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Re: practicing law as a non-U.S. citizen
« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2006, 09:49:19 PM »
Don't get a J-1, I don't even think they would give it to you anyway (it's a practical training visa).  Most J-1s have a two year homestay rule (meaning you have to go back to your country for two years).  If they don't, then great for you, but once the J-1 expires you have to go back immediately.  And it usually expires within a week or so of graduation.  The F-1 on the other hand (student visa) gives you a year after graduation for you to work in the US and try to get your paperwork together. 

If you got a PhD (along with a JD perhaps) it would actually be much easier for you to stay here, PhD's don't count against the H-1B (skilled worker visa) quota and they are much easier to hire for companies, then you could get a green card after a few years.

Also, every year of course apply for the green card lottery.  You might get lucky.

Other than a work-sponsored green card (for which you must have a work visa first), marriage is the only other option.  FOr two years of marriage you will have a conditional green card, then after your final interview they'll give you the real thing.  Of course they can revoke it if they find out you were lying.  After 5 years with a green card you can apply to become a citizen.  And if you're going to get married, it would be MUCH easier if your spouse were a citizen and not just a green card holder.  It takes YEARS to do the greencard holder thing.  Also, if you end up getting ready to get married, please see a GOOD immigration attorney first.  THey are hard to find, because immigration law is so bizarre and changes often, but there are very many technicalities that could get you to lose your status (like getting engaged and then trying to enter the country with an F-1 visa, if immigration finds out) or at least delay the process a great deal (like marrying outside the U.S.).

Good luck!

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« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2006, 10:36:46 AM »
Find some lousy woman, they usually do it for around $5K. Most marriage fraud involves one transaction: A US citizen accepts a one-time payment to actually marry the foreigner. Usually they sponsor the immigrant, go through with a wedding, and live as roommates, or at least set-up a joint home and accounts that make them appear to live together. It is these cases which are the hardest to uncover, since doing so would require a great deal of private investigation and manpower.

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Re: practicing law as a non-U.S. citizen
« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2006, 11:39:36 AM »
I am a Canadian citizen who is going through hell because of the marriage with a US citizen. My wife went through a a sperm agency (she used used condoms she conserved in the refrigerator to get the sperm from) I live in New Jersey, and NJ does set out annulments. The judgment was issued based on the fact that I did not want to have children. The judge issued a statement about the acceptable definition of marriage as being a union between a man and a woman for the purpose of raising children. My lawyer has indicated that this could all be tying into the push by the federal goverment to ban gay marriages ... Looks like perhaps the courts are a bit political here in NJ... The annulment was issued on those grounds - what can I say.

The stuipid part I was referring to is that my green card process has been going on since 1999. My son came here in 2001 and had his green card within a few months. It is all based on the same marriage ... I left because my "wife" got pregnant (through artificial insemination) without my consent. That put me in the position of paternity without consent or involvement. She held my immigration status as her method of control and tried to force me to have children against my will.

The marriage was legit, I was already here on a valid visa and had 2 years left on it (with another potential renewal). I adjusted status only because of the definition of 'intent'. Obviously, after I got married I was planning to stay. Therefore, I filed my AOS and started the process. I DID NOT NEED TO GET MARRIED TO BE LEGAL... So in other words, I am getting screwed because I played by the rules all along. If I had waited a year or so before I filed the AOS, I would have had my GC years ago ...

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« Reply #13 on: September 19, 2006, 09:07:39 PM »

I am a Canadian citizen who is going through hell because of the marriage with a US citizen. My wife went through a a sperm agency (she used used condoms she conserved in the refrigerator to get the sperm from)


Get the hell outta there .. after I read this I couldn't eat dinner .. I just could not imagine these women to be so disgusting and desperate!

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Re: practicing law as a non-U.S. citizen
« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2006, 08:14:26 AM »
This is a major concern for me. Based on my research, it would be trivial to get an H1-B and work for ~6 years. A firm would only have to prove no USian could do the job etc. if they have like 30%+ foreign employees or something like that, which law firms probably wouldn't.

But will or can big firms sponsor you for a greencard? I don't want to have to leave the country for a year after the H1-B expires.

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« Reply #15 on: September 24, 2006, 12:46:06 AM »
Go to Germany.

Reform of the Law on Nationality
_____________________________ ___

The Act reforming the law on nationality entered into force on 1 January 2000.

The key points of the reform are:

- Children born in Germany of foreign parents will, provided certain prerequisites are fulfilled, acquire German nationality from birth. They must however decide between the ages of 18 and 23 years, whether they want to retain their German nationality or the nationality of their parents.

- Children under the age of ten at the time of entry into force of the reform have a similar claim to naturalization.

- Provided that certain other prerequisites are fulfilled, foreigners in general will have the right to become naturalized after only 8 years of habitual residence in the Federal Republic of Germany, instead of 15 as was the case before.

