AM22 Tech https://www.am22tech.com Visa, Immigration and Money Thu, 21 Jun 2018 22:07:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://www.am22tech.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/am22tech-logo.png AM22 Tech https://www.am22tech.com 32 32 HR 6136 Bill to Remove Country based Green Card Caps https://www.am22tech.com/bill-to-remove-country-based-green-card-caps/ https://www.am22tech.com/bill-to-remove-country-based-green-card-caps/#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:13:49 +0000 https://www.am22tech.com/?p=1454 HR 6136 aims to remove country based green card caps which are capped at 7% per country today. Merit based visa system will help H1B workers to get faster green card.

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Update June 21, 2018

H.R. 6136: Failed to get enough support backers and House leaders decided to delay voting to a future date. No date is final yet.

Earlier today:
HR 6136 aims to remove country based green card caps which are capped at 7% per country today.
It is scheduled for voting today.

If the bill is approved, Indian EB2 queue may see a movement.

HR 6136 Border Security and Immigration Reform Act aims to achieve following objectives from the point of view of Green card immigration system.

HR 6136: remove Green Card Country Limits

The bill aims to end the visa lottery, protects the nuclear family while reducing chain migration, reduces overall immigration numbers over the long term, and begins a shift to a merit-based system.

It also shifts to a first-in-line visa system by eliminating the per-country cap on employment-based green cards and by increasing the cap on family-sponsored green cards from 7 to 15%.

Related: HR 4760 Bill increase legal skilled H1B EB1, EB2 and EB3 green cards

Legislative Solution for DACA

The legislation allows the DACA population – children who came to the U.S. as minors and grew up here – an opportunity to earn a legal status. If these individuals meet certain requirements they will be eligible for a 6-year renewable legal status, allowing them to work here and travel abroad.

Once they receive that status, they can use existing paths available to attempt to earn green cards, including through a new merit-based program that allows them (and others brought to the U.S. while children by their parents on H-1B and other visas) to earn green cards based on achieving educational degrees, English proficiency, vocational training and skills, work experience, and military service.

The bill also requires the border wall to be funded before new visas are available under the new merit-based program.

Source: Bob GoodLatte Congress member

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HR 4760 Bill increase legal skilled H1B EB1, EB2 and EB3 green cards https://www.am22tech.com/bill-increase-legal-skilled-green-cards/ https://www.am22tech.com/bill-increase-legal-skilled-green-cards/#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:47:15 +0000 https://www.am22tech.com/?p=1451 HR 4760 bill to remove family chain migration thereby increasing green card quota for skilled legal immigration by 45%. EB1, EB2 and EB3 category to benefit.

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Update June 21, 2018

H.R. 4760 conservative bill: Rejected by 193-231 votes.

Earlier today:
HR 4760 bill is scheduled for voting today. Hope for the best. It if is approved, the extremely HIGH EB2 India backlogs will get a little push!


HR 4760 – Green card quota Increase – By 45%

A new Green card bill has been introduced by Trump Administration in house to enable Green card quota increase.

The SAF (Securing America's Future – HR-4760) bill proposes to increase EB immigrant visa annual quota (EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Skilled Worker Only) from about 120,000 a year to about 175,000 – an increase of 45% green cards.

45% increase in skilled category Green card numbers has the potential of decreasing the highly jammed Indian and Chinese H1B Green Card queues.

It certainly could be big benefit for H1B workers, especially from India if it sees light of day.
The current predictions for EB2 India H1B green card wait is whopping 70 years!

h1b green card increase by 45-percent
h1b green card increase by 45-percent

Stop Diversity green card lottery and Family Chain Migration

The bill aims at completely stopping the Diversity green card lottery and Chain Migration, to provide extra Green cards to H1B skilled category specifically EB1, EB2, EB 3, by reducing the over-all green card usage by these categories by about 25% (Approximately 260,000 GC per year).

hr 4760 - Increase green card for h1b bill 2018
hr 4760 – Increase green card for h1b bill 2018

This could be a perfect example of 'One's loss is other's gain'.

If this bill is passed, will eliminate green card programs for relatives (other than spouses and minor children under age 21).

Only Visit Visa for Parents and Relatives – No Green Card

Families would be able to bring parents to USA on a temporary visa that could be renewed. This has been specifically done to make sure parents remain a visitor and government does not have to bear the cost of their healthcare and other things.

No benefit for H4-EAD

There is nothing about H4-EAD in this bill that can safeguard the interests of H1B worker's spouse, which DHS is aiming to take away in 2018.

