Life would be mad different.
Life would be mad different.
Dreams impossible to reach
Risk their lives for a job
Leaving families behind
An everyday struggle
People don’t see how hard it is
How long is the immigration ‘line’? As long as 24 years.
Both President Obama and the Senate’s Gang of Eight agree: If undocumented immigrants want to get legal status, they’ll have to “get in the back of the line” of those who’ve already gone through legal channels to immigrate to this country. But what is this line? And exactly how long is it?
There’s no one line. There are many lines with wait times that vary wildly depending on the type of green card that a prospective immigrant is applying for, the number of visas available and his or her country of origin: For those applying for work visas because of their “extraordinary ability,” including high-ranking professors and international business executives, there is virtually no wait time. By contrast, a brother or sister of a U.S. citizen from the Philippines applying for a family-sponsored visas may have been waiting 24 years, as those visas have been oversubscribed, according to the State Department’s latest figures.
“There are so many different lines. It’s very hard for people to understand that there are so many different categories and that each wait time is different,” says Mary Giovagnoli, director of the Immigration Policy Council. As of November, there were 4.3 million people on the wait list for family-based visas and 113,058 waiting for employment-based visas — nearly 4.5 million in the overall backlog. (There are also about 41,000 “diversity” visas allocated to those from countries with low admission rates.)
Back of the line? means 17+ years for my sister after I’ve petitioned for her, now let’s add the 22 years she’s already been here. Citizenship in 39 years after 1st arriving to the US. Also note that for some people ‘the line’ is as long as 24 years and they have already been here 20+ years.
Americans that do not support immigrants sicken me. Immigrants built America. If it wasn’t for immigrants, you people would not be called Americans.
A portrait of the 11 million unauthorized immigrants currently residing in the United States, from the Immigration Policy Center.
(by paul mariano)
Palenquera de Palenque de San Basilio, Colombia
Alums of DREAM Summer asking you to help support this one-of-a kind program.
Application received: September 14th, 2012
Bio appointment: October 16th, 2012
Approval: January 16th, 2013
Card arrived: January 26th, 2013
My work permit finally came in the mail today! :D
I’m so happy now all I have to do is go to a social security office to apply for a SSN which i plan on doing some time this upcoming week. As soon as it comes in I want to go to the DMV and get a state ID since I can’t get my license until I turn 19 which will be late this March. I ‘m so excited for everything that is coming up in my life. Also this Tuesday Obama is supposed to speak about an immigration reform so hopefully he says something really good. My family and I have conversations about how crazy it would be for all of us that are living in the states to take a trip to Colombia all together and surprise all our family living there since they havent seen most of us in like 10 years! That would be the best family reunion ever and I hoe it can be done soon.
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