- For naturalization it is necessary to prove adequate knowledge of German. A clean record and a commitment to the tenets of the Basic Law (Constitution) are further criteria. The person to be naturalized must also be in a position to maintain himself/ herself.
 
- The principle of the avoidance of multiple nationality still marks the law on nationality. Those applying for naturalization must in principle give up their foreign nationality. However in contrast to previous legislation, there are generous exceptional rules which allow the previous nationality to be retained. This applies for example to elderly persons and victims of political persecution. If release from the foreign nationality is legally impossible or unacceptable for such persons, for example due to high release fees or degrading methods of release, they can retain their previous nationality. This is also the case if the release from the foreign nationality would bring considerable disadvantages, especially economic disadvantages or problems with property and assets.


http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/www/en/willkommen/staatsangehoerigkeitsrecht/

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« Reply #16 on: September 24, 2006, 01:02:57 AM »
I am foreign-born and I have lived in Germany. The difference is that in Germany, you will ALWAYS be an Auslander. Your children and grandchildren will be also. I had a good friend who's parents were Korean immigrants to Germany. She had never been to Korea in her life and spoke very little Korean, but it didn't matter. They still thought of her as a complete foreigner. Her children, whether they will be half German or not, will also be considered foreigners, since they will not be (completely) German. In the U.S., being born and raised here and speaking English and having friends outside of small enclaves is considered being American, but there, you have to be an ethnic German to be considered German. They will more readily accept a white American who speaks no German at all but who is of German ancestory than a German-born Turk who speaks only German and was born and raised in Germany. I don't know about you, but I like America better. Don't get me wrong, racism and hate are just as rampant here as they are anywhere else, but it's easier to get accepted here. I know from experience.

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« Reply #17 on: September 24, 2006, 01:29:34 AM »
The US and Germany are among the world's major countries of immigration. The US takes in more immigrants than any other country, and Germany is the chief destination of refugees and asylum seekers in Europe. Nothing suggests the influx of migrants to either country will soon cease. Population growth in both countries is fueled by immigration. In the US about one-third of population growth is due to immigration; in Germany, 100% of the population growth is due to immigration. About 8% of the 260 million US population are foreign-born, and almost 9% of Germany's 81 million residents are foreigners. Some foreign-born residents in the US are naturalized US citizens, and about one-sixth of Germany's foreigners were born in Germany (persons born in the US are automatically US citizens; persons born in Germany acquire the nationality of their parents).

Germany proclaims that it does not wish to become a country of immigration, but provides a relatively generous set of services to legal foreigners. The US, by contrast, basks in its immigrant heritage, but provides relatively few public services to help to integrate newcomers.

Immigration. The two parts of Germany have been affected differently by migration. The former West Germany added 13 million net immigrants between 1950 and 1993, while the former East Germany lost 5 million residents because emigration exceeded immigration. The former West Germany included in 1993 about 4 in 5 Germans, and virtually all of the 7 million foreigners in Germany live in the former West Germany. Germany is unlikely to remain a country in which foreigners arrive and remain foreigners. If a net 400,000 immigrants continued to arrive annually, Germany would have a population of about 90 million, of whom 30% would be foreigners. Major cities such as Frankfurt, Stuttgart, and Munich, which are now about one-quarter foreigners, would have populations that were half or more foreign. Since 1 in 6 foreigners in Germany today was born in Germany -- 1.2 million of 7 million -- and half have lived in Germany for 10 or more years, the status quo of foreigners remaining foreigners is not likely to continue.

Asylum.

Most of the foreigners arriving in Germany over the past 5 years seeking to settle have arrived as asylum seekers. In Germany and all of the industrial democracies, the majority of asylum applications are rejected, so that separating genuine and false asylum applicants is a major objective of all asylum systems. When the number of asylum seekers surges, as it did in 1992 in Germany to about 438,000, the cost of housing, feeding, and deciding asylum cases -- some DM 6 to 8 billion or $4 to $5 billion -- can equal contributions for development assistance (Germany provided $7 billion ODA in 1993). Both Germany and the US have invented in-between categories for aliens who are not eligible for asylum, but who nonetheless are not deported. The US and German acronyms -- TPS, DED, "tolerated" -- reflect the expectation that these aliens will eventually depart.

Foreign Workers.

