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US Immigration From Asia

The following article discusses United States Immigration from countries located on the continent of Asia.

At the time of this writing, one of the major topics within American Immigration circles is possible legislation which would result in Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Even though this is a topic that should be widely discussed, there are some who believe that the substantial attention paid to this issue detracts from other important facets of US Immigration. The fact is that Asian countries are on the rise both socially and economically. As skilled labor in such countries becomes more readily available there will be more and more employment based immigration petitions which are submitted by those from countries in Asia. Also, family based immigration petitions continue to be popular for bi-national families.

Many United States Citizens have increasingly come to find that countries throughout Asia have a great deal to offer in terms of tourist attractions and employment opportunities. The upshot of this situation will likely be an increase in family based immigration petitions as those Americans residing overseas form relationships with people in their local community.

Immigration petitions such as the I-129f (fiance visa) and the I-130 (marriage visa) are popular among those Americans with a foreign spouse or fiance. Countries such as Thailand and Vietnam see a relatively high volume of family based cases processed through the US Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City and the US Embassy in Bangkok. In the case of Thailand, this is likely due to the large number of American tourists who travel to the Kingdom each year. As for the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, the probable explanation for the substantial number of family based visa petitions processed through USCIS for beneficiaries from that country would seem to arise from the fact that there are a relatively large number of Vietnamese-Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents of Vietnamese descent living in the United States. Those who have family in Vietnam might be able to petition to receive immigration benefits for their Vietnamese loved ones. Some are of the opinion that there is a strong possibility that larger numbers of family based immigration petitions will be filed on behalf of those from Indonesia as more American tourists discover that country and in the process meet someone with whom a relationship is formed.

Meanwhile, countries such as India, China, Singapore, and Malaysia boast a relatively high number of US Immigration petitions for employment. This may be due to the fact that many citizens of the aforementioned countries have a great deal of technical prowess in areas such as Information Technology, Engineering, Biotechnology, and Telecommunication.

Anyone seeking to obtain American immigration benefits is well advised to seek the assistance of a competent US Immigration attorney. Sadly, in Asia, and throughout the globe, there are some disingenuous individuals who claim expertise in US Immigration matters without any valid credentials. For this reason, it is always prudent to ask for the credentials of anyone claiming to be an American Immigration Lawyer or “specialist”. The easiest way to ascertain an individual’s credentials is by asking to see a State or Federal License to practice law or a membership card for a State or Federal Bar Association. Upon such credentials being remitted to the prospective client, it could prove beneficial to cross reference these documents with the relevant US State or Federal Court.

Ben Hart is an American Lawyer. He currently acts as the Managing Director of Integrity Legal (Thailand) Co. Ltd and as the International Director of White & Hart Ltd. Contact Details: 1-877-231-7533, +66 (0)2-266-3698, +44 203-002-3837, or See them on the web at:
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