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how easy or hard is it to become a legal resident of the USA?

Apparently very difficult. what do you think of what is said in this article?

As the debate over H-1B workers and skilled immigrants intensifies, we are losing sight of one important fact: The U.S. is no longer the only land of opportunity. If we don't want the immigrants who have fueled our innovation and economic growth, they now have options elsewhere. Immigrants are returning home in greater numbers. And new research shows they are returning to enjoy a better quality of life, better career prospects, and the comfort of being close to family and friends.


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Asked by Anonymous at 11:53 AM on Mar. 3, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Earlier research by my team suggested that a crisis was brewing because of a burgeoning immigration backlog. At the end of 2006, more than 1 million skilled professionals (engineers, scientists, doctors, researchers) and their families were in line for a yearly allotment of only 120,000 permanent resident visas. The wait time for some people ran longer than a decade. In the meantime, these workers were trapped in "immigration limbo." If they changed jobs or even took a promotion, they risked being pushed to the back of the permanent residency queue. We predicted that skilled foreign workers would increasingly get fed up and return to countries like India and China where the economies were booming. continues


    Answer by Anonymous at 11:54 AM on Mar. 3, 2009

  • Why should we care? Because immigrants are critical to the country's long-term economic health. Despite the fact that they constitute only 12% of the U.S. population, immigrants have started 52% of Silicon Valley's technology companies and contributed to more than 25% of our global patents. They make up 24% of the U.S. science and engineering workforce holding bachelor's degrees and 47% of science and engineering workers who have PhDs. Immigrants have co-founded firms such as Google (NasdaqGS:GOOG - News), Intel (NasdaqGS:INTC - News), eBay (NasdaqGS:EBAY - News), and Yahoo! (NasdaqGS:YHOO - News). Who Are They? Young and Well-Educated


    Answer by Anonymous at 11:56 AM on Mar. 3, 2009

  • In my experience it's not very hard at all to become a legal resident but to become a citizen you have to pass a mother of a test.

    Answer by JackalsWife at 12:57 PM on Mar. 3, 2009

  • I have a friend who obtained residence. It took some paperwork, patience and money. Just like every country.

    Answer by lovinangels at 1:32 PM on Mar. 3, 2009

  • I think that it depends on what country you are coming from.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:36 PM on Mar. 3, 2009

  • It is not as hard as some would like us to believe to become a citizen of this country. I also do not like the work visa program for those highly skilled positions (doctors, scientists, engineers, etc) because we have plenty of American citizens who can fill those slots. My husband is a scientist. Those coming from other countries, on those H-1B visas, to work in our universities are being paid $25K-$45K MORE per year than our own citizens who have just as much (if not more) education and experience. It is sickening the way that we are importing people to do jobs that we have qualified American citizen to do and that these school will pay someone from another country more than our own people.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:49 PM on Mar. 3, 2009

  • Apparently hard enough that millions of people just skip that whole bothersome process.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:58 PM on Mar. 3, 2009

  • My husbands family migrated here from the Philippines in the early 80s. He's the youngest of four children, and was the first in his family to become a citizen in 2001. There was a lot of paperwork, and patience involved. The test wasn't horribly difficult.

    Answer by Raintree at 2:00 PM on Mar. 3, 2009

  • It is VERY difficult it takes years to go through the paperwork and interviews and the test is pretty hard the did a story about it a while back on the news (can't remember which channel) where they asked people that were born in the us the ?'s from the test and 80% of them failed miserably


    Answer by Anonymous at 2:46 PM on Mar. 3, 2009

  • When you have money,good immigration lawyer you are OK.

    There is a new test us of January'2009 to take a new test . You need to learn history of U.S and how the government works. It's not hard test. You need to show that you can speak ,write ,understand English.

    ~What is the supreme law of the land?

    ~When was the Constitution written?

    ~What is the Capitol of your state?

    ~Name one state that borders Canada.

    ~What ocean is on the East coast of the U.S?

    ~Can you name 13 original states?


    Answer by Tristana at 3:08 PM on Mar. 3, 2009

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