Green Cardby Debbie McGoldrick
- Extending your stay with a 90 day holiday waiver - is it possible?
- Renewing my Irish child’s US passport without getting her American Dad involved
- Having divorced my American wife can I get my new Irish girlfriend a visa?
- I-94 arrival and departure cards in United States will soon be obsolete
- Can I reclaim an old Green Card and move back to the US?
“I have almost completed my master’s studies in Ireland, and once I’m done I would like to emigrate to the U.S. I’ve familiarized myself with the general process of gaining a green card, but I was wondering how open are American employers to employing Irish people? I understand I need to be sponsored by an employer in America, but would many employers feel it worth the hassle to employ a person requiring sponsorship?”
It's a hard question to answer in general, but it’s safe to say that yes, there are U.S. employers willing to go through the process of sponsorship for foreign employees, even though the recession has taken grip here as well and native U.S. citizens are unemployed.
Yes, as you say the sponsorship process can be a hassle – we’ve done it here for Irish hires in the past, and the process can be quite involved, not to mention expensive between paperwork filing fees and lawyer costs.
You mention sponsorship for a green card, and as you say, you’d need an employer to initiate this process on your behalf. (There are cases where workers do not need to secure sponsorship to obtain a green card, but the applicant must have what’s known as “extraordinary ability” which definitely doesn’t apply for recent college grads like yourself.)
“I was reading on a website about a way that immigrants who are undocumented could get legal if they had been in the country since the 1970s. I didn’t do much research because it seemed ridiculous. Is this true? Why would such a law exist? It seems like it wouldn’t help anyone.”
Those who can avail of registry must have entered the U.S. prior to January 1, 1972 and have lived here ever since. At this point in time, 38 years on, it’s highly doubtful that registry provides a means to permanent legal status for anyone, but 60,000 people have become legal through the mechanism since 1985.
Here are the last 50, with acceptable answers. For more information on naturalization, visit www.uscis.gov.
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