I’m getting off track, this is not about refugees, but as far as I know no one is looking into the other immigration programs that bring numbers of future citizens from perhaps less than desireable places to America. Always on Watch sent me this link the other day and I wondered if it tied in with what I’ve written about our Hagerstown convenience store food stamp scam and others we have written about here.
I was shocked at the list of countries that can send people to invest in America. What if they are coming in with a bankroll from say Pakistan and opening up convenience stores and gas stations that accept food stamps?
Let’s start by reviewing the rules for getting E-2 Treaty Investor status. That status gives nationals of certain countries the right to live in the U.S. while directing and developing a commercial enterprise. E-2 status is also available to essential employees of the investor.
The investment cannot be passive (for example, bank accounts, undeveloped land). Further, an investment that only supports the investor and his or her family is a problem. The government likes to see at least one employee.
To qualify for E-2 status, you must be a national of Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, China (Taiwon), Chile, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Honduras, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Krygzystan, Liberia, Luxemourg, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, the Phillipines, Poland, Romania, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey or the United Kingdom.
As for the investor green card program, many people with substantial financial resources find easier ways to get permanent residence. That’s because the program is very restrictive. Still, for those with the money to invest and no other way to get immigrant status, it can be a path to permanent residence.
Just something to think about.
And, since we don’t have much humor at RRW, here is something a friend sent me last night. It’s one of those things circulating around the internet with no author. You gotta laugh!
Warning From Pakistan This morning, from a cave somewhere in Pakistan, Taliban Minister of Migration, Mohammed Omar, warned the United States and Canada that if military action against Iraq continues, Taliban authorities will cut off America ‘s and Canada ‘s supply of convenience store managers. And, if this action does not yield sufficient results, cab drivers will be next, followed by Dell and Sprint customer service reps. _____It’s getting ugly!