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We explained in an earlier article that refugees from the Asian continent mistakenly think that Guam might be a somewhat convenient backdoor into the United States. For many, it is a dead end.

The U.S. and Guam are in the midst of an immigration policy transition under the authority of the Department of Homeland Security. The transition period began in 2009 and will not be completed until the USCIS gains complete control after December 31, 2019.

So Near, Yet So Far

From the coast of Asia or its outlying islands, Guam looks like one small step for man that leads to one giant step to the U.S. mainland. Entering Guam illegally or with the overt reason of seeking asylum is likely to end up as a nightmare not at all like the dream of being greeted by open arms in the United States.

According to the USCIS, “People physically present or arriving to the CNMI are not eligible to apply for asylum. This includes people brought to the CNMI after being intercepted in international or U.S. waters . . . In most cases, individuals in the United States without a nonimmigrant status need to leave the country in order to obtain nonimmigrant classification.”

So Few Are Too Many

While it is not known for certain how many illegal immigrants are actually on the tiny 36-mile-long island, it has been estimated that some 2,000 were at one time at large, while another 500-plus were interred in a detention center. Many, if not all of those were housed in tents inside the gates of a local prison. There island simply does not have enough room or adequate resources to handle the influx of illegals along with its 140,000-plus legal residents.

Some Asians arrive under a legal visa, but overstay the visa period. At that point, they become illegal and are liable to end up detained or deported.

It’s Not an Easy Road

As long as there are no standard processing facilities on the island, applications for asylum are adjudicated by a judge in Hawaii, usually by video conference. It can take several years for applications to be approved, if they are approved at all. At any rate, no refugee asylum-seeker will be allowed to proceed to the U.S. mainland until their asylum status has been granted.

It turns out that Guam is neither a backdoor nor a shortcut.

What Should Asylum Seekers Do?

Immigration laws are complicated, the system is overtaxed, and the process is lengthy. For these reasons, we advise any person seeking asylum to speak with an experienced immigration attorney before attempting to apply to enter the process.

Our staff of multilingual immigration law Attorneys is available to help you navigate the asylum process. Contact us at www.Business-Visa-USA.com, www.Business-Visa-USA.cn, www.Business-Visa-USA.hk and www.Business-Visa-USA.ru.

As always, we welcome your input and discussions about immigration on our LinkedIn group: Business and Immigration News & Views https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8140530.

Note: Offer of services is not a guarantee of results. Every case is adjudicated on its own merits. We can help to determine your eligibility and direct you through the process.

Published in Asylum
Monday, 21 August 2017 10:56

Seeking Asylum in Guam

With economic and political unrest around the globe, the number of people from other countries seeking asylum in the United States is much greater than the average person might imagine.

In 2016, the U.S. immigration court and asylum systems were backlogged with more than 620,000 (cases) pending. The average processing time for persons seeking asylum in the U.S. is two to three years. As is common with human nature, some asylum seekers try to find ways around the system. Entering the U.S. through Guam is one of the shortcuts being attempted, especially for those leaving the Asian continent.

Guam Is Not a Shortcut

Since Guam is a relatively short distance from Asia and is an unincorporated U.S. territory, using it as an entry point to seek asylum seems to make sense – at least at face value. But, “all that glitters is not gold.” Attempting to use Guam as a back door to the U.S. for asylum is sure to be a major disappointment for anyone who tries to do so.

Another reason Guam seems to make sense is that citizens of Russia, China, and several other countries are permitted to travel without a visa to the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianna Islands, of which Guam is the largest. Visitors may travel throughout Guam and the CNMI for business or pleasure for up to 45 days.

The Problem with Asylum in Guam

Simply put, there is no infrastructure to handle asylum requests in Guam. Although the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has a Field Office in Guam, that office is an outpost of the U.S. District 26 Office in Honolulu.

What’s more, asylum processing is done through the Los Angeles Immigration Court System. Asylum seekers on the island of Guam will find themselves in a logistical nightmare when they discover that they are not allowed to travel to the U.S. mainland until after their application for asylum has been approved.