Source: SAF (Securing America's Future) Act, H.R. 4760

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i94 Extension Laredo TX US Mexico Border – Bridge 1 experience https://www.am22tech.com/i94-extension-laredo-tx-border/ https://www.am22tech.com/i94-extension-laredo-tx-border/#respond Mon, 04 Jun 2018 19:45:47 +0000 https://www.am22tech.com/?p=1434 i94 extension laredo TX can be done by crossing border and walking on bridge 1 (gateway to America) or without crossing border at CBP office. Immigration officer will decide how to do it. $6 fees for new paper i94. $1 fees for using bridge 1. New passport, old passport with US visa stamp, approved i797 required.

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Your last i94 entry to US was stamped to match your passport expiry. Once you renew your passport, you can visit Laredo TX, US Mexico border to get new i94 with validity matching your i797 approval.

Documents for i94 extension Laredo TX, US Mexico Border

  1. Original Approved i797.
    Example: If you are on H4 or H1B visa, your OWN approved i797 original document.
  2. Your Old (expired) and New passport.
    Example: the passport with your US visa stamp should also be carried in original.
  3. Your US address proof
    Could be any utility bill, your driving license, state ID, EAD card, Lease agreement.

Related: How to get FBI Clearance Certificate – Visa Immigration

i94 extension Laredo TX Border crossing required or Not at Bridge 1?

The i94 correction is at the discretion of the immigration officer you see on the window.

He may ask you to cross the border (by walk or drive – your choice) to get the i94 corrected.
The other officer may just issue the new i94 right at CBP office window without asking you to cross border.

So, its your luck. Both options are okay and can be done at Laredo, TX border easily.

In my case, the officer ASKED to cross the border on 1 June 2018 using Bridge 1 (Pedestrian Bridge over River Rio). Step by step process and detail mentioned below.

Bridge 2 is for cars coming into US from Mexico. You can use it too but I would not recommend.

STEP 1: Go to CBP office. Try you luck with immigration officer by asking correction of i94 based on renewed passport. If officer fixes your i94 to match your i797 date with new passport, you are lucky and you are done.

STEP 2. If you are asked to cross border and re-enter US, then use Bridge 1 (Called Gateway to America) to walk. Details given below with pictures.

Related: Renew Indian passport in USA with CKGS by post

Laredo TX border Car Parking

1. Parking closest to CBP office – Valero gas station

Walk inside the store and go to the cashier and get a parking tag. Put the tag on your windshield.

Parking cost at this time: $5 per hour. Just buy for 1 hour. If you take more time, you can pay later for extra time. They do not tow your car πŸ™‚ Don't worry.

619 Farragut Street, Laredo, TX

This gas station is right across the street from CBP office. Just park, cross the street and you see yourself walking in the CBP office lot. Total walk time is just 2 minutes.

Laredo tx Valero gas station closest parking to CBP office
Laredo tx Valero gas station closest parking to CBP office
i94 correction CBP office laredo tx is visible from Valero Gas Station
i94 correction CBP office laredo tx is visible from Valero Gas Station
Walk to CBP office at Laredo TX for i94 extension
Walk to CBP office at Laredo TX for i94 extension

Related: H4 EAD Documents, Sample new Application and Renewals

2. Free parking at Pedestrian Bridge 1 – Laredo Outlets Mall

You can park car at FREE 3 hour parking behind Outlets mall building.

Laredo TX outlet mall border free parking
Laredo TX outlet mall border free parking

Walking from CBP office to Laredo Walking Bridge 1

Walk to bridge 1 from CBP office
Walk to bridge 1 from CBP office

Bridge 1 is about 10 blocks walk from Gas station (or CBP office) walking on Hindalgo St.
If you are first trying your luck at CBP office for i94 extension, you can choose to park free either at mall or Valero gas station (paid).

Walking from CBP office to Bridge 1 is not recommend with kid. Its a long walk. Better drive and park at free mall parking. The market that you walk through on Hindalgo street looks deserted.

NOBODY on the street knows ENGLISH.

So, Just follow this image sign to help your self to reach Bridge 1.
No signs except the one on a red signal (shown in image) is visible for reaching Bridge 1.

Crossing Bridge 1 by walking at Laredo TX
Crossing Bridge 1 by walking at Laredo TX

Cross Laredo Bridge 1 mid-way to enter US i94 line

Cross bridge 1 mid-way at Laredo to join US i94 line
Cross bridge 1 mid-way at Laredo to join US i94 line
Laredo bridge1 crossing half way on bridge
Laredo bridge1 crossing half way on bridge

This is me after crossing the bridge midway (some people call it as 'Jumping the line mid-way). This is allowed.
There is no separate button / light to allow for crossing the street safely like see on US streets. Just look for cars and then cross when you feel it is safe.

It is allowed to cross like this as I asked the US police officers posted on the other side of street.

