The American Immigration Nightmare – A Love Story

Wanderlust & Fairydust

Last Thursday, President Obama announced his executive order on immigration reform, which will protect the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the USA from deportation.

This is a controversial decision. But I’m not here to discuss the controversy, I’ll leave that discussion to people much more informed on the issue than I am. Instead, I’d like to tell you a love story. A story that I believe touches on the root of the problem with the American immigration system.

Once upon a time, in Seoul, South Korea, I fell in love with a South African citizen. It was 2008. We were both English teachers, looking for adventure outside of our respective homes. We had so much to talk about, so much to learn about each other, coming from such different cultural backgrounds. The more we learned the more we fell in love.

Our love was so all encompassing, enriching…

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The American Immigration Nightmare – A Love Story

The Importance of the I-192 Form

After the tragedy that occurred on 9/11, the security measures have been drastically changed in order to protect the safety of the citizens. There are extra procedures which aim to reduce as much as possible the possibility for unfortunate events to happen. Though there are very good reasons for adding more measures and setting the bar high, some well-intentioned people might be affected too.

One of the measures states that all the Canadian citizens who have a criminal record will be denied entry to USA, regardless of the year of conviction. This is rough, especially for Canadians who need to go to the United States to solve business issues. Things are not very easy for other Canadians either, as they can’t discover the beautiful American cities and travel with their families.

Still, don’t despair. Though it seems that you’ll have to face the consequences of past mistakes your whole life and be denied entry to USA forever, there is a way to cross the American border: the US Entry Waiver application. The US Waiver allows people who are regarded to be “criminally inadmissible” to enter the United States.

You’ll have to fill out the I-192 form but things are much complicated than that. There are many additional documents that you might need and it’s quite impossible to handle this complicated legal process on your own if you don’t have any expertise in the US immigration law. You’ll need a qualified lawyer to assist you with the I-192 form and help you throughout the whole process.

It’s mandatory to prepare all the documents and be granted permission to enter the US way before you’ll get at the border. If you don’t have an US Waiver, you will be considered ineligible and face issues at the American border. Don’t count on explaining your situation to the border agents or lying about it. The facts are the only ones that matter at the border and the database will reveal everything about your criminal record. Lying will only lead to serious problems such as a five-year ban from the USA. Then the I-192 form won’t be able to help you anymore.

If you’re not a Canadian citizen, but you find yourself in Canada and you want to travel to the US, you’ll still need to complete the I-192 form if you have a criminal history. A passport will also be required if the citizens of your country need a visa to enter the USA.

The process of crossing from Canada to the United States is complex and tedious for a regular person. Getting tangled into it and sending a I-192 form that is not complete enough will only make matters worse. Look for a US immigration lawyer who will help you successfully prepare all the paperwork and travel to the US stress-free.

The Importance of the I-192 Form

How much will the new immigration policy help the startup community?

Immigrantly

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced his planned executive actions on immigration. The big focus was on the relief for undocumented immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens. If they meet certain requirements, they can get employment authorization under the DACA program. The less discussed is the business side of immigration, especially the executive actions that will affect the startup community.

In President Obama’s Thursday announcement, he said, “Second, I will make it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates, and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy, as so many business leaders have proposed.” However, this was all he said about this 2nd action in his whole speech. The memorandum released by the Department of Homeland Security gives a little more detail. The memorandum with the subject of “Policies Supporting U.S. High-Skilled Businesses and Workers” lists 5 policy changes, 3 of which have important effect…

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How much will the new immigration policy help the startup community?