Now, a bleg (blog-beg). I get a lot of inquiries from people from The Foreign Countries who are want to come to the U.S. and add their stripe to the glorious rainbow of diversity that is the United States. However, they find themselves trapped inside the American visa/green card/work permit system which, apparently, is FUBAR:
Between 3 million and 4 million people around the world are waiting for green cards, papers that allow noncitizens to live and work permanently in the United States, according to Bill Strassberger, spokesman for US Citizenship and Immigration Services. Worldwide, workers without extraordinary skills or special status, such as exceptional scientists or academics, wait an average of five years before they can acquire a permanent work visa, while those hoping to come in under a separate program for family members of US residents are looking at waits of four to 23 years, depending on their country of origin and the nature of their relatives in the United States.
So here’s my question. Can anyone tell me of a law firm or other sort of company that can offer help streamlining the process of getting a visa for the U.S.? Is there any technique for getting the U.S. embassies and consulates to respond faster (or at all) to these requests?
I get these questions all the time, usually from people who have been driven into a foaming rage by Kafkaesque abstruseness of the regulations and the complete unresponsiveness of embassy personnel. They usually comment bitterly, "I thought the U.S. was supposed to be the ‘can-do’ nation."