and their dependents are exempted from any quota, by the way) every year. Fairness?

2) While we wait for more than 8 years, EB1 category people easily get their visa calling themselves as managers. Fairness?

3) While we wait for more than 8 years, people who did short cut methods (applying for both EB2 and EB3 at the same time) got their GC card. Fairness?

4) People who did the right thing like us, are waiting and waiting.

We asked many times before to let USCIS convert the EB3 to EB2 category; or atleast waive the labor certification for this process. USCIS never bother to answer.

 
At May 13, 2010 at 9:34:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the Fairness side I will add

While we wait for more than 8 years, people who applied for Asylum (god knows are they for real) got their GC card. Fairness?

 
At May 13, 2010 at 10:56:00 AM EDT , Anonymous b said...

What is the point in new design of green card, new design of USCIS portal, ?? if we you are not working actively to reduce the backlog of high volume countries and if not USCIS working faster to issue green card??

 
At May 13, 2010 at 11:04:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The new GC looks very nice, sharp, and apparently fraud proof. Congratulations to all who are getting it.
I’m an EB3 immigrant who has been in this country legally for 12 years. I’d love to think that USCIS waited for the new GC debut in order to start fixing the back log, but I know it will be too optimistic.

To be honest I have begun to lost hope over the last year watching the visa bulletin month after month. The category EB3 Mexico has been going backwards during the last 3 years and on for the last two months it has been unavailable.

I feel that this new GC announcement is an insult to the EB2-EB3 backlog community, showing off a new card that is never going to come true for us.

It is comforting to see that there is a big community felling the same way I do.
Señor Mayorcas, we are running out of oxygen in this endless race. PLEASE HELP US !!!!!!!!

 
At May 13, 2010 at 11:20:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a question about the RFID technology (of which I have no knowledge) in this card. I have read on other websites that this technology will serve to "track" green card holders and get them scanned so that DHS knows their every move 24/7. Is this correct?

 
At May 13, 2010 at 1:21:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The current EB based green card system is unfair. The EB3 wait is 9 plus years.

If you want green card faster you need to take some short cuts like applying both EB2 and EB3 and see which queue moves faster. Many people did this. There were many other short cuts that people did and USCIS knows about that.

If you want to do the right thing you have to wait and wait like me. I did not like the short cuts and so I applied under EB3 only. I am waiting for more than 8 years.

So what is the moral of this: "If the system is unfair then you can take (legally) short cut routes" or "Do the right thing and be a looser" ?

Please do something for the Eb3 backlog. Giving 3 year EAD/AP is not solution to our problem. Please use your admin powers and move the EB3 backlog at least a little bit.

 
At May 13, 2010 at 2:04:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is good step that USCIS has taken to mitigate the fraudulent naturalization cases.It seems that even with years of processing time of I-485(3-4 years for most countres and 9-10 years for China/India/Mexico.Philipines) and all those security checks, ineligible people are coming to US as evident by recent TimeSquare event.I think it is the necessity of the time to provide more transperenacy to USCIS Green Card processing and prove that they can really catch all the ill-minnded people throgh therir processes instead of being deaf on Legal immigrant community.

 
At May 16, 2010 at 6:47:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

USCIS reminds one of third world bureaucracies. A family based AOS interview done and passed and still no GC 6 months later. USCIS reponse to inquiry, "go away and come back after 180 days".

 
At May 16, 2010 at 3:56:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You really think anybody cares about the color?
What we care about is getting a red/yellow/blue or green card as long as it allows us to move on with our lives.
Where is this so-called land of the free, if we are stuck in a 5-10 year government mandated career freeze because of an incompetent government agency???

And Director Mayorkas needs to talk to the specialists before he can answer congress? Really??He has not figured that out before???

 
At May 17, 2010 at 7:15:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please fix the H1-B and EB Green card programs before anything else. These programs are grossly misused by offshore firms leading to loss of Jobs from US to these sweatshops which underpay and don’t treat employees with fairness. Please read the following employee blogs. Green Card preference should be given to people with US university degrees

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2010/04/15/can-infosys-keep-workers-with-hefty-raises/tab/comments/

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/opinions/msid-5529671,curpg-1.cms

 
At May 18, 2010 at 3:35:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Mayorkas,

As an US citizen and more importantly a decent human being, I am appalled to learn what has been going on in your organization. It is unconscionable and un-American to subject all these highly skilled priority workers to such type of intellectual slavery and other indignities and uncertainty.

