With the situation that has been underway in America
until todays executive order children being taken from their
parents at the border as part of the Trump Administrations new
immigration strategy were hearing the phrase, They should have just
come here legally! getting thrown around a lot.
While the people making this statement make it sound
easy enough for those seeking asylum or a better chance at life in
the USA to obtain a proper visa, they fail to recognise the
perplexity of the US Immigration system and demonstrate a lack of
knowledge about the demanding process that is coming here
Now, you cant blame someone for not having insight
into this process. I wouldnt either if I hadnt gone through it
myself with my now-husband. Our situation started as hopeful, as he
is from England, a predominantly white, Christian nation, which is
one of the USAs greatest allies. Things were looking up even more
because I have a relative who is an immigration lawyer and was able
to provide more insight into the extremely complicated process that
is migrating to the United States.
We extensively researched ways he could live and
work here legally without us getting married, but quickly came to
the realisation this wasnt going to happen for us. While there are
many different types of visas, they are not achievable unless you
meet very specific requirements.
The work visa offered by the US requires you to be
sponsored by an employer in a specialty field. The employer has to
show you have a degree and two years or more of experience in this
field. The US Government only issues 65,000 of this type of visa a
Having a relative or spouse who is a US citizen
makes you eligible for a US visa, as does being a religious worker
or student. Outside of those options, you can kiss your dreams of
obtaining a visa to live and work here legally goodbye.
The US does offer tourist visas, allowing you to
stay in the country for up to 90 days (no working please!). People
traveling from Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan are visa
exempt, meaning they dont require a travel visa to enter our
country. If youre coming from anywhere else, you will have to apply
for the visa and, wouldnt you have guessed it, people from Central
American, Middle Eastern and African countries have a 40 50 per
cent visa refusal rate. And young adults, who are single and/or
unemployed almost never receive visas.
In our case, we made the decision to move to
Australia to see how our relationship....