The Foreign Marriage: Choosing Whether to Marry Your Immigrant Spouse Inside or Outside of the U.S. – Immigration

If a U.S. citizen wishes to sponsor his or her spouse for a green card (“lawful permanent residency” under U.S. immigration law; see http://www.uscis.gov), timing can always be an issue. Whether a U.S. citizen marries the immigrant spouse inside or outside of the U.S. can affect how soon the couple can begin living together in the U.S.When a U.S. citizen marries a foreign national (“immigrant” for purposes of this article) and the marriage takes place outside of the U.S., it could be difficult for the immigrant spouse to enter the U.S. as s/he once did, i.e., on a tourist visa or other temporary visa to visit his or her family, friends, and spouse.The reason that re-entry into the U.S. is difficult for an immigrant is that when an immigrant marries a U.S. citizen, that shows CIS and airport DHS inspection officers that the immigrant has the permanent intent to stay in the U.S. and not return to their home country. Yet, when the immigrant tries to enter on a tourist visa or other temporary visa, the immigrant is telling CIS that s/he plans to stay only for a short period in the U.S. This conflicting temporary v. permanent intent problem (commonly referred to as “dual intent”) usually results in CIS concluding that the noncitizen committed “visa fraud.” Further, if a DHS (www.dhs.gov) inspecting officer at the airport discovers that the immigrant is married to a U.S. citizen when the immigrant tries to enter on a tourist or other temporary visa, the officer will be likely to conclude that the immigrant will overstay their visa and live permanently in the U.S. because of the existence of a U.S. citizen spouse giving the immigrant “good reason to stay” in the U.S.Because of this and due to potentially longer processing times with immigrant visas and the K-3 (a temporary visa that allows spouses of U.S. citizens to enter the U.S. to wait until their immigrant visa based on the marriage is processed and approved), many couples decide to marry within the U.S. to take advantage of the usually faster Adjustment of Status process instead of waiting for consular processing.Many times, couples prefer to legally marry in the U.S. but then have a renewal of vows or another ceremony (often called a religious ceremony) for friends and family abroad, so they can start the immigration process for the immigrant spouse as soon as possible while the immigrant spouse is in the U.S. This option could also prove risky because if the immigrant spouse entered on a temporary visa (such as tourist visa), a CIS officer at the green card interview in the U.S. may conclude that the immigrant committed visa fraud – i.e., never disclosed his/her intent to marry and stay in the U.S. when entered with a tourist visa.Regardless, where you decide to legally marry (not necessarily a religious ceremony or even a wedding, perhaps just a justice of the peace), could significantly change your options and processing times and what path you choose. It is always best to discuss your wedding plans with a qualified immigration attorney to decide what path is best for your situation and the consequences and benefits of marriage outside and inside the U.S.The Immigrant Visa ProcessOnce a U.S. citizen marries an immigrant spouse whether inside or outside of the U.S., the U.S. citizen will have to apply for an immigrant visa and provide all supporting documentation for that application with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services in the U.S. Once CIS approves the petition, the case is (www.travel.state.gov) for continued processing.Once a visa number is assigned to the case and final documentation received, the case is transferred to the consulate nearest the noncitizen spouse’s foreign address, which will arrange for the spouse to be interviewed (much like a green card interview in the U.S.) by a consulate nearest the immigrant spouse’s foreign residence. Assuming all goes well, the spouse will be issued a green card in his or her passport upon entry into the U.S. The processing time for this entire process can take 9 months – 2 years, depending on which state the U.S. citizen spouse resides in.There are a few exceptions to this process, that allow a couple to save months of processing time so as not to be separated for long periods. If time is a concern and before a couple tries to cut corners in the immigration process, a couple should consult an attorney right away, so as not to make any decisions that could ruin the immigrant spouse’s chances for a green card.K-3 temporary visaThe K-3 visa ([http://www.uscis.gov/graphics/publicaffairs/newsrels/life081401.htm]) was created in response to the long processing time it can take for a foreign spouse to be issued a green card for entry into the U.S. A person may receive a K-3 visa if that person is already married to a U.S. citizen, has a pending Immigrant Visa filed by their U.S. citizen spouse with U.S. CIS (www.uscis.gov), and seeks to enter the United States to await the approval of the petition and subsequent lawful permanent resident status. This visa must still be applied for with CIS and once approved, must be sent to the consulate nearest the foreign noncitizen’s spouse for issuance.The One-Step OptionThe last option that may affect whether a U.S. citizen marries his or her immigrant spouse inside or outside of the U.S. is the possibility that the couple can apply directly at the U.S. consulate in the immigrant spouse’s home country for an immigrant visa (which leads to a green card), thus bypassing the CIS process in the U.S. This option is usually restricted to U.S. citizen spouses who have been residing in the immigrant spouse’s foreign country for some time and also depends on the size of the consulate and the number of cases the consulate receives each year.Consulates often change their procedures. To determine whether a particular consulate allows this option, you can visit the consulate’s website to find more information or links to more helpful information (http://usembassy.state.gov). An attorney may also be able to save you time by inquiring on your behalf to the consulate.It’s important to weigh the couple’s goals, the CIS and consulate processing times, the couple’s financial concerns, and the immigrant spouse’s immigration history in deciding whether or not to marry inside or outside of the U.S.Last but not least, make sure to consult a family lawyer to determine whether the U.S. citizen and the immigrant spouse’s foreign divorce decrees will be recognized by the state the U.S. citizen lives in if the U.S. citizen marries his or her immigrant spouse in that U.S. state. Every state family law has different rules; don’t mess up the immigrant spouse’s chances by not investigating all angles fully before proceeding.

