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Old 1st Sep 2023, 01:13
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In line with recent posts, they don't want foreign Airline Pilots there. The Case Was Denied.

FAA ATP, CFI, CFI-I
Bachelor's Degree from a U.S. University (Aviation major)
10 years+ aviation work experience
5000h+ TT
Previously FAA Part 135 FO
A320 FO in a European flag carrier
Besides U.S. instructor experience, Line Training Captain in Europe on a turboprop, among other positions in aviation
Conditional Job Offer from a East Coast Part 135 company (DEC + instructor position)
5 Reference Letters, and Expert Opinion Letter by a U.S. University Professor
Helped save lives of American SOF in Afghanistan (also other deployments)

Yet they hand out visas to interpreters and Afghans who don't know how to read or speak English, as they hand out to a Russian Crossfit (brand, not a pro sport) athlete who can't speak English and his family.

And the Immigration Lawyer offices keep advertising that regular Airline Pilots who have 10+ years work experience can qualify for the EB-2 NIW.

As 1st Sgt Edward Welsh stated in The Thin Red Line, "They want you dead, or in their lie.", more fittingly: "They want your money, and in their lie."

Your experience looks good on paper. Maybe your lawyers did not capitalize on them and was not able to frame the case properly. Also the timing of your NIW case plays a big factor as well and if it was transferred to a Service Center that is known for turning down NIW cases. lots of variables to consider. Mine got transferred to NBC in Missouri and got approved.

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Old 1st Sep 2023, 18:19
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The end result has become so subjective depending on the case officer.

I had an FAA commercial certificate and, evidently, it was enough.
No extraordinary qualifications but didn't seem to matter.

As mentioned, the region your file is sent to might make the difference.
My file went to Nebraska and was approved within two weeks.

Sadly, it's starting to look like luck plays a bigger role than a candidate's qualifications.
Good luck to all.
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Old 2nd Sep 2023, 05:40
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Old 3rd Sep 2023, 09:30
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The only possible address to file I-140 by itself outside the U.S. is Dallas, TX (USPS)/Lewisville, TX (Fedex/UPS). And the only place to send the RFE response (which this was) is Irving, TX. All I know, the same officer could have processed both of them. It's all a crapshoot.

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Also the timing of your NIW case plays a big factor as well and if it was transferred to a Service Center that is known for turning down NIW cases. lots of variables to consider. Mine got transferred to NBC in Missouri and got approved.
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Old 4th Sep 2023, 11:36
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Originally Posted by FourStripes
And yes, Atlas Air did sponsor in the early part of 2022.
I did an ATP-CTP with Atlas in March 2022. Did ask if there was any chance, and essentially was told ... not the case.

Are you from Aussieland ? It's a different ball game if you are from Australia.

As mentioned, the region your file is sent to might make the difference.
My file went to Nebraska and was approved within two weeks.
It's my understanding that applicants from 'North America', that is to say, Canada and Mexico, have a different processing channel, which, from what you say, also includes Nebraska.
The rest of the world, it seems, it is only via Lewisville and/or Irving TX.
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Old 4th Sep 2023, 22:13
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We,like the idea of a move to the US as a family but I wonder at 54 if I am too old to be approved for the visa. I have around 15000 hours and I am a TRE on three jet types including the B738. Is this considered exceptional in terms of the criteria?
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Old 9th Sep 2023, 02:12
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Originally Posted by bentley01
We,like the idea of a move to the US as a family but I wonder at 54 if I am too old to be approved for the visa. I have around 15000 hours and I am a TRE on three jet types including the B738. Is this considered exceptional in terms of the criteria?
You will never know until you try.
You have nothing to lose if you write your own case. And depending on how you frame your arguments maybe 54 is not such a bad age.
I am sure you can spare $700 dollars for the filing fee plus courier charges. If not, stay where you are.
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Old 10th Sep 2023, 13:33
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Any FO success in petition?
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Old 15th Sep 2023, 21:47
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Originally Posted by YYZ_bound
I was just about my highest degree, and if I'm planning to work as a pilot in the US.
no, we haven't landed in the US yet. But you have to pay before you go to the border.
I don't think there will be any.
Good luck!
YYZ_bound can you make room in your inbox? Thanks.
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Old 16th Sep 2023, 08:37
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Old 17th Sep 2023, 02:56
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Maybe the law firms who read this read could chime in and let us know how the fact that the EB2 thatís usually current at the start of the fiscal year is now 15 months in arrears? Is it because of over demand? Will it move forward gradually month to month or now only every quarter?
I guess itís fair to say - 2 years from initial interview with a law firm to getting the visa is now optimistic at best.
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Old 18th Sep 2023, 05:43
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Originally Posted by Commuting101
how the fact that the EB2 that’s usually current at the start of the fiscal year is now 15 months in arrears?
Is it because of over demand? Will it move forward gradually month to month or now only every quarter?
I guess it’s fair to say - 2 years from initial interview with a law firm to getting the visa is now optimistic at best.
It will move when NVC determines the worldwide supply is slowly increasing. NVC has the job to balance the 56,342 EB visa to the worldwide demand. Every country has an annual cap of 3,943 EB2 visa to be issued.
2 years is a good metric from your receipt date until you are standing in front of the interview window of the US Embassy in your home country.

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Old 18th Sep 2023, 17:21
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Just in time for the next downturn in the aviation sector then.
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Old 19th Sep 2023, 02:11
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Originally Posted by hunterboy
Just in time for the next downturn in the aviation sector then.
The good thing with the EB2 case is you end up with a green card and be legal to work in any industry without the fear of being deported. If you have other skills like flipping burgers, you won't have to worry about ICE hunting you down to be deported.

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Old 4th Oct 2023, 14:42
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Originally Posted by FourStripes
Your experience looks good on paper. Maybe your lawyers did not capitalize on them and was not able to frame the case properly. Also the timing of your NIW case plays a big factor as well and if it was transferred to a Service Center that is known for turning down NIW cases. lots of variables to consider. Mine got transferred to NBC in Missouri and got approved.
NBC in Missouri? I thought only Texas and Nebraska was possible.....
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Old 4th Oct 2023, 23:35
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Texas Service Center forwarded it to NBC. USCIS moves cases to other Service Centers to equalize work load. This is another factor if your case gets approved or not. There are other Service Centers that are known to deny or ask for more evidence after the initial submission.
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Old 8th Oct 2023, 23:52
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Moved forward another week. At this rate the EB2 is in trouble. Buyer beware.

Jose Leon - how do you see the next few bulletins playing out? And the future - will the EB2 catch up again?
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Old 15th Oct 2023, 18:37
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We received two approvals last week.

Profiles:

Profile 1: Wide body FO with over 10 years experience, no degree.
Profile 2: Regional CA with a mechanical engineering degree.

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Old 15th Oct 2023, 18:54
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Originally Posted by bentley01
We,like the idea of a move to the US as a family but I wonder at 54 if I am too old to be approved for the visa. I have around 15000 hours and I am a TRE on three jet types including the B738. Is this considered exceptional in terms of the criteria?
I think you would have a solid foundation, however, I would have to see your entire profile.

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