As is apparent, there was [and still is] a shortage of highly trained professionals in the scientific and technical field. In order to avoid disaster at the turn of millennium [Y2K] the number of H1-B visas were increased. The need for the highly trained professionals were met by engineers and technical staff from India and China. There weren't enough people from the rest of the world obviously and the majority came from these two countries.

After the needs were met and disaster avoided, America went back to "life as usual" while all but forgetting about these people. When it was suitable Congress increased the H1 visas. There was no per country quota on H1 visas, so why should there be per country quota on AOS? This is a gross injustice and against our constitution.

We Americans cannot allow such injustice. You as the head of the organization whose "customers" are in this unfortunate state bear the prime responsibility to fix the broken immigration system. Please take the message to Congress to adopt the point system, which is the smart and intelligent and fair thing to do.

Only after you have cleared the backlog mess of legal immigrants, can USCIS get credibility back. Only then should the US Govt. begin to have confidence in your organization.

Regards,
Ana M.

 
At May 18, 2010 at 5:41:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

All EB3 applicants, just get the satisfaction by looking at this card. This is all USCIS can do.

 
At May 19, 2010 at 12:51:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,

I really wonder why it is so hard for you guys to come up with a solution to eliminate this huge EB backlog for countries like India and China.

I only can come to one conclusion that you guys do no care abt the customers and you are only concerned about the application fees that you collect from them.

Its been couple of months since this blog went live and i see no positive action taken from USCIS side to eliminate the EB backlog.

 
At May 19, 2010 at 4:29:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The way in which the former USINS and current USCIS handle petitions and applications has changed little besides the agency's title. You poor legal applicants who are trying to do things the right way are in for a long, long, long, long, long wait before anything becomes current. I feel the pain for you all, but hope that a miracle happens and that agency becomes more effective. Frankly there is not sufficient space here to list all the deficiencies and lack of sensitivity from the "new" Immigration Service.

 
At May 20, 2010 at 9:29:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most people who blog here are in EB3 category. Please post articles that are uplifting and hopeful for people in EB3. Thanks

 
At May 20, 2010 at 1:15:00 PM EDT , Blogger Kal said...

Firstly, kudos to USCIS on re-desinging the Green card and for trying to stay a step ahead, being proactive and implementing a more fool-proof, secure ID. As mentioned in previous posts, the card does look sharp, elegant and more secure and for that, once again, congratulations!

Secondly, absolutely no offense to anyone, especially since I am sailing in the same boat as most of you (EB3 category), but this is a choice we made! Nobody has been begging or forcing us to apply for a Green card here in the US and subject ourself to this anguish, anxiety and uncertainty. Talking about fairness, most of us have made this calculated decision based on hearing enough prior experiences of others, where it took them several years to get a Green card, so how is it fair now to ask USCIS to expedite the process. It is not as if USCIS had ever explicitly promised to anyone that they would have our Green card to us within a certain time.

Again, before you let the profanities towards me flow, please understand that I am going through the same anguish as most of you here but as a wise man once said - (Faith and) Patience is a virtue - and I for one will try to strongly abide by it and I urge you to please try to practise the same! I know it is easier said tha done but "necessity is indeed the mother of all "inventions" and transformations"! Besides, Mom always said, "Nothing worth having in this world comes easy!" and I am sure most of you would agree with that!

Good luck to everyone! God Bless y'all and hopefully all our prayers and wishes will be answered soon!!

- Kal.

 
At May 20, 2010 at 3:46:00 PM EDT , Anonymous egr said...

That is a good iniciative

 
At May 21, 2010 at 1:27:00 AM EDT , Blogger Frank said...

I can't find a better place for this question...

Can a person legally come here on a tourist visa with the intent to marry and adjust status to LPR?

What if they come here on a tourist visa without intent to marry, but do marry?

Thanks

 
At May 21, 2010 at 3:20:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Kal - I appreciate your comments as there is a lot of truth. The problem is that if USCIS knew their system is overburdened, they should stop accepting employment based applications for a TIME PERIOD and then resume later. This helps to control expectations in a way. Thus, from the very onset one can decide if it's worth the wait or not.

The anguish and anxiety comes from how much time people have invested in this process. It's almost too difficult to throw in the towel after so much involvement!

I have personally maintained legal status in the states for 10 years and I know people who have been here longer. But I have come to understand for myself and chosen to move on.