Immigration Policies – Immigration

Immigration policies of countries reflect their attitude regarding immigration. There were no strict regulations regarding immigrations in the ancient period. With increase in the consciousness about political identity each country formulated a set of conditions, to regulate migration. Immigration policies are guiding principles for the procedure of immigration. The immigration policy is revised according to the motives of the government. The countries, which have low population growth, have liberal immigration policies. The growth of terrorism has forced countries to become more stringent in their immigration policies.The policy is a set of terms and conditions, which are essentially satisfied by the immigrants. Legal immigration is possible only for immigrants, who fulfill the eligibility criteria mentioned in the immigration policy of the country. The policy also determines the right of the immigrant in the country. The policy provides a comprehensive outlook to manage the economic and social life of the immigrant. Some countries have strict policies regarding the permitted activities of an immigrant in their country. The immigration promoting countries have lenient policies regarding the civic life of immigrants, which help them to integrate easily with the culture of the country.The government develops the policy according to the social and economic conditions prevailing in the country. The policies are legalized by immigration law. Population increase and anti immigrant sentiments influence the formulation of strict policies. Policies also consider issues regarding illegal immigration. The policies of many countries enforce strict regulations to limit illegal immigrants. The immigration policies of a few countries have provisions to provide amnesty to illegal immigrants.Immigration process can be delayed if the policy requirements are not strictly adhered to. Awareness about the immigration policy is essential to avoid problems. The immigration office provides guidance about the policies of the country. Immigration attorneys and services also assist with necessary information. Internet is the best tool to gather information about the immigration policy a country.

