2010 – the Visa Odyssey: Last Hurdle before the H1B Visa turns to a Green Card …

Another of my longfound truths of life was deemed false today.

LongFound Truth of Life # 671: "Any email that usually starts with the words - "Congratulations" is a Junk Mail from a newly minted "multi-Millionaire" from a faraway country to wants your help to move money into the US in exchange for a share of the millions.

Oh well Today#671 was deemed false for once.

"Congratulations" began the mail - "We are pleased to inform you that the I-140 petition filed on your behalf has been approved by the Immigration Service. This is yet another step on the road to permanent residence. As of July 2006, visas in your category are available to Indians with a priority date of Jan 1 2003 and since your application date is April 14, 2006...."

As any immigrant would know, There are three phases to the Green Card process:

1. Labor Certification (ETA 750 Application for Alien Labor Certification); (Estimated time to complete: 1-2 yrs)

2. Preference Petition (I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker); (Estimated time to complete: 4-10 months) and,

3. Final Application for Permanent Residence (I-485 Application for Adjustment of Status) (If visa is available, then Estimated time to complete: 10-18 months).

Details of myApplication:

Perm Labor Certification Applied: April 14th, 2006

Perm Labor certification Approved: May 2nd 2006

I140 Petition Applied: June 8th 2006

I140 Petition Approved: July 5th 2006

So yes - the immigration dept has decided to twiddle its thumbs for 3-4 more years atleast before a visa will be "made available" to me, even though I was deemed "worthy". Efficient. Not! 2010, here I come...

Comments (9)
  1. Rujith says:

    What is so special in US, that you spend so much effort and time to get a visa ?…

  2. Pradeep UN says:

    Rujith: Unbiased opportunity with a Global Impact at comfortable lifestyle.

  3. Zeynep says:

    Congratulations Pradeep!! I remember when I got my I140 and i thought it was almost the end of the line, hahahaa!!! Don’t worry though, i’m very impressed by the speed your labor cert went through, the whole system is becoming more and more efficient.

  4. Pradeep UN says:

    Thanx Zeynep,

    "more and more efficient?" I cannot argue with you there – I was surprised about this speed too.

    Not complaining at all 🙂

    The immigration gods are smiling ofcourse.

  5. Derek says:


    How did you work through the PERM – who helped you? How long did it take to get through the paperwork?

  6. Dadoo says:

    Where does curry comes from? India? Shouldn’t you be there instead?

  7. Gee says:


    Congratulations for coming so far … so fast :-).

    What category was you application filled for (EB1, EB2 or EB3)?

    Thanks in advance.


  8. Paul says:

    Hi Pradeep,

    Has anything changed since the July 2007 Visa bulletin advising that the backlog had been cleared?

    Hopefully you will be ready to go soon. Or am I being naive?



  9. Girish Mu says:

    Hi All,

      I got the H1B visa stamped by the employer1 and now they are delaying my trip to US. so i thought of transferring my visa to another Employer2. Is this possible? i know it is possible if i would have resided in US. But i’m still in India only. So is there a chance to transfer the visa to other employer in this situation?

    Please give me the related links, if some one aware of the one.

    Thanks in advance,


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