Soaring Iraqi Immigration Creates special US law

So far over 12,118 Iraqis in 2008 compared to 1,600 in 2007 fled their war-torn country seeking a better life in the United States.  This rampant increase has led to the Department of Homeland Security transporting 150 staff to the Middle East to assist in interviewing the 23,000 Iraqi refuges trying for legal immigration, as part the US commitment to facilitate this growing exodus worldwide

Those making it to American shores on their own, naturally want to bring their family members later, and might find two of this website?s books helpful ?Bringing Your Foreign Fiancé(e) or Spouse Home to the United States?, and "After the  Visa,? dealing with naturalization and citizenship.

Website viewers reading this story might want to alert Iraqi colleagues to the possibilities these aids offer.

For immigration for family members is not a simple process.  Humanitarian concerns of course enter into the equation for especially vulnerable Iraqi refugees.  But 11 categories for eligibility of threatened Iraqi?s have been created, including individuals affiliated with the US government.  But points that will be checked include:

  • Past persecution ? if suffered, and if fear of future persecution is a reality.
  • Credibility ? of the applicant.  This appears to be checked fully.
  • Security Eligibility ? to insure the immigrant does not pose a threat to the US.

No applicant is finally approved until results from all security checks have been received, fully analyzed, and approved.  And more US departments than those named here are involved.  For those interested in assisting or for Iraqi?s who need more information, an abundance of data can be found here:

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) also announced a new special immigrant visa for Iraqi nationals who worked for, or were contractors of the United States government in Iraq for at least one year after March 20, 2003.

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