Illegal Immigrant Workers – Immigration

Migrant labor is an issue receiving an increasing amount of attention. It has become a matter of growing importance as a number of factors, including rapid population expansion and higher rates of urbanization, lead many people to seek better economic opportunities in other countries.The International Labour Organization estimates there are roughly 96 million migrant workers and their dependents in the world today. Some experts predict that the number will double in the next twenty years.In the United States there are 6.3-million illegal workers in the United States, according to estimates by the Pew Hispanic Center. About half of those are from Mexico. These illegal Mexican immigrants are at the center of an ongoing debate as to how the United States should handle illegal immigration.A common belief is that Mexicans immigrate to the United States in order to find work. But according to a study conducted by the center, a lack of jobs in Mexico is not a major reason that immigrants come to the United States illegally. Rather, immigrants are driven out of their home country because of Mexico’s low wages, poor job quality and lack of long-term prospects and opportunity.Study results were based on interviews with 4,836 men and women applying for Mexican identification cards at consulates in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Fresno, Atlanta and Raleigh, N.C.The study found that only 5% of Mexican immigrants who have been in the United States for less than two years were unemployed in Mexico. In fact, the vast majority of undocumented migrants interviewed were gainfully employed before they left for the United States.The study also found that immigrants have little trouble finding work in the United States, despite the lack of legal rights to work. After six months in the United States, only 5% of the immigrants reported being unemployed. This statistic reveals how important these immigrant workers are to the United States economy, because they perform jobs that few others are willing to do.And they do so for low wages. Immigrants generally make poverty-level wages in the United States, or about $300 per week. While shockingly low, these wages are twice what workers in Mexico make.According to the Pew Hispanic Center study, Mexican immigrants provide many types of labor needed around the country, including construction in Atlanta, Dallas and Raleigh; hospitality in New York; manufacturing in Chicago; and agriculture in California. These four industries employed about two-thirds of survey respondents.Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington D.C., says it’s not news that a demand for low-wage labor exists in the United States. But instead of establishing guest-worker programs or amnesty for illegal immigrants, Krikorian advocated removing immigrant workers from the economy gradually. In his view, this would, among other things, improve wages for American workers.Despite a seemingly steady stream of immigrant workers, farms in California and other businesses are having a hard time finding enough people willing to work for low wages. Many immigrants are choosing to work in the riskier but higher paying construction industry. And the government and civilian border patrol groups like the Minutemen are stepping up efforts to secure the United States-Mexico border, making it harder for immigrants to enter.Government officials, including the President, want to establish new legislation that will more strongly enforce the immigration laws.In January of 2004 President Bush outlined a plan to revamp the nation’s immigration laws and allow some eight million illegal immigrants to obtain legal status as temporary workers, saying the United States needs an immigration system “that serves the American economy and reflects the American dream.”Illegal immigrants already in the United States could apply for the temporary worker program only if they already had a job. The special status would last for three years and could be renewed once, for a total stay of six years. If temporary workers failed to stay employed or broke the law, they would be sent home.Bush said the new legal status would allow illegal immigrants to travel back to their home countries without fear of not being allowed to return to the United States.The reason for the reform, Bush said, is to confront “a basic fact of life and economics — some of the jobs being generated in America’s growing economy are jobs American citizens are not filling.”Currently, about 140,000 “green cards” are issued each year to people wanting to migrate to the United States. Bush has called on Congress to raise it, but did give a specific number.Bush described the immigration proposals as a national security measure that will help the United States exert more control over borders. “Our homeland will be more secure when we can better account for those who enter our country,” he said. “Instead of the current situation, in which millions of people are unknown… law enforcement will face few problems with undocumented workers and will be better able to focus on the true threats to our nation from criminals and terrorists.”The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in coordination with the Labor Department and other agencies, would administer the new program.When Bush announced his ideas in early 2004, some Democratic party leaders voiced suspicion that he was trying to increase his popularity with the Latinos contingent as the 2004 campaign got under way. Senator Kennedy said “I certainly hope the administration’s long-awaited reinvolvement in this fundamental debate is genuine and not because of election-year conversion. The immigration status quo is outdated, unjust and unacceptable.”Many senators also have ideas on reforming immigration law. Republican Senators John Cornyn of Texas and Jon Kyl of Arizona propose a program that would allow immigrants to work in the United States for two years, followed by a one-year break. This pattern could be repeated a total of three times before the worker had to return to his or her home country permanently.Senators John McCain, R-Ariz., and Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., support legislation that would allow illegal immigrants to work in the United States for up to six years without obtaining any permits or paperwork. After the six years, workers would have to be in the process of obtaining legal residency or return to their home country.And Nebraska Republican Senator Chuck Hagel has proposed granting illegal immigrant workers legal status if they pass criminal background checks, have lived in the United States for at least five years, pay taxes, have working knowledge of the English language and pay a $2,000 fee. Before this program is implemented, Hagel wants to see border security strengthened.But efforts to stem the tide of immigrant workers flowing into the United States seem to have stalled. Many farmers do not want to change the system that provides them with much-needed labor. And conservative anti-immigrant groups like vigilante group the Minutemen critically oppose reform that would in any way encourage immigration.”Guest worker programs are worthless,” says Minutemen president Chris Simcox. “We can’t even talk about that until there is real government enforcement on the border.” The Minutemen is an all-volunteer organization of citizens opposing illegal immigration. Members patrol the United States-Mexico border in search of illegal immigrants trying to cross over.”This is a direct challenge to President Bush,” Simcox has said. “You have continued to ignore this problem. Our state officials, senators, and congressmen will do nothing. So this is a last-ditch effort to roll up our sleeves and do it ourselves.”The Minutemen and others believe that illegal immigrants are bad for the United States, an economic drain and security threat. Immigrants often require the assistance of government and social service agencies, but because of their non-legal status often do not pay the taxes that fund these programs. Groups like the Minutemen claim immigrants are a threat to national security.Many businesses and industries also oppose new immigrant legislation for fear that it might further reduce the pool of available workers they need. Tamar Jacoby, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, says most Americans are unwilling to do hard labor or farm jobs. Immigrants are willing and do them cheaply, making their presence a matter of economic importance.Those in favor of new immigrant legislation may get their way. A 2004 poll by National Public Radio, the Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government found that Americans are less negative about immigration than they have been in several years. However, non-immigrant Americans polled felt that the government has not been tough enough on immigration. They would like the government to spend more to tighten the borders.According to http://www.census.gov, Florida has between 243,000 and 385,000 undocumented immigrants. But the numbers probably are even higher, because experts say illegal immigrants often avoid government surveys. The 2002 Census survey included both legal and illegal immigrants.In the Tampa Bay area, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties have seen foreign-born populations grow faster than the general population. Of the more than one million residents in Hillsborough, 13% are foreign-born. Census data shows that Hillsborough’s foreign-born population grew more than 80% during the 1990s-four times the growth rate of the overall population.In Pinellas, the proportion of foreign-born residents topped 10% for the first time in 2002, according to the Census Bureau. The foreign born population grew 45% during the 1990s, nearly six times the growth rate of the overall population.

