Hi folks – here is the run down of today’s developments. For the better part of today, we have been in contact with a wide range of people – other groups, people on the Hill, reporters who would tell the story of this injustice – in hopes of seeking a solution that would avoid the need for immediate intervention by a judge. Given the short time frame between now and October 1st – mere hours – we have filed a motion for a temporary restraining order to prevent the government from rejecting applications based on the second released Visa Bulletin. We have also filed an amended complaint that has some new plaintiffs and additional legal arguments.

We have been in contact with the government about our case and will continue to do so. We remain hopeful for a quick and positive outcome.

We are now awaiting a hearing with the court. We hoped for today, but we now think it will be tomorrow morning. We know people are uncertain about whether to file tonight or not and can’t give you a perfect answer to that. We don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow when those first cases are received.

In the mean time, we remind everyone that a lawsuit is just one pressure point. Please work with the advocacy organizations in their campaigns to reach out to Congress and the Administration. Rallies, flower campaigns, calls and visits to your representatives are all critical. And let people in the media know why this is so important. Today, we started to see this happening with stories in Bloomberg BNA, the Associated Press and Law360. We know more stories will be running tomorrow in other media outlets.

A special thanks is in order for Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren and Congressman Mike Honda who both issued press releases noting our lawsuit and urging USCIS to restore stability in our immigration system by honoring the commitments made in the original Visa Bulletin.

Many, many lawyers have been contributing time to helping with this. The lawyers of ABIL – the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers – have been fantastic. They put together several teams to help us with declarations for today’s amended complaint. Folks at AILA and AIC have been giving us helpful feedback and advice. Diane Butler’s team at Lane Powell in Seattle jumped in to help at a moment’s notice. When we needed an organization to add as a plaintiff, the IMG Taskforce, an organization that I’ve been involved with for years that advocates on behalf of physician immigrants, stepped in and is our newest named plaintiff. Sheila Hahn of Memphis helped us quickly onboard a new named plaintiff in Seattle.

And many thanks to the thousands of you out there who have been helping to crowdsource this case. When I’ve asked for case examples, you’ve provided them in droves. When I needed some quick research on a question, I’ve gotten great replies. When I’ve needed people to talk to media, you’ve stepped up. Incredible! If we haven’t used you’ve provided just yet, don’t worry. Everything you’re sending is getting read and factored in to our thinking about the solution here.

Tomorrow we’ll have an update on the hearing. After dinner I’ll post the new complaint and the TRO request.

Greg Siskind

Greg Siskind

Greg Siskind is a partner with Siskind Susser, PC - Immigration Lawyers. After graduating from Vanderbilt University, he received his law degree at the University of Chicago. He created the first immigration law web site in 1994 and the first law blog in 1997. He's written four books and currently serves on the board of governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He can be reached by email at gsiskind@visalaw.com.
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80 Responses to Visa Bulletin Law Suit Update – 09-30-2015

  1. Nanda says:

    Greg, thanks a ton for all your efforts and your team… we will sure do what is needed from our end… Hoping to hear good news tommorrow.

  2. toeny_R says:

    Great going …thanks for standing up for injustice… in a time when everyone shy off… thanks for all you help and support… keep going we WILL WIN IN THE END …god bless u

  3. Vijay says:

    Thanks Greg and your team. Hope to hear good news tomorrow.

  4. Rohan says:

    Thank you Greg.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Greg

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thank you very much for fight on behalf of us. Hope will see good news tomorrow.

  7. Vinay says:

    Thank you for your help, Greg and team. Hopefully Justice prevails tomorrow

  8. knighthood83 says:

    “We have been in contact with the government about our case and will continue to do so. We remain hopeful for a quick and positive outcome”. Are there signs that this will happen? Thanks for tour efforts.

  9. Murali Vusthipalli says:

    I hope the efforts will show some results tomorrow. Thank you for the hard work!!

  10. A very sad man says:

    Thanks Greg!

