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Perks and costs of immigration
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by Immigrant, South of Midtown,
on Jun 11, 2008
Let me tell you my story which might open your eyes on costs and perks of immigration. I am an immigrant. I got my greencard through work, 5 years later got my US citizenship. My parents stayed back home, visited me twice, but every time they came to US embassy for visitor visa their experience was so nerve wrecking and humiliating, that I decided to apply for US green card for them. Again, my main motivation was not to move them here, but to save them from the stress in obtaining US visitor visa. The process of getting them greencards was a delight - it took less than a year. And then we found out even more delighful details - since both of them were 65, they got Medical and Medicare for free. We also found out that even though I signed up sponsorship for them, they were still elegible for many social benefits we did not even dream about, such as free food stamps, eligibility for subsidised housing, etc. And 5 years after getting their green card, they will get their US citizenships and will be getting pension or social security payments in the amount of $800/mo per person. They were overjoyed, they have not worked in US for a single day and they will be having a very comfortable retirement with free medical care, subsidized housing and decent pension.
To address this loophole, US needs to make it easier for parents of US residents and citizens to get visitor visas and long term visas. My parents would not have moved here, if they could easily get visitor visas.
But more importantly - address the immigration law laws re immigrant visas for parents. Allowing for parents to immigrate to US is very costly. Just make it easier for them to come and stay with their kids, even if for extended term like 6 or 12 months.