The Benefits of a Free Immigration Consultation – Immigration

Free immigration consultation is an essential part of the immigration process for an intending immigrant. The cost of regular immigration consultation is beyond the reach of a majority of immigrants. So a free consultation is therefore a good option for immigrants who cannot afford the costs of regular immigration attorney representation.If you are able to afford an immigration attorney it would be a better option as they would provide more detailed advice and guidance until the end of processing when a decision has been made on your application. However if this is beyond your means, it would be a very good idea to at least have a free immigration consultation before proceeding with any plans.The amount of paperwork and processing that is entailed in immigration processing is a lot. A lot of potential immigrants often find that overwhelming. It is a big challenge having to sift through all the rules and regulations finding the appropriate ones for particular situations.For example, a potential immigrant who wants to come into the U.S on an immigration based marriage visa must be aware of all the terms and conditions of getting that visa. With this knowledge the processing can then start with the application. The intending immigrant needs to provide all the required documents and evidence to certify that they qualify for that visa as well as fill the required forms satisfactorily. Free immigration consultation can make this process much easier.A free immigration consultation is especially useful for illegal immigrants who cannot afford regular immigration attorney services but are under the threat of being deported. The complexity of immigration laws mean that it would be in their best interests to get fee immigration consultation so that they are given a fair hearing.Free immigration consultation is often necessary to help a potential immigrant decide which visa to apply for and the regulations guiding it. A free immigration consultation should also give an outline of the processing that would be involved with the application, the forms to be filled and the supporting information and documents that should be supplied with it.A type of free immigration consultation that is fast gaining popularity is the online immigration attorney. These give free immigration advice on the best ways to go about achieving your dreams. They provide virtually the same services as a regular attorney but are based on the internet. They interact with clients over the internet and give advice and help with immigration applications. This is a good option for intending immigrants who are resident outside the country. They can help you form a distinct plan that will set you on your way to getting that visa.An online search will bring up a good number of attorneys that will offer free immigration consultations. It is also crucial that you make a decision on the right one for your case. It would be a good idea to take a good look at any case histories to find similarities to yours. A check on case studies, articles and relevant books on the internet from that lawyer would also go a long way in determining the level of competence.It is important to be at ease with the attorney you choose because you will have to disclose as much detail as would be helpful to the success of your case.

Immigration laws – Immigration

Immigration laws are rules which govern the immigration practices of a country. The entire practice of migration must be in accordance with the immigration laws of the country. Immigration laws are intended to conduct immigration efficiently. They were introduced to control immigration. With the September 11 attack, countries have become more vigilant about illicit entries. Most countries have taken steps to practice immigration laws more stringently.Immigration laws are formulated according to the immigration policy of the country. Each country has different perspective on immigration. The legal experts in the country formulate the laws according to the prevailing social and economic conditions. The foreign policy of the country also reflects in the immigration laws. The immigration laws are enacted by the legislative body of the country. Separate government bodies are entrusted to practice immigration laws. Usually the department of immigration regulates the immigration law.Immigration laws define the legal duties and rights of those migrating. The laws detail about the circumstances under which immigration must be approved. The law specifies the eligibility of the immigrant. The person, who satisfies the regulations of the immigration law, only will get approval to enter the country. The obligation of the immigrants to the country is well defined in the laws. The immigration law specifies the measures to control the illegal immigrant. The laws are periodically revised by amendments according to requirements of the prevailing situation.The formalities in the law are usually complex, for a common man. To avoid hassles in the proceedings of immigration, it is advised to consult experts in immigration law, while planning for immigration. Some government counsels offer free consultation in immigration laws. Online clarifications on immigration law are available from some Internet sites. The authenticity of the information has to be cross checked since the law is revised regularly. Official websites for immigration will be the best choice to gather information about immigration law.

