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25 July 2014

An Introduction by the New Director of USCIS, León Rodríguez

Hello Beacon readers! On July 9, I was sworn in as the fourth USCIS director and have had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know the wonderful people who work for this remarkable organization. Of all my duties as director, I must admit that having an opportunity to participate in and administer naturalization ceremonies has been especially important to me.


Special naturalization ceremony held at the U.S. Department of Justice.  From left: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Leon Rodriguez, USCIS Washington District Director Sarah Taylor, Attorney General Eric Holder, Executive Office for Immigration Review Director Juan Osuna.

On July 22, I had the honor of swearing in new Americans at a naturalization ceremony hosted at the Department of Justice by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. This was my very first naturalization ceremony as USCIS director - and I can't imagine a more meaningful and moving experience as the son and grandson of immigrants who became American citizens. In fact, 50 years ago, I stood next to my parents as they took the Oath of Allegiance.


Director Rodríguez hands a naturalization certificate to a new American in the Great Hall at the Department of Justice

I was truly humbled to administer the Oath and congratulate 73 proud new citizens from 52 countries on their successful path to U.S. citizenship. There was an overwhelming amount of excitement and pride in the faces of those being naturalized in the Great Hall at the Department of Justice. Now I know why my predecessors said participating in naturalization ceremonies is the best part of the job. I look forward to more.

I am grateful and honored that President Obama asked me to lead the 18,000 men and women of USCIS. I believe that I was chosen for this position because of two elements of my professional background that don't typically go side-by-side. I've spent most of my career in law enforcement defending against all types of criminal justice threats. But a significant part of that background includes defending the most fundamental rights we have as Americans – our civil rights.


Director Rodriguez chats with his Chief of Staff Juliet K. Choi

Our mission at USCIS is to secure America's promise - to welcome those who have earned our nation's welcome, encourage them to become citizens, and guard against those who would cause us harm. My job is to make sure we apply the laws fairly and with consistency, integrity and compassion.

Over the coming months, I look forward to pursuing a dialogue with you to ensure we continue to be the best and brightest beacon for all who wish to call America their new home.

Yours truly,

León Rodríguez
USCIS Director

47 Comments:

At July 25, 2014 at 10:57:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome, Director.

Now...about that legal immigration backlog...

Is there any chance we'll see an improvement in USCIS processing times for applications/visa issuance? The 5-20 year wait that is currently being experienced by legal immigrants from filing to actual green card issuance is more than an inconvenience. It's potentially career-killing.

 
At July 25, 2014 at 11:09:00 AM EDT , Blogger Lori Moncherry said...

Welcome to your new position. My husband and I went through immigration 4 years ago, and are very unsettled at the amount of illegal immigrants crossing our borders into America. It is truly not fair for those who actually are doing it the correct way. Though the process is not perfect, we(my husband and I) both feel as though it is necessary. We are looking forward to hearing your input on this topic and what you have to bring to the table regarding it.

 
At July 25, 2014 at 11:46:00 AM EDT , Anonymous gk said...

Great to hear that deserving people are becoming US citizens.I worked in US for 10 yrs from 98-2008. Now, I am in India without US greencard or citizenship.American Organization hired me and relocated to USA from India on the promise of permanent residency.Greencard processing went very slow. I had to come to India for some urgent work in 2008 and could not come back to US due to lack of greencard or work visa. Even though I have worked in US for 10+ yrs, contributed to so many projects, I am without greencard. Lack of greencard has caused me great inconvenience.Request you to immediately provide greencard and relocate me to USA.

 
At July 25, 2014 at 12:30:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome to the USCIS. It is an important position to our country, because the immigration is fundamental for the U.S. National Security. My wife and I came to USA as political refugee from Cuba since six years and half, but now we are proudly U.S. citizens. We refuse the illegal immigration, because we can't go where we aren't invited. All the countries around the world have its strict immigration laws, why we aren't it?. It is necessary enforcement the present immigration law for stop the invasion de illegal immigrant at this time..

 
At July 25, 2014 at 12:45:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome to USCIS's Director. It is necessary to enforcement the present U.S. Immigration Law, because the immigration affairs are part of our National Security, and not as political champagne. We (my wife and I) wait more four years for came to USA as political refugee from Cuba, and now we are proudly U.S. citizens. The invasion of illegal aliens from Center and South America most be stop immediately, because it 's not good for our economy and National Security neither. Thanks.

