A few days ago, President Barack Obama voiced his full support for comprehensive immigration reform. The old system is “out of date and badly broken,” the president said at a high school in Las Vegas on Tuesday. A new one is needed.
This status, this broken nature of U.S. immigration policy, is well known by those of us who live and breathe in the industries of immigration and global mobility. We see it every day and we plan our business strategies around this broken system.
It’s a relief to hear President Obama strongly support immigration reform. In the business world, we’re ready for a fresh look at how immigration in its entirety is managed. This includes traditional work visas like the H-1B and L-1 visas, but it also includes how we manage student visas and the path to permanent residency and citizenship. Throughout history, immigrants have been the life and blood of innovation in the United States and the policies of immigration are either in the way of progress or support it.
We choose to support progress and we build technology solutions whose primary goals are to support progress. For over a decade, INSZoom’s software has powered the migration of professionals, spouses, children, students, parents, artists and more from nation to nation. Our software has tracked them and made sure they stayed compliant with the laws of the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, Germany, China, India and more than 80 other countries across this world.
We’ll continue to do so. We’ll continue to expand our software offerings. And we’ll continue to support legislation and policy amendments that help us all progress and innovate, now and in the future.
Welcome to our new blog and our new website and, hopefully, welcome to the future of immigration reform in the U.S. We’ll be here to build the technology to support it, whatever it becomes.
Umesh Vaidyamath has more than 22 years of proven senior technology and management experience in the software industry. As Chief Executive Officer of INSZoom, Umesh drives the overall direction of the company and oversees the company’s engineering, marketing and sales divisions. Follow Umesh Vaidyamath via Facebook, Twitter and Google+
I often read on blogs or websites about the kind of questions individuals with immigration cases under process ask for themselves or for their family members. One question that stands out is ‘What is the status of my case?‘ On hearing this I reminiscent back to the time I started my career as an immigration professional, when our mailboxes and telephone lines would be flooded with these questions. I used to think Why!!! Why can’t we have a simple way of getting this information other than having to call the USCIS and then sending the information to the employee?
Just over a decade ago the Online Case Status Check was introduced by the USCIS, in October 2002. A long time has passed since, and today there is a significant difference in the customer experience while dealing with the USCIS. Today they have multiple online options like Case Status Check, My Case Status, the portal released by USCIS in April 2004 with email and SMS capability and the recent e-Request feature, to inquire or learn about processing of cases.
With the Department of State introducing the Visa Status Check, they seem to be taking a leaf from the experience of the USCIS in improved customer experience, a move I strongly believed was long overdue.
I am excited to be a part of the team at INSZoom, that takes another step, to continue being the forerunner in providing technology solutions by integrating with the Visa Check Status. This cool and intuitive feature will enable checking the status of the DOS Case directly from the INSZoom system. This in addition to the existing USCIS case tracking features. To learn more about this cool new feature feel free to contact our customer service representatives.
Well it’s more than clear now that scores of people around the world want to migrate to the US, after all it is rightly titled “The land of opportunity.” While the doors to limitless dreams may present itself to the people of America, getting through Uncle Sam’s front door in the first place always poses to be the biggest obstacle for all those trying to convert these dreams into reality. Just being a hardcore Yankees fan isn’t enough to make the cut, is it? Well, fear not as we have found this interesting and highly enlightening “guide,” if I may call it, which describes in simple representation and language the permutations and combinations required to help you open the doors to this land of opportunity.
The article is a creation of Mike Flynn and Shikha Dalmia in association with Reason Foundation and National Foundation for American Policy and was part of the Reason Magazine – October 2008 issue.
To celebrate the festivities of Diwali, an Indian festival equivalent in fervor and spirit of Christmas, a group of us decided to go into town and have some fun. Conversation topics during the celebration ranged from family and friends to politics and what all expatriates in the U.S. love to discuss – immigration and the pitfalls of the current system.
During this discussion one of the people present (lets call him John) mentioned a call he got from someone who said he was a USCIS officer. This person knew John’s personal information as well as his immigration status.
The “officer” was initially polite and courteous and took additional information from John. But then, the “officer” turned the tables. He referred to a series of inaccuracies and fallacies in John’s immigration documents and records. He then indicated that these could be quickly corrected to ensure that John would not face any problems with the USCIS.
Obviously, John was eager to correct these “errors”. The so-called officer then dropped the bombshell indicating that there would be a hefty charge to have these records updated and corrected. This request set off warning bells. John questioned the officer.
The discussions quickly turned ugly. The “officer” used threats and strong language to attempt to get John to pay the fees.
John made a wise next choice. He asked the “officer” to send him a written notice. If the fee was legitimate, John said he had no problem with paying it.
John, however, was now convinced that this was a scam. After the “officer” hung up, John tried to call back the number, but it was a spoof number.
Since then I have heard numerous similar stories. Some people have even paid these scam artists.
Like all governments, the U.S. government has its fair share of positive and negative aspects. But this country excels in its commitment to be fair and impartial to any individual. People have the right in this country to be heard and clarify their positions before any action is taken. To do this, the U.S. government gives individuals written notices and gives them the opportunity to respond.
If you are ever a recipient of such a call, ask for the officer’s credentials, write down his or her contact number and insist that a written notice be sent to you on the allegations and the course of action available to you to remedy the issue. Never make payments over the phone unless you have initiated the process and there are specific provisions to make phone payments. Remember, the U.S. government never requires any particular payment method; they provide you with multiple payment options, including checks, which provide a complete trace of the transaction.
Last but not least, seek advise from a legal representative or corporate immigration team before acting upon any such request you receive.