After this point, you should enter the 'General Queue'.
Do not enter the 'SENTRI' line since you do not have a SENTRI card.

Queue is smaller on weekdays (Mon – Friday) and you can get through the process within 15 minutes.
It takes a lot longer on weekends. I have heard timing from 2-3 hours as the line is longer.

Once you reach the immigration officer, you will be questioned same as you would have seen at PoE.

You have to pay $6 in cash per person here if you have not paid already online to get renewed i94.

Laredo, TX Port of Entry Address – i94 correction / Extension

The exact address for CBP office is

300 San Dario Avenue, Laredo, TX

If you are taking Uber or Lyft, you can set the Gas station address as your destination as this CBP office address might not come up in address search.

i94 extension fees – $6 – Cash or Online

1. CASH payment

Look for PERMITS sign on the building entrance or door.
Once you are in, you can make the payment and wait for your name to be called.

The waiting lines may be long at CASH payment counter.

2. ONLINE payment

So, it is advisable that you make the payment online at CBP website with 'Land' border' entrance option.
This payment is valid for 7 days meaning that you can pay online and visit the border for i94 days anytime during those 7 days.
There are no refunds if you miss the 7 day deadline.
Payment receipt printout is required.

i94 extension interview questions

The immigration interview would be same as you would have faced (by immigration officer) while entering US at any port of entry (PoE) by Air or sea. They consider it same as your re-entry to US.

i94 extension approval

Once the officer is satisfied, he will take your finger prints and a picture. This is exactly same as what happens at port of entry.

You are given a paper I-94 i.e. your new updated i94 is printed on paper and given to you.
THIS IS REQUIRED as you would be asked to show it while you are travelling back from Laredo, TX back into US.
There is a vehicle inspection site on I35 North (interstate i-35N) around 25 miles from Laredo, TX.

Here, all vehicles are stopped and your immigration papers are checked. You would need you new i94 here.

Your passport is stamped with new dates as applicable per your approved I797 validity.

i94 extension at Laredo, TX Processing time

The whole process can take anywhere between 15 min to 1 hour. So be prepared.

No appointment is required. Neither do they have any option of appointments. It's a walk in facility.

Once i94 is issued, it is updated immediately at CBP website too.

New i94 record is attached to OLD passport number?

This is fine. When CBP extends the i94 based on your renewed passport, they usually attach it to the same OLD and expired passport number.
So, if you search online on their website, you will be able to pull your new and updated i94 based on your OLD PASSPORT number.

Also, both "Most Recent Entry" date and "Admit Until" on I-94 are updated.

There is no need to worry here.

Laredo TX CBP i94 update opening hours

The i94 correction / extensions are done 24x7x365.

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Australia 189 / 190 visa Invitation Documents and Steps https://www.am22tech.com/australia-skillselect-pr-invitation/ https://www.am22tech.com/australia-skillselect-pr-invitation/#comments Wed, 23 May 2018 00:51:41 +0000 https://www.am22tech.com/?p=1425 Australia skillselect PR invitation steps and documents required for 189/ 190 Visa application. Police clearance certificates, Medical test report, education, work experience assessment required. Marriage and birth certificate needed for dependents. Fees 3600 AUD for Adult and AUD 900 for child less than 18.

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Australia Skillselect PR Invitation 189 Document Checklist

If you have submitted SkillSelect EOI (Expression of Interest) with good skillselect points and have got the invitation to apply for visa, you have 60 days to gather all your documents and submit.

Documents for Australia 189 visa Invitation – Primary Applicant

A. Pre-apply or wait for invitation

You can apply for these documents even before getting invitation as they take time.

A.1. Police Clearance Certificate (PCC).
All countries that you have lived in past 10 years for more than 12 months (collectively, even if you made multiple trips), need to have a PCC.

Step by step process to apply for USA FBI clearance certificate is available here.
Indian PCC with Indian Embassy process is available here.

A.2. English test report
Tips on scoring 79+ in PTE in first attempt with a week of preparation.

A.3. Education and Employment Verification Report
Many of you might use ACS (Australian Computer society) for your evaluation.

A.4. Medical Test Report
List of approved physicians is available here.

After you get the invitation, you can generate the HAP ID from Australia ImmiAccount website.
Go to View Health Asessment -> Organize Health Examination -> Print Referral Letter

Use this referral letter (unique HAP ID is printed on it). You need to generate separate HAP ID and hence referral letters for each one of applicant (your spouse and dependent kid).

You can get your medical tests done even before getting an invitation but I would not recommend it.

B. Documents available with you

B.1. Passport – first and last page – color copy
B.2. Birth Certificate
If you do not have birth certificate, then you should get it. In case of India, you can use 10th standard certificate/mark-sheet.

