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16 June 2011

The Director's Office: Alejandro Mayorkas Receives Award from Immigrant Rights Group, Hosts Chicago Community Leaders Forum on Immigration

Director Mayorkas
On Thursday, June 2, 2011, Director Alejandro Mayorkas of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services traveled to Chicago to receive an award from one of Illinois’ most prominent immigrant advocacy groups and to host a White House-sponsored business leaders’ forum on immigration reform.

In the evening of June 2, The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) hosted more than 300 people at its 25th anniversary celebration.  ICIRR is a state-wide coalition of 138 organizations dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society.  Director Mayorkas was honored with ICIRR’s Golden Door Award for his leadership of USCIS in its efforts to ensure that United States citizenship remains a valued and accessible benefit to all who are eligible.  ICIRR singled out the Obama Administration’s decision in 2010 to keep the naturalization fee flat despite required cost-based increases in other immigration benefit categories.  This was ICIRR’s inauguration of its Golden Door Award.

Earlier in the day, as part of the Obama Administration’s initiative to elevate the debate around immigration reform, Director Mayorkas joined Chicago area business leaders to discuss the need and advocate for comprehensive immigration reform.  The roundtable discussion drew leaders from all sectors of the community, including the Chamber of Commerce, the Illinois Restaurant Association, and representatives from financial services, building development, non-profits, and the clergy.  The roundtable’s participants shared with Director Mayorkas the need for comprehensive immigration reform, ideas for further engagement and mobilization, and the Chicago community’s plans to promote the needed reforms.

This is the first installment of “The Director’s Office” - a new series of posts from Director Mayorkas that will appear regularly on this blog.



At June 22, 2011 at 10:44:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

USCIS Blog Team-

Today I got a Striking idea which might have heard by your team already.

As you lot of people are working on H1b or L1A or B1 visas. They all need a way ascertain if they are been exploited or not. For examples , You can put out a simple flow by taking the information & passing.
Name , company name , working city , Current salary , LCA Salary(optional) , I-94 Number(Optional), W2(Years) etc . Make a simple algorithm to calculate any issues. Issue a clean chit or present him/her a application to submit with more information right away. The case is opened and tracked.
This automated way would open lot of ways for people to reach out USCIS easily and also put the employer under the radar to treat the employees better and fair as promised when filed the LCA.

At June 23, 2011 at 11:11:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...


Please help educated and skilled spouses on dependent visas by granting them a temporary work permit to work for at least some hours in the week to keep themselves active and busy rather than deteriorate, idling away their talent and skills.

At June 30, 2011 at 10:25:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please On this 4rth of july do some favor to India bacK log of EB3 category .
We are suffering for long time . I understand you have certain system to follow and some quota . But we are all humans and waiting and going through hardship from 2002 . and where as people in other categories they already citizens .

Laws and regulations are is made for people and not people !!!!

All humans are same pain and feelings. its not fair to give some people preference on basis of country,qualification and application type.

Please do something and move the dates and clear some applications. It will boost economy.


At July 15, 2011 at 5:54:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This country needs highly educated/qualified engineers, scientists, and doctors.

Engineers, Doctors, Lawyers with advanced (Masters) degrees in their professions should be placed in a special EB category. For example, present EB system does not show any difference between a software business analyst with masters degree in electrical engineering and a chemical engineer with advanced degree in chemical engineering. We should also understand that the industry needs and qualified personal available are very different in both industries.

DOL and USCIS should work together and bring a solution for this issue. It will be great if these EB categories are made based on the profession and/or specific industry requirements. By doing so you will protect every industry and help it to meet its labor requirements.


At July 19, 2011 at 12:26:00 AM EDT , Anonymous JoeF said...

@July 15, 2011 5:54:00 PM EDT , Anonymous:

It seems that you have no clue about the political system in the US.
Neither DOL nor USCIS can change the categories.
The categories are in the law. In this country, only Congress can change laws.
Please educate yourself before posting things... You can buy a copy of the US Constitution in every book store...
Thank you.