It's hard leaving 10 years behind and starting over in a different country. But this time I'm going somewhere that has a more transparent system of immigration - what you see is what you get kind of system.


For those waiting - Patience is a virtue and I wish you luck.

 
At May 21, 2010 at 4:12:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This blog needs a comment rating system so that one can see what the most relevant/irrelevant comments are. I think this will help USCIS know exactly what masses's sentiments are and what people tend to agree on.

 
At May 22, 2010 at 3:48:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

While a lot of precautions are taken for creating the GC, not much is taken for sending these. Same is the case with EADs. Loss of these cards is a hassle for both the applicant, and for the government in general to ensure that people don't forge them. Why can't a fee be charged and the card be sent by certified mail? I am sure most people wouldn't mind a additional charge in ensure that they receive documents on time. USCIS can also make $$$ by adding a handling fee.

 
At May 22, 2010 at 4:21:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quite frankly, I am becoming tired of the continuous bleating of the EB3 Indian applicants.

Those already in the line are, for the most part, fortunate to be so. Had DOS not become so exasperated with USCIS that they made all categories current in July 2007, most wouldn't have been able to file I-485 at all.

These same people complain about the 7% per country limit, but conveniently forget that the spillover rules have allowed India between 14 and 17 % of the total EB visas in the last 3 years. This is roughly in line with Indias population relative to the world of 17% (CIA Yearbook). I do believe that it is wrong that all categories are unable to benefit from spillover. I also believe it should be increased to a figure between 10 and 15 %.

I agree with a previous poster that if there are no caps on H1B, then there should be no caps within the EB immigration system. After that I disagree.

H1B and L1 has become quasi immigrant visas for many, which is different from dual intent. In some years, Indians have consumed up to 80% of the available visas. There should be per country caps set on both H1B and L1 visas, set to take account of dependents who accompany the primary visa holder.

Since this would mean that insufficient workers might be available, a new visa category for Temporary Workers should be established. It should be a purely Non Immigrant Visa, with no path to LPR status.

The backlogs are caused by too many people from a few countries wanted to immigrate to the USA. It would be entirely unsatisfactory for one country to consume 50 to 70% of the available visas, which is what would happen if the per country cap was removed.

The current backlog needs addressing and clearing as soon as possible.

USCIS need to weed out the fraudulent applicants within the system; the ones who were happy to be benched without pay, happy to commit violations of their LCA; those who were complicit in the fraud being perpetrated by their employers.

I commend USCIS for their recent steps in this direction.

Better control of the H1B and L1 visa system is required.

A cap on numbers of H1B and L1 per country needs to be introduced.

Visa recapture can then clear the current backlog.

Then, moving forward, any person who gets into the EB immigrant system can have reasonable confidence that their consular processing or AOS will be current immediately, or in a short timespan of not more than 12 months following submission.

People know the waiting times under the current system. With that information, they can make a decision as to whether to pursue the option or not.

It really is time to stop moaning. The system no less fair to Indians than it is to any other country.

 
At May 24, 2010 at 7:59:00 PM EDT , Anonymous JoeF said...

@Frank:
"Can a person legally come here on a tourist visa with the intent to marry and adjust status to LPR?"

It would usually be considered immigration fraud if the person didn't disclose this intent at the time of entry.

"What if they come here on a tourist visa without intent to marry, but do marry?"

That is generally ok.
Now, it is of course rather hard to determine what intent a person had when the person entered the country.
There is a court decision, Seihoon v. Levy, which, although it was about a change in non-immigrant status, is usually also applied in cases like what you mention. You can Google for it.

 
At May 26, 2010 at 2:57:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a great design...love it!

 
At May 27, 2010 at 1:14:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Folks: Please stop demanding/whining/pleading.... for green cards. Don't ask Mr. Mayorkas to do what he cannot do under the given constraints. He is doing what he can do. The combined EAD/Travel permit card is a step in the right direction. Next step for him would be to take the message to Congress about the AOS backlog. The moment he sees that it will be beneficial to USCIS to do so, he will.

How will that happen? When the revenues that can be obtained by adopting a point system, surpasses the revenues gained by USCIS by keeping the system as it is [while providing incremental changes to avoid a boil over/ or to maintain a suitable image].