B.3. Skill Letter from post 10 years employment
Use the one you submitted as educational qualification proof with ACS or relevant accessing authority.

B.4. Skill assessment letter
Competent Australian authority or ACS as the case may be.

B.5. Income tax Proofs
If you are in USA, you can submit W2 or your tax returns. If you are in India, you can submit form 16 or ITRs.

B.6. Passport size Photo (1)

B.7. Marriage Certificate
Only if you are married off course πŸ™‚

B.8. Qualifying Degree – Mark-sheets, Transcript & Degree certificate
Use the one you submitted as educational qualification proof with ACS or relevant accessing authority.

B.9. Form 80

Sample Form 80 for Australia 189 Visa

B.10. Form 1221
The information in form 1221 is 99% same as you would have filled in Form 80.
This form may or may not be requested in your 189 skillselect invitation. Hence, fill it only if requested by Case Officer (CO).

Some people upload it without even being asked by CO, just to make sure no time is lost between CO requesting it and then you upload and CO takes time to verify.
It is your choice.

As per the official Australian guidance here, Form 80 is not mandatory either if you are applying from outside Australia.
But, as a matter of saving time, you should be ready with it if CO asks for it.


Australia 189-190 visa invitation documents
Australia 189-190 visa invitation documents

Documents required for Dependent applicants

Additional Applicant over 18

  1. Passport – first and last page color scan
  2. Birth Certificate
  3. Education documents – Graduation/ post graduate certificate and mark sheet.
  4. Proof of functional English – Mark Sheets and certificate showing English as a subject studied.
  5. PCC – from all countries where this person have stayed more than 12 months in past 10 years
  6. Form 80
  7. Form 1221
  8. Photo – passport size

Additional Applicant under 18

  1. Passport – first and last page color scan
  2. Birth Certificate
  3. Photo – passport size

Australia PR 189 visa Fees

Adult (18+ years) : 3600 AUD
Child (Less than 18 years): 900 AUD

You can pay via your international visa / Mastercard / American Express debit or credit card.
Some people like to pay with travel Forex card though to save currency conversion fees and foreign transaction charges charged by credit/card card banking company.

Australia PR 189 visa skillselect status after invitation

Once your EOI is selected in the lottery (draw), the status in skillselect will change to INVITED.
A new button APPLY VISA will appear on the skillSelect page.

You need to click ‘Apply Visa’ to go to Australia ImmiAccount website.
You are required to create an account here and fill your details. You will be paying the visa fees on this website itself.

Scanned documents PDF upload size

Each document size PDF file after scanning should be less than 5 MB.
Each applicant can upload 60 separate documents i.e. 60 for you, 60 for spouse, 60 for child.

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File ACS assessment for Australia Skills points 189 Visa https://www.am22tech.com/acs-assessment-australia-skills-select/ https://www.am22tech.com/acs-assessment-australia-skills-select/#respond Mon, 21 May 2018 18:17:20 +0000 https://www.am22tech.com/?p=1419 ACS Australia Assessment is required for software engineering related skill based PR. Fees is AUD $500 with processing time of 6-7 weeks for applications filed in April 2018. Notarized Passport copy, Degree, Mark sheets, Subject names and work experience letters (Sample letter provided) required.

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ACS Australia Skill Assessment

If you are looking at applying for Australia's PR with skills based points system visa (known as 189 visa), you would need to apply for ACS's assessment, if your education and work experience is related to science and technology.

Related: How to score 79+ PTE Academic in a week

ACS Australia Skill Assessment Fees

At the time or writing, the fees for Skills based test is AUD $ 500.
This converts to approximately USD $ 284 with conversion rate of 1AUD = 0.77 USD.

Documents required for ACS Australia Assessment

  1. Birth Certificate or Passport – Applicant details page only, not full passport
  2. Degree or Award Certificate – Over and above Senior secondary i.e. above 12th standard
    β€’ Title of Degree or Award
    β€’ Name of University or Awarding Institution
    β€’ Date the Degree or Award was completed – the qualification will be assessed as NOT suitable if there is no documented evidence that the degree has been completed and awarded.
  3. Mark Sheets or Mark sheet Transcript
    β€’ Should have Unit or Subject Names and Grades or Marks Achieved
  4. Work experience letters

How to file ACS Australia Assessment
How to file ACS Australia Assessment

Work Experience letter Format

Use this sample skill letter. It has all the information that ACS needs to validate your work experience with respect to the Australia ANZSCO job code that you choose.

The start date and end date for the job has to be clearly mentioned.
If you just mention the MONTH like JUNE 2017 to MAR 2018, ACS will assume it to be the LAST day of that month for calculating your total work experience.

Letter head is mandatory.