Germany recruited guest workers between 1961 and 1973, when their number peaked at 2.6 million, making 1 in 8 workers a foreigner. Over the next 15 years, these foreign workers united their families in Germany, and second and third generation-foreigners joined their parents in the German work force. In the 1990s Germany responded to rising migration pressures from the east after 1989 with 5 distinct foreign worker programs that involve some 350,000 foreigners, and add the equivalent of about 150,000 full-time workers to the German work force. However, unlike 1960s guest worker programs, 1990s foreign worker programs had a different purpose -- to cope with micro- rather than macro-labor shortages, and to make inevitable migration legal. The most important program involves project-tied workers. Under this program, German firms subcontract with foreign firms, and the foreign firm supplies the expertise and workers to complete a particular phase of a project. There were an average 40,000 project-tied foreign workers in Germany in 1994, down from 60,000 in 1992 because of scandals that involved German contractors using project-tied agreements as backdoor guest worker programs.

Most newly-arrived foreign workers are employed seasonally in Germany. A peak 150,000 seasonal foreign workers in 1994 contributed the equivalent of 40,000 FTE to the German labor force. Seasonal foreign workers can remain 90 days in Germany, and most are employed in agriculture, restaurants, or construction. If the workers are employed less than 2 months, the workers and their employers do not have to pay social security taxes on their wages. The third program is for border commuters from the Czech Republic and Poland. If local workers are not available in Germany within 50 km of these eastern borders, then employers can request permission from the German Employment Service to employ commuter workers at prevailing wages who can remain in Germany for up to 2 nights weekly. However, most of the industrial democracies have heeded the advice of the OECD and deregulated their labor markets, and most today play less of a job-matching role in labor markets. The German ES matches about 35 percent of all job seekers and jobs, the US ES three to four percent -- giving governments less credibility when considering employer requests for foreign workers.

Are you an IT pro? Get your act together if you wish to work in Germany. For, there is a job opportunity for you as the country faces the highest shortage of highly qualified IT professionals. In 2002, they introduced a 'German Green Card' for IT specialists. This card allows employers to fill up a vacancy with transnationals if there is a shortage of homegrown professionals. The bad news however is that in other sectors (other than IT), the employment prospects in Germany are not so good. In fact, responding to the high level of unemployment in the country in 1973 the German government put an absolute ban on the recruitment of foreigners in other sectors.

To work in Germany, one needs, first and foremost, a work permit and a visa. To obtain the permit, s/he must have a valid job offer from a German employer. For IT professionals seeking a Green Card, the job offer should entail an annual salary of 77,400 DM /$39,575, or else 100,000 DM/$51,130. The implicit guarantee is that an IT pro can obtain a visa within a few days of applying. IT professionals with lower salaries and other job aspirants have to apply for a 'conventional type' work permit. They must also possess proof of having the requisite skill for the job (a college degree) and work experience of at least a year or two. Finally, they must also be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the German language. Besides, the prospective employer has to establish that the candidate is well qualified for the post in question and that he is unable to recruit a suitable German candidate for the post.

Application forms can be obtained from the German Embassy or Consulate or can be downloaded from their website. Submit the form to the German Embassy or to the German Consulate General. Applications must be submitted in person or through an approved travel agent. Forms sent via mail are summarily rejected. The documents that you need to furnish with the completed form are a valid passport, two passport-size photographs and an employment contract. It normally takes up to three months for the clearance to come. Once the application is approved, the candidate is issued a travel visa valid for three months. After arriving in Germany, s/he has to immediately register with the authorities until the work permit is extended.

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« Reply #18 on: September 27, 2006, 05:37:55 PM »

I am a Canadian citizen who is going through hell because of the marriage with a US citizen. My wife went through a a sperm agency (she used used condoms she conserved in the refrigerator to get the sperm from)


It's all your fault! Always flush down the toilet used condoms. Literally!

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« Reply #19 on: September 27, 2006, 05:57:02 PM »

The US and Germany are among the world's major countries of immigration. The US takes in more immigrants than any other country, and Germany is the chief destination of refugees and asylum seekers in Europe. Nothing suggests the influx of migrants to either country will soon cease. Population growth in both countries is fueled by immigration. In the US about one-third of population growth is due to immigration; in Germany, 100% of the population growth is due to immigration. About 8% of the 260 million US population are foreign-born, and almost 9% of Germany's 81 million residents are foreigners. Some foreign-born residents in the US are naturalized US citizens, and about one-sixth of Germany's foreigners were born in Germany (persons born in the US are automatically US citizens; persons born in Germany acquire the nationality of their parents).

Germany proclaims that it does not wish to become a country of immigration, but provides a relatively generous set of services to legal foreigners. The US, by contrast, basks in its immigrant heritage, but provides relatively few public services to help to integrate newcomers.

Immigration. The two parts of Germany have been affected differently by migration. The former West Germany added 13 million net immigrants between 1950 and 1993, while the former East Germany lost 5 million residents because emigration exceeded immigration. The former West Germany included in 1993 about 4 in 5 Germans, and virtually all of the 7 million foreigners in Germany live in the former West Germany. Germany is unlikely to remain a country in which foreigners arrive and remain foreigners. If a net 400,000 immigrants continued to arrive annually, Germany would have a population of about 90 million, of whom 30% would be foreigners. Major cities such as Frankfurt, Stuttgart, and Munich, which are now about one-quarter foreigners, would have populations that were half or more foreign. Since 1 in 6 foreigners in Germany today was born in Germany -- 1.2 million of 7 million -- and half have lived in Germany for 10 or more years, the status quo of foreigners remaining foreigners is not likely to continue.

