Emigration as a solution to poverty

Capitol Hill, Washington DC

The financial crisis in the Eurozone has hit many nations and has led to the bankruptcy of companies and the destruction of careers. Despite high tertiary qualifications and an experience-loaded CV, in many countries, these keys will still not enable someone to get their foot in the door for a decent job. Due to this crisis, skilled people have created a mass exodus from their countries of origin to look elsewhere for opportunities. While it is common to firstly look for jobs in the neighbouring countries, some might risk a giant leap of faith and head to so called ‘promised lands’, like the USA. The country has often glorified itself as country of unlimited opportunities with people still wishing to live and work overseas in order to get to experience the specific American way of life. Especially in places where unemployment is high, the dream of going abroad where the ‘grass starts to become greener’ gets all too alluring.

Emigrating to the USA – not an easy task

However, the immigration policy of the US is not that easy and it takes a lot of initiative to get the OK to stay there for a longer period of time. While travelling there for a couple of weeks should not be a problem at all, one has to really justify one’s wish to stay there for a year or longer and that is possible mainly through an impeccable CV, high motivation and a secure job offer. For those who cannot fulfil these conditions, there is another way of getting the right to live in the USA, namely through a green card lottery, for which you can find a very useful website online. It is in fact possible to apply for permission to reside in the US, but of course, one has to fulfil certain criteria. It is vital to either own a school leaving certificate at high school level or to have work experience of at least two years.

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