Applying for the Alien Registration Card, a.k.a Green Card, can be daunting for some. There is a lot of preparation and background work to be done; but the requirements are really easy to meet. It is in your best interest to follow the law, but if you must bend or break the law, be prepared. And pray: may God almighty, the omnipotent and the omnipresent, be with you should anything go wrong.
Before coming to the
We are willing to sell our soul to come to
A medical doctor in Lesotho would rather come to America to be a Certified Nursing Assistant; a Togo trained lawyer would rather come to America to be a paralegal; a Ghanaian trained bank manager would rather come to America to be a grocery store clerk or security officer; a Namibian trained geologist would rather come to America to be a gas station attendant. A Nigerian lady would rather come to
People come to
Whether one fails or succeeds depends on several factors, and some of these factors are, for the most part, completely beyond ones control. There are those who have tried and tried and tried without success or success came at a painfully slow pace — while some seems to have the golden touch, especially in the acquisition of Greencard. For most, it is difficult to imagine life in
I have witnessed grown men weep over Greencard. I have witnessed grown men and women lose their minds after being turned down by the immigration service. I have witnessed men and women, who are otherwise intelligent and rational, do the improbable over Greencard. In some cases, the Greencard process is akin to going to war: you must “know thy enemy,” you must have a strategy, you must be patient and at the same time be aggressive; and by all means there must be no paper-error during the entire process. All supporting documentations must be “clean and clear,” and submitted in a timely manner.
There are those who stroll into the
You weep when the immigration officers rejects your application. You weep when the officer tells you “you will be investigated.” You shiver when the officer tells you your papers are not in order. You weep when within a few days or weeks before the interview your significant other tells you he/she has had a change of mind or that he/she suspects you are “no good and of no use.” You weep when things that ought not to go wrong go abysmally wrong. And you die a dozen times when you get a deportation order.
In such moments you pray for seven days and seven nights. You remember all the sins you’ve committed and then go to confession. You fast for forty days and forty nights. You give offerings and pray for INS-mercy. Most people will suddenly become born-again Christians, and at the same time send messages to their folks back home to consult with the Imam, the Babalawo or the head of their alternate religious faith for fortune to smile on them. They will give to God and to the gods and to Caesar. Whatever it takes folks; whatever it takes! War is war and you go to war with whatever you have!
I have no qualms offending God. I really don’t; but to offend the tax office, the police, or the immigration folks? Please don’t! That would be suicidal. No matter what you do, please be honest with those folks. Otherwise, they will turn your life upside down. They will make your life a living hell. Yet, they also could be your best friends. And in fact, make them your best friend. To start with, no tax frauds, no trying to outmaneuver the immigration folks, and no drugs; no credit card or insurance fraud or other prosecutable offenses. And by God, do whatever it takes to stay away from child support mess; otherwise, your life will be on hold for 18-years as month after month, year after year 20-35% of your net income will be withheld.
An unsolicited advice: before the end of your sojourn in this country — be it five, ten, fifteen or thirty years, be sure to acquire an American education. If you are into the social science, be sure to earn at least a master’s degree or its equivalent. Otherwise, get a marketable technical skill or natural/hard science education. And please stay away from driving cabs unless of course you absolutely have to (in times of financial crisis). Why? Because driving cab is one of the most addictive jobs there is in this country.
Yes, some cabdrivers own the cab they drive or own a fleet of cars and are therefore businessmen. They have the money and live a comfortable life. Generally speaking however, a good number of those who drive cabs will keep at it for upward of ten or more years without evidence of financial mobility. Most cab drivers will tell you they have a master’s degree in this or that field and yet seem stuck driving cabs. It is a dead-ender. Don’t get stuck with life. Don’t get stuck in or with anything. Live a good life.
And please remember not to live and die in
Even the earth and the worms and the moisture will wonder about you. You will not be acknowledged. You will not be celebrated. Your life would have been in vain, meaningless. So, please die an African death…with dignity.