 
At July 25, 2014 at 12:45:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

countries like Europe provide Permanent resident status when you work for 3 years paying taxes, irrespective of the country you come from. But here its is not so, America is huge has lot of scope to grow, but immigration policies are barbarian.Please please for heaven sake do something,immediately.Please put an end to this infinite wait and unite families and make the American dream a reality.

 
At July 25, 2014 at 1:02:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

with out any sponsership for immigration ?
is-there any chance to becam immegrat to your nation?

 
At July 25, 2014 at 1:05:00 PM EDT , Anonymous W Register said...

I don't supose you could Appoint a Sworn Senior Investigator into your USCIS group for the Eastern North Carolina area ?

 
At July 25, 2014 at 1:07:00 PM EDT , Blogger Siva said...

To,

The Honorable Leon Rodriguez
Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
20 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 5110
Washington, DC 20529.

Subject: Request reforms to reduce the backlogs in the Employment-Based Immigration for legal high-skilled workers

Dear Mr. Rodriguez,
I am writing this letter to bring to your attention the plight of hundreds of thousands of legal immigrants who request you to makes reforms to the immigration system which is completely broken and is particularly unfair to legal, tax-paying, law-abiding immigrants. Some leave this country to create businesses that will compete with America and create jobs in other countries like Canada and Australia. We have identified two issues and potential recommendations that you and your agencies can study and, hopefully, use your executive powers to deliver us from this long wait and unending uncertainty.
1. Elimination of Dependents from Employment‐Based Count.
Majority of the employment based immigration visas end up going to family members of the primary applicants. In 2012, out of the 140,000 EB green cards annually, only about 65,000 go to the principals; the remainder go to dependents. This is one of the main causes of the decades long wait periods for an immigrant visa for thousands of legal immigrants. Thus, we would like to request the President to allow for such an interpretation of the existing laws where a family member of an employment based visa petitioner is NOT counted towards the current cap.
2. Allow Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and USCIS to receive application for Adjustment of Status with an approved I-140 immigrant petition
A high skilled immigrant has to wait for decades for an immigrant visa number to become available, simply because of the country of birth. Current title 8 U.S.C. 1255(a) (3) states that a nonimmigrant’s adjustment of status to a permanent resident can only happen if an immigrant visa is immediately available to him at the time his application is filed. This, however, does not prevent the administration from “accepting and holding” the AOS application until an immigrant visa number becomes available at which time the applicant can resubmit the required forms and most recent biometric information.
We would like to thank you for your time and consideration. We hope that our arguments and supporting data have convinced you to seriously call for reinterpretation of existing laws which is completely within your power. WWe hope that the president's EO will fix some of the problems as noted above and that this is something that the president can and should do for the legal, tax-paying, law-abiding, citizens-in-waiting of America.
Thank you.

 
At July 25, 2014 at 1:15:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Michael V. Gold said...

Welcome!

 
At July 25, 2014 at 1:22:00 PM EDT , Anonymous akg said...

WelCome Mr. Director ,

Under your leadership we hope the processing time will improve and we don't have to further take hit on cancellation of our planned trip. Also hope to move on with Administrative fixes to help us to come out from long wait queue. I guess 7 years on EAD is also a proven option to become citizenship qualification (or for 14 years in a country) other then 5 year on GreenCard.

 
At July 25, 2014 at 1:33:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Rodriguez , WELCOME.
Here is my story. A legally employed, tax paid , law abiding IT professional, waiting in the dark tunnel called Greencard Backlog. This year it is my 10th year of waiting in the EB3-I backlog. I came to this country ten years ago, believing in American values and where I am today? BROKEN. Prime time of my carrier life, is gone into extending my job visas every two years, paying thousands of dollars to USCIS and attorneys. Filling endlessly document after document proving again and again my legality in this country to get that Visa, so I can stay. With this knife called 'Visa approval' hanging on my head for ten years, I cannot see my family as often as I want and that lead me into emotional distress. I have to keep with the same company and same job, no growth - just to get that visa. Now, will you fix it? I feel it's inhuman what is going on in the name of greencard, that too when I am legally employed. will you fix it? actually CAN YOU? I lost the hope, since the so called system is caught up in political jargon, throwing at each other. If you can do something about this, my dear director, it will be historical and you will be remembered.

 
At July 25, 2014 at 2:00:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Director! May you have many more years on this job.

