Immigrant term needs careful defining
I would like to point out errors that were made in the stories by Mr. Stoner and Mr. Hayes that you published on April 28. They both misuse the the word “immigrant” in describing illegal aliens. From the CIS website comes the following definition of immigrant: “An immigrant is a foreign national who has been granted the privilege of living and working permanently in the United States. You must go through a multi-step process to become an immigrant. In most cases, USCIS must first approve an immigrant petition for you, usually filed by an employer or relative. Then, an immigrant visa number must be available to you, even if you are already in the United States. After that, if you are already in the United States, you may apply to adjust to permanent resident status.” I don’t think you will find any immigrants skipping work today, and most immigrants that I know would take offense at being lumped with illegal aliens.Why? The multi-step process mentioned above can take any amount of time. In my wife’s case it was 16 months.Start with sending an I-129F and $170 to the Neb. Service Center. When it is approved there, it is sent to the appropriate Consulate in the future immigrant’s home country. With the I-129F you had to include an I-134, and DS-239 and a DF-169. After a wait, you will be scheduled for an interview in the city that the Consulate is located but first you need a complete physical and an X-ray to show that you have no communicable diseases. If you pass the interview and get a visa you can come to the U.S. and apply for a two-year green card by filing I-485, G-325A, I-693 and I-864. You will need to pay $325 to apply plus $70 for your biometrics. Then, before this green card expires, you will file for the permanent green card which is good for 10 years. So, please screen your future stories for the proper use of the word “immigrant.”
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