At July 20, 2011 at 12:44:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

When an engineering job needs BS degree, how can an IT job need MS degree? I have seen few cases where an employer says he needs an MS graduate to run a Oracle report which a 5th grade student can do. Employees educational background is no way related to what they are working now. Someone gave an example up here of an software business analyst with MS in electrical engineering applying to an EB2 job category, I think employers are taking job requirements and qualification requirements for a ride..

At July 20, 2011 at 10:41:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today I would like express the backlog of EB2 Category which is currently no where near ending. The people who applied in EB3 are porting to EB2 with falsified information & documents. Basically the Greed of the employers and people who are porting is making the system not work correctly. Can you put a process in place when someone tries to port should go through extra documentation & additional background scrutiny to avoid corruption and mis-using the system.

At July 24, 2011 at 2:00:00 AM EDT , Anonymous JoeF said...

@July 20, 2011 10:41:00 AM EDT , Anonymous:
Your post only shows that your own self-interest has clouded your judgment, and that you rely on rumors.
First, porting to EB2 is not happening much. The CIS numbers show that.
Second, your statement about fraud is basically libel. Do you have actual evidence that fraud is happening in porting in a large scale (you claim that everybody porting is committing fraud, which is ludicrous.) Your self-interest doesn't allow you to libel a whole group of people, just because they do something you don't like.
Third, people who originally filed in EB3 and worked for a long time while their EB3 applications are pending, are of course eligible to find a job that requires EB2, and apply through that, if they fulfill the EB2 requirements. Absolutely nothing wrong with that.
In summary, don't let your self-interest get the better of you. In particular, if you have a Masters degree, you should have received enough education to know better.
Thank you.

At July 29, 2011 at 8:49:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a difference between software/Hardware engineering and Information Technology, I donno if everyone understands it. In IT people work on ETL tools and it is as good as working on MS Excel. 95% of IT jobs on dice or any job website on air shows bachelors as minimum requirement for most of IT jobs. Companies like Oracle, SAP or Clients should come out and say that people who work on their software's/work for them to create applications will need Masters degree. Third party placement is not employer specific anymore, its mostly based on projects they work on at clients location. So clients or people who designed the ETL software's should recommend the minimum job requirements to USCIS and DOL.

At August 8, 2011 at 11:02:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Director Mayorkas,

We are a family here from El Salvador and fortunately we have been granted TPS allowing us to work and live in this great country. As you know the economy is not the greatest, my parents both work extremely hard, my father as a painter and my mother as a machine operator and both my brother and I are High School Students.

We live a humble lifestyle, we have a two bedroom apartment; my parents in their bedroom, being the girl I have my own bedroom and my brother sleeps on the couch in the living room. My parents share one car in which they use to drop us off at school and for both to get to work. We feel blessed to have good health, food on the table, a roof over our head and status to live and work here freely however we do not have the financial means to deal with Attorneys.

Thankfully an Attorney was able to get us our TPS status however it was an extremely expensive process one in which my parents are still making monthly payments to. With that said every time a renewal of our status is necessary we no longer use this Attorney due to his unfeasible fee of $1,000.00 per person. He is a great Attorney who has done us well but his fees are simply beyond our reach.

Therefore we now use a non-attorney for the renewal of our TPS, we have been using this office for the past 3 renewals and they have been great most importantly they only charge us $100.00 per person. With the Attorney we would have paid $4,000.00 in total where as with this office we only pay $400.00 total.

How do you justify this? Isn’t this abuse? Wouldn’t you say this is as bad as fraud?

We need more offices such as these and we are thankful we found this office. They are reliable, easily reached, honest and affordable. Fundamentals that most Attorneys lack.

When you can provide the nation with Attorneys that will charge us minimal fees such as this office then only can you justify this movement.

When you can provide the nation with Attorneys that are personally accessible to us without charging us for every visit, every phone call or every INS request then only can you justify this movement.

When you can assure the nation that Attorneys do not commit fraud onto immigrants then only can you justify this movement.

When you can be honest with yourself then only will you realize this movement is not justified!