ACS Australia Online Application Filling

1. Notarize All Documents

Get all documents photocopied and then NOTARIZED.

Sample Notary stamp and content to be placed on EACH page that needs notarization.

Sample notary stamp for ACS Australia documents
Sample notary stamp for ACS Australia documents

Notarization requirements

  1. Should be marked as 'CERTIFIED TRUE COPY OF ORIGINAL'. – Either you can write this by hand or use a rubber stamp (as shown in above image).
  2. Should have Notary signature.
  3. Should have Notary official stamp.
  4. Should have Notary date of signing. Date format: dd/mm/yyyy
    If using any other date format, then write date with month in English letters like 4 Apr, 2018.

2. Scan All Notarized Documents in PDF format

  1. Multiple PDF files are allowed.
    A separate PDF file should be created for each qualification type and for each Employment reference.
    Example,
    You will have 1 PDF for your passport.
    Then, second one for your Master's/Bachelor's degree + Mark sheets (all years)
    Then, third one for your Employment 1 reference letter.
    Then, fourth one for your Employment 2 reference letter and so on.
  2. Max 8 documents can be evaluated for 1 application fees.
    This essentially means 8 PDF files excluding the passport PDF.

  3. Each PDF can be max of 3 MB in size.
    Use CamScanner or ADOBE Scan mobile apps to easily scan your documents. Both are available FREE to use.

  4. File name should clearly state the content of file.
    Example,
    PDF 1 can be named 'Passport.pdf'.
    PDF 2 with Masters degree and mark sheet can be named 'Education 1 – Master of Computer Application.pdf'
    PDF 3 with Employment 1 can be named as 'Employment 1 – ABC technologies ltd'.

ACS Assessment Not Able to Delete Uploaded files

This is a common problem with ACS's system. They do NOT allow to delete the files (if you wrongly uploaded them) even though they have a 'Delete' button available.
This is perfectly fine and you can ignore the wrong files. Just upload the correct files against each section and you should be fine, as per official ACS response.

Some people suggest to create a new ACS online account and then re-start the process.
If you try to create another account with another email, they do NOT allow you to do so.
They do match your passport number to check any pre-existing applications.

ACS Assessment Awaiting Documents Email

If ACS needs any more documents from you, they will send you an email and move the application status to ‘Awaiting Documents’.

If you have not received an email from them and still the status shows ‘Awaiting documents’, check this link for resolution:
ACS assessment status waiting for documents – no email received.

ACS Revalidation

You can apply for re validation but I would not recommend it until you are sure of some mistake.
The fees is AUD $300 for re-validation and they just re-do the same process that they did earlier.
You can ask for the reason of low score though and they will explain on what criteria they chose.

ACS Current Employment End Date

End date has to be mentioned for the current and active employment too. Just choose the end date as the date when you are submitting the application.
Once you are past the education and employment entry page, you will receive an email to create your PASSWORD.

Follow that link. It will ask you to enter your email and send send you a new link to reset your password.
Once you create a new password, you are logged in to ACS for completing your application.

ACS Application "In Progress" or "with Assessor"

Once you submit your application, it is normal for it to stay at "In Progress" step for about 10-15 days.

ACS Australia application in progress
ACS Australia application in progress

Once the preliminary verification of your documents are done, the next status would show up as "with Assessor".
Assessor is the person who will judge your educational and work experience and give the results.

Officially ACS says that it takes about 10-12 weeks to get the ACS assessment report.

Sample ACS Assessment Report 261312 (Developer Programmer) ANZSCO Code

This sample report was received on May 21, 2018. It was filed on Apr 4, 2018. So, it took about 6 weeks to get the report. The time frame varies based on your submitted documents and their truthfulness.

ACS may send the document to the employer for verification if they feel something has been tampered with. This will eat up lot of extra time based on how soon the employer responds.

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USCIS RFE Response Review Processing Time: 80+ days https://www.am22tech.com/uscis-rfe-response-review-processing-time/ https://www.am22tech.com/uscis-rfe-response-review-processing-time/#respond Wed, 16 May 2018 01:18:07 +0000 https://www.am22tech.com/?p=1410 USCIS RFE Response Review Processing time is 80+ days in 2018 for regular processing applications. Premium processing gets RFE reviewed in 15 days. You get 60 days to respond to RFE. USCIS tries to respond to RFE with maximum of 84 days but can take up-to a year too. USCIS timer starts after RFE response submission.

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USCIS RFE Response Review Processing Time

15 Days to virtually no time limit. Average is 60 days to process RFE response.

USCIS Request for Evidence review – RFE processing times vary widely with each case individually.

H1B RFE and L1 visa RFE are most common but, can be made in any visa application type.