I hope that you continue on to process all of the Visa Applications (including backlogs) in a manner that it would not take Visa wait, for a lifetime to be issued. In this way, you are promoting legal immigration. Also, I hope you understand that any steps to accommodate illegals is a slap in the faces of those who are still languishing in the wait list of Visas.

 
At July 25, 2014 at 2:09:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome!!

What is the best way to report H1B related scams ? I have seen many indians abusing H1B visa AND SAME ARE WAITING FOR GREEN CARD LINE NOW.

 
At July 25, 2014 at 2:16:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

To reduce waiting period on Green cards, please impose country cap on H1B and L1 Visas. Asians gets highest number of H1s and they cry for green cards.

 
At July 25, 2014 at 2:28:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Jasdeep said...

Welcome Mr. Director! Will there be any improvements in the wait time for the Employment based legal immigrants. Based on the current backlog, even the graduates of US universities have to wait for 7-10 years to get Employment Authorization document. Then another 3-4 years to get green card in hand.

The spouses of H1B visa holders have to wait for 7-10 years to get work permit. It is completely unfair to them. The H1B visa holders has been contributing a lot to US economy by buying houses, paying taxes, buying cars and by going on vacations.

Because of the long wait to obtain green card and no work permit for the spouses of H1B visa holders (H4 visa holders), most of them eventually make decisions for moving out from US to Canada or Australia where getting permanent residency is faster. This results in the following:

1. Loss of money invested by the company on green card process.
2. Brain drain of the highly trained and experienced individuals to other countries.

Under your leadership we hope the processing time will improve for the legal, tax-paying, law-abiding in waiting citizens of America.

Thank you.

 
At July 25, 2014 at 2:30:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please clear Employment category backlog, it is 15 year long waiting... no kidding.. Please fix immigration system and allow AOS using Executive Order.

 
At July 25, 2014 at 2:41:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ridiculous wait time for employment based visas. USCIS should implement fixes to reduce backlogs instead of planning on how to milk more money from legals.

 
At July 25, 2014 at 2:41:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations!

Please fix the broken immigration system, there is years of wait to get even EAD ,
Porting from EB3 to EB2 makes the wait even worse
Please fix this broken system, we come to this country legally, pay taxes, do everything by law and still we suffer so much

Hoping to see some change in near future

Thank you

 
At July 25, 2014 at 2:59:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sir, welcome to the office. You have a tough job at hand, I wish you the best. America has been the land of immigrants, there is limitless potential here thwarted by the policies, especially with policies that limit entrepreneurship and ownership. Most techies with ideas have to leave America to set a start-up because their visa's do not allow them to. All the entrepreneurship has been reserved for immigrants with a ton of money on their hand. This is potentially the biggest roadblock for American growth. I hope you do something about it. It might just create a huge number of jobs for Americans and improve the economy here.

 
At July 25, 2014 at 3:05:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your appointment as the Director of the USCIS. I wish you all the best and offer an area that may need your help.
The processing of K1 Visa applicants and their subsequent I-485 application are taking 18 months. My German born wife and I, a Bostonian, are both retired and are currently going through this process which began in May 2013.
However, recently my wife was informed by the USCIS that "Due to workload factors not related to your case ..." it could take an additional 6 months to complete processing her Form I-485 which was filed on March 20, 2014.
We did not anticipate this delay. In the meantime my wife's 83 year old mother's health and mental awareness are deteriorating and if my wife is travels back to Germany before her application is approved she risks not being allowed back into the US.
Certainly it should not take 18 months to confirm that a 72 year old US born citizen, with a history of a Boston college graduate degree, a US government high security clearance and financial officer of a NYSE listed company and his 54 Year old wife who is a former Vice President of Swiss RE, one of the largest reinsurance companies in the world, and the daughter of long term Mayor in Germany is not a threat to the USA.

 
At July 25, 2014 at 3:15:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome Mr. Director.

As illegal immigration has always been supported by US government, we hope that on grounds of humanity justice should be given to the Employment based legal immigrants to speed up their green card processing time. At this point it takes 10-15 years to get green card in hand because of the country quota limitation. Most of the Employment based legal immigrants are grduates of US universities . They have Master and Phds. But they are treated worst then the illegals. Their spouses have no right to work. They invest heavily in US economy by paying taxes, buying homes and cars. We hope that you will bring some ray of hope for legal immigrants.

 
At July 25, 2014 at 3:36:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

congratulation and hope very much that you do your best for such a great nation on face of the earth

 
At July 25, 2014 at 4:07:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Kishore said...

