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10 myths about immigration


1. Immigrants don’t pay taxes

WRONG. Immigrants DO pay taxes, even undocumented immigrants. In fact, several studies show that immigrants pay between $90 and $140 billion taxes a year in the form of their income, property and sales.

2. Immigrants come here to take welfare

Err…No. Immigrants work their asses off and even make up a larger share of U.S labor force (12.4%) than do the U.S population (11.5%). In one estimate, immigrants use $5 billion in public benefits and their tax payments surpass the amount of government services they use.

3. Immigrants send all their money back to their home countries.

True but as immigrants and their businesses contribute $162 billion in tax revenue to U.S governments, remitting billions dollars a year to their home countries is considered “one of the most targeted and effective forms of direct foreign investment”.

4. Immigrants take jobs and opportunities away from Americans

It is the opposite. Successful and creative immigrants in fact create jobs for U.S and foreign workers, and foreign-born students help many U.S graduate programs keep their doors open.

5. Immigrants are a drain on U.S economy

Immigrants fill jobs in key sectors, start their own businesses, and contribute to a thriving economy. The net benefit of immigration to the U.S. is nearly $10 billion annually. 70% of immigrants arrive in prime working age. That means not a penny was spent on their education, yet immigrants are transplanted into the U.S workforce and contribute $500 billion toward American social security system over the next 20 years.

6. Immigrants don’t want to learn English or become Americans

This obviously has changed drastically. 75% of Immigrants coming to the U.S nowadays have wonderful English skills and 33% of them are naturalized citizens. The numbers will undoubtedly continue to grow.

7. Today’s immigrants are different from those of 100 years ago

Similar to accusations about today’s immigrants, those of 100 years ago initially often settled in mono-ethnic neighborhoods, spoke their native languages, and built up newspapers and businesses that catered to their fellow emigrants. They also experienced the same types of discrimination that today’s immigrants face, and integrated within American culture at a similar rate.

8. Most immigrants cross the border illegally

Around 75% of today’s immigrants have legal permanent (immigrant) visas; of the 25% that are undocumented, 40% overstayed temporary (non-immigrant) visas.

9. Weak U.S. border enforcement has led to high undocumented immigration.

From 1986 to 1998, the Border Patrol’s budget increased six-fold and the number of agents stationed on the southwest border of America doubled to 8,500. Insufficient legal avenues for immigrants to enter the U.S, compared with the number of jobs in need of workers, has significantly contributed to this current conundrum.

10. The war on terrorism can be won through immigration restrictions.

Fact: Most of the 9/11 hijackers were here on legal visas. Since 9/11, the myriad of measures targeting immigrants in the name of national security have netted no terrorism prosecutions. In fact, several of these measures could have the opposite effect and actually make America less safe, as targeted communities of immigrants are afraid to come forward with information.

This is why America continues to welcome different people from around the world. Immigrants make up the United States, contributing to its growing economy and population.


Jen Tran – Social Media Assistant

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America brings relief to college students

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“Are we a nation that educates the world’s best and brightest in our universities, only to send them home to create businesses in countries that compete against us?” said President Barack Obama.

Among millions of immigrants to America, international students hoping to attend school in the US may now be able to apply for more affordable tuition and even aids in some states as well as to stay longer after their graduation. Specifically, students in STEM can remain for 29 months after finishing school, others for 12 months. Obama’s new action also includes the extension of the federal OPT (Optional Practical Training) program that allows foreign students to work in the US (off campus) during school or afterward. The President plans to make the work visas more accessible to foreign students.

Marlene Johnson, executive director and CEO of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, said the immigration action was necessary for those who want to contribute to the country’s economy.

“Immigration, at its core, is about people and their hopes for better lives for themselves and their families. This is just as true for immigrants who come to the United States to work in the fields harvesting crops as it is for immigrants working in the laboratories at our most prestigious universities,” Johnson said in a statement. “As we continue to lose our market share of globally mobile students and scholars to countries with friendlier immigration policies, we particularly applaud the president for recognizing the importance of having avenues for students to stay and work here.”


Jen Tran – Social Media Assistant

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How to get a Green Card



If you have had the opportunity to visit or study in America and fallen in love with the country, more than once you might have visualized yourself singing “The Star Spangled Banner” with pride. So how to become a permanent resident of this melting pot?

**The MOST COMMON ways:

1. FAMILY based: Parents, spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21 of US citizens (at least 21 years old) are prioritized to obtain a green card. There is no limit to the number of green card that can be issued in this category.

2. EMPLOYMENT based: A permanent job opportunity can definitely make you eligible for a green card. Some special categories of jobs are in preference:

– Broadcaster
– International Organization Employee
– Physician National Interest Waiver
– Religious Worker


INVESTMENT based: Entrepreneurs who invest a million dollars or at least $500,000 to create ten permanent full-time jobs for qualified US workers are eligible to apply for a green card. (America is highly in favor of profit).

**The other and LESS COMMON ways:

1. SELF-PETITION: Some immigrant categories allow you to file for yourself (“self-petition”). This option is available for either “Aliens of Extraordinary Ability” or certain individuals granted a National Interest Waiver.

2. K Non-immigrant: The K-visa categories for fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens and their accompanying minor children (K-1 and K-2 visas) were created to speed up the immigration process for such individuals so they could travel more quickly to the United States.

3. Legal immigration Family Equity (LIFE) Act: enable certain individuals who are present in the United States and would not normally qualify to apply for adjustment of status in the United States to obtain a green card (permanent residence) regardless of:

– The manner they entered the United States
– Working in the United States without authorization
– Failing to continuously maintain lawful status since entry

4. ASYLEE status: If you were admitted to the US as a refugee or qualifying member of an asylee, you can apply for a green card a year after your entry in the States.

Last but not least, a green card holder of at least 5 years can apply for US naturalization.

Good luck with your American dream!


Jen Tran – Social Media Assistant

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Live Chat feature for Greenhandshake

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Understanding the demand of quick and convenient communication, Greenhandshake has recently added a Live Chat window on which will allow anyone to easily send inquiries to Greenhandshake support team and receive quick responses. With this new feature, we look forward to giving everyone a comfortable experience using our service.

Jen Tran – Social Media Assistant