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Member Profile: AGtracker (188 posts)

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Hello, I'm AGtracker (report this user)
I am from India
I last logged in on 31 Dec 2017
I have been a member since 25 Jun 2007
I have added 188 posts in trackitt forums
I added my last post on 31 Dec 2017
AGtracker's Immigration Cases
 
PERM case: Approved in 78 days (157 days less than average)   (0 comments)
User: AGtracker Nationality: India
Priority Date:11 Jun 2007Category:EB2
Audit Received?:noAudit Received Date:
Reason for Audit:Audit Replied Date:
Application Status:approvedApproval/Denial Date:28 Aug 2007
Total Processing Time:78 daysDays Elapsed:
Case Added to Tracker: Last Updated: 31 Aug 2007
Notes: Hari Patti kab aayegi ?

PERM case: Approved in 201 days (34 days less than average)   (2 comments)
User: AGtracker Nationality: India
Priority Date:13 Mar 2015Category:EB2
Audit Received?:Audit Received Date:
Reason for Audit:Audit Replied Date:
Application Status:approvedApproval/Denial Date:30 Sep 2015
Total Processing Time:201 daysDays Elapsed:
Case Added to Tracker: 09 Feb 2015 Last Updated: 01 Oct 2015
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 31 Dec 2017
Topic: US IT Contracting Experiences

Not sure you read or understood it properly .. I am in AI/ML and Python for 6 years and these are the rates for AI/ML when it came to IT contracts. ( not FTE roles) . I used to be in SAP in mid 2000's when it was the hottest things around .
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 31 Dec 2017
Topic: US IT Contracting Experiences

"A contractor who in the mid 2000’s might have expected to make up to $220 to $240 an hour might be very lucky to make $120 per hour these days."

You referring to this ? This was true in Mid 2000's in the SAP market . I was unfortunately an FTE even then and saw SAP contractors make a ton of money in SAP projects .

Would not want to get into Salary debate here but I can state that with proper negotiation at hire , proper grade , stocks(compounding every year) and at least 90% of eligible bonus paid a person in Google , AWS , MSFT , FB etc can look to make a lot of money starting in year 2 or 3 and hence forth. People earning top 10% of salaries do not care reporting it on Glasdoor.Why would they ?

These are West Coast stats .. Midwest and East coast ( barring a small subsection of wall street Finance) is a different story.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 31 Dec 2017
Topic: US IT Contracting Experiences

2017 was the year when I tried out IT Contracting in the US and documented my experiences in a blog post below. Would appreciate feedback.This blog has been long in the making because I did not want to document experiences which I did not face personally. Happy reading for the last day of the year.

http://ebconsularprocessing.blogspot.com/2017/1...


P.S : I have a Green card
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Posted in H-1B Forum on 24 Oct 2017
Topic: H1B extensions get much harder

https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/...

On April 23, 2004, USCIS issued a memorandum titled “The Significance of a Prior CIS
Approval of a Nonimmigrant Petition in the Context of a Subsequent Determination Regarding
Eligibility for Extension of Petition Validity.” This memorandum directed adjudicators, when
adjudicating petition extensions involving the same parties and underlying facts as the initial
petition, to defer to prior determinations of eligibility, except in certain, limited circumstances.

On August 17, 2015, USCIS issued a policy memorandum titled “L-1B Adjudications Policy”
which directed USCIS adjudicators, in the context of L-1B petition extensions, to give deference to
the prior determinations of eligibility by USCIS, except in certain, limited circumstances.2
For the reasons detailed below, USCIS is rescinding the policy of requiring officers to defer to
prior determinations in petitions for extension of nonimmigrant status as articulated in the above
memoranda. USCIS is also providing updated guidance that is both more consistent with the
agency’s current priorities and also advances policies that protect the interests of U.S. workers.



My Green card Journey
http://ebconsularprocessing.blogspot.com/2017/0...
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 05 Sep 2017
Topic: DACA is eliminated

As I had predicted #Trump appeases right wing base & repeals #DACA. Why would he appease liberals & DACA?Neither vote he can count on.

1. DACA's(or parents) can't vote.
2. Left won't vote fr Trump.
3. Left gave birth & supports DACA.
4. Why would #Trump protect #DACA?
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 01 Sep 2017
Topic: DACA is eliminated

Dose of Reality : Trump or any other politician does not given a damn about people who cannot vote or whose vote does not count. The left will not vote for him anyways an he knows that. Most Tech CEO's and tech workers are left leaning and have abused and insulted him many times including leaving his CEO council.
He needs to appease the right which he is doing. H1b , Illegals DACA .. none of them can vote , why should he care for them ? All these tax losses and rehire efforts and is just propaganda. There are enough native born Americans to fill roles.


My Green card Journey
ebconsularprocessing.blogspot.com/2017/01/employment-based-green-card-by-consular.html
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 27 Jun 2017
Topic: Drop in Mortgage rates - out of topic but helpful to us all

Would have great if one could have taken a loan in the US and bought a property in India . Interest rates in US are so low vis a vis India( 11% to 13%). But alas it is not possible :-( :-(

--My Green Card Journey
http://ebconsularprocessing.blogspot.com/2017/0...
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 23 Jun 2017
Topic: Aus PR or wait for GC

I have lived and worked in Australia even as my GC was pending in US. I can vouch that the quality of life is great , $$ are comparable to US(was better in 2006-9 timeframe) and healthcare and education is state funded and free. You can also work in New Zealand. You can also watch tons of cricket matches in various grounds if you are cricket fan.