That application process could take seven to nine years to process. That two to three times longer than originating the process through proper channels.

What Should Asylum Seekers Do?

Immigration laws are complicated, the system is overtaxed, and the process is lengthy. For these reasons, we advise any person seeking asylum to speak with an experienced immigration attorney before attempting to apply to enter the process.

Our staff of multilingual immigration law Attorneys is available to help you navigate the asylum process. Contact us at www.Business-Visa-USA.com, www.Business-Visa-USA.cn, www.Business-Visa-USA.hk and www.Business-Visa-USA.ru.

As always, we welcome your input and discussions about immigration on our LinkedIn group: Business and Immigration News & Views https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8140530.

Note: Offer of services is not a guarantee of results. Every case is adjudicated on its own merits. We can help to determine your eligibility and direct you through the process.

Published in Asylum
Monday, 07 August 2017 15:07

Top 3 Tips For New US Immigrants

For Foreign Investors, the EB-5 Program Is a Great Option

Instead of traditional employment visas, high net-worth immigrants, often from China Mainland, Vietnam, South Korea, and India, are increasingly using the EB-5 visa. For foreign nationals, involving themselves in the investment visa EB-5 can often be the most efficient way to a new American life for their family. With minimum capital investments of $500,000, families of the investors can get conditional green cards within several years after filing their I-526 petitions. Similar programs exist in other developed countries, but they can require up to three-four times as much capital and have more restrictions; the program remains at its most popular in the United States. Prospects for the program look good. Despite Trump’s hard-line talk on illegal immigration, he is a strong supporter of legal routes like the EB-5 Program. Dr. Finkelson has become well acquainted with these EB-5 visa developments, and he has written a book to educate those interested in EB-5: How to Find Chinese Investors, Agents & Clients for Your EB-5 Projects & Services, A Practical Guide for Regional Centers, Attorneys, Developers and Businessmen - http://biz-visa-usa.com/how-to-find-chinese-investors

Seeking Asylum Can be a Complicated Process

Applying for asylum is a route open to many immigrants in their first year of living in the United States, even if they are in the country illegally. However, immigration laws related to asylum are complicated, the system is overtaxed, and the process can take from 3 to 7, and sometimes, 9 years in an immigration court. Asylum seekers can also be subject to detention if they apply on the Mexican-USA border. For these reasons, Dr. Finkelson recommends that any person seeking asylum should speak with an experienced immigration attorney before attempting to apply and enter the process. The best option is to start working with your USA licensed immigration attorney before leaving your country. In such case, your story and your supporting documentation will be prepared well in advance. Gregory Finkelson also stresses the importance of getting an attorney who speaks your language. “Most American attorneys, born in the USA, can’t understand what it means to be fleeing Putin’s dictatorial regime, Jehovah’s Witnesses persecution or LGBT hounding in Russia, a real war in Ukraine, Tibetan refugees, or organ harvesting in China. We do understand, 100%.”

Deportation Prospects Haven’t Changed as Much as We May Think

Under United States Law, any immigrant in the country illegally is technically subject to deportation. The reality for illegal immigrants is quite different. Dr. Finkelson notes that cost of deporting an illegal immigrant can be up to $23,000. With 11,000,000 illegal immigrants in the United States, it is beyond impossible to account for everyone. Despite President Trump’s strong rhetoric, immigration enforcement’s focus has primarily been on immigrants that are deemed to pose a national security risk. This can include those who have committed crimes or abused public benefit programs. For many, the attitude of enforcement may simply be: “We have bigger fish to fry.” Still, the anxiety of deportation can be ameliorated if the proper routes are taken toward a legal residence. Dr. Finkelson leaves us with some words of encouragement to those seeking the American Dream. “Don’t waste your time playing the ‘Green Card Lottery’, don’t wait for the miracle, don’t delay. Contact your experienced immigration attorney today."

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