Skip to comments.Denials of U.S. immigrant visas skyrocket after little-heralded rule change
Posted on 04/15/2019 5:40:25 AM PDT by cotton1706
WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - When Arturo Balbino, a Texas construction worker, walked into his visa interview at the American consulate in the northern Mexican border town of Ciudad Juarez in March, he wasn't nervous. He felt good.
Balbino, a 33-year-old Mexican national who had entered the United States illegally 14 years ago, thought he had a strong case for a spousal visa: a wife and children who are U.S. citizens, a father-in-law who had pledged in an affidavit to financially support him if necessary, and a letter from his employer guaranteeing him an $18-per-hour job upon his return.
When he went for the interview, he was at the final step of legalizing his status, which would, he hoped, pave the way for a more stable life for himself and his family.
Instead, the consular officer denied his application on the grounds that he could become a drain on U.S. taxpayers by requiring government financial assistance, according to documents reviewed by Reuters.
That decision stranded Balbino in Mexico indefinitely and upended his familys life.
More and more aspiring immigrants especially Mexicans are being denied visas based on determinations by the U.S. State Department that they might become "public charges," dependent on the government for support, according to official data and interviews with attorneys, immigrants and their family members.
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The Gravy Train is coming to an end!
Reads like a thinly disguised editorial/opinion...
When I married my wife from Mexico 26 years ago I had to prove she would not be a financial burden to the USA.
It used to be EVERY alien had to be sponsored to prove he/she would not be a taxpayer burden.
Good to see they are bringing that concept back.
There are plenty of out of work construction workers who are American citizens. We dont need to import any and we most especially dont need to import any who violated our laws.
If he wants his family to join him theyre free to do so in Mexico.
Visas, we don’t need no stinkin visas!
Met a foreman in Mexico who had worked in 14 different US cities ...
If you or I want to go and live in Mexico, WE have to prove to the Mexican government that we likewise won’t be a drain on public resources.
Conveniently the article omits that fact.
Met a foreman in Mexico who had worked in 14 different US cities ...
I have no doubt. Mrs. L worked at a fancy golf club for almost 20 years. All the seasonal kitchen and wait staff came back every spring after the winter lay off. Every year when they returned all of them had different ID and SSNs.
My wife asked the HR Department about this and was basically told that since they had valid IDs there wasnt anything they could do. She was also very strongly encouraged to not bring the matter up again.
Both of my sons married foreigners. The second is going thru the immigration process now with his pregnant wife. Financial responsibility is a big part of the trouble expense and time it takes. In the meantime illegals are flooding in and swamping government services and hand outs. It is bs.
The Rhinos and Rats are traitors.
We should follow Australia’s lead and stipulate that:
The requirements for an Australia Skilled Visa are as follows:
Age - you must be under 45 when you apply;
English language - you should have sufficient ability in the English language to work in Australia (at least at a competent level);
Nominated occupation - when you apply you nominate a skilled occupation, which fits your skills and qualifications. This occupation must be found on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List;
Skills assessment - before you apply, you must have your skills assessed by the Australian assessing authority designated to assess your nominated occupation (which will usually have specific qualifications requirements);
Health assessment - you should be of reasonably good health and all applicants must have their health assessed by a panel doctor and undergo a medical examination; and
Character assessment - you should be of good character and this too will be assessed.
Australia emigration classes:
Skilled - Independent Visa
The Skilled - Independent Visa (subclass 189) is the most popular skilled migration category is geared to skilled workers who are in high demand and do not require a state or family sponsor.
Skilled - Nominated Visa
The Skilled - Nominated Visa (subclass 190) is a category for skilled applicants looking to emigrate to Australia who are sponsored by an Australian State or Territory.
Skilled - Nominated (Provisional) Visa
The Skilled - Nominated (Provisional) Visa (subclass 489) is a temporary visa for skilled migrants to live and work in a regional area of Australia through sponsorship by an Australian State or Territory.
Skilled - Sponsored (Provisional) Visa
The Skilled - Sponsored (Provisional) Visa (subclass 489) is a temporary visa for skilled migrants to live and work in a regional area of Australia through sponsorship from a relative who lives in a Designated Area of Australia.
For those contemplating a move to Australia, here is the points test you must pass to move:
“a father-in-law who had pledged in an affidavit to financially support him if necessary, and a letter from his employer guaranteeing him an $18-per-hour job upon his return.”
Just curious - was the requirements you had to go through more substantial than that?
“Instead, the consular officer denied his application on the grounds that he could become a drain on U.S. taxpayers by requiring government financial assistance, according to documents reviewed by Reuters. That decision stranded Balbino in Mexico indefinitely and upended his familys life.”
No problemo. Just move your family to Mexico.
I had to fill out an I-864 form to Guarantee my assets and my income that my Wife would not be a “public burden”, the contract is 10 years.
Why doesn’t Hollywood stand up and Sponsor a few Hundred Thousand of these poor people.?? ANYONE can be a Sponsor.
Any bets on whether he's already back here?
A bit -- bank statements for 3 years, pay stubs from the current year. I also had to include an affidavit of support.
Although it isn't quite the same what happened to us, the scene from Taxi where Latka and Simka get in a fight at the INS office still cracks us up -- you have to go back to them a year after you are married and get quizzed to see if you are really married (could not find on YouTube dang it).
So he has an employer willing to pay him $18/hour. T hat same employer would have to pay a citizen $22/hour thus denying an American of a job. We don’t need this guy, but the greedy employer does.
I see a number of reasons to not have sympathy for Balbino. He entered illegally and supposedly worked illegally for 14 years. He now wants to be rewarded for his behavior. Was he deported or did he just decide to go back on his own. Did he pay taxes on his earnings for the 14 years he was here. What about his employer's liability for employing him illegally.
“..I had to prove she would not be a financial burden to the USA....”
That is how it was. Also, any visa, other than a permanent visa (green card) required the person to have a non-refundable return ticket.
When were those provisions removed?? and why??
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