A 17-year old Salvadorian National

At August 8, 2011 at 11:04:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Mayorkas,
According to USCIS and Attorneys we, Non-Attorneys, are only able to fill-out forms without asking the applicant any questions or answering any questions from the applicant. Based on this analogy if an applicant were to come into my office and request we fill-out his N-400 form and although he has only been a Legal Permanent Resident for 1-year, we are to continue filling out his form because we are not allowed to inform him of anything. The continuation of this process, knowing that the applicant is not eligible for Citizenship is fraud and I refuse to believe this is what USCIS wants us to do. If the applicant has been out of the country for a significant amount of time making him ineligible are we to continue with the process of filling out his form because we are not allowed to ask or inform him of anything? If the applicant has committed a crime or an offense in which we know would make him ineligible are we to continue with the process of filling out his form because we are not allowed to ask or inform him of anything? If someone were to walk in my office, informs us that he wants a “work permit” and requests we fill out form I-765 although he meets no grounds of eligibility are we to fill out the form because we are not allowed to ask or inform him of anything? Absurd, once again proving this campaign was premature, the architect failed to fully comprehend the difference between “practicing law and giving legal advice” to simply referring to the USCIS regulations and guidelines. This is the most biased and deceiving initiative USCIS has publicly put out and unfortunately those that will be the most affected are the immigrants. The immigrant community needs a reliable, trustworthy, credible and affordable means of service providers and Non-Attorney should be recognized and supported. The problem to this initiative is the refusal to understand this, the moment this is understood then the solution is simple… certify, recognize and support Non-Attorneys.

At August 17, 2011 at 12:48:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeap totally agreed on the last comment we need people with less "money hungry" and more service oriented people specially focusing on the need of our low income applicants,and is very easy if you have the knowledge or in the mean time the forms are so simple that any one can fill them out. thank you

At December 15, 2011 at 10:58:00 AM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The USCIS should look into changing vertical spillover rules to stop exploiting EB1, EB2 categories for all countries so that longtime backlogged EB3 gets spill down. It is highly unfair to hold one category for a 10 yrs but all others are always current for years.

1.Impose backlog on EB1, EB2 for all countries at least 2 to 3 years to spill down visas to EB3

2. Please ensure FIFO by considering initial entry date as legal Non-Immigrant along with Green Card petition Priority Date together.

Right now people who waiting in line and paying all taxes in this country are kept waiting while recent applicants were getting their green cards much faster. Please fix unfair distribution so that large number of EB3 beneficiaries would invest in the markets, buy homes to settle in lives. Thanks,

At May 30, 2012 at 5:29:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Director Mayorkas:
Are there any proposal and/or changes (waivers) regarding individuals convicted of aggravated felony- FIRST time drug related charges? Is there ever going to be any leniency for those same individuals who have Legal Permanent Resident status only? The concept of labeling someone a “felon” for the rest of their life is somewhat misconstrued in its entirety…what happened to second chances and/or allow the individual to reunify with their family and be able reintegrate into society…once they underwent their due sentence and rigorous reformation….WHY caused more psychological damage to the person and their families?? The United States has and is still known as the ‘big melting pot’ for generations, the notion of sending back individuals who spent most of their lives inside of the U.S. back to their native land, just because they are not U.S. citizen, is demeaning, degrading and shows NO respect to human nature. We are all humans, and to some extent have family members that are NOT so perfect, does that mean that we should not ever see them again… and CAST THEM OUT OF OUR LIVES FOREVER….PLEASE DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS LAW…… the punishment of "forever" being barred from re-entering the U.S. despite individual’s history and family ties to this country IS TOO HARSH A SENTENCE?? Thank you in advance for addressing this issue.

At December 23, 2013 at 5:54:00 AM EST , Anonymous Namee said...

Immigration is one of the most critical issues of United States. USCIS has been doing remarkable job since its foundation. Let’s hope that in recent future, we can get profound immigration law to solve this hard-hitting issue and also to support people who are eligible to be an American citizen.

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At April 21, 2015 at 10:53:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Honorable Director,
Please do something for Driving License renewal process currently in i-485 pending EAD cases only one year Dr license is given while EAD is valid for Two ears. If the drivers license can be give till EAD expiration date will be helpfull.


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