posted on Jul, 25 2005 @ 05:44 PM
Originally posted by Nygdan
A simple criminal record check and a language ability test is all that should suffice. And if a prospective immigrant has some talent, whether its a
technical skill or a labour skill or even an artistic skill, they should be given preference!
Talented indivuals are
(if you're rich and/or famous, your immigration process is much, much easier - and a heckuva lot faster, too!)
Part of the reason it's slow in the US is down to "fake" marriages; sadly it wasn't until the 80s that the rules were changed, and it was no
longer "Marry an American, gain residency or citizenship immediately".
Nowadays you have to remain married to the person for at least two years, and
provide evidence that you have a legitimate relationship (joint
utility bills, etc etc).
When it comes to work visas/residency based on work, preference is given to those with rare or unique talents; the other professions come further
down on the priority list. Moreover, to obtain a work permit, the company you're working for has to prove that no American could do the job (this
is easier than it sounds - it's a formality more than anything).
The Immigration service in the US is suffering from a terrible lack of resources; with more money and staff, we'd probably see things moving at a
much faster pace.
I do understand why they've made it hard - and to be honest, I actually support it for the most part. The real problem with immigration, as far as
I can see, is that once you've landed there's virtually no way to check up on you - there's no way to find out if you've overstayed your visa,
That's the bit that needs to be rectified, as a huge portion of illegals fall into this category (entered legally, but overstayed).