A quick example of how screwed up the US government machinery is, can be gauged by the fact that just 13 days after they announced the current status of processing I-485, they come out with a bulletin that says that all applications are stopped and none will be accepted.
Effective Monday July 2, 2007 there will be no further authorizations in response to requests for Employment-based preference cases. All numbers available to these categories under the FY-2007 annual numerical limitation have been made available. [Link to USCIS Website]
Murthy.com is one of the best sites to get your updates and a very thorough explanation of the shenanigans of the system. On this issue they write
We think that, apparently, the reason for this strange unfolding of events is that, by completing adjudication of an unprecedented number of I-485 cases, the USCIS is pushing the DOS to issue a revised Visa Bulletin early next week. The goal of USCIS appears to be to make the immigrant visa numbers “unavailable” as early as possible by exhausting the entire visa numbers for fiscal year 2007 (until Sep 30, 2007).
There is a lot of speculation as to the reason for this, including that the USCIS does not want too many I-485 cases to be filed while they are trying to clear their backlogs and that they want people to pay the substantially higher USCIS filing fees that will take effect from July 27, 2007 onwards. What ever the reason, we believe their actions are not acceptable and are in violation of the law. [Link to Murthy.com Article]
There is also a strong belief that this is being done so that everyone who files will have to do so under the higher fee structure which comes into effect from August 01, 2007.
And all this while the Congress goes about creating sops for illegal immigrants. Legal immigration brings in educated, skilled, professional people who have been obeying laws and paying taxes for years. And in typical politician fashion, they get shafted in their rear end for it.
Next time anyone complains about India’s politicians, I ask them to look at their so-called ‘educated” American counterparts. The Americans will defeat the Indian politicos hands down in their lack of common sense and stupid law making.
Disgusting indeed !