--My Green card journey
ebconsularprocessing.blogspot.com/2017/01/employment-based-green-card-by-consular.html
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 09 Jun 2017
Topic: Infosys and Wipro founders may both sell stake!

Looks like founders who are major stock holders are anticipating a slow and sustained fall in the share price of Infosys and Wipro are hence planning to dump their entire stake. The founders are fabulously wealthy when looked at from the stock they own.
This looks like the most ominous sign in my opinion for the Indian IT industry.
http://tech.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/c...


My Green card Journey
http://ebconsularprocessing.blogspot.com/2017/0...
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 11 May 2017
Topic: We are doomed....TCS to hire more people

The negative tirade against Indian companies has started after the EB1 spillover stopped. With per country quotas being a joke the only hope that the EB2 chaps had was EB1 spillover and with that not forthcoming there is suddenly a lot of pent up sentiment how bad the Indian SIs are. The anger is completely misplaced and is simply because spillover which they expected is not happening.

There was also a similar tirade against EB2 by EB3 when EB3 started to stagnate in 2005-2009 time frame.The logic then used by EB3 was just 18 months of master course(MS/MTech) or just 5 years of experience cannot justify a different visa category which had visas. There was hence heavy porting to Eb2. But when EB2 also started to stagnate the EB3 tirade sort of melted away. Problem is that there is no way to port to EB1 from EB2.


My Green card Journey blogged from start to finish
Ebconsularprocessing.blogspot.com/2017/01/employment-based-green-card-by-consular.html
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 01 May 2017
Topic: Journey ends - EB Consular processing

Thanks .. I did not find answers to many questions on CP since most folks were on AoS. Even attorneys and paralegals are totally lost on CP on many cases. This blog is intended to help those who take the unbeaten track :-) :-)
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 01 May 2017
Topic: Journey ends - EB Consular processing

You can switch from CP to AOS but that in itself is a long a bureaucratic process since the fine needs to go back from NVC to USCIS. I would recommend getting the GC Through CP and entering with the immigrant visa . Way more faster in my opinion . Keep USCIS out of the process as much as you can . NVC is 10 times faster .
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 01 May 2017
Topic: Journey ends - EB Consular processing

Experience and artifacts have been blogged here .

http://ebconsularprocessing.blogspot.com/
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 18 Apr 2017
Topic: Executive Order impacting H1B!

I would not be surprised if Trump also passes an executive order stopping the "citizenship by birth" in the US. US and Canada are the only developed nations that allow "Jus Soli" . All other countries ( EU and AU , Middleeast etc ) needs parents to be Citizens and PRs for children to be US citizens.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 13 Apr 2017
Topic: Detailed EB2 consular processing experience

Have documented in detail our EB2 green card consular processing journey so far. I know majority of folks are adjustment of status(485) but with severe retrogression many are contemplating consular processing also. For folks doing consular processing this blog can be of great help.

http://ebconsularprocessing.blogspot.com/2017/0...
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 19 Mar 2017
Topic: WITCH started layoffs

I can tell you that from very confirmed sources W and I are also laying off. The new CEO of W has a target for taking out $300 million in operational costs over next 2 years and that translates roughly into 17000 employees. They may say we are reskilling and redeploying them , but honestly redeploying 17000 people is fundamentally impossible. They may redeploy 2000 and the rest would have take the bus home. The fundamental challenge is not the way in which WITCH operate , it more to do with the way markets are evolving. IT Budgets across the world has plummeted. IT departments are hardly respected and have seen large scale redundancies and budget cuts. Focus has shifted to RUN(sweating the assets) from GROW. As a result, project budgets and contractor rates have also taken a serious hit. A contractor who in the mid 2000’s might have expected to make up to $220 to $240 an hour might be very lucky to make $120 per hour these days. Now the same wave is also hitting full timers as well.

The Job market in India is very very tight. No one is waiting at the airport to garland and offer returning H1Bs with job offers.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 19 Mar 2017
Topic: WITCH started layoffs

I aways have said that situation in India these days is no different from the situation in US. Startups are laying off by the hundreds and most employees are IIT/Premier institutes commanding huge salaries. Larger companies have stopped recruitment as they used to earlier and they want to reduce headcount. The market is flush with good technical people and there are very few openings in India. So all those who want to come back to India from US remember that Indian job market is now is very tight.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 14 Mar 2017
Topic: CBS 60 mins special h1b abuse broadcast March 19

I wonder where would the H1Bs come back to ? Indian IT is in a glut and there are hardly any jobs. Nowhere near the capacity to absorb thousands of returning H1B's from US. Recruitment is at a standstill . Fresher salaries have risen 10% since 2001. Only some super specialty roles here and there but overall a very very tight market.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 01 Feb 2017
Topic: Indian work visa -> Min $25,000/Yr

To get an employment visa in India one needs to be paid a min of $25,000/year. This is when 75% of India still lives at < $2 / day. What Donald trump has done is not all that wrong when seen from salary differential perspective. If India can be protectionist why not USA?

Below is India's employment visa policy
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http://mha1.nic.in/pdfs/EmploymentVisa...
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 31 Jan 2017
Topic: Great resource on consular processing

Folks

Below is a great link on consular processing . Very detailed and step by step. Please feel free to share.

http://ebconsularprocessing.blogspot.in/2017/01...
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