Are they really enforcing this now? We did so and didn't pay any bribes. Rules is rules. There are tens of thousands of Mexicans that purchase vehicles in the US and sell them in Mexico.
There are thousands of Guatemalans with businesses to purchase vehicles in the US, drive them through Mexico, and sell them in Guatemala. Those Mexicans and Guatemalans all have their own visas and systems that they need to follow in order to abide by the law, just as you, a tourist, have a visa and system that makes sure you abide by the law.
Corruption in Mexico and Guatemala occurs most frequently right at that point where you have not quite followed the letter of the law. So, follow the law--that way you don't pay the bribe. I have been asked to show that my Mexican tourist visa was cancelled by Guatemalan Migracion. Your experience may be different. You need cash because almost all of the gas-stations require cash only, and the toll booths for the toll roads. But in Guatemala, you have to have Quetzales in hand for all transactions at the border! Most of my trip thru Mexico was on 4-lane toll roads and were in great shape.
It was the 4-lane "free" roads that at times were questionable- No painted lines, potholes, somewhat rutted due to heavy trucks. I busted a tire and had to make an emergency stop. Luckily I had family who happened to fly in to Guatemala and was able to have them bring me a replacement Michelin 19"tire. Guatemala has a broken road system where there are new 4-lane highway sections built but then without warning goes back to the poor two-lane road.
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A slightly higher number of new LPRs ,, or 51 percent were persons granted this status from abroad. The share of new arrivals rose steadily in the past decade from percent in , to percent in , and surpassing 50 percent in The majority of new arrivals are immediate family members of U. There are four main pathways to obtain a green card: through a family relationship, employment sponsorship, humanitarian protection refugees and asylees , and the Diversity Visa DV lottery.
Overall, of the 1. Thirteen percent adjusted from refugee or asylee status. About 12 percent of LPRs were either sponsored by their employers or were able to self-sponsor, including investors. Roughly 5 percent were diversity lottery winners. The top five countries of birth were Mexico 15 percent , mainland China and Cuba 6 percent each , and India and the Dominican Republic 5 percent each.
These countries represented about 38 percent of all persons who received green cards in How many people are selected in the Diversity Visa lottery and where do they come from? In , 51, people received green cards as diversity immigrants from countries with low rates of immigration , representing approximately 5 percent of the 1. The leading countries of birth of DV immigrants were Nepal, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Egypt, which each accounted for about 6 percent of DV immigrants; followed by Ethiopia, Iran, Uzbekistan, and Albania, with 5 percent each.
For some countries, the diversity visa lottery represents a major share of all new LPRs. For example, among Algerians who received a green card in , 62 percent did so via the green-card lottery. Created in , the lottery sets aside 55, diversity visas annually, of which 5, must be used for applicants under the Nicaraguan and Central America Relief Act of Interest in the lottery is significantly higher than there are available visas: About The number registering in the DV was 61 percent higher than the 9. The application number varies each year depending on which countries are eligible.
Before receiving permission to immigrate, lottery winners must provide proof of a high school education or its equivalent or show two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience. They also must pass a medical exam and a background check. According to the most recently available Department of Homeland Security DHS estimates at the time of this writing, 2. Almost half 1,, were temporary workers and their families, followed by , foreign students and their families 40 percent.
Sixty-one percent were from Asia. Nationals of countries in Europe and North America accounted for 15 percent each. The top five countries of origin—India, China, Mexico, Canada, and South Korea—accounted for 57 percent of all residents on temporary visas. Note : This estimate of temporary visa holders includes temporary workers, international students, exchange visitors, diplomats, and representatives of foreign governments and international organizations.
It excludes tourists and other short-term visitors. In , On average, each I nonimmigrant was admitted 1. This is the first time the DHS Office of Immigration Statistics OIS estimated the number of unique individuals who came temporarily, as opposed to the number of nonimmigrant admissions or entries.
Most of these nonimmigrants, Of these, 15 million tourists and 1. Further, 1 million international students entered on F-1 visas. In FY , the annual number of nonimmigrant visas issued by the State Department decreased for the third time to 9 million—a 7 percent decline from the 9. The Trump administration implemented a number of policies in and that could lead to a decline in admissions, including the travel ban barring individuals from certain countries from U. From FY to FY , visa refusal rates for tourists and business travelers from travel-ban countries increased significantly: all applications from North Korea were denied, followed by Somalia 90 percent , Iran 88 percent , Yemen 83 percent , Syria 77 percent , and Libya and Venezuela 74 percent each.
Furthermore, during the same period, visa refusal rates rose for visitors from some major non-travel ban countries, including Mexico from 20 percent to 25 percent , mainland China from 10 percent to 17 percent , and India from 24 percent to 26 percent.
Three-quarters of the 9 million nonimmigrant visas issued in FY were temporary business and tourist visas B and BCC visas. The next largest visa class