  11. ckumarn says:

    Thanks for the update greg,What is your gut feeling abt things happening?.

  12. JM says:

    Greg,

    Assuming judge issues TRO, can we file for EAD & AP? If we did and in 2 weeks or 2 months judge rules in favor of USCIS, will put petitions get rejected by USCIS?

    Regardless of outcome, what you have done for us can’t be thanked by mere words. Heartfelt thank you!

    Bless you and your family.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Greg,Appreciate all the efforts and concern.

  14. Karthik says:

    Good luck Greg! hats off

  15. Balu says:

    Greg. Thanks much for your sincere efforts.

  16. Sam says:

    Thanks Greg.

  17. sanju says:

    EB community is really grateful for all that you are doing….

  18. Juna says:

    You are such a great inspiration to everyone by putting an enormous effort in such a short time, all the very best wishes for tomorrow and God bless you! Looking forward for a positive outcome.

  19. siddu says:

    Thank you Greg

  20. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Greg so very much.

  21. Sridhar says:

    Dear Greg,
    we are grateful for stepping up, to help us in this issue. We are happy we have someone to look upto.
    Thanks a lot for the tireless hard work to you and all your colleagues who are with you to help us.
    You sure will emerge a winner
    Good Luck for tomorrow
    Sridhar

  22. Basavaraj says:

    Thanks Greg and all who contributed to put forward right steps to obtain favorable result. God bless!

  23. Logu says:

    Thanks a lot Greg. Hope we will get justice through you..

  24. Naveen says:

    Thanks a lot Greg

  25. Anonymous says:

    I do not know how to say thank you to you for your superb efforts to help us file adjustment of status and advance parole. You are the most loved man in the immigrant community. God bless you and your family. Thanks Najeeb

  26. Satya says:

    Thanks Greg

  27. Anonymous says:

    Thanks a lot Greg and best of luck for tomorrow

  28. DS says:

    Thank you Greg, the efforts you and others are putting to get this resolved is beyond words..Thanks again

  29. Ram says:

    Thanks Greg for your sincere efforts & updates. Let’s hope for the best

  30. Vikram Pai says:

    Greg and team thanks a lot for all your efforts. I would also like to thank all the members,media members, advocacy groups …for the timely support …

  31. Anonymous says:

    You are Nobel one. Thanks for being you

  32. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Grag, we all appreciate ur help from bottom of our heart …. Hope to here good news tomorrow

  33. Hemant says:

    Greg you are the best.

  34. Suman says:

    Thanks for the effort.

  35. HS says:

    Greg,

    Good job of rallying up the troops! You have bought the community together.

    Would love to contribute financially or non-financially to support the cause, please let us know if any of such contributions are needed.

    • Greg Siskind says:

      Thanks. Andrew is working on setting up some sort of GoFundMe campaign which would help to cover our costs if we’re not able to recover fees from the government. I’ll post a link when that has happened. Thanks for mentioning this.

      • Immigration Voicer says:

        I will gladly donate -100$ when you set this thing up 🙂

      • Srini says:

        sure Greg We will contribute. Your effort will never be wasted. May God bless you all your team. Our lives suddenly changed.

      • raj says:

        Please let us know the same once it is set up. It doesn’t matter if win or different result but it require a leader of the pack to try it in the first instance. I am glad you leading it as able leader with honest understanding and highly deserve every part of it

      • Wes Sanders says:

        Let us hope the judge will also make you pay for the US Government legal fees. Then you will sure need start begging for money :)))))))

  36. Neil V says:

    Thank you, Greg! We sincerely appreciate your efforts.

  37. Ravi Samineni says:

    Regardless of outcome, what you have done for us can’t be thanked by mere words. Heartfelt thank you, sincerely appreciate your efforts.

  38. saktipm says:

    Thanks Greg for all of your help and support.

  39. Asher says:

    Hi Greg,
    Thanks for your contribution on this issue. Please let us know in case any help is required. As we are online and keeping track of small news what time we can see some action items this morning.