How To Get A Non Immigrant Category O Visa For Thailand – Immigration

The Thailand Visa Application ProcessWhy is an article like this needed to explain how to get a Non Immigrant Category O Visa for Thailand? Surely the requirements are available on the Thai Embassy and Consulate websites. Well, yes there is a lot of information on the requirements for obtaining a Non Immigrant Category O Visa for Thailand on the Thai Embassy and Consulate websites and also on various third party websites such as Thai legal websites and Thai forums. But those websites have a lot of information and about all types of visa.This article is specifically about getting a Non Immigrant Category O Visa for Thailand and so the information is much clearer than the other websites. Additionally the language used on the Official’ Thai websites is in semi-legal language and being translated from the Thai language it is not always clear what the meaning is. On the other hand, this article is written in clear easy-to-understand English. Also the requirements for a Non Immigrant Category O Visa for Thailand appear to be different according to which website you read and in my experience also according to where you go to get your visa!All this will be explained in the article along with answers to questions like these:
Who Needs A Non Immigrant Category O Visa For Thailand?
What Is A Non Immigrant Visa For Thailand?
What is A Category “O” Non Immigrant Thai Visa?
How Long Does A Category “O” Non Immigrant Thai Visa Last?
What Is A Multiple Entry Category “O” Non Immigrant Visa For Thailand?
What Do You Need To Get A Non Immigrant Visa For Thailand?
What Other Types Of Visas For Thailand Are There?
Where Is The Best Place To Get A Non Immigrant Visa For Thailand?
Who Needs A Non Immigrant Category O Visa For Thailand?There are ten classifications on Non Immigration Visas for Thailand each for a specific purpose and only one called the Category “O” Visa, “O” standing for “Other”. The Non Immigrant Category O Visa for Thailand, by definition is for people and reasons not falling into the other classifications. Typically it is for people who want to stay in Thailand for a longer period than they could with a standard tourist visa which may be valid for just a few weeks. Often people seeking a Non Immigrant Category O Visa for Thailand want to visit their Thai spouse, children, parents or for retirement. They are people who are not planning any type of work or business in Thailand. In addition, with a Non Immigrant Category O Visa you are able to apply to open a Thai Bank Account and to apply for a work permit in Thailand.How Long Does A Category “O” Non Immigrant Thai Visa Last?A normal Category “O” Non Immigrant Thai is valid for 90 days (three months) unless otherwise instructed by the Office of Immigration Bureau.Extending The Period Of ValidityQualified people can obtain an additional one year stay permit counting from the date of entry in Thailand at the discretion of the Immigration officer. The application has to be made either at the Thai consular mission aboard or at the Office of Immigration Bureau in Bangkok.What Is A Multiple Entry Category “O” Non Immigrant Visa For Thailand?A multiple entry Category “O” Non Immigrant Visa for Thailand is exactly what it says. It is exactly the same as a normal Category “O” Non Immigrant Visa except that multiple entries are permitted. The maximum time you can stay in Thailand with a Thai multiple entry Category “O” Non Immigrant Visa is 90 days. Then you must leave Thailand and go to another country but you can re-enter Thailand the next day. (Or even perhaps the same day, but I have not tried that)The multiple entry Category “O” Non Immigrant Visa is valid for one year. So you can effectively stay for one year in Thailand with this kind of visa provided that you leave the country every three months. Leaving and re-entering Thailand to authorise the next three month period on your multiple entry visa is not as onerous or expensive as it sounds. You can simply cross the border into Laos or Cambodia to the East to Malaysia to the South.What Do You Need To Get A Non Immigrant Visa For Thailand?The requirements to get a Category “O” Non Immigrant Visa is not always clear and it does depend upon where you are getting you visa from.Royal Thai Embassy Website in London Requirements For A Category “O” Non Immigrant Visa For ThailandBelow are the requirements as set out on the Royal Thai Embassy Website in London, U.K.First these are the stated requirements for all categories of Non Immigrant Visa for Thailand:
Visa application form completely filled out
Passport or travel document with validity not less than 6 months and its copy
Two 4 x 6 cm full-faced, bareheaded photos taken within the past six months
Evidence of adequate finance (20,000 Baht per person and 40,000 Baht per family)
Letter of acceptance from the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (Alien Occupational Control Division, Department of Employment.
In addition to the above, the following are required for the Category “O” Non Immigrant Visa:
Birth Certificate
Certificate of Marriage or its equivalents
An official recommendation letter from organization perform voluntary job in Thailand
Note also that Additional documents (not specified) may be required.Royal Thai Consulate, Birmingham (U.K.) Requirements For A Category “O” Non Immigrant Visa For ThailandAccording to the Royal Thai Consulate, Birmingham, U.K. Website some of the requirements listed above are not required if you apply for your Category “O” Non Immigrant Visa at the Consulate, but other requirements are listed.The following for example, are not listed as being required:
Birth Certificate
Letter of acceptance from the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (Alien Occupational Control Division, Department of Employment.
In fact, my husband got his Multiple Entry Category “O” Non Immigrant Visa For Thailand from Royal Thai Consulate, Birmingham with just our Thai Marriage certificate plus of course his passport, Fee and the completed Form.Other Types Of Non Immigrant Visas For Thailand There AreIn summary, because the descriptions on the official Thai websites are much longer, these are the different types of Non Immigrant Visas For Thailand there are:
(F) to perform official duties
(B) to do business or to work
(IM) to ‘invest with the concurrence of Thai Ministries and Government Departments ‘
(IB) other investment
(ED) to study, attend seminars etc
(M) to work as a film-producer, journalist or reporter
(R ) to perform missionary work or other religious activities
(RS) to conduct scientific research or training or teaching
(EX) to undertake skilled work or to work as an expert or specialist
(O) other activities
Where To Get A Non Immigrant Visa For ThailandYou can obtain your Non Immigrant Visas For Thailand from either a Royal Thai Consulate Embassy or a Royal Thai Consulate. I have found that (in the U.K.) it is easier and faster to get your Non Immigrant Visas for Thailand from the Royal Thai Consulate in Birmingham rather that the Royal Thai Consulate Embassy in London.

