Quote from owura143
I appreciate what all of you do here. Yes, a petition for an EAD was included in the initial application but I never got it. My lawyer said I could use my OPT until it's about to expire. I have already sent in another application for EAD renewal. That was a few weeks ago.
I am wondering when this gross change happened. I was aware of retrogression after october but then how come the date moved way back to August , 2003. It's confusing because I know of some people who applied in late 2005 and got their green card in 2006. So how come the date rolled back to 2003?
As it stands, I might even complete my contract with no green card in hand; it's torture. I know I'll still be able to work, howevr, the issue is not about just working, it's about opportunities/privileges one will get with the green card. As at now, I am at a loss as to my present status, i.e. being an F-1 immigrant or something else. As I'm planning on going for my masters, I would have to pay the huge fees for international students. My $19-ICU-3 vented patients jobwon't cut it. What is my status?
You are no longer under the F-1 status, that went away when your AOS was filed. And actually you cannot renew the EAD that came with the OPT, it is non-renewable. You can only renew the EAD that comes with the green card process. You no longer have to pay the fees for being an international student as you are no longer under that status. You get the same rates that you would get if you have the green card. The green card really does not give you any othe privilege or status, other than paying a cheaper rate for tuition. Until you have US citizenship, you are still considered a guest in this country.
You needed to get the Advanced Parole as your status does not have a title or visa right now, your previous visa was cancelled, if you look at it in this way, and your new status is in processing right now. So currently, if being specific, you do not hold a visa at this time. Just permission to remain in the US and be able to work legally.
If someone applied even in February or March, or even April of 2006, they have their green cards if they went thru the AOS process. The issue is that there were so many applicants for visas, that they got used up. The reason for the difference in the dates now is that the Schedule A that you were submitted under no longer exists. If you look at a current Visa Bulletin, you will see that it no longer exists. Everyone is now under the EB-3 status. It has been changing steadily over the past few months. And all are under that designation. Schedule A has always been a sub-group of that rating, but when all visas that were available under that were used up, all nurses were placed under the retrogression. And I mean all, does not matter where you are from.
This is why the dates have been changed. Those nurses that are from the PIC countries, as well as Mexico, actually have dates that are further back because of the numbers from those countries that are currently applying.
Expect that you will have your green card in the next year, and before your contract is over.
You have a pending immigrant status............nothing more and nothing less than that. Everything changed with the AOS being filed.
You should have had approval on the I-140 by now, have you received that?