    Thanks again for everything !!!

  40. Satish says:

    Thanks for standing with US

  41. Kiran Velivelli says:

    Thanks Greg, you are our savior

  42. Naveen says:

    Together We Can, We Will.

  43. Padma says:

    Thank you so much Greg. Grateful for your selfless efforts to fight the injustice and failing the trust. The community will be eternally thankful to you.

  44. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Greg and other team members for you all your support and help. Hopefully judgement comes in our favor.

  45. Padma says:

    Thank you so much Greg for your selfless efforts to fight – injustice and attack on trust. The community will be eternally thankful for you for your efforts as you are working to give them a chance to change their lives for the better.

  46. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much Greg

  47. Anonymous says:

    Greg will there be some thing this sort of movement for EB3 we have waited for a long time

  48. Rave says:

    Thank you very much Greg! We sincerely appreciate your efforts.

  49. Jo says:

    THANK-YOU GREG. We really appreciate the effort you have been putting into this. This certainly has a very positive impact on us the individuals and our families who have been waiting in the queue for many years.
    God Bless!!

  50. ravi says:

    Thanks Greg for all your efforts and hard work.

  51. Ravi says:

    Thank You Greg for all your help. When will the judgement come on this ?

  52. Peter Rajesh says:

    Thank You so much Greg.

  53. Peter Rajesh says:

    Thanks you so much Greg.

  54. Anonymous says:

    Thankyou Greg,Appreciate all the efforts

  55. upender says:

    Greg Thanks for your Help..!!

  56. Anonymous says:

    May god bless you Greg

  57. Anonymous says:

    Sure Greg , We will appreciate your effort what ever the outcome. We will contribute. Please share us the link.

  58. MS says:

    Thanks Greg for your support and efforts. As per your last post, the hearing was scheduled for this morning. Did that happen or was it postponed for later?
    Thanks!!

  59. Srini says:

    Revised October Visa Bulletin Lawsuit TRO Judge Decision May Take Time

    Apparently the Court has given time until 04:15 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) for the government to submit its response to the TRO motion. Accordingly, the court decision may not come until late evenining or most likely until tomorrow at the earliest. Please keep patience.
    On God knows whether the government will take certain action or seek settlement pending the TRO decision.

  60. Srini says:

    Posted those notes from another site

  61. RK says:

    Hello Greg
    Thanks for incredible effort put in by you, your team, supporters and well-wishers. Thanks to media for their support. I hope to see justice in tomorrow’s hearing

  62. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Greg for all your Help and motivate folks for doing right no matter what…

  63. Suman says:

    Hi Greg,

    I just read the article published on NYTimes “Incorrect Count on Visas Disrupts Lives of Highly Skilled Immigrants”. I think it is wrongly reported.

    In the paragraph…. “The problem was that immigration officials realized belatedly that they did not have enough green card visas, which are limited by yearly quotas, for all the immigrants they had allowed to apply for them, Obama administration officials said”.

    But these are not green cards. These are merely the pre-registrations as per the executive orders so that people can get the EADs temporarily till they get green card later on.

  64. SSK says:

    Greg, Your selfless efforts are highly commendable. A big THANK YOU for representing EB community and fighting for all of us.

  65. Ravi says:

    Thank you Greg!

  66. Anonymous says:

    What are the next steps? Greg – what does your sources tell you? Now that next bulletin is due in a week, if they don’t go back to VB 1 published in Sept, will the dates move in next bulletin?

  67. Hope says:

    Greg, do we have any progress in court? what happened on October 1st? Did USCIS respond to the litigation.
    Thanks again for all your efforts. Cant say that enough

  68. shri says:

    Thanks Greg, good to know someone cares to the plight of legal immigrants in this nation.

  69. AB says:

    Hi Greg,

    Any updates? We all are desperately waiting for it.

  70. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Greg for all the hard work !

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