Immigration – Can We Use God’s Inspiration To Solve The Problem – Immigration

Is our current policy providing a fertile hunting grounds for terrorists or is the spirit of “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” still alive and well in God’s country?Talk about “huddled masses”, what do you call twelve million illegal immigrants? Is this what the poet Emma Lazarus had in mind when she used the term?I have an idea, why don’t we just impose a huge illegal immigrant tax. We could probably eliminate our national debt in no time at all. The only problem with this self defeating strategy is that then no one would want to come to this country. Perhaps we should make it a both ways border tax. That way we could charge these illegal immigrants coming and going. There is nothing illegal about that is there?We could also double the minimum wage, in which case the farmers might automate and eliminate the need for cheap labor. Our food prices would rise, inflation would set in, unemployment would grow, and our own citizens might become more willing to take low paying jobs again, thus eliminating the need for immigrants altogether except from a do the right thing point of view. What about granting them all amnesty? Amnesty from what? I thought everyone has a right to pursue the American dream. So many choices, it is hard to know which to choosePerhaps if we stopped offering illegal immigrants free health care and schooling for their children we could reduce the flow substantially, but I am afraid we might run the risk of growing our own illegal immigrant terrorists from this formerly hard working lot who would become upset at the lack of equal social services being supplied to them. Besides, we probably don’t have enough buses in this country to send twelve million people home and we surely can’t expect them to walk although that is how many of them got here. Do you think this whole problem is part of a French conspiracy? After all they sent us the Statue of Liberty on which Emma Lazarus’s poem is inscribed. I doubt it. It seems unlikely given that they have their own immigration problems.What does the temporary or guest worker program proposed by the President and by some in congress really mean? Does it mean that illegal immigrants will have to work in this country until they are granted citizenship and then can stop working and go on welfare or refuse to take the low paying jobs that some corporations originally hired them for. What’s to stop these twelve million illegal immigrants from forming their own unified union and going on strike for higher wages and pension plans. Can illegal immigrants have 401K plans? Can they take tax deductions on their tax returns for foreign travel as a business expense? So many questions and no one seems to have all the answers. What would happen to our trade deficit if these people stopped buying American goods that are made in China? This thing has ramifications that none of us may have thought of. Is this what Emma Lazarus was alluding to when she said, “I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Are we the golden scapegoat for the world? Why not try to reverse the trend by helping Mexico employ their own citizens at a good living wage. We could even institute a buy Mexican policy. It might be cheaper than buying goods from China considering that we wouldn’t have to pay long distance freight charges.What should we do to protect ourselves from foreign terrorists who might sneak across the border with all the peaceful and hard working immigrants? Perhaps we should install an honor system instead of a wall. We could ask all the illegal immigrants to report any terrorists crossing over with them – anonymously of course. Another approach that might work is to require all illegal immigrants to travel lightly. We should limit them to one small carry across the border type bag and allow nothing big enough to conceal a bomb. Probably something the size of a passport wallet would be safe.Another approach would be to make Spanish our primary language instead of English. That way so many of us wouldn’t be able to understand our utility bills that we might have to migrate to England to find a commonly spoken language, then let’s see who revolts against whom. The only problem with this scenario is that the Muslim minority in England might object to being overpowered by a new bunch of migrating American Christians. I almost forgot to mention the negative affect this transmigration might have on our national sovereignty, but then we are not talking about a flock of birds, are we? We are talking about a mass of humanity. When Emma Lazarus spoke of “the wretched refuse of your teaming shore”, do you think she had us, or the illegal immigrants in mind?You might well ask where God comes into this whole mess. I believe it goes back to my belief that this is God’s homeland every bit as much as it is ours. I can almost see Him using the poet Emma Lazarus’s famous words, “send these the homeless, tempest-tost to me” as His own. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if God put those words in Emma Lazarus’s mind. Maybe we should find a way to honor the words of the poet and the thoughts of God at the same time. How about making all these illegal immigrants legitimate citizens of God’s world. They are anyway, aren’t they? There has got to be a better way to protect the rights of American citizens and at the same time give comfort to these struggling masses of immigrants. Can we look to God for the inspiration to find the answers?© Arthur Levine 2006Please feel free to use this article as long as credit is given to the resource box below.