Congratulations MR. Leon Rodriguez and welcome to the position.

We request you to fix the immigration system and show us the path to Greencard without waiting for numerous years. People who have come many years after me were blessed with GC's. Changing the employer is the biggest sin we are facing right now that we need to start the entire process fresh. Even though a high skilled labor has the opportunity and caliber to improve business in thriving companies, he/she is stuck with the same employer doing unimpressive job just because he/she cannot change the employer and if they do they may loose the position in the line. Instead, if you can create a system that once stepped into GC process, the position remains as long as that person doing the same duties irrespective of which company he works for and instead of starting the entire process all over again and with an approved labor itself.

 
At July 25, 2014 at 5:11:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

After many years of grass roots work in the Community in California , I can tell you that the importance of a high level of professionalism among the ranks of all Officers of USCIS is of the utmost importance. Those officers that have the good fortune to have their jobs and deal with immigrants must have uniform training and education so that they have the understanding and knowledge of appropriate Immigration Laws and regulations and how to implement them correctly and humanely. May these Officers who are entrusted with such important duties appreciate their obligation to provide transparency, a liaison between the Agencies to the Immigrant community, and that they must serve the public tirelessly in the pursuit of fairness and the correct letter of the law.

 
At July 25, 2014 at 5:18:00 PM EDT , Blogger Unemployed Harry said...

Honorable Mr. Rodriguez:

As a former law enforcement officer you will shortly see all the whining about long green card waits, lifting caps, etc. for what it really is: a con game by their employer shills who think they are above the law or are just ignorant of it. I am a 58-year old unemployed engineer with expertise in software development, computer architecture, security and network.
My parents came here in 1960 when I was five years old and earned our citizenship the old fashioned way: without breaking the law. H-1B visa holders seek the green card as a step toward employment freedom and citizenship. They were brought here by employers claiming skills shortage and they were paid wages shown in multiple studies to be 15-25% less than their American-citizen counterparts. In order to be sponsored for the coveted green card, they must undergo Labor Certification as spelled out in [1] below. During the approximately 7 year period, they are de facto indentured servants for the sponsoring corporation.

You and I Mr. Rodriguez, as American citizens, are free to quit our jobs after 1 day, 1 year, whenever we wish in a free economy. Your work leadership faces the challenge of providing you with a healthy and safe work environment, leadership, exciting work challenges, and satisfying their investors.

In exchange, we give our company our loyalty. If work becomes unbearable, or you have a better opportunity to go elsewhere for any reason, you are free to leave. Your employer also can terminate you for almost any reason. And so, H-1Bs are a gold mine for American workers. When it comes time to sponsor them for a green card, the law known as “PERM Final Rule 12-27-04” [1] requires the employer to show that there is no qualified, willing and able American citizen who can do the job.

Unfortunately these laws are disregarded with impunity – there are video tapes showing a top Pittsburgh immigration firm teaching HR personnel how to break the law or how to “game” the system and avoid hiring an American worker. What would your parents think about that as you graduated from college and your opportunities were “gamed away”?

Labor Certification laws are set forth in “PERM Final Rule 12-27-04” (see [1]) which spell out how it is illegal to disqualify qualified American (U.S. Citizen) workers who are willing and able to do this work at fair market value. With your background you are aware I am hopeful, that this is a criminal action, a law enforcement issue. Not a political issue that these bloggers conveniently side skirt with their posts. They are in essence, saying “please, help make our law-breaking process more efficient, streamlined and unfettered.”

The Labor Certification process clearly states that as long as the American worker is an experienced and skilled worker and is missing some of the desired skills, that these cannot be used to dismiss the American worker as qualified if, either one of the following requirements are met (paraphrased from [1]):

(a) the skills are easily learned in a reasonably short period of time, as would be expected by an experienced worker. For example, someone who has worked with an application/GUI design tool such as Visual Studio for 10 or more years, should have no trouble learning the design tool used for PeopleSoft applications. Employers shirk these responsibilities by finding attorneys or third-party consulting companies who can side-skirt the penalties through a plea of ignorance as foreign consulting companies who do the illegal vetting are exposed, perhaps with a 1 in 100 chance due to auditing overload, then shut down as company ABC, only to bounce back and set up shop as company XYZ. I have all the proof you could possibly want as do others.

(b) the skill can be obtained in the same time period the LCA/H-1B holder took to learn the skill when there was, presumably, a skills shortage and a need for a temporary worker(the H1-B/LCA visa holder).

