"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
Is there any kind of ceiling on immigration? I mean for how long will we let people in before we have too many poor aliens to take care of? Perhaps a responsible admittance would be logical...you can come in to live if you have enough savings to float you for 6 months, otherwise, sorry. hard nosed...sure, but we are currently supporting way too many aliens here, and I mean supporting.
This cannot be assumed, however.
Furthermore, no data is provided for the tenure of the new director whose motto is, allegedly, "get to yes" other than a two month period at the beginning of his appointment in August 2009 that is included in the October 2008 - October 2009 data set. Once cannot use that figure as an assessment of how many refusals were issued between then and December 2011 (and how that figure relates to past trends) when this story was published.
That said, I question the thoroughness of this article because it repeatedly talks about immigrant visas being rubber-stamped and then quotes an immigration attorney who gripes about the speed of approval for business visas, which are non-immigrant (visitor) visas. I don't know who didn't know what they were talking about, but I suspect it was the reporter being sloppy and meaning all visa types were subject to this alleged pressure to approve, not just immigrant visas.
There is a ceiling on the number of immigrants annually. These numerical limits are applied to countries of origin individually, so the wait time for benificiaries immigrating from Mexico or the Philippines can be more than a decade (depending on the status of the petitioner and their relationship to the benificiary), while a Swiss citizen receives an immigrant visa much faster.
Last edited by Grizzly Adams; 01-06-12 at 11:56 PM.
So, if you get yourself $500,000 and an investment opportunity, you too can become a permanent resident in the United States.