Immigrant and Non-immigrant visas in Minneapolis

The one thing these families all have in common is tragedy. Families in impoverished countries like mine. Imagine going to college and finding a good job. Then making a family with the person you love, who is in the same conditions as you, yet somehow still living paycheck to paycheck. One could wonder how this could be the case? In Impoverished countries it’s very common to see these families, even when they’ve taken all the right steps to success. Could  a job or more money change things? Sure it could, but only for some, yet there’s the harsh reality that a family in a third world country can have all of these but can still be the target of violence and corruption. The one, and the only thing that can really change things for a family in those conditions is permission to leave the country through the well known certifications called visas. I decided to write this essay since the subject is heavily attached to my well being. Hello, my name is Maria Granada and I would like to inform you on American Visas. As a fellow immigrant from Colombia, I thank my being here in Eagan, Minnesota to a simple piece of paper that gave my mom and I permission to come to the country. Not since recently, almost ten years after our arrival, have I really put thought into the process of how we actually got here. Prior to knowing the procedure it seemed as though it had gone fast and easy, exactly opposite of what did happen. Back then my parents took charge of all that had to be done, leaving me almost completely out it. Because of this I had little to no prior knowledge of how my family executed things. Just months ago my dad and I got to the topic, partly because I was curious. At the time he felt it was appropriate to tell, so he revealed to me some newfound details. After the short conversation I concluded that the way my dad carried out everything wasn’t necessary the “honest” way, but it did the job. By taking the correct steps my dad was able to gain citizenship himself and later request my mom and I to come to the country (which was the first step in us gaining our own citizenship). So after learning this information I wondered whether they distributed visas that allowed you to stay. After some research, to my surprise, I found that there are currently.

These types of visas are called “immigrant visas” and are for when one would like to travel to the country and permanently stay. There are many different types of visas under this category and they all require different requisites for applying for them. The example that I personally know is the fiancé nonimmigrant that allows you to come and stay in the country if you are a spouse or a future fiancé of a US Citizen, which was the second action taken in us being able to reunite together as a family. Under this category one doesn’t usually immediately become a citizen, many have to go through a lengthy process. The first step to becoming a citizen once in the country is apply for residency. The person is to have this title for a certain amount of years until they can apply for citizenship. When the time finally comes, all who request citizenship will take the citizenship test ( with the exception of minors who will be represented by their parents). This test may be common sense to a United States citizen but can very tough for an immigrant. Many also hold back on taking this test since it does ask for a large quantity of money many aren’t willing to lose in case of a potential failure. My family went through all of this just less than three years ago, because I was still young I didn’t understand the extent of which something like this would affect me. But now I truly see it, especially when applying for scholarships since many to all require you to be a citizen of the United States. Another thing about immigrant visas is that they are usually given out to families. They are not only to spouses/fiancés but can also be given to close family or future family like adopted children. Asides from family, this category also includes professional workers holding high degrees or Afghan and Iraqi people who worked on behalf of our government. Many of these people come to country in hopes of finding a new home, yet not all who come hope to stay. For those who’d like this option many visas are also available for them too.

The second category is non-immigrant visas which are used by those who would like some time in the country doing miscellaneous activities. These activities can be ones such as working, actively being a student, or just visiting. Many of these visas also go into more specifics about the type of person. Compared to immigrant visas these are more easily given by some agencies since they have limitations on the time an individual can stay in the country which many countries like regulating. This type of visa was the one that first got my father in the country. In the late nineties he came to the country with his family to visit existing family. It was then that he fell in love with the country and realized this was where he wanted to spend the rest of his life. Years later he came back and that’s when he took action and did everything possible to live in the country he always wanted.

There are many different types of visas one can get according to their necessities. Nonimmigrant visas are most common, easier accessible and give a time period of inhabitants in the country. Immigrant visa are less common, have a longer process once given, and allow one to potentially become a citizen. Many view the country’s possibilities and freedom as the American dream they’ve craved for, while others just see the glimmering sky falls or pure nature as sights to see. Whatever it is that brings someone to the country and whether they are a future immigrant or not, their experience here is bound to be unforgettable just like mine.