  1. USCIS’s official guideline says that they will respond to RFE within 60 days after your RFE response submission.
    60 day clock starts on the day USCIS receives your RFE response.

  2. How long USCIS takes to respond to RFE varies widely on case-to-case basis along with USCIS work load. But, as a general guideline, USCIS tries to respond within 60 days to your RFE.
  3. Once USCIS receives your RFE response, the status that they show online is 'RFE Response Review' or 'Request for Evidence Response Review'.

RFE response time in 2018

RFE Response time is more than 60 days in 2018, on average due to the high backlog and increased number of RFE being issued by USCIS after Trump’s orders.

If you filed your application in regular processing and get a Request for Evidence, you can expect to get USCIS response in about 80 days after your RFE response submission.

This is just an average these days, your case may hang around with USCIS for more than 80 days too. There is only way you can expedite the response i.e. by upgrading your application to Premium.

USCIS RFE Response time with Premium processing

  1. If you filed your visa petition using premium processing, your case will be worked on by USCIS within 15 calendar days.

  2. This 15 calendar days limit also applies to RFE responses as well. The USCIS clock starts as and when they receive your RFE response.

  3. If you initially filed your application using standard method (no premium), you can upgrade it to premium at any time during your application is in pending any final result.
    Once the upgrade to premium application is received by USCIS, your case will be responded within 15 days.

USCIS RFE response review processing time
USCIS RFE response review processing time

Fastest and Slowest RFE review response?

  1. Fastest RFE response is undoubtedly achieved using Premium processing. – 15 days.

  2. Average is about 30 days.

  3. Slowest has no limits. We know of people who have waited for even a year for RFE review response.

USCIS RFE again on RFE Response time

  1. It is possible to get RFE again on RFE response that you submitted.
    Whenever you receive a new RFE, you get 60 days to respond back.

  2. The USCIS resets its OWN clock to start counting 60 days (15 days in case of Premium processing) as and when you submit RFE response.

USCIS: We stopped the 15-day premium processing clock for your case

This is the case status shown on your case if USCIS has issued an RFE request. The clock is re-started when you submit your RFE response.

USCIS RFE response review – Exceptions to 15 Days premium rule

If your case has been sent for 'Security Check', you are out-of-luck seriously. There are no TIME LIMITS followed in this case even if your application has 'premium' processing paid for.

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IELTS vs PTE which English test is easier – My experience https://www.am22tech.com/ielts-vs-pte/ https://www.am22tech.com/ielts-vs-pte/#respond Tue, 15 May 2018 19:49:03 +0000 https://www.am22tech.com/?p=1407 IELTS vs PTE Academic, PTE is easier to score than IELTS. PTE Academic is tougher than IELTS general English test but scoring marks in PTE is much easier. After PTE test, you may feel that you did bad, but the results will be better than your own analysis. You can score 79+ easily in PTE with one week of preparation.

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IELTS vs PTE: Which test is Easier?

My personal opinion says PTE as an exam is tougher than IELTS. But, at the same time, scoring in PTE is much more reliable and easier than IELTS.

Since PTE is computer based test, the chances of human bias while scoring is almost negligible.

Also, I feel PTE tests your English from various types of questions in a much better way. One particular type of question may be testing your speaking and listening at the same time.

I strongly recommend going for PTE (with a bit or preparation) than IELTS, if you have an option of choosing one out of both.

For Canada skilled PR, only IELTS English test is valid, but for Australia’s skilled migration, you can either choose PTE or IELTS.

IELTS vs PTE – Whose scoring is easier?

I have attempted IELTS General exam twice in past and in both attempts, I was given 6.5 in one out of four subjects.
Other 3 always were 7.5+. This was a bit dis-heartening.

PTE vs IELTS English test comparison
PTE vs IELTS English test comparison

Not sure why, but, the impression that i had is they seem to balance the final score by giving out 6.5 in any one subject somehow. It is manually evaluated and hence there are chances of human bias involved.

On the other hand, I topped PTE Academic in my first attempt! Learn how to score PTE Academic 79+ within a week with my notes.

My PTE Academic test experience

8 March, 2018 – Dallas, USA – Scored 85 in first attempt

PTE Timed sections are TOUGH to manage

I found these two sections where you have multiple questions to be mentally tiring and stressful.

  1. 18 questions to answer within 40 minutes (reading section) and
  2. 19 questions to answer in 40 minutes (listening section) – Time is reduced if you take extra time in 10 minute break.

PTE test – Difficult points

1. Listening, taking notes and then selecting the most appropriate 1 option

This was tough as the total time plays on your mind.

PTE should probably consider the exam’s stress too while timing the sections.
You can’t really focus on what speaker is saying and then gauge the notes to select the best option with 12 more questions left and only 20 minutes left on the clock.

