I feel sorry for all the people coming in the caravan to the United States. Many seek a better life in what they think is the “Promised Land.” They are walking over a thousand miles in dangerous territory. Many women are being abused and even raped on the way. Some are saying that terrorists are among the group. What can be done with them? Well, it’s a hard thing to say, but they must come in legally like everyone else. They must go through a legal process.
Like President Trump has said many times, we welcome immigrants to come and live and work in the U. S., but they must come in legally. It is unfair to all those who are presently going through the process of legal immigration for us to allow people to come in through the back door—illegally. All must come in legally through the legal process.
Through the internet one can get all the information necessary to enter the U. S. by just looking up How to Enter the U.S. In this blog I want to simplify all the information and give it to you in just seven points. Of course, if you are serious about coming and living in the United States you will want to actually go to the government website I mentioned above for more details.
7 Steps to Legally Enter and Live in the United States
Step 1. Go to the U. S. embassy in your country to apply for an Immigrant Visa. Please be aware that there are all kinds of Visa’s. If you want to come and live in the U. S. permanently you must apply for an Immigrant Visa.
United States Embassy in Honduras
This is a very important first step. Once you find and enter the U. S. embassy I’m sure there will be people there to help you: to answer many of your questions and to help you through the application process.
Step 2. After you get to the embassy you must begin the Immigrant Visa application by submitting a Petition. Here is what you must do to submit a petition:
- Get a U. S. citizen to sponsor you. This sponsor must either be a citizen relative, a U. S. lawful permanent resident, or a prospective employer.
- That sponsor must file a petition with the U. S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS). It is best for the sponsor to file the petition in the U.S.
- When your immigrant petition is approved by the USCIS it will be sent to the National Visa Center (NVC) for processing. You will soon receive a letter or email from the NVC telling you that they have received your approved petition and that you must now begin the National Visa Processing.
Step 3. National Visa Processing. This processing involves the following six steps (click on each one for more detailed information):
Step 4. Prepare for Interview. All applicants will be given information and instructions for the interview. If you have not read the information and do not bring the required documents your case will be delayed or denied.
After NVC schedules your visa interview appointment, they will send you, your petitioner, and your agent/attorney (if applicable) an email or letter noting the appointment date and time. After you receive an interview appointment letter from NVC, you must take the following steps BEFORE the interview date (Click on links for more detailed information).
Step 5. Interview. On the scheduled date and time of your interview appointment, go to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. A consular officer will interview you (and accompanying family member beneficiaries) and determine whether or not you can receive an immigrant visa. As part of the interview process, ink-free, digital fingerprint scans will be taken.
You, your spouse, and any qualified unmarried children immigrating with you, must participate in the interview. All applicants required to participate will be named on the interview appointment letter you receive from the NVC.
If your spouse and/or qualified unmarried children will immigrate at a later date and travel separately from you, they are not required to participate in your interview. They will be scheduled for a separate interview appointment. You should contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate directly to arrange separate interviews, if needed.
Your sponsor/petitioner does not attend the visa interview.
The applicant is responsible to bring all required original civil documents, and photocopies of the original civil documents, to the visa interview. Failure to bring all required original civil documents and the photocopies to the interview may cause delay or denial of the visa. The following documents must be available at the interview (Click on links for more detailed information):
Step 6. Visa approval or denial. At the end of your interview the consular officer will inform you whether your Visa application is approved or denied.
Step 7. Instructions if approved. When you are approved for your Immigrant Visa you will be given all kinds of instructions regarding your passport, when you should travel, Immigrant fees, vaccination records, X-rays, entering the United States, U. S. laws, and your Social Security number.
How long will it take to get my Immigrant Visa? This is a very good question, without a good answer. I would say that it will depend on a lot of things, such as…
- How long the waiting list is
- How good your sponsors are
- What kind of a job you have waiting for you
- How well you were able to fill out all the forms
- How well you were prepared for the interview
- How well the interview went