How to facilitate the process? Firstly, by pointing out that the $1000 fees per applicant will increase the revenues by millions. Secondly by giving green cards to the folks waiting for it, the economic situation of US will be revamped. Thirdly, once he is able to prove that he can be a key player in clearing the immigration mess and back log, he will gain credibility and can move on to an even more lucrative venture of CIR.

What can you do? Firstly, stop whining/pleading/demanding.... Start a petition: Be civilized/cordial but firm [& pleasant] in your statement. You all are priority workers and I am presuming on the upper scale on intelligence. Also, hardworking, otherwise you wouldn't be here today. So, motivate yourself to take the step in the right direction. And take that step in a determined way. Don't expect someone else to do your work for you. However I can give my e-mail address to provide guidance. Unfortunately, it seems it is against the blog policy for the messages to have e-mail add? Since my previous message with e-mail add. did not get posted.

So, best wishes. I do hope Mr. Mayorkas finds it in his heart and mind to do the right thing. I am hoping that a combination of business sense and sense of ethics will be the motivating factor. Also, I think he is intelligent enough to realize that a class action lawsuit will not be good for the organization.

Regards,
Ana M.

 
At May 28, 2010 at 11:42:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Ana M,
Don't you think the EB community hasn't done all of the above already? Maybe you can join us in Washington June 7 while we protest. The fact of the matter is no one is really listening, all they are doing is collecting more $$$ from us every year while holding us hostage. The USA is known as a fair and just country, however once you are in the immigration system your ideologies are become tainted. Another solution is to leave, pack up our families and children, try to sell homes ( or just leave them and forclose), leave our leased/financed cars in the parking lot at the airport and withdrawl our money from the banks. I think that would be more effective than any petition, protest or waiting for Mr. Mayorkas to find it in his heart to do the right thing.
We are tired of proving each and everytime we enter the country or renew our drivers license that we are here "legally". We work dead end jobs just so we don't have to go back to then end of the EB line, or worse get rejected because you didn't get another job in the same function. How many people do you know in there 30's that held the same job function as they did in their 20's? Talk to any EB immigrant sure will find many. I am one of them.

I ask you Ana M, have you been in the EB line? Do you know the hardships we face? Try telling your 16 year old son he can't get a job like everyone else during the summer because he's an H4? Even he doesn't understand why, he's been here since he's 6 years old waiting for his green card! He's American educated, speaks and write's english like every other American his age, but would be DEPORTED/considered an illegal worker if he worked a summer job at our local YMCA.

We pay taxes, stay out of trouble but have ZERO rights.Some of us are afraid of protesting.. could get arrested for standing up for our rights and then be denied our Green Card because of an arrest!

So Ana M, can you share your own personal experiences so we know you really understand our plight,before you judge us.

 
At May 28, 2010 at 6:22:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with most of your comments Ana. You are not the first person to say that Mr. Mayorkas is good. I heard this from more than one source. And I have every reason the beleive that. EAD/AP change proposal from USCIS is one example. Isn't it?

Having said that, containing emotions for 10 years is a bit hard. But I at the same time I do not agree with some of the posts here.

When you are waiting for GC under EB3 category for 10 years ( I do) how do you feel? Mainly when one of your friend got his GC five year before and now got his citzenship, how do you feel?

My daughter is asking the question, why she needs to wait for GC while some of her friends got that already? Kids do not understand the unfairness. Our only mistake is we filed our GC under EB3. EB3 kids needs to wait while EB1 kids can get their GC in months? What is their fault?

If you do not have GC you need to pay thousands of dollars for EAD/AP; cannot travel easily; etc etc..

Mr. Mayorkas is our only hope now. We EB3 people are waiting for him to do some help through admin fixes (if that is possible).

By the way, what is the $1000 per applicaiton thing?

 
At May 31, 2010 at 5:54:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it disturbing when someone is quick to suggest throwing hard earned money at a problem. Especially when fee increases in the past has not led to noticeable efficienfy. Where is the cut off point if we are charged $1000 per application, so a year later will it be up to $2000? Some families have more than one application to file, not to talk of attorney fees. Even if we all agree that $1000 is a reasonable fee, will it get rid of the rampant fraud, unfairness, uncertainity and inefficiency we are dealing with right now?

 
At June 1, 2010 at 3:22:00 PM EDT , Anonymous JoeF said...