The options have too similar to each other. No one clearly stands out.

The lecture that your hear is full of words from all options with just slightly different in meaning from each other. Unless, you get enough time to hear and understand the spoken speech, i found it too difficult to find the correct answer.

When you are reading the options, the TIMER constantly plays on your mind because you see that there are still 12 questions left to attempt and you are only left with 20 minutes.

Yes, the timer really moves fast or at-least feels like it is blazing FAST!

2. There is NO time to read the question instructions in listening + speaking task.

PTE ASSUMES that you should KNOW the question format before you even appear for test.
This is seriously stupid.

The instructions written on top of each question CAN't really be read in the time they give.
You speaker starts throwing questions at you immediately back to back.
There is hardly any time to breathe.

If you have gone wrong on one question repetition, it will affect your next question's 'listen and speak' too.
You just don't get time to think and relax.

It all happens too FAST for a normal person.

Not sure if they are testing English or mental ability to cope with stress.

PTE Exam 10 minute break is a JOKE

The 10 minute break timer starts immediately after the part 2 of PTE English exam ends.

You can see the timer ticking down fast while holding your bladder with raised hand.

But, you can't move or go out unless the invigilator sees your raised hand and escorts.

In my case, by the time the attending person arrived, only 7 minutes were left on the break timer. Then she logged in and supposedly stopped the test!

She then spent another 3 minutes to scan my right hand, give me a neck tag and log me out of the examination room.
Only 4 minutes were left by now (I analyzed).

To add salt to injury, she told me that I NOW have 10 minutes left, which i later found was completely wrong. The timer on your computer screen is RIGHT.

I went out to rest room (2 minutes), drank water (1 minute). When I can came back to desk, again a hand scan is done, all your pockets are checked again (another 3 minutes are WASTED).

Officially, PTE says that you should come back from break with 5 minutes to spare for all these extra security checks!

So, basically, you only have about 2 minutes of real break time. Be careful.
When I logged back into my test, it showed "YOUR BREAK TIME HAS EXPIRED".

The extra time that I took was deducted from my next examination part 3!
This was crazy but rules are rules. Nobody can give you those minutes back.

PTE Erasable Notebook with Pen

The notebook and pen look exactly like as shown in this video:

This video shows that you can’t erase the notes you have written. This is NOT true. You can erase it with your hand.
Also, there are total of 9 pages to write. They are LONG pages (almost 50% more longer than A4 sheet).

So, you have enough space to write.

The PEN provided in USA is exactly same as what is shown in the video.

PTE test may go wrong but you still will score – Don’t worry

The good thing about this exam is that even though you might feel that you missed a lot of questions or spoke wrong things, the overall score still gets you past 79+ easily.

I feel the reason behind this is that they evaluate you on same skill like speaking using various type of questions and in different sections.

So, if you made mistakes in speaking the sentences (after listening), but write them correctly (after listening), you probably still get good score. I can say this as the same thing has happened with me.

I missed lot of sentences completely. Spoke them half correct and half forgotten. But, still got good score as i wrote all the sentences correctly while listening and writing.

Other PTE experience

  1. Essay Writing and summarize text is easy if you follow the method and cheat sheets provided here.
  2. Listening and filling the blanks is mix of easy, medium level and one fast speaking lecture. One of them is definitely a lecture with FAST speaker.
  3. One of the 'select the correct word' in reading is tough with complex words. All other are easy and medium complexity.

    The tough one had words that I had never heard or ever used in my life. Hence, I had no idea about their meaning either. I just selected based on my instincts.

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Australia Visa 189 / 190 Visa Medical Test in USA https://www.am22tech.com/australia-visa-skilled-pr-medical-test/ https://www.am22tech.com/australia-visa-skilled-pr-medical-test/#respond Tue, 15 May 2018 19:09:45 +0000 https://www.am22tech.com/?p=1406 Australia Visa Skilled PR Medical Test cost is $350 in USA. Medical health Insurance does not cover the cost. HSA card cannot be used to pay for medical tests either. You need a HAP ID from Australia's immigration website to get your blood test, urine test, chest X ray, general examination by Doctor done.

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Australia Visa 189 / 190 Visa Medical Test in USA Cost

Average $350 for Adult Australian Immigration Physical.

Is Australia Visa 189 / 190 Visa Medical Test in USA Covered by Insurance?

Your Health Insurance does not cover immigration purposes due to it not being a medical necessity so it can only be paid in Cash, debit or Credit.

Can Australia Visa Medical Test in USA be paid by HSA?

An HSA Card cannot be used as a form of payment due to it being through insurance as well.

How much time does Medical test take?

