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Why do people choose to immigrate to the United States?

The United States is a country built on immigration, and it continues to be one of the most popular immigration destinations in the world. What is it that makes so many people want to come here?

The reasons certainly vary. Some are looking for work and new career opportunities. Others want to escape a dangerous situation in another country. Some are trying to find a better place to raise their children, where those kids can have access to education and job opportunities. Still others are interested in medical care.

In some cases, family ties draw people in. Those who already have family members living in the United States may want to immigrate to be closer to them. This can also happen when two people get married and one spouse wants to immigrate to live with the other, as that spouse may have just been visiting for work, school or leisure prior to the marriage. Now he or she wants a permanent place to call home.

The reason that a person wants to immigrate to the United States plays a big role in the legal process. Different paperwork is needed depending on the reason for the move, with student visas, green cards, many different types of work visas that differ based on the industry and type of work, and more.

If you're looking to move, remember that the best place to begin is often the most basic. Why do you want to come to the United States? With this focus, you can then learn more about the legal process, exactly what paperwork you'll need, what steps have to be followed to be granted permission to immigrate, and more.

Source: The Gramblinite, "Why do immigrants come to United States of America?," Elizabeth Arizaga, accessed Jan. 18, 2017

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