With significant advancement in education and fields, there are many of the people we can see out there who with the purpose of having a great future ahead aspire to go for higher studies in foreign countries and somehow which also makes them get a permanent citizenship for future convenience; which eventually calls up for Visa and a green card to Canada. Though the whole process of getting a green card Quesnel made is not that much an easier process, there are still many of people who prefer to get it done by themselves, that is without taking any help from the expert in a field, who in this situation is Immigration Lawyer Quesnel.
Everyone knows that these are only the experts who can play superior in the areas linked to them and so the only trick perfect for making the whole process, the easy going one, is to hire an Filipino Lawyer. Still not convinced? Have a look at the list of these major benefits that one can experience as they decide over to hire the lawyer:
Without any mistake: This is quite clear to everyone that applying for the Visa to foreign countries is something which can include a lot of paperwork. Getting all those applicant forms and pages filled correctly is what we can call as mandatory work to do here which is by the way too much complicated for an average person to understand in one go, making quite clear about the need of expert here.
Facts and figures: While filling up those forms are also important to get that whole process done which can make it easy for the person to settle in the other country. All of those laws and rules in that country is what lawyer is going to make you know about, properly. Moreover, these Filipino Immigration and Citizenship Lawyer based in British Columbia can make it easy for one to get residence in that preferable area only.
All stuffed with experience: You know this whole process of getting a visa and green card is going to decide the path of your dreams, and you won’t prefer this one to take a wrong turn, correct? Then, best would be to go for the lawyer, who used his experience of years can make your dreams work out in the form of reality.
Every option is explained: Everyone applying for the visa has their different situation which obviously calls up for different procedures. Sometimes the situation can be so rare, which can make people back out thinking that there may not be an option linking to their state. But, the fact here is, there are different options, all according to people’s convenience and which can only be explained by your expert in there.
Find a job: Finding employment in some foreign country is not as easy as for the local citizens in there, anyone would agree with this fact here. This is the situation where these Immigration Solicitors at British Columbia can prove out to be your helping hand. You read it right! They are going to let you know about every different process which can make you end up with that perfect job out there.
Reading these points, one should not have any doubt in deciding that whether they should hire an immigration lawyer or not. Make it clear, they are going to be proved as angels in this whole complicated process, so hire the one and make your job easy.
Getting a Green Card
I’m not a lawyer. Don’t use this article as gospel for receiving a green card.
When I was married my husband, and I had to apply for his green card. I had no conception of what a green card was, how we got one, and what having a green card meant. As an American citizen, I was completely in the dark in this respect.
Trump’s latest executive order affects many types of people coming into the country, including green card (or permanent resident card) holders, in addition to other sorts of visas (student visas, work visas, tourist visas, etc.). There has been immense outrage over this over the weekend, and with good reason: the procurement of any visa is difficult, but for the green card, especially so. A green card holder is just one step down from the citizen in this country, granted only after a long, intensive, invasive process into proving you are not a terrorist or an economic migrant.
There are many who are content only ever to be permanent residents; growing up my French next-door neighbor preferred keeping her French citizenship to denouncing it and becoming a US citizen, so she would re-file every ten years to “re-up” her green card to continue living across the street in our suburb with her American husband.
To write off green card holders as potential terrorists in need of vetting after they’ve gone through this process isn’t rational, and I can think of no better way to show you than by simply talking you through what my husband and I did to obtain his.
A personal caveat: this is how my husband came to get his green card through our marriage. There are many paths to being a green card holder, and this is just ours.*
The process begins by filing for a work permit (instructions), your social security number and your green card (instructions), all at once. The paperwork costs a great deal of money, but there are often associated legal costs (there’s enough paperwork, and enough at stake, that hiring a lawyer is worth your while). Legal fees can run upward of $2,000 and file the initial forms themselves costs ~$2,000 for the form fees themselves and gather the supporting documentation. You and your spouse require passport-style photos, bank statements, photos of your marriage, translations of birth certificates (if not in English), copies of visas used for entry into the United States, and your alien number. The challenge when coming to apply for your green card is often having no idea where all this paperwork is, or which forms on the government sites you are supposed to file — which is why many hire lawyers.