Proficiency In Language, Becoming an Important Criterion for Being a Canadian Immigrant – Immigration

Immigration is a topic that is being dealt with renewed interest and vigor across the world. There are language rules associated with Canada immigrants as well, as with other immigration laws. Canada has two official languages, English and French. The biggest area of concern that has emerged in recent times is that most of the immigrants are not well versed in either English or French. Hence, the administration finds it tough to integrate such people with the system. In fact, in recent surveys it has been observed that immigrants face a lot of issues when it comes to availing medical help.This is because they find it difficult to communicate with the health officials.The job sector too poses quite a lot of problems for the immigrants. There are new language rules for Canada immigrants now. These rules have been introduced in order to make people more competent. The language rules have certainly been toughened. This might bring the migrants into the mainstream. This will surely help the migrants to enhance the quality of their life.A competent migrant will definitely be able to become more stable financially. Such a migrant will also be able to mingle with others and have an active social life once he moves to Canada. So, while skilled migrants serve as great assets to the country’s economy there have been transformational changes in selection systems, such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program.One of the most striking aspects found in recent research is that the skilled people lose their jobs to the existing Canadian population, despite being more than competent with respect to the educational background. This is largely due to the lack of language skills, which are required officially. Interestingly, there is a point system that assesses migrant’s applications. According to the new rules, the waiting time will be cut down from years to just a few months.This jump goes hands in hand with using external testing bodies like CELPIP to carry on the language test. The points are matched with soft skills and workplace language proficiency. It is expected that migrants can carry on normal conversations and business routines along with reading technical content related to their work and ask questions when needed. This opens up brighter prospects for those who are good with either English or French. Proficiency in both the languages will greatly enhance the success rate of the immigrants’ application.Under the new language rules for Canada immigrants, language gets similar weightage as to education and work experience. While there are 21 points for work experience and 25 points for education, 24 points are allocated for language. Age and arranged employment have a maximum of 10 points each. Apart from CELPIP which is Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program general test, there is IELTS or International English Language Testing System that also plays an important role in determining the candidate’s proficiency in English. Alternatively, there are TEF and TEFAQ testing systems for those immigrants who have proficiency in French, instead of English.