@ May 28, 2010 11:42:00 AM EDT Anonymous

All these things are well known, but it isn't CIS who can do anything about it.
Congress makes laws in this country, and only Congress can change laws. CIS can't.
Support the CIR. Call the Congressperson in your district, and help get the CIR passed. THAT's what helps, not whining here.
And before you ask, yes, I got my GC through EB. I actually had to leave the country because my H1 ran out. There was no 7th+ year H1 back then.

 
At June 2, 2010 at 5:03:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

USA is the most advanced country in the world.

Cannot USCIS tells us when we will get our EB based green card? Is is rocket science?

Why do we need these Visa bulletin, Priority date, EAD and AP?

 
At June 3, 2010 at 9:13:00 PM EDT , Anonymous JoeF said...

@June 2, 2010 5:03:00 PM EDT , Anonymous

The US may be the most advanced country in the world, but that doesn't mean that USCIS is advanced.
For example, the government pay structure is so that well-qualified people can earn a lot more money in the private sector.
And there are also much stricter rules about what government people can do vs. what people in private industry can do.
Just look how long it took for CIS to set up something as simple as a blog... Blogs have been around for 10 years before CIS started one.
The government is often very far behind technologically.

And at the same time, the law only provides a certain number of available spots. That's where the Priority Date comes into play. It is pretty much impossible to predict how many people would apply when, so even the most advanced country can't do away with things like PDs. In other words, yes, some of this stuff IS rocket science. Statistical models to predict some of this kind of stuff probably could get people a Nobel Prize...

 
At June 8, 2010 at 9:32:00 AM EDT , Anonymous AN IMMIGRATION LAWYER said...

WHILE THE NEW GREEN CARD IS A GOOD STEP, THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT THAT OLD GREEN CARD HOLDERS WITHOUT AN EXPIRATION DATE CHANGE OUT THEIR CARDS.

THE FRAUDULENT CARDS THAT ARE USED ARE MADE TO LOOK LIKE THE OLD CARDS (LAMINATED CARDS WITHOUT SECURITY FEATURES). THEREFORE, THE NEW DESIGN DOES LITTLE TO DETER FRAUD.

 
At June 10, 2010 at 1:40:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Been waiting for the new GREEN card. Will my old card with expiration date still be valid?

 
At June 16, 2010 at 1:13:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see a lot of EB3 category from India insisting that the wait is too long (8 years) and gripe that the EB1 get it quickly. I obtained my green card in about 4 months by the EB1-OR. I have put more than 9 years (J1-3 and H1-5) into making my profile outstanding. Asst. Prof in a university, obtained federal grants, published over 30 papers, reviewed dozens of publications and other grants. Trust me, the pay is way low than the computer techs and hours can be unbelievable long if you are a cancer cell biologist. I do sympathize with my fellow countrymen but in the long run the green card wait time is almost the same. That being said the Eb2 and Eb3 system has to be revamped so that at least there is a reason to the wait.

 
At June 17, 2010 at 1:27:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the look of the green card looks similar to the Australian Licence with the chip in it so is quite fraud proof. I look forward to getting mine as soon as USCIS get my paperwork done and I can come back here as a legal immigrant and marry the man I love.

 
At June 21, 2010 at 9:58:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Green card looks very nice.

Please process the EB3 backlog of India .
Is there any appereciation for people who came legally and stay legal and paying taxes for more than 10 years.
They have family and friends in their countries what face we can show back there . Their family members miss them .
Human life is short waiting 10 years for green card is a lot ? Issue is more of a humantarian grounds then immigration now after 10 years.

Please tell people who come on H-1 not to file for green card as Lawyers make their money and USCIS get fees. But the poor guy waist 10 years may be more of is life in duaility/uncertainity . He dont know where he belong and where is his life settles .

Please clear EB3 backlog

 
At June 21, 2010 at 2:02:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How long it takes to process the work authorization form?

 
At June 22, 2010 at 1:51:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi All, I haven't checked the blogs for almost a month now since my post on May 27th, hence the delayed response to the queries. Firstly, whether I have been in H1/EB block? Fortunately, no. Luckily, my talents and skills were found valuable, and I went directly from F1 to GC, having by passed the H1/EB route. I was not even aware of this mess, until I decided to help someone I know, who has been exploited and harassed by an unscrupulous employer. I was shocked and deeply concerned by what I saw and posted numerous thoughts and suggestions. If you had realized that numerous posts on Point system, Yellow card [I coined the term Yellow card to Interim GC], combined EAD/Travel card [which I termed as work/travel permit since I don't like the term advance parole and suggested that these get incorporated in the Yellow card itself, suggesting a flat fee of $1000 per principal beneficiary [and dependents] for the Yellow card for ALL approved petitions] etc. you'd realize how empathic I am to your cause, even though it does not affect me directly. Hence instead of attacking me, you should be appreciative of the fact that someone is concerned by your plight even though it does not affect her personally.