Asylum.

Most of the foreigners arriving in Germany over the past 5 years seeking to settle have arrived as asylum seekers. In Germany and all of the industrial democracies, the majority of asylum applications are rejected, so that separating genuine and false asylum applicants is a major objective of all asylum systems. When the number of asylum seekers surges, as it did in 1992 in Germany to about 438,000, the cost of housing, feeding, and deciding asylum cases -- some DM 6 to 8 billion or $4 to $5 billion -- can equal contributions for development assistance (Germany provided $7 billion ODA in 1993). Both Germany and the US have invented in-between categories for aliens who are not eligible for asylum, but who nonetheless are not deported. The US and German acronyms -- TPS, DED, "tolerated" -- reflect the expectation that these aliens will eventually depart.

Foreign Workers.

Germany recruited guest workers between 1961 and 1973, when their number peaked at 2.6 million, making 1 in 8 workers a foreigner. Over the next 15 years, these foreign workers united their families in Germany, and second and third generation-foreigners joined their parents in the German work force. In the 1990s Germany responded to rising migration pressures from the east after 1989 with 5 distinct foreign worker programs that involve some 350,000 foreigners, and add the equivalent of about 150,000 full-time workers to the German work force. However, unlike 1960s guest worker programs, 1990s foreign worker programs had a different purpose -- to cope with micro- rather than macro-labor shortages, and to make inevitable migration legal. The most important program involves project-tied workers. Under this program, German firms subcontract with foreign firms, and the foreign firm supplies the expertise and workers to complete a particular phase of a project. There were an average 40,000 project-tied foreign workers in Germany in 1994, down from 60,000 in 1992 because of scandals that involved German contractors using project-tied agreements as backdoor guest worker programs.

Most newly-arrived foreign workers are employed seasonally in Germany. A peak 150,000 seasonal foreign workers in 1994 contributed the equivalent of 40,000 FTE to the German labor force. Seasonal foreign workers can remain 90 days in Germany, and most are employed in agriculture, restaurants, or construction. If the workers are employed less than 2 months, the workers and their employers do not have to pay social security taxes on their wages. The third program is for border commuters from the Czech Republic and Poland. If local workers are not available in Germany within 50 km of these eastern borders, then employers can request permission from the German Employment Service to employ commuter workers at prevailing wages who can remain in Germany for up to 2 nights weekly. However, most of the industrial democracies have heeded the advice of the OECD and deregulated their labor markets, and most today play less of a job-matching role in labor markets. The German ES matches about 35 percent of all job seekers and jobs, the US ES three to four percent -- giving governments less credibility when considering employer requests for foreign workers.

Are you an IT pro? Get your act together if you wish to work in Germany. For, there is a job opportunity for you as the country faces the highest shortage of highly qualified IT professionals. In 2002, they introduced a 'German Green Card' for IT specialists. This card allows employers to fill up a vacancy with transnationals if there is a shortage of homegrown professionals. The bad news however is that in other sectors (other than IT), the employment prospects in Germany are not so good. In fact, responding to the high level of unemployment in the country in 1973 the German government put an absolute ban on the recruitment of foreigners in other sectors.

To work in Germany, one needs, first and foremost, a work permit and a visa. To obtain the permit, s/he must have a valid job offer from a German employer. For IT professionals seeking a Green Card, the job offer should entail an annual salary of 77,400 DM /$39,575, or else 100,000 DM/$51,130. The implicit guarantee is that an IT pro can obtain a visa within a few days of applying. IT professionals with lower salaries and other job aspirants have to apply for a 'conventional type' work permit. They must also possess proof of having the requisite skill for the job (a college degree) and work experience of at least a year or two. Finally, they must also be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the German language. Besides, the prospective employer has to establish that the candidate is well qualified for the post in question and that he is unable to recruit a suitable German candidate for the post.

Application forms can be obtained from the German Embassy or Consulate or can be downloaded from their website. Submit the form to the German Embassy or to the German Consulate General. Applications must be submitted in person or through an approved travel agent. Forms sent via mail are summarily rejected. The documents that you need to furnish with the completed form are a valid passport, two passport-size photographs and an employment contract. It normally takes up to three months for the clearance to come. Once the application is approved, the candidate is issued a travel visa valid for three months. After arriving in Germany, s/he has to immediately register with the authorities until the work permit is extended.


You did not mention the easiest way to get residency. Marriage. Gay one included.