Chain migration for Filipinos.
(Updated 6 January 2018)
- 0.1 What Is Chain Migration?
- 0.2 But Any Legal Resident Can Start a Chain.
- 0.3 It’s Not An Instant Process,
- 0.4 Is This Right Or Wrong?
- 0.5 Of Course, This Has Nothing To Do With Chain Migration
- 0.6 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program
- 0.7 Now Why My Colleague and the President Chose This As An Example? I Have No Idea.
- 0.8 But “Fake Logic” Is More Serious
- 0.9 Chain Migration Should Continue or Chain Migration Should Be Ended.
- 0.10 If You Are In Favor Of The Current “Chain” Migration System, Better Read This;
- 0.11 Filing Family Petitions Before Trump Ends “Chain Migration”
- 0.12 So What Else Can I Say About
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OK, own up now. How many of you just started reading here and knew right away what “Chain Migration” is all about, and why it’s going to be a big issue soon?
What Is Chain Migration?
Well, in a nutshell, Chain Migration is a new “buzzword” or slang term for a system that has been in effect for many years, the US Family Based Immigration system. This has been very important for Filipinos, because a “stand-alone” Philippine citizen with no ties to the USA, no “connection” can never get approved to come to the USA and take out US Legal Permanent Residency (LPR) status (commonly known as a Green Card).
But Any Legal Resident Can Start a Chain.
If a Filipino does make it inside the “gate” of the USA using a legal visa, let’s say, for example, a K-1 Fiancee’ visa, he or she can petition other family members to come to the USA and also attain legal permanent residency status. In other words, the first legal resident admitted can become the “anchor” of a “chain” of family members over time.
A Green Card holder is limited to petitioning spouses and minor, unmarried children, but after becoming a Naturalized US Citizen, the same legal immigrant can petition other family members, such as parents, siblings and older, even married children.
It’s Not An Instant Process,
These petitions can take a long time … for example, it’s common for a brother or sister to wait 30 years (yes, thirty, 30 years), but if the only other choice is to never come to the USA, at least there is a path.
Is This Right Or Wrong?
Well, arguments can certainly be made either way on this issue. I’m not going to come down firmly on either side. I also, in particular, don’t want comments for or against President Trump, I’m just reporting facts here.
And the facts lately seem to be that there is a lot of support out there for the idea of the USA changing the visa policy on this and doing away with the possibility of an immigrant chain migration.
Here’s an example of current thinking as published by my blogging colleague Dave Dewall.
President Donald Trump called for the end of “Chain Migration” in a tweet on Nov. 2, 2017 after a deadly terror attack in Manhattan, New York City last October. Eight were left dead and dozens more injured in a terrorist attack. Sayfullo Saipov, who was arrested for the terrorist attack, arrived in the U.S. from Uzbekistan in 2010. Saipov was admitted to the country after showing a passport with a valid diversity immigrant visa to U.S. Customs and Border Protection…
Of Course, This Has Nothing To Do With Chain Migration
Now Dave, and our President, as well as you and I have the right to form and hold opinions, but the example cited here, the case of legally admitted terrorist Sayfullo Saipov is a pretty nonsensical example.
Diversity Immigrant Visa Program
Saipov entered the USA on a Diversity Immigrant Visa, a means of entry to the USA for nationals of Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen.
This is a special program which selects applicants from these countries for admission to the USA. Complete details are here: Diversity Visa – Selection of Applicants
Note that this is an official State Department site and there is a lot of reading ahead if you choose to delve into the “DV” program.
But I can sum up the important issue right here, quickly:
The Diversity Visa Program, under which the terrorist legally entered the USA has NOTHING TO DO WITH CHAIN MIGRATION!
Now Why My Colleague and the President Chose This As An Example? I Have No Idea.
Our life in recent times seems to be affected often by something our President likes to call “Fake News”. There’s no doubt that “Fake News” exists, although the term is often used as a throwaway insult to news one doesn’t agree with.
But “Fake Logic” Is More Serious
Here’s how a lot of people’s thinking seems to have evolved over the years.
I don’t like some aspect of the law, so I want the law changed. Nothing wrong with that thought, in fact, it’s often very necessary that laws should be updated and changed over time. That’s why we have a whole legal apparatus in place to change existing laws and to make new ones.
In order to support my views and gain lots of publicity, I’ll find an example of the law being wrong. Again, a perfect example of how we, as citizens, should work to effect change.
I can’t find a good example of the law being wrong, so I’ll throw in something inflammatory, like a hateful terrorist attack and use that as an example. Now this, gentle readers is dead wrong. It’s an act of logical fallacy. “Fake Logic” in my view.
Chain Migration Should Continue or Chain Migration Should Be Ended.
Arguments can be made either way, and all of you reading this are more than entitled to your own opinion. But whatever your own opinion, do me and the few others out there with enough brain cells to distinguish fact from fiction a favor.
If you are going to quite examples to support your views, try to make the examples you chose at least fit the context of your opinion. To do otherwise weakens your opinion and frankly makes you look less intelligent than you really are.
If You Are In Favor Of The Current “Chain” Migration System, Better Read This;
From one of my favorite sources on Immigration issues for Filipinos, Attorney Michael Gurfinkel’s Immigration Updates:
… Right now, these are only proposals, and not yet law. However, if a person can file these family-based petitions, they should seriously consider doing so while it is still possible. I fully realize that some petitions, such as brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens, can take up to 30 years. Other family-based petitions can take 10 or more years. But it is possible the waiting time could be shorter eventually, and if you don’t file the petitions while you’re able to, and if these proposals become law, you will lose the opportunity to do so in the future….
So What Else Can I Say About
Chain migration for Filipinos?