I am furthermore troubled by the fact that Mr. Mayorkas instead of trying to find a solution, is suggesting hiking up the fees yet again [last monumental fee increase was in 2007 without any change in quality of service]. USCIS is the worst Govt. agency that I have come across in terms of competency, efficiency, integrity and transparency and yet it boldly goes ahead and increases the fees without any significant changes in service [cosmetic changes like improved web-site, blogs, better looking green cards, token positive stories etc. even though are steps in teh right direction, doesn't really count much in the major scheme of unsatisfactory affairs].

As is painfully clear USCIS does not have any incentive in resolving the backlog and its inefficient functioning, since by keeping things as it is it can milk the cash cow of captive immigrant customers as much as it wants. The only way to stop this exploitation is by souring the milk. In this country, one of the things that work [though an unfortunate route] is class action law suits. Lawyers, even though they take the vow of integrity do not often go by it. The prime motivating factor for most of them is money. So, for the EB2, EB3 category of people who are stuck in this mess the only solution is to join hands, and contribute $1000 each to a fund and take your case to an efficient and competent lawyer/law firm. If 100 people join hands, that is $100,000, if 1000 people come together that is 1000 fold [i.e. 1 million]. So you see, you have strength in numbers and even in your misery, you can find a solution to an end if only you will unite. And this united front should comprise of all people stuck in the backlog irrespective of job category/country of origin etc.

America is one of the best countries in the world, its shortcomings not withstanding. And, it has avenues to correct these shortcomings. So, instead of complaining/demanding/pleading.... etc. be proactive and start a petition. And, take preparations for a class action lawsuit, if the petition falls into deaf ears. Also, I'd like to hear about what happened to the June 7th protest? I would have joined as a conscientious US citizen, had I known earlier.

Regards,

Ana M.

 
At June 22, 2010 at 2:56:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

While the green card with all the new security features is a step in the right direction, no one can deny that the current process is a big mess. I have been waiting 9 years with so many other folks. What kills you is the air of uncertainty that surrounds the process. People like me are at a stage where they literally don't belong to either to their home country or US. 10 years is a long enough time to fall out of place with the culture and trends. With companies taking undue advantage of our hapless situation our technical growth is hampered since you are all the time worried about saving your job. Add to it the fact that I qualified for EB2 but my employer would only file EB3. I pay taxes, SS, Medicare each year am extremely law abiding shop regularly which helps the economy. The way we treat education, my kids an many others we make sure that the school district always shows the upward trend. With all this I do not even knowing whether I can even use any of the benefits, like retirement etc. Add to this the trouble of renewing your H1 visa every few years, getting it stamped and having to do this again and again and again. After being part of the system for so many years, we have become part of it. At this juncture GC is no longer a privilege for us as many folks seem to think. honestly, we deserve it. If not then we at least need to know when we might get it so that we can plan our lives accordingly. "Limbo" is certainly not a state for anyone to be in, right?

 
At June 25, 2010 at 11:23:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What good is it to show the new design and is never issued to applicants? I think the problem is not with security features on the existing card but the system which cannot process EB2,EB3 based application on time.Time to realize and understand what poor legal immigrants are going through.Paying taxes promptly and obeying all the laws and still not eligible for a green card? How much more money should we pump into the system? I think it the lawyer and USCIS who is getting benefited from this system.
SHOW SOME MERCY FOR THE SAKE OF HUMANITY.

 
At June 30, 2010 at 2:40:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont understand why the USCIS feels like they have to kick you while you are down. They are not satisfied for making you wait for decades for GC, but they also have to issue unnecessary RFEs, untimely EADs renewal. Some people claim they are playing God with peoples lives.
I am all for USCIS doing there jobs well, and enforcing the law, but I had to terminate my job twice, because of USCIS administrative mistakes. By the time they corrected there mistakes I was forced to quit my jobs. This has led to financial devastation for me, and if I dont find a job soon I am going to be homeless. This is not a matter of CIR, or call your congressmen, (even though those are welcome ideas) these are just administrative problems. I just hope USCIS realizes that behind those receipt numbers there are actual human beings.

