Why do legal immigrants tend to oppose illegal immigration?
If you’re looking for the PC answer stop reading because you won’t get it here. I’m married to a Brazilian immigrant. We got married right out of college. Why would I care? Because the process is intensive, invasive and most importantly expensive. Particularly if you use an attorney and a marriage visa is by far the easiest of the lot to get.
The process for us basically went like this:
- Get married
- Get marriage license
- Apply for permanent residency with legal counsel
- Go in for interviews
- Get two year temp perm residency card
- Go in to renew at two years for a 10 year card and repeat every 10 years after that.
Sounds simple right? Wrong…
The paperwork alone is confusing and if you mess it up you have to do it again… but no it’s not as simple as filling out a new form you have to PAY for it again. Some of the forms are (or were 13 years ago) over $1200 each time you file and if you mess up you don’t get that money back.
To avoid these potential complications and costs we used an attorney (thanks mom and dad). Like with all government processes it’s time intensive and requires grabbing documentation from all over the place. It was also very expensive. When all was said and done with attorney fee’s our process cost us around $5500. That’s a lot of money for a 21 and 23 year old right out of college and if it wasn’t for my parents I don’t know what we’d of done.
The next problem is during the time you’re waiting for your green card to arrive your spouse literally can’t do anything. They can’t get a license, they can’t leave the state
Do you find Canadian or US border agents more rude? Why?
By lanreadeyemi •
5 months ago