To obtain a green card, you need to prove you will not be a burden on the State. The US Government has no interest in giving you a path to citizenship if it means you will end up on food stamps. This means that you (or your spouse, in our case) needs to make more money than the poverty line for two people. Your green card applicant is not allowed to work during this process, so you can’t rely on dual-income in filing your paperwork. If you can’t prove you will not be a burden on the State, you need to find a sponsor — someone willing to stake a claim in your case and say that they will ensure you will not become a burden on the State.
These forms are very long and very pointed in their questions.
Have you EVER, in or outside the United States: knowingly committed any crime of moral turpitude or a drug-related offense for which you have not been arrested?
Have you EVER been a member of, or in any way affiliated with, the Communist Party or any other Yes No totalitarian party?
Have you EVER: Within the past ten years been a prostitute or procured anyone for prostitution, or intend to engage in such activities in the future?
These questions can be found in full here.
In addition to the actual forms filled, you must establish proof of your marriage. The easiest way to do this is by showing financial ties (romantic!), but this is why you’ll often hear people make reference to having to show marriage photos.
You send off what becomes a very large package of paperwork after making copies of everything, paying for verification of its arrival to contest claims that it didn’t arrive.
If you fail to fill out any of the forms properly for any reason, the State will cash your attached check for no refund. This is why many pay for a lawyer to review their paperwork: it is a lot of money to lose.
It then becomes a waiting game: you are not allowed to work until you’ve received your work permit. This took us a couple of months. You celebrate when you get the card since it means you’re in the system. This card only allows you to work.
If your marriage is deemed improbable (likely fake), you will receive a letter with an appointment time in which you will show up no matter the circumstances to be questioned as the veracity of your marriage. Our marriage fell into this category, and we traveled during a snowstorm to our appointment. We were cautioned to memorize answers to questions such as What side of the bed is the alarm clock on and Which drawer does your husband keep his clothes in. The actual questions, in our instance, were vague invitations to talk about how. We met that we had a complete outpouring for. Our marriage was a real one, but what truly saved us was having known each other for a long period of showing up to this interview and being able to talk to each other honestly. The woman conducted the interview “passed” us, saying that:
“I am signing this as I believe there is a 51% chance you are married.”
As a result of this interview Brian was signed off for receiving a green card, but only a conditional one — which are only good for two years. This meant that we had additional paperwork to file to removal the conditional status in a 90-day window at the end of those two years.
A letter will accompany arrival with an appointment time for when your biometrics will be taken. You must show up to this appointment under penalty of your application being abandoned — all money lost, paperwork put into archives. There are only so many locations where your biometrics can be taken in the country, and you must arrive at your appointment. This has associated travel costs and is another logistical barrier.
At this point I’d like to pause: I cannot stress how challenging this process is from not only a mental standpoint (months of waiting in inaction) but also a financial one: this process is expensive. There are “gotchas” all over it financially. People scrap by to ensure they can receive this paperwork; it’s the most important thing they can do for themselves. I know Medium’s audience is disproportionately tech workers whose own green card stories if they have them, are full of their trials and tribulations; my husband and I are trials were that we were poor during this process — I was a student, and my husband was in immigration limbo. There is no one on our side in this story, and no country to go home; this desperation meant that doing this correctly and doing correctly was the only imperatives, the only recourse, the sole option.**
During the biometrics interview, someone will take your photo and your fingerprints.
On the successful conclusion of all of these things you wait to receive your green card. We waited about six months.
When you get this conditional green card, you quickly begin preparing to apply for your “regular” green card. In our case, this meant that we gathered and sent all of our financial data that we could gather. We completely commingled financials on the recommendation of our lawyer, as it was the easiest way to prove a “real” marriage. You send off another stack of paperwork.
