Immigration to the United States gives many people opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have elsewhere. Some immigrants believe they can never make it to the U.S. if they’re denied a visa, but this is a common myth. The truth is that many immigrants make mistakes when applying for visas. A visa denial can be appealed, giving immigrants another chance at a new life.
This is just one of the many myths that prevent people from immigrating to the U.S. Here are a few more myths that you may need to know:
Myth 1: You can only get a green card if you have family in the U.S.
Truth: Getting a green card through family could work if the individual seeking to immigrate has a family with permanent resident status in the U.S., for example. Family immigration is just one of the ways individuals can get green cards. Other ways people have immigrated to the U.S. is by seeking work or education or entering the green card lottery.
Myth #2: You can’t get a green card through an arranged marriage
Truth: Some people get green cards because they marry someone who is a permanent U.S. resident. One of the requirements to get a marriage green card is that the reasons for the marriage must be genuine — but that doesn’t mean an arranged marriage, which is customary in many different countries — is invalid. If your marriage is legitimate, it doesn’t matter how you met your spouse.
Myth #3: Green cards don’t expire
Truth: A green card shows that an individual has entered the States legally. A green card can expire. A typical green card expires after ten years. Green card holders can seek new green cards.
A single immigration myth could create issues for individuals looking for new opportunities. Many individuals can find legal help if they’re facing issues when seeking immigration.