Detroit the New Destination for Immigrants?

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder wants immigrants to make Detroit their new home and he has a plan on how to do it. How does 50,000 working visas just for the city sound? Read more!

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Snyder made an announcement on January 23 to ask the Obama Administration to consider his plan to attract thousands of talented immigrants to the bankrupt city of Detroit.

His goal is to bring 50,000 immigrants to the city over a period of five years.

These visas would go to legal immigrants with advanced degrees or who can show exceptional ability in certain fields.

Here’s how it would go:

  • First year: 5,000 visas issued
  • Next three years: 10,000 visas issued each year
  • Fifth year: 15,000 visas issued

Ultimately, a majority of these working visas would be in the EB-2 category and Michigan would be the second state to run a regional EB-5 visa program.

EB-2: Immigrant visa preference category for United States employment-based permanent residency (also known as a green card). This includes “members of professions holding advanced degrees or their equivalent”. This means once you’re on a working visa, your employer can file for your green card. The EB-2 category is preference when filing.

EB-5: This visa is for immigrant investors, a method for immigrants to obtain green cards by investing in the United States.

Detroit is home to the largest municipal bankruptcy in the history of the U.S. This plan would not only give opportunities to immigrants, but be the starting point of re-building the city. Gov. Snyder’s office stated immigrants created nearly one-third of the high-tech businesses in Michigan in the last decade, according to the Associated Press.

Gov. Snyder said he wants to keep international students with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, or math.

If you had the opportunity, would you go to Detroit in exchange for a working visa that could potentially lead to a green card?

As of right now, there is no update if the Obama Administration will let Gov. Snyder move forward with this plan. We’ll be sure to let you know of any updates.

 

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