U.S. Immigration

Addressing the needs of Immigrants in the US

The United States has one of the world’s most generous immigration policies, but it has done too little to help new immigrants fit into society, scholars and advocates say. There are immigration advocates who want to see the US immigration program go beyond civic integration to better incorporate immigrants into the economy. Integration is apparently a two-way street. While it is important to require immigrants to integrate, it is also important for society to be welcoming. The US government has certain limitations in addressing the needs of immigrants, and there are highly operational but important solutions that cannot be decided immediately by the US government bureaucracy. One alternative is the active participation of private non-profit research and charity organizations that can immediately design and deliver approaches to improve immigration.
While the US offers better economic opportunities for permanent immigration, the legal procedures involved most often become logistically complicated and are further aggravated by long years of waiting time. These immigration concerns must be efficiently addressed for the benefit of would-be immigrants who consider immigration a better option for the purpose of family reunification and gaining better access to socio-economic opportunities.


Providing an integrated package of services for immigration

The first step to integration of immigrants in the US is compliance with legal requirements that most often need the assistance of lawyers. Before complying with the legal requirements and while the would-be immigrants are still in their home countries, there are support services that could be immediately provided. These services include skills training, English language proficiency upgrading, and educational counseling. However, the most challenging part is preparing the immigrants for integration into US society, which is not solely an employment concern. More important is the provision of social and economic support systems that will focus on harnessing the potential of every immigrant.

There are other areas of concern that are oftentimes taken lightly, but also need to be addressed in an organized and professional manner. These areas of concern include family separation, skills training and preparation, underemployment, access to credit for settlement, education, health, and employment purposes, continuing education and education of children, housing, and investment assistance for surplus earnings. On this basis, professional services must be holistic and based on advanced preparation. There is no substitute for adequate preparation to address such problems as unemployment or underemployment, financial inadequacy, income mismanagement, waiting time involved, and other social problems encountered by immigrants in the US. Creating business opportunities through business research is a noble alternative.

Combining family reunification and employment in the immigration petition

Family reunification and employment form the foundation of U.S. immigration laws. However, immigration through these routes is governed by numerous laws that are difficult to understand for immigrants. Technical mistakes are often encountered due to failure to comply with simple documentation requirements. These problems could best be avoided by adequate preparation and attention to detail. Apparently, all these problems can be resolved by providing an integrated package of immigration and economic support services within the bounds of US immigration laws.

Family reunification and employment are the most popular ways of immigrating to the U.S. The two (2) routes when combined, are capable of providing a very solid justification for immigration petitions. Mixing employment and family reunification is an immigration petition strategy that needs to be explored. In line with this proposed strategy, there are specific laws that support family reunification and employment. In the US for instance, an affidavit of support by a permanent immigrant or relative with US citizenship is useful if the petitioning company is at least 5 percent owned by the relative. There are areas in the U.S. immigration laws wherein family reunification and employment-based petitions will clearly intersect. Job market placement immigration option could also be explored along with family support through skills preparation in the mother country, to facilitate easy integration of the immigrant into the US labor markets. The cooperation of immigrant relatives that are already in the US is also very vital.

Exploring other fields of employment

Exploring the labor market for would-be immigrants, particularly in professional fields such as education, engineering, information technology, and veterinary medicine, can also be better undertaken in a professional and organized manner by focusing on proper packaging of qualifications for the U.S. accreditation. Furthermore, there are specialty skilled and semi-skilled jobs that would easily allow the recruiting of foreign workers. This would allow for a worker’s visa in the US. All these opportunities can be better explored through organized employment and immigration support services.