Life On the West Coast: Immigrating to California
With the eighth-largest economy in the world, the state of California enjoys economic prosperity that other states (to say nothing of entire nations) would envy. Immigration into California has been streamlined given the state’s proximity to Mexico as well as the large number of immigrants who cross the Pacific Ocean each year in order to find a new life in the United States. There are several complications towards immigration and citizenship, however, that need to be taken into account.
What To Do When You Want Immigrate
There are nine different ways to become an immigrant that is legally allowed to come to the United States.
- Marriage of an existing American citizen
- Skill in a job in short supply, such as medicine, using an H-series visa
- A transfer to an American employer with an L-visa
- Green card lottery system
- Buy a business worth at least $150,000
- Have $1 million worth of assets to invest in America
- Have a relative to sponsor your stay
- Do religious work with an R1 visa
- Claim asylum or refugee status.
Obviously, many of these are not applicable to an average immigrant looking to come to California; the Green Card lottery system is by far the most popular means of reaching citizenship, though it does rely strictly on chance.
Pursuing matters of U.S. immigration is usually best met through consulting an immigration expert. Niren & Associates specializes in both the United States as well as Canadian immigration laws and may be able to help.
How To Set Yourself Up For Immigration
The high volume of persons coming to California to immigrate make it difficult for an outsider to get into the system; many times the officials will not pay attention to someone applying from outside the country. Furthermore, any qualifications from another country (such as education or certifications) may not be understood or applicable.
If you have any business experience or qualifications, it is necessary to ensure that both immigration officials as well as hiring companies will have a good appreciation for their value. Being able to line up employment prior to arriving in California will be a big boost to your chances, though you do not necessarily need a guaranteed slot given the vacancy of many jobs in the state.
From Temporary To Permanent
In some cases it can be easier to immigrate into the state on a temporary basis and then apply for permanent residency or citizenship. For example, the state of California makes it easy for foreign students to apply to universities in order to capitalize upon the intellectual talent overseas. Completing a higher-level degree in the United States makes it much easier to be employed, as each university will work with their foreign students to not only find work but also to be naturalized. Since California has more universities than any other state in the nation, it is one of the best ways to ensure entry into the Golden State.
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