Regards, Mr. HS

References:
[1] http://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov/pdf/PERM_Final_Rule_12-27-04_FR.pdf

 
At July 25, 2014 at 6:42:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is lot of buzz going on about undocumented people. Even President Obama promised to address this issue but it is very pathetic situtation that no one is talking about legal immigration.

 
At July 25, 2014 at 6:43:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please address legal immigration issue with administrative fixes, we can't trust congress to work on the immigration reform.

 
At July 25, 2014 at 6:48:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

legal immigration should be fixed asap.

 
At July 25, 2014 at 6:51:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome!

Please shed some light on backlogs of employment based
visa category. I hope you can bring relief to this category
where wait times 10 years and more.

good luck with your new assignment.
Thank you.

 
At July 25, 2014 at 6:54:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most immigrants putoff their investments in US until they get there Green Card, imagine the economic boom if 20-30K more GreenCards are issued every year.. I am confident that 15k additional home sales.. which itself is a multi billion sales.

 
At July 25, 2014 at 10:20:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Mr. Director to your position.
It is high time someone did something about the EB 3 India back logs. It is 10 + years i have completed on H 1 and could not go to India due to visa issues during the time of my father's death. I was able to go 6 years after that after getting visa but even today i do not have green card. Due to this never ending wait me and my family have lost all hope. My spouse is on H4 and since his field of work is not IT he cannot get a H1. For past 10 years he is sitting at home unable to work and not contributing monetarily to the family. My kids were small and older one was in 2nd grade now he is in 12th grade and will be going to college next year. How can I pay for his tuition. All these past 10 years i was able to meet the needs ( apartment rent, bills, food, health insurance, car insurance, etc) of my family. If my spouse was working i would have saved for my kids tuition. Due to this i am having sleepless nights and many a time had anxiety attacks. Why this partiality to legal immigrants. Everybody is so concerned about the illegals. All legal immigrants have not broken any law, have been law abiding, paying all taxes. We are cutting our expenditure just to survive. When will our plight see the end and we don’t want our kids to go through all these H1 issues. Hopefully GOD will make you do your duty and you will be truthful to your position. Hoping for the best for all EB 3 Indians.

 
At July 26, 2014 at 9:23:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome to your new position. I'm glad to see someone in your position who has respect and personal experience take the reins for such an important job. My husband and I are in the immigration limbo as well. I am a natural born American citizen and my husband is Mexican. He's been waiting in Mexico for over two years to come here legally on a spouse visa. The separation is very difficult at best. Every time we turn around its more fees and more waiting. When you call USCIS customer service, if you get through, I usually get someone on the line who knows less about the process than I do. Over and over I get different answers every time I call.
I completely understand the need for tough standards and a process that fully checks into every aspect of an immigrants background to insure the right people are allowed into our country. We must have high standards in place in order to guarantee peace and safety on American soil. But the current process is broken and employees are not fully trained in their positions which makes a difficult process even harder. Could you please check into and see where changes need to be made so that families such as ours, who are trying to do things properly aren't punished for doing so?

Thank you for your consideration in this and I pray you have a long, happy and productive career with the USCIS.

 
At July 26, 2014 at 4:04:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome Director,

Congratulations! It’s really not good start with seeking help for problems, but what one can expect from white color slave. And I really don’t want to call myself slave, but with current broken immigration system, I feel like I am a slave.
I am here in USA since 8 years. Came to US believing that it’s land of opportunity and now stuck with my GC process waiting to be independent. I am here legally, paying my taxes without any delay and dues. I am stuck with one company without any growth (because of all those immigration rules) and wasting my prime time of life.
Also, my better half who is well qualified couldn’t work and as she is on depended visa (I am surprised that no other countries have such rule though and even in US depended of L1 again non-immigration visa could work). She is going through such a pain and depression as she couldn’t work and use her own entrepreneur skill and became independent. With the rule which is in process of “EAD for some qualified H4” would be one last hope for here. But, at the same time the kids who are aging out because of this long backlog, would be in same boat.
So, you are again one more hope for the several people like me and my family, please do look in to this dark tunnel of Greencard backlog.

Have great day and successful years ahead in life!

President Nixon said once, “What kind of nation we will be, what kind of world we will live in, whether we shape the future in the image of our hopes, is ours to determine by our actions and our choices.”