 
At June 30, 2010 at 7:52:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do we expect per country quota to be adjusted based on population of the country?

India and china are big counties with huge population..now sure how per country quota can be applied with considering the number of people in the country.

 
At July 22, 2010 at 12:49:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nebraska Service Center has the longest employment based I-485 (almost a year) as showin in the website. Whereas, for the other centers it is only 4 months.

 
At July 25, 2010 at 9:36:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Brad said...

Why so vague about these extra security features?What exactly do they do.Many people are rightly concerned at the thought of the government knowing their every movement.They already know more than they should just from us using credit and debit cards all the time.Let me guess,next will be a requirement to carry these cards everywhere.This 'improved security' concerns me and many others.And no I am not a conspiracy nut,nor am I a law breaker,but the right questions need to be asked lest we continue on the slippery slope to fascism.

 
At July 31, 2010 at 1:18:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Cameron Benz said...

I wonder what budget this is coming from? Is this why they're upping our taxes?

 
At August 12, 2010 at 3:00:00 AM EDT , Anonymous M Jones said...

If one of the most important features is that it is fraud proof, it is all worth the change. Does it have an electronic chip?

 
At August 12, 2010 at 3:29:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Alexandr said...

Hi, all ! America is one of the best countries in the world.That is a good iniciative.

 
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It took quite sometime to read all these posts, and to realize the pain, and sorrow behind everyone's case in EB2/EB3 and USA govt doing nothing to clear the backlog, All who posted are brilliant and expressed the real life pain,
10yrs 12 years huh! Is it a joke.

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At December 16, 2010 at 11:54:00 AM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, i would just like to make a statement about green cards in general. i am not EB1,2,3 or any other specifically qualified individual. i am a Jamaican national that lost my card and i applied for my GC in feb/06.they finally issued my replacement in march of 2010 despite the time and money spent fighting and waiting for it.to me this is ridiculous to wait this long for a replacement.i only write this to let everyone know you are not alone. this issue affects a lot of people and it is quite unfair. my only solace is to think and hope they are spending/taking that much time to make the system more secure for legal immigrants,which it looks like they have. just my .02

 
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All documents now have computer chips or other improvements and are more difficult to change identity, so good to see the green card to improve as well.

 
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The immigration security needs to use latest technology against altering and misuse of documents, the current features will prevent fraudulent usage.

 
At February 17, 2011 at 12:42:00 AM EST , Anonymous Cheap Sewing Machines For Sale said...

I have to say the new green card looks outstanding. I think if the picture isn't black and white looks even better and also it's easier to identify the card holder.

 
At May 2, 2011 at 11:11:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Ken Christensen said...

This raises an interesting question... why was the "green card" not green to begin with?

 
At July 30, 2011 at 8:34:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Sharat Vasan said...

Why does the most ineffective organization in US need to go for a re-designed green card.
They need to focus on hiring new people, training their existing ones so that the huge backlog (irrespective of the country) is removed. I guess they have more time in their hands.

 
At September 15, 2011 at 11:56:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi
I am waiting since 2000 and my wife waiting since 1995 till this date we did not got our GC. My case is pending under EB3 category of india . My priority date is march 2004.
USCIS director, staff all associates Please do some thing.
Its not humnae to make people live and work and pay taxes without lettting them assure where they belong?????
Please for God sake do something !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
At September 15, 2011 at 10:40:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

To senior policy makers of USCIS
Please read these complaints of people stuck in waiting under EB3 backlog .
They are humans, They came legally and working legally and paying taxes. look what they are getting in return from you.
They paid so much hard earned money in forms of lawyers fees and application fees and renewal and extension fees.
You just enjoy life and take your salaries and have fun.

God please do justice !!!!!!!!!!!!
Punish the wrongdoor
Singh

 
At November 23, 2011 at 3:05:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a neighbor who is older (mid 70's) who immigrated to the United States after WWII with her husband(who is now deceased)and all of her children are US born citizens. She has a nephew in the UK who visits regularly who owns his own business (Construction and Design) and has dreamed of becoming a citizen since he was 8 or 9 years of age. My neighbor's sister has since passed and her nephew and his family would really like to become US Citizens, but to do this without sponsoship would be a significant hardship. I wonder if there aren't other discriminators that can be used for people like this, proof of income, blood kinship instead of marriage or being a direct relative, to allow them sponsorship. We have allowed a good number of undesirables to receive sponsorship based on being a husband or wife or unmarried child. I would think there would be a way for someone to sponsor surviving relatives that could demonstrate their financial standing and lack of criminal history as well as other factors so that family members could be united under our freedoms and protection. Just an observation.

