For those hoping to immigrate, work, and establish a life in Miami or in other areas across the United States, an immigrant visa is the key to making that happen. While obtaining such a visa presents a clear the path to one establishing permanent residency, it can be much more difficult and costly to be approved for one compared to a non-immigrant visa. Should one who is already in the U.S. fail to meet the strict requirements for getting an immigrant visa, they could face deportation to their country of origin.
Such is the dilemma currently facing an Idaho woman who’s facing possible deportation back to her native Germany once her dependent visa expires on her 21st birthday. Not wanting to have to rely on being granted amnesty after her visa expires or marrying to secure a green card, an immigrant or non-immigrant visa would seem to be her only options. However, both have drawbacks in her situation: an aspiring college student, she must work in order to pay for her schooling, yet she couldn’t do so with a non-immigrant visa. Yet for her to secure an immigrant visa, she would need an employer’s sponsorship, which would restrict her to working only for that sponsoring company.
Her situation could be solved should federal immigration reforms proposed in the Senate earlier this year be approved by House, yet a current stalemate leaves little hope of that happening this year. In the meantime, she hopes to find a solution that will allow her to reach her ultimate goal of U.S. citizenship.
Permanent residency and eventual citizenship is the dream of many who immigrate to the U.S. However, the process to get there may be complicated. An immigration lawyer may prove to be of great assistance in helping one reach this goal.
Source: Bonner County Daily Bee “SHS grad seeks answers to visa issues” Cameron Rasmusson, Sep. 27, 2013