With your green card, you are allowed to travel internationally. You must bring your passport from your country of origin but only show your green card to airport officials (otherwise they legitimately get confused; this is a good way to get pulled over into additional screening). International travel is typically a double-check to understand how and where you’re allowed to travel: your own country’s laws vis-à-vis visas are potentially different than the laws for traveling with a US green card.
When you receive your green card, this is cause for celebration; a green card allows you access to more jobs than work permits do — many employers will discriminate against unskilled work visa carriers as filing the paperwork is confusing. You also have access to federal funding and scholarships as a green card holder for college.
That said, you don’t breathe easily for long if citizenship is the goal: more paperwork. Another round of research. Another large check. Another huge bundle in the mail.
This Country Did Not Want Us; Those Fearful of Terrorists Should Have Faith In It
I’ve tried to leave out the human parts of this story because I wanted to give you an unimpassioned glimpse into the tribulations of being a green card holder; without much commentary from me I think the process speaks for itself as being a complicated, painful, bureaucratic nightmare that affected our very ability to live in the part of the world where we had built our lives.
The green card process was a long process purposefully to vet would-be undesirable from our country: I assume the other side of this process included background checks into my husband. It also was very obviously a process meant to keep economic migrants out. The American Dream is one of freedom and economic prosperity, but not one we wish to share.
Now that we’re at the end, I can’t help but share: this process was grueling. It took years. It is ongoing. A bureaucratic screw-up meant that an appointment notice was sequestered by another governmental office and never got to us, and our application was considered abandoned and archived. It took five trips to the USCIS offices to fix, only possible because we lived close to Washington, D.C. Two-part last names without a hyphen (common in Central America) have broken airline forms, causing mismatches between air tickets and documentation that have caused my husband to be flagged by security and almost not let onto planes. Everyone has periods of extreme stress in their lives that have made their hearts stop. Ours simply happen disproportionately in airports.
The total cost for our application came out to ~$14,000.
The fear from green card residents in this country is not unfounded. This process was not free for any of them by any metric.
Out president has said this is about national security. Okay.
Who will be a threat next?
* Other people’s processes tend to be pretty fucked too, though.
* We allow for asylum based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion, and social group; there is no home left for many Syrians.
Article was written by Helen V. Holmes
Immigrants in Canada are required to adhere to certain stringent guidelines before they are granted the citizen status. To start with, for one to be allowed to apply for the citizenship, they have to be 18 years and above, and they also have to have been given the permanent resident status.
To add onto that, the permanent resident must have resided in Canada for a minimum of three years, and they should be able to speak French or English fluently. There is also a cost that is associated with getting this citizenship. Children will usually be charged $100 while the adults will have to part with $200. The entire process is also a long one and takes between 12 and 18 months to complete.
Many of the immigrants to the developed countries usually have the hope of being granted citizenship in their host countries. This is so they can get the chance to enjoy the rights and privileges that come with being citizens of those countries. This process, however, takes a longer time than is desirable. Some requirements need to be met before these immigrants can be granted the citizen status. The same applies to citizenship and immigration in Canada.
All of the developed countries do have rigorous processes that applicants have to follow before they can become citizens; it is not an exception to Canada. The entire process might seem very frustrating and hard, but it is not. The key to quickly succeeding in it is making sure that you are a straight individual and you have as much information as possible on the process beforehand. There are quite some resources that can provide you with the required information such as the FilipinoLawyersBC.Pro Website.
The government is also working hard to ensure that its citizens are well taken care of, and it has provided excellent funded social and health care structures that provide for employment insurance and family allowance. Statistics show that residents and citizens of Canada have the highest standards of living and life expectancy.
Canada as a country has these important cities; Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. Montreal has the reputation of the second biggest French-speaking city worldwide after Paris, Toronto, on the other hand, has been ranked as the fifth most popular, busiest and largest town in North America and the third one Vancouver has been rated among the most livable cities worldwide. The United Nations has also ranked Canada as the highest recommended country to immigrate to and also the best place to reside in.
Article was written by Go Licit
British Columbia Filipino Attorney