 
At July 26, 2014 at 4:25:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Rodriguez , WELCOME.
Here is my story. I am from India and living in USA more than 10 years, I am literally trapped on EB3 backlog system. My priority date is 2005, if the trend goes as is I still need to wait another 6 to 8 years to get my Green Card.
Sir, Is this fair? Could consider as a priority to clear the backlogs.
We are paying taxes and paying for EAD and Advance parole documents. On top everything legally contributing to this country.

It is killing our career with restrictions of changing jobs. We can’t start business without our green card.
Please do something for long backlogs, if you could make this happen, we will remember you.

 
At July 27, 2014 at 10:23:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Rodriguez,
the expectations are high for the Immigration. we have been promised that by increasing the fees, the USCIS will hire more people and reduced the backlog. Instead, I am watching an increase in the backlog. People are waiting 10-20 years to enter the US legally. Will they take that into consideration with the wave of illegal immigrants entering the country? It is an insult to the people waiting to enter legally whne they see that the other who are breakingthe law are being rewarded. I am certain that with your tenure, the backlog will be greatly reduced while they are looking at a solution for the crisis without jeopardizing unfairly legal immigration.
We believe that you can do it!
thanks !

 
At July 28, 2014 at 11:17:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mr Leon,

I am on H1b visa waiting for greencard, Indian Origin. I am legal, law abiding citizen, contributing to US economy.
Is there anyway that the greencard process can be expedited for us. It is so unfair to wait for 10 years to get the greencard and work with same company with the restriction that we cannot move, else the greencard process will be stopped. It is exploitation of ones skills and knowledge.

Thanks

 
At July 29, 2014 at 6:06:00 PM EDT , Blogger Alexelle said...

Welcome to your new role, dear Mr Director. Such interesting times! We legal immigrants-to-be are hopeful that under your expert guidance USCIS will successfully address such matters as:

1. Allowing Adjustment of Status of immigration applicants with approved I-140.
2. Granting employment authorization to qualified spouses of H-1B individuals languishing in the green card queue for decades (EAD for H4).

Wishing you a memorable journey and all the very best for an exemplary leadership.

 
At July 31, 2014 at 11:51:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome and congratulations
I hope you bring new strategies to this agency to improve the waiting time for a file to be processed. It's unbearable in 2014 with all technology, a file takes 10 years for processing.

 
At August 4, 2014 at 2:21:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Dr. Marton said...

I think Rodriguez CAN. I believe. He will fix it.

 
At August 5, 2014 at 10:53:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Sir/Madam,

How can you make sure that I-485 cases are handled in order of their priority dates?

The dates are current for EB2 India for Jan 2009... so cases should be picked up in order of their priority dates. My Priority date is 2006 and I see 2009 cases being approved.

 
At August 6, 2014 at 1:33:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Emma said...

Welcome, Mr Rodriguez! I am sure you will do a good job in this position and we all will benefit from it. God bless!

 
At August 6, 2014 at 2:40:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this the way USCIS wants to process legal green cards? Pick any one from a category and process them? there is no point of getting the priority date then. It feels awful when USCIS is picking the cases out of random order and not sticking to the priority date.

 
At August 21, 2014 at 12:57:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have heard that USCIS approved at least couple cases where dates were supposed to be current in next month. What the H? That was my expression. They don't process the cases in the order of priority date and have started approving the cases when dates are not even current. Shame on USCIS.

I know life is not fair but I don't expect this service from USCIS.

 
At August 25, 2014 at 3:55:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Pretty Angel said...

Congratulations!

 
At August 27, 2014 at 6:30:00 PM EDT , Anonymous House Plans said...

Like other posts it is also an interesting one. I am amazed and happy at this. The US government should support some people who has skills yet not enough budget to start business. I hope the government can improve the service for them.

 
At September 3, 2014 at 10:16:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome Mr. Rodriguez. You and me are immigrants . More or less you and your family experience the feeling of uncertainties.
Waited for years till be called AMERICAN citizen and I am grateful and proud to be one.
My father was able to come here when he was 70 years old. As a WW II veteran in 1991. He immediately petition my other sibling. My father passed away 2011, before visa number came available, Under FAMILY SPONSOR IMMGRATION ACT of 2002 Public Law107-150.I can continue to sponsor my other 4 siblings (Humanitarian Reconsideration) and they do not have to wait for more than 20 years again. cause they had waited that long and unfortunately y father passed away before they can come. Thank You.

 

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