4 Major Ways An Immigration Lawyer Can Help You With Citizenship – Immigration

If you are seeking citizenship of another country, then you sure are in for a lot of challenging processes and procedures on your way. Immigrating to another nation is a dream for many people, but not one which translates to a reality for many out there. The simple act of getting a visa to another country can take almost a month, leave alone immigrating to it. Thus, having an immigration lawyer by your side can be of great help while applying for citizenship. The following are the 4 main ways an employment based lawyer, family based lawyer or any other immigration lawyer can help you with your citizenship.
Paperwork is an important part of the process of citizenship and an employment or a family based immigration lawyer can be of enormous help for you to get through the complex procedure of collecting all important documents. Paperwork requires extreme precision and forms one of the most crucial aspects of foreign citizenship.
Another way in which an immigration attorney can help you get the citizenship to a country is by training you for the citizenship interview and helping in preparation of the test. For example, if you are looking for employment based immigration; your attorney will either train you himself or may suggest a good institute for coaching. They will suggest you to get your foreign language right, work on your cultural and religious knowledge and other such aspects.
Filing of the petition is another part of applying for another country’s citizenship and this is where the role of a family based immigration lawyer comes into play. These legal experts guide your throughout the process and make sure that your petition is filed in a way that is not close to chances of rejection. A lot of individuals make attempts to file their petition themselves but in vain. This happens due to lack of proper knowledge and some or the other mistake in the paperwork. Thus an immigration expert can be highly beneficial in such a scenario.
Representation during legal appearances or meetings is another way in which immigration experts can prove extremely useful for those who are seeking citizenship to another country. These experts join you during your appearances and make the process much easier.
These points explain how useful an immigration attorney can be for us, whether we want employment based citizenship, family based citizenship or asylum based immigration. Experts have the right knowledge, experience and skills required to get you through the challenging and long process and act as your constant support and guides.

Immigrants Health Insurance Through Marketplace – Immigration

Out of nearly 40 million people living in U.S. who were born elsewhere, about a third does not have health insurance. And about 9 million people in the U.S. belong to immigrant families in which at least one child is a citizen, according to the Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project.Many immigrants and their dependents who are illegally residing in US are worried that their personal information could somehow draw attention to immigration authorities. The majority of families, they know it’s something they need to do and they are scared to apply for the Medical insurance. Some are so alarmed that they prefer to see their near ones go without coverage than risk by giving personal information to a federal agency. Noncitizens are so fretful to even apply for a citizen child.Getting a medical insurance for an immigrant is not possible in US, since they are staying illegally but one way they can obtain insurance is through an eligible relative who is a legal resident or citizen of US.President Barack Obama, on one side is promoting the concept of a health insurance exchange and on the other side we see the immigration bill in bits and pieces. He wants to create a market where Americans, can one stop shop for a health care plan, compare benefits and prices, and choose the plan that’s best for them with an affordable basic benefit package that includes prevention, and protection against cataclysmic costs, where the public can take advantage of health care market that is more competitive and keeps insurance companies honest.In mid October 2013, Immigration and Customs Enforcement published a “clarification” designed to assuage fears. As per the memo the information obtained through health care registration would not be used to pursue immigration cases against anyone in the country staying illegally. Immigrant advocates and the federal government have been working to reassure families that their information will not be shared with enforcement agencies. The effort has led to changes in the main health care website and a memo from immigration authorities promising not to go after anyone based on insurance paperwork. As they have felt that immigrant families are important to the success of the health care overhaul, especially in Texas, which has the nation’s highest rate of uninsured people, many of whom are immigrants.By bringing this enforcement, the government has relaxed the mind of millions of immigrants by taking advantage of Health Insurance Marketplace. So what is this Insurance Marketplace?The Marketplace or the health insurance “exchange” is a new way to find quality health coverage. It helps an immigrant who doesn’t have medical insurance coverage or having possessed insurance but want to look at other options. With one Marketplace application, they can learn if they can get at affordable price based on their income, with the help of the enroll options by scrolling down side-by-side they can compare the best deal and price.Insurance plans in the Marketplace are offered by private companies. They all cover the same essential health benefits. No plan can spin around any immigrants who are facing any illness or medical condition; they must cover treatments for these conditions. Plans can’t charge women more than men for the same plan. Many preventive services are covered without any cost to the immigrants.The health insurance marketplace helps uninsured people to find proper and best priced health coverage. When an immigrant fills out the marketplace application they get to know if they qualify for:-Private health insurance plans: – they get to know if they qualify for lower cost based according to their household size and income. Plans that cover essential health benefits, pre-existing conditions, and preventive care. The advantage of this is that even if they don’t qualify for lower costs, they can still use the marketplace to buy insurance at the standard price.-Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP):- These programs provide coverage to millions of families with limited income. If it looks like they qualify, they will share information to their state agency and they’ll contact them. One thing to keep in mind with this insurance is that not all states are expanding Medicaid in 2014 to cover more people.The positive side of the marketplace is that it can be operated from any part of the state. Some states even operate their own marketplace. In some state, the marketplace is run by the federal government.One can apply for marketplace coverage by 4 ways: online, by phone, with a paper application, or in person with the help of a navigator or their qualified helper. Telephonic conversation and online chat are available 24/7.