Giridhar Dayaneni had to make a choice. He had to immigrate to America for a job or he could have stayed back in India and continued his life there. But he decided to leave his family and friends so that he could begin a new life in the United States. Migrating to a new country can be a difficult process, as people and cultures are very different, but with the help of friends and family, hardships can be overcome.
One of the most important parts of immigration, are the countries’ policies. Without following them, you would be unable to migrate as is. For example, according to “americanimmigrationcouncil.org”, “adult children (married and unmarried) and brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens (petitioner must be at least 21-years-old to petition for a sibling), and spouses and unmarried children (minor and adult)…” can come to the U.S. under a program known as the family preference system. (“How the United States Immigration System Works”).
A reader is meant to understand that an American immigration regulation states that there are conditions for certain relatives of a U.S. citizen to come to the U.S. under a program called the family preference system. The shows the importance if immigration policies, as if you are immigrating, this would be important to know if you are eligible for the family preference system. Moreover, “americanimmigrationcouncil.org” states, “Refugees are admitted to the United States based upon an inability to return to their home countries because of a “well-founded fear of persecution” due to their race, membership in a particular social group, political opinion, religion, or national origin”. (“How the United States Immigration System Works”). This quote explains that refugees can immigrate to the U.S. if they are unable to return to their homeland due to specific reasons. Furthermore, this is important, as if refugees have nowhere else to go, they can take notice of this and act on it so that they can immigrate and find themselves a home. According to “usa.gov”, “When you arrive in the United States, you must show valid travel documents as part of the entry process.” (“How to Enter the United States”). The information presented shows some of the policies that need to be followed when entering the U.S.. There are many others, such as applying for an immigrant visa or a green card, and these are important, as without following the procedures, you cannot enter the U.S..
Therefore, the immigration policy is important when coming to a new country.
Another very important part of the immigration process is getting used to the new country. As there can be many differences between your homeland and the new country, this process can be difficult. According to “justapack.com”, “In the USA (and the U.K.) the day is divided into two sets of 12 hours, AM and PM. Many other countries are on what we in the States call Military Time, a 24 hour cycle that starts at 0 and ends at 23:59.” (Georgie, et al). A reader is meant to understand that the U.S. uses a different way of telling time than other countries. This is important, as when reading time, an immigrant can be completely thrown off, as the system of telling time itself is different. This shows an example of an important difference that has to be accustomed to when immigrating. Moreover, “justapack.com” states, “Meters vs yards. 100 centimeters vs 36 inches. Kilograms vs Pounds. 100 grams vs 16 ounces. Kilometer vs mile. 1000 meters vs 5280 feet.” (Georgie, et al). There are different means of measuring that the U.S. uses from the rest of the world. While in the U.S., the customary system in used, throughout the rest of the world, the metric system is used. This shows a difference that can lead to be very important, as measuring is used everywhere from measuring height to buying groceries. According to “The Denver Post”, “Learning how to speak and write English helps us not only to survive, but to advance as well.” (Denver Post). The word “us” used in the example given refers to immigrants. Furthermore, the quote explains that for immigrants in the U.S., learning English is very important. This is because as English is the most commonly spoken language in the U.S., it can be hard to communicate with others while not having an understanding of the language. This is one of the main differences when traveling to the U.S.. Consequently, the differences between the country that you are immigrating to and your country of origin are very important.
Friends are crucial in the lives of people, but when immigrating, sometimes you have to leave your old friends behind. The process of making new friends can be difficult, but there are several ways to do so. “Bbc.com” describes how social media has helped many immigrants make new friends when they needed it. A particular site that was used often was Meetup. (“How Do You Make Friends in a New Country? – BBC Worklife”). This is important because it shows one of the ways that many immigrants are making new friends in their new countries. It can be hard for people, especially if they are coming alone and without knowing anyone, and so social media can make it a little easier for them. “Bbc.com” also describes how friends and family from their homeland often help immigrants, as nowadays there are many means of contacting them such as Skype, Facetime… etc. (“How Do You Make Friends in a New Country? – BBC Worklife”). The information presented explains that when immigrants are having trouble finding people that they can relate to and trust, it is always a big help knowing that there are people back home who you can rely on. Furthermore, reaching them would not be that hard, as modern technology makes it easy. As a result, it can be concluded that making friends in your new country is important, and there are several ways that you can do so.
Almost 15% of America’s population are immigrants. This makes it very important for new immigrants to know the process and policies of immigration to the U.S.. New immigrants can be faced with a lot of problems that they did not have to face before, such as major differences between countries’ culture and language. Without people that you can rely on, these problems can be very influential when leading your new life. However, with the help of family and friends, hardships can be overcome, and the immigration process can be made a lot easier.
- Denver Post. “Learning English Can Help Immigrants Survive.” The Denver Post, The Denver Post, 30 Apr. 2016, www.denverpost.com/2013/03/08/learning-english-can-help-immigrants-survive/.
- Georgie, et al. “Top Differences Between the USA and the Rest of the World.” Just a Pack, 6 Oct. 2018, www.justapack.com/ten-differences-between-the-usa-and-the-rest-of-the-world/.
- “How Do You Make Friends in a New Country? – BBC Worklife.” BBC News, BBC, www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20170111-how-do-you-make-friends-in-a-new-country.
- “How the United States Immigration System Works.” American Immigration Council, 20 Aug. 2019, www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/research/how-united-states-immigration-system-works.
- “How to Enter the United States.” USAGov, www.usa.gov/enter-us.