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Old 04-10-2017, 05:24 PM
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I have a friend from Bulgaria who would like to become a US citizen and move his family to the states. He tells me that he has applied for the lottery for several years with no
luck. He and is family are hard workers and have never been in trouble. I know that there are a bunch of smart people on THT, any recommendations?
Old 04-10-2017, 05:27 PM
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I don't know how favorable they look at Bulgarian's, some countries are easier then others and of course if you have family here they can petition on your behalf making it easier. I know some countries it ain't easy at all.

Best of luck.
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Nothing you can do if he wants to be here legally and he doesn't hit the lottery. My wife's sister came from BG to the states on a work visa a few times and loved it, at first my wife wasn't even going to apply for the lottery but her sister talked her into it. She won the lottery and came to the US, I won it by finding her!
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Sorry, thought I was in the bilge.
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I had a friend from France who was a Post-Doctoral student over here on a student visa. She tried to get status for three years and finally gave up and moved back to France.
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Question first, should be how to become a resident.

Are his skill needed in a trade here, then with a good immigration attorney he might be able to be petitioned by an employer while on a tourist visa. NOT an easy process.

All of this should be pre planned before even thinking of coming here.

An arduous process, not just in regards to career but also family adjustments.
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Unfortunately there seems to be impediments on legal immigration of people with skills. Maybe I'm missing something but wouldn't skilled educated people be more of a benefit to America than refugees?
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Originally Posted by mikefloyd View Post
Unfortunately there seems to be impediments on legal immigration of people with skills. Maybe I'm missing something but wouldn't skilled educated people be more of a benefit to America than refugees?
The laws need to change in order for that to happen. Not saying its a good thing, or a bad thing - just need congress and the pres to change em if that is the desired result.
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Originally Posted by mikefloyd View Post
Unfortunately there seems to be impediments on legal immigration of people with skills. Maybe I'm missing something but wouldn't skilled educated people be more of a benefit to America than refugees?
He just needs an H1-b sponsor to get going...then do the time.

Having said that...tell him to stay in Bulgaria. Nothing to see here.
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Originally Posted by chrispnet View Post
He just needs an H1-b sponsor to get going...then do the time.

Having said that...tell him to stay in Bulgaria. Nothing to see here.
I've sponsored an employee (with valid green card).
I've helped pay the attorney's costs.
Still waiting since August '08.
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Originally Posted by HighSpeedPursuit View Post
I have a friend from Bulgaria who would like to become a US citizen and move his family to the states. He tells me that he has applied for the lottery for several years with no
luck. He and is family are hard workers and have never been in trouble. I know that there are a bunch of smart people on THT, any recommendations?
There are immigration attorneys that specialize in this.
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Originally Posted by mikefloyd View Post
Unfortunately there seems to be impediments on legal immigration of people with skills. Maybe I'm missing something but wouldn't skilled educated people be more of a benefit to America than refugees?
Not if your a socialist, more dependency= more votes, our politicians are not interested in skilled people of European decent.
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Originally Posted by chrispnet View Post
He just needs an H1-b sponsor to get going...then do the time.

Having said that...tell him to stay in Bulgaria. Nothing to see here.
With only 65K/year they're not that easy to get.
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Old eastern block countries should be a piece of cake getting in the US now-a-days.

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