 
At December 4, 2011 at 9:51:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got married to a chinese women she used me for citizenship. After we got married thought something was strange. Ater a few months of being married to he started getting letters from immigration but she took them and sent them to someone. We started to talk to a lawyer out of Philadelphia,pa he said she was in trouble with the government that she overstayed her visa was to leave in 04 but never left and that she had a marriage fraud case against her from the previous husband. I did not know this when i got married to her.. Now she has filed the U-VISA against me for spousal abuse to get citizenship been thru court in Lancaster,pa which was thrown out because she lied 4 times to the judge and its on the transcript that she told 4 different stories. Now she moved to new york city and she placed another order from abuse against me. Have not talked or contacted her since. but she can place these on me in any state and i have to get lawyer to fight for me she has a order for deportation now and she also has other pending but they still will not pick her up

 
At December 30, 2011 at 3:04:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a few questions :-

- How carefully is an application checked for Green Card in the EB1 Category for an individual who holds an L1A Visa ?
- Some people got Green Card within 6 months and they were not even team lead's.

 
At January 23, 2012 at 6:23:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I removed my conditional status as permanent resident. Last October 5, 201 was my biometric schedule and I done it quickly, I'm thankful about that. But until now, I haven't got my permanent resident card (green card) yet. But my friend, had her biometric last June 2011 and after 2 weeks, she got her permanent resident card already and we have the same status. Why there some delays? It's more than 3 months that I'm waiting. Please help me if there's information regarding this matter. Thank you so much!

 
At July 13, 2012 at 9:20:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Candice said...

does anyone know if i can help my sons father get a green card even though my child is under the age of 21 well 18 for that matter. He is 8 years old and wants to get to know his father and spend time with his father but due to all the working laws and stuff he cannot find work near where his son lives. The goverment wants child support from him and my son wants a relationship with him.... Is there any way to apply for a visa for someone if his child is under 18. and if so how? Please help im so confused

 
At July 13, 2012 at 9:21:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Candice said...

Does anyone know if it is possible to apply for a green card for the parent of a child under 18 years of age? please help im confused

 
At August 14, 2012 at 5:03:00 PM EDT , Anonymous green card renewal said...

The original green card was green from 1946 - 1964, I believe. What happened then? It wasn't green until 2010, right? It is nice that the original greenness made it back into the design. I hope that it doesn't come in the same aluminum foil wrapping that the enhanced driver's license comes in. It totally ruins the card when the lining comes off the package.

 
At October 2, 2012 at 11:23:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Alli said...

I like the new green card design much better. Maybe it will help make card duplication more difficult.

 
At April 19, 2013 at 11:38:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

After reading the summary of the Gang of 8’s proposed bill, I am unclear how that will affect the elimination of the Family category for brothers and sisters of US citizens. If the proposal is passed and becomes law, and someone has already filed and paid USCIS the fee to file an I-130 application to petition his/her brother and the beneficiary won’t be getting a visa immigrant number anytime soon but is in line to get a number (for example, beneficiary lives in China), does that mean that it will be impossible for this beneficiary to get a number even if he continues to wait in line for as long as it takes? If the passage of the law means that those siblings of U.S. citizens currently in line for a visa immigrant number will not be given a visa immigrant number, will USCIS refund the I-130 application fee to the petitioner?

Thank you USCIS for clarifying this hypothetical situation.

 
At November 26, 2013 at 12:30:00 AM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

CAN MY 21 YEAR OLD SON IMMIGRATE ME EVEN IF HAD HIM ILLEGALLY IN THE US?

 
At March 24, 2014 at 1:45:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was having hard time looking/searching for the information I need.

 
At July 22, 2014 at 1:55:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have two questions regarding the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. 1) Does anyone verify the applicant's claims as to the number of jobs created by their investment? If the investment fails after the I-829 application is approved, is the applicant's permanent residency revoked?

 
At September 3, 2014 at 3:25:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to know why some people can have a green card, and it does not have an expire date on it, and they never need to renew it, and pay for a new green card? They even go abroad, and nothing is said or done coming back to the US. I always had to renew my card, after 10 yrs.

 

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