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Thursday, September 09, 2010

Tips On Becoming A Legal Resident of The United States

Legal Immigration to the United StatesDespite concerted efforts by the US government, the American economy is still facing serious challenges as it fights to return to prosperity. The Federal Reserve has lowered interest rates to record-low levels, and has used an astronomical amount of newly printed cash to help bolster economic growth. Yet unemployment remains high and the threat of another economic downturn continues to stalk the mighty economic animal that is the United States.

Without a doubt, America is struggling to return to sustainable economic growth. Yet, even with weaknesses in numerous sectors of the American economy, people from other nations still want to enter the United States and enjoy America’s freedoms and opportunities. Unfortunately, too many immigrants choose to enter and remain in the United States illegally, which often leads to living in fear, incarceration and deportation.

The following are some tips for those who entered the United States legally, but who are not sure about what it takes to become legal permanent residents:

  • Hire A Really Good Lawyer: Don’t settle for a mediocre immigration attorney. Find the best, and follow that lawyers instructions to the letter. If you think you’ve found a great immigration attorney, use your favorite search engine to research that lawyers background and experience. Look for credentials like Vice President of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. More often than not, quality attorneys are very busy and their fees are generally higher than lawyers who lack experience and professional credentials. The wait and the added expense, however, are most often worth it.

  • Don’t Commit Any Crimes: This may seem like obvious advice but it’s extremely important to stay out of trouble with the law. What may seem like a minor misdemeanor to you could be seen as just cause for deportation by a judge.

  • Don’t Purchase of Create Fake Documentation: This is probably the worst thing you can do. If you purchase a fake green card, or manufacture one yourself, it’s likely that you will eventually get caught and will at the very least spend time in jail. At worst, you’ll get deported.

  • Pay Your Taxes: All honest Americans pay their taxes. If you want to be a part of American society, do as honest and honorable Americans do, and that includes doing your part to help pay for roads, schools and national defense. If you find yourself in a situation where you have to defend your presence in this country, you may find that the authorities will want to know if you’ve been prompt and consistent about paying your taxes.

  • Participate Positively In Your Community: Donating your time to a worthy cause will look good to any judge, so volunteering is definitely something you should consider doing if you want to present yourself in the best possible light. You don’t have to give up a huge block of your free time on a regular basis. Volunteering just a few hours a week at a hospital or religious institution can help to convince a judge or other decision maker that having you as a permanent resident of the United States would benefit both you and the country.

  • Stay Employed: Even if you hate your job, don’t quit until you’ve got a new one lined up. Being unemployed will hurt your chances of becoming a permanent resident considerably, as no country wants to import people who will sap resources unduly from the state as opposed to being a productive, taxpaying member of society.

  • The Anchor Baby Trick Is The Worst Crime of All: Don’t get it into your head that getting pregnant and giving birth to an “anchor baby” is a good idea. Just because your child is an American citizen, doesn’t mean a judge won’t deport you. It’s very well known that certain unprincipled, female illegal immigrants get themselves pregnant at any cost in order to have an American citizen baby. Certain judges used to let such mothers stay in the country, even when the mother in question has committed serious crimes. However, the anchor baby trick is moribund, if not dead already.

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Anonymous Shadow said...

Good advice all around.

It's interesting though that your first tip is about hiring a good lawyer. Many people that work hard and are citizens can't afford good lawyers, so I'm wondering how an immigrant might. Needing a lawyer to become a citizen speaks of how difficult the process has become. Actions should be hard, not the paperwork. I am all for people earning their right to be a citizen, but if you need a lawyer to do so, there is something wrong.

I have to wonder if it wouldn't be in the best interest of the US for Washington to streamline the process, making it easier to get through the system. That would perhaps keep people from taking the illegal route.

Thursday, September 16, 2010 9:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The one about fake documentation can come back to haunt you.One of our shuttle bus drivers took his naturalization exam and passed and then went for the ceremony. The lady in the office who didn't like him looked over his resume and wondered how he was only going legal now when he had been bonded before. She got copies of his old application paperwork and busted him to the supervisor. Because the contract was with the city he lost his job.

Friday, September 17, 2010 9:20:00 PM  

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