The Medical test process takes about an hour but please keep in mind that the hour does not include the time you come-in and fill out your paperwork and wait to be called.
In USA, most of the time, the wait is average of an hour for a doctor visit depending on the clinic schedule.

Australia skillselect 189 visa medical test
Australia Visa Skilled PR Medical Test

Australia Visa Skilled PR Medical Test in India Cost

INR 6,000 for Adult. INR 4,000 for child.

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Am I Ten Printed Meaning for DS-160 form US Visa https://www.am22tech.com/ten-printed-ds-160-us-visa/ https://www.am22tech.com/ten-printed-ds-160-us-visa/#respond Tue, 15 May 2018 16:11:12 +0000 https://www.am22tech.com/?p=1403 Ten printed means your both hand's finger prints (All fingers including thumbs make it 10) have been provided to US government. Answer 'NO' on Form DS-160 if this is your first time application for US visa. Else, answer 'YES'. If do NOT remember answer 'NO'. Ten printing is done at OFC before US embassy Visa interview.

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Ten Printed Meaning

Ten printed means your both hand’s finger prints (All fingers including thumbs make it 10) have been provided to US government.

If you have applied for USA visa any time after 2007, your fingerprints would already have been taken by them at some or other point of US visa application process.

Remember, when you visit US embassy for visa interview, you fingerprints are taken a day ahead in some countries like India. Those fingerprints are referred to as ‘Ten Printing‘.

Have you been ten-printed on DS-160 form?

How do I know if I was ten printed is a common question while filling DS-160 form Q1 for H1B, B1/B2, H4 etc (or any other visa type) visa stamp.

Answer ‘NO‘ to this question on Form DS-160 if this is your first time application for US visa.
If you have given US visa interview earlier in any US embassy, you should answer ‘YES‘.

Have you been ten printed?
Have you been ten printed?

I do not remember if I was ten-printed. Should I put ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on my DS-160?

If you do NOT remember that fingerprints were even taken, you can safely answer this as ‘NO‘.
Don’t worry, US embassy will take your fingerprints again and mark your profile as ten-printed.

10 printing – fingerprinting is done at OFC center

If you are outside USA and have applied for US visa for the first time, you will be 10 printed (or your 10 fingerprints) will be taken at OFC center before your Visa interview at US embassy (in your country).

NOTE:
DS 160 ten printing is different than the fingerprints that you send to FBI for police clearance certificate.

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USCIS Sample Application Withdrawal Letter https://www.am22tech.com/uscis-sample-application-withdrawal-letter/ https://www.am22tech.com/uscis-sample-application-withdrawal-letter/#respond Mon, 14 May 2018 14:30:07 +0000 https://www.am22tech.com/?p=1399 USCIS Sample Application withdrawal letter for H4-EAD, I-130, I-765 or any other petition type. There is no official USCIS form for cancellation of application. Copy of USCIS receipt notice and withdrawal reason is required. Send letter to USCIS office working on your application by checking receipt number code.

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USCIS Sample Application withdrawal letter

[Today’s Date]
[Your name and address]

USCIS [office where you filed]

Subject: Notification of application withdrawal

I-765 Application for Employment Authorization [Your Petition Form Number and Type]

Petitioner: [Your name]
Beneficiary: [Name]

Dear Sir/Madam,

Purpose: Withdraw the application.
Reason: [Do not need work authorization now.] – Reason is mandatory to provide.
Date of Application Submission: [Date]

My contact details:
Address: [Your Address]
Phone: [phone number]
Email: [your email].

Thank you,
[Your Signature] – Should match the one on application.
[Your Name]

Enclosures:
Copy of the USCIS receipt notice.

USCIS Sample Application withdrawal letter in Doc format


Does Withdraw letter need notarization?

No. Notarization is not required.

Send Withdraw letter by certified mail?

Yes. It is important to send the letter by certified mail (or registered mail) preferably by USPS and use tracking. You should have a proof that you sent this letter.

We recommend to keep a scanned copy of the letter as well.

Withdrawing the Visa Petition Before USCIS Has Approved It

If the application has not yet been approved or denied by USCIS, it’s easy to cancel or withdraw it by sending the letter to USCIS.

There is no official withdrawal USCIS form.

You need to know the USCIS office that’s currently handling the petition/ Application.
Enclose a copy of the receipt notice, if you received one from USCIS. That will help it trace your file.

You would also need to write a reason of withdrawal.

USCIS Application withdrawal letter Processing Time

There is no defined processing time for withdrawal request. The only proof you have is the ‘certified mail’ that you send and the scanned copy of the letter.

You can assume to have done the withdrawal that day it is received by USCIS.

If any issue is raised by USCIS later with respect to your withdrawal or current status, you can submit the certified mail receipt and copy of letter as a proof that you did request a withdrawal.

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