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Immigration in the U.S.

The merit based visa system passed by the Senate Bill enables an individual to obtain a green card based on his skills, education, work experience, languages known such as English and nationality. The current merit based visa system will kick-off its operations with one lakh twenty annual visas and it is likely to increase to two lakh fifty thousand visas annually. The current proposed bill has not yet been implemented according to a report submitted by the Economic Opportunity Act.

According to the current proposal mentioned in the bill, the visa numbers prescribed in the merit based category will be able to deliver EB-3 visas to wipe out the huge paper works which is involved in the third category of employment. The applicants will receive the merit based visa numbers upon the commencement of the fifth fiscal year. It is expected to clear all the pending petitions filed under the category of employment and family.

How does it work?

The new merit based system is classified into two major tiers namely Tier-1 and Tier-2. Tier-1 is applicable only for those individuals who are highly skilled and qualified whereas Tier-2 is suited only for medium as well as low skilled workers. It is estimated that about fifty percentages of visas would be assigned to the above mentioned tiers.

Any visas which have not been used in the previous year can be used for applications in the next year. It can be used in both Tier-1 and Tier 2 categories as well. The Tier-1 position is for those individuals who require a considerable amount of preparation.  The Tier-2 position does not involve laborious work.

There would be an increase in the number of visas next year if the national unemployment rate and merit based visas are very less in a fiscal year. The Visa numbers would remain intact during the coming fiscal year if the unemployment rate and the available visa numbers are higher than the merit-based demand. There will be an initial charge of $500 for a merit based immigrant visa.

How are points allocated in Tier-1 and Tier-2 category?

Those applicants who have obtained maximum number of points in a year are eligible to apply for a green card and receive immigration certificate. Listed below are the points assigned in Tier-1 and Tier-2 categories.

  • Education : A PhD applicant receives 15 points and additional points if he has attained a Bachelor and Master’s degree.
  • Employment : An applicant receives 20 points if he has been lawfully employed in the U.S.
  • Familiarity with English: Applicants will receive 80 points if he has successfully passed the English test or a foreign language.



  • Employment :

Applicant will receive 20 points if he has been lawfully employed in the U.S.

  • Age :

Applicants who fall between the age of 18 and 24 receive the maximum points.


The merit based system will definitely transform the immigration system in the U.S.

Son Nguyen – CEO/ Founder of Greenhandshake

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How to prevent Illegal Immigration in the U.S.?

Almost half of the American residents who are residing in United States of America are of the view that the country should permit the illegal immigrants to reside in the United States of America.

It is estimated that there are about 12,000,000 illegal immigrants who are currently residing in the U.S. and the rate of immigration is also increasing at an alarming rate for the past ten years. So far about one million immigrants have committed serious crimes in the U.S. Security is believed to be one of the major threat associated with the illegal immigration rather than the economy. It is high time to identify those unlawful immigrants who have entered the country and deport those people.

So a question arises as to how to prevent this issue in the future or what are the steps to be implemented to cut down the entry of unlawful immigrants?

  • There are a large group of people who are in favor of deporting unlawful immigrants. It is due to this fact that the crime rates and exporting of drugs is increasing at an alarming rate. The rate of unemployment and cost of education of immigrant’s children are also in bad shape.

During the reign of the Soviet Union in the year 1980, the problem of unlawful immigrants was a serious issue in Canada. There were a large number of trust worthy people who hail from the erstwhile Soviet Union broke the rules and regulations of the country. So the Canadian Government decided to introduce a Flag Pole route by deporting unlawful immigrants and later allowing access to the country as lawful residents.

For example, the Soviet immigrants who were residing in the area of Toronto were forced to move to Buffalo to execute the formalities with respect to the immigrant visas. This is the same principle which has to be implemented in the United States of America. For example, sending the unlawful immigrants to Ciudad Juarez which is one of the largest cities located in the state of Mexico, U.S.A. to perform all the processing. Those illegal immigrants need to be deported from the U.S. and later enabling them to access the country by complying with all the rules and regulations of the country.

What are the needs and requirements to be a lawful citizen in the U.S.?

Supporting documents such as ID proof, passports and birth certificates need to be submitted to confirm the identity of an individual.

The next involves obtaining clearance certificate from the F.B.I. as well as the police department.

Conducting medical exam and obtaining medical clearance certificate is the third step to ensure that there is the individual is fit and healthy.

Interview is the final step where an individual is required to mention the purpose of travel and duration of stay in the country.

The above mentioned methods will definitely helps in warding off the problem of illegal immigration in the U.S.

Nghi Tran – CFO/ Co – Founder of Greenhandshake

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Reasons Immigrants come to the U.S

The story of immigration is deeply rooted in the country’s history. In a very long time, the United States of America opened the it’s doors to people looking for religious freedom and greater economic opportunities along with “the wanderers, adventurers, fortune seekers and the persecuted”. Immigrants made new homes and founded America, right from the very start. Many were drawn to the opportunities of free society and flourished in the country’s creative openness. America was, and remains to be a variable of cultural and ethnic groups.

