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Tactics Toward Success, No. 13

In her book, The Immigrant’s Way, available in the downloadable Kindle format, or paperbackMargaret W. Wong describes twenty-two tactics the foreign born person can use to ensure her stay in the USA is as long as she wants it to be.

We will present for you one of her strategies every week in this space.

13. Focus on your goals.

See a good immigration lawyer at least once a year. Everyone needs legal status in the United States. Remember to do a change of address by filling out the AR-11 form with the government whenever you move (until you become a U.S.C, when you can stop filling this out). It is really easy. To tell the truth, it is easier this way, because then we don’t have to keep remembering who and what we said when.

Always go to court when it is ordered, because the laws have changed since the ‘80s. If we do not go when we are told to, we will get an in absentia deportation order which is very difficult to reopen when you want to get a green card.

When you see an immigration lawyer each year, only see qualified help. Do not just go to anybody that your friend recommends. Immigration fraud is a big business, because the people know that we are desperate to stay here, and so they charge big bucks. Some people spend between 30 and 50 thousand dollars to come to the U.S. illegally. It costs many Chinese about $70 thousand to come illegally and $100 thousand to come legally. Do not get involved.

Remember, we are not natives here. This is a land of law, not of instant gratification. There is a process that we all have to go through to get to somewhere. Nothing is easy in life. If it were so easy, we would not be here. Remember, we are the trailblazers. Just marrying an American may not solve the problem.