One popular belief is that about 20, 000 years ago, the people from Northeast Asia were the original inhabitants of the United States. It was also believed by some, that these wanderers were the ancestors and founding population of what we see today’s Native Americans. By 1500s, the great European migrations, ruled by the French and Spanish, had started founding settlements in full hopes for new opportunities in the “Promised Land”. Many settlers came to America to seek greater economic opportunities and fortune in this new country which they thought to have infinite resources. The majority of these settlers hail from Asia and Europe. Meanwhile, several people from the Caribbean and Africa were taken to the United Stated and worked as forced labourers in the process of building new nation.

Europeans were considered the first immigrants back then however unlike the immigrants of today, the first European immigrants behaved differently – they isolated, attacked and even executed the Native Americans. Even though, the Native Americans couldn’t fight back using guns and firearms, they did everything they could in order to defend themselves.

Whenever an American citizen complains about immigration, we can see that there’s always a touch of irony. Without a doubt, everyone in this nation is a descendant of immigrants, except those whose origin is of pure Native American. America has gained its territory predominantly by means of violent and dishonest removal of its indigenous population. And yet, Americans perceive that this “promised land” is theirs alone and maintain the idea that it can be harmful, worse, immoral for other nationalities to enter the land.

So, you have probably wondered – why do people immigrate to the United States?

Truth is, immigrants chose to immigrate to America for many different reasons. The most common reasons include escaping oppression or poverty, practice beliefs and religions freely, live in freedom and make better lives in a richer part of the globe.

Some of us already have our family members or relatives residing in the United Stated, and we desire reunification. So one of the main reasons for immigration is family pull. A family-sponsored immigration allows a U.S citizen to sponsor his foreign-born parent, minor, spouse or unmarried children and siblings.

Other immigrants come to America for employment opportunities. Young people trend to leave the poorer side of the glove in search for better job opportunities in richer part. An employment-based immigration allows a United States employer to sponsor a person for a certain position where there’s a demonstrated absence from American workers.

But, prosperity is the genuine reason behind the immigration. For many years, economic growth has transcended population growth which gives the country more prosperity and people. To simply put this, the strong desire to make a better life and what America has to offer are what drawn people from all over the world to immigrate to the U.S.

Son Nguyen – CEO/ Founder of Greenhandshake

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Ways to Socialize as a New International Student

As an international student, your first day in school is always kaleidoscope of feelings. There is the excitement of experiencing new things and more to come. There is too, the feeling of nervousness in meeting new people from another culture. Most of all, you are determination to start classes on the right foot. The new semester in a new place means a novel opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and the challenge to try new things. You know these are important things to do when you are traveling in another country. You want o to develop a social life that can be challenging when you travel alone. Thanks new technology, you are just a click away from your loved ones.

Students today are equipped with many tools to join new organizations or learn new skills. There is no excuse for staying away. It is true that in a foreign country, you will have difficulty in finding the right niche to fit in but then this is part of your task and it can be fun!

Student Union on Campus

In the United States, most colleges or universities maintained a building they called   “the union.” This centralized venue is the place where most social events in the campus are held. It is usually a high traffic area for students conglomerate in this place. If you are interested to join a group or do things for the weekend, you drop by your on-campus student union and you will find what you are looking for. Some student unions maintain bowling alleys; operate small movie theaters and manage restaurants for your pleasure. Even without your own vehicle, the student facilitates finding something for you to do and to socialize!

An App for anything you need

In your search for something interest to do, technology becomes your ally and best friend. Use your app to get connected to events nearby or groups in the proximity, etc. Equip your mobile phone with Meetup, a great app where you can start creating an interest group and be joined by people around your town. If you need a ride, another great app is Uber that is replacing public transport in certain places. They arrive on call and their fees are easy on the budget. Uber drivers operate their own cars and will give bring you to your destination for a fare that is a fraction of the cost of a taxi.

Like it in FB, Tweet what you do and Snap it

Social Media has greatly transformed the meaning of communication. As your career is taking an upward direction, it is important to relax after stressful days and enjoy. Facebook lists the events happening in your area and will remind you of its sked. Twitter account has list of clubs near the campus or groups around campus to follow and join activities. With Snapchat, you can preview the event before you go that way.

Ask your housemates

In a live on-campus, you come across hundreds of people every day. Some people are like social butterflies for they join all activities while others prefer to hang around a couple of pals. However, it is in the halls of your resident building that you hear all news of going-on or learn about the fun and nightlife happening during the weekend. It is also the ideal place to start as people around are also looking for something to do! You are all in the same wagon, trying to look for, explore and try new things.

Now that the place for you to start is settled, you know the direction. Get up from your bed and watching Netflix; learn a new dance move and enjoy happy memories of your exciting time as an international student. Make sure you are ready to go out there with confidence attending an event or joining a group. You have everything to gain, your only lose is the boredom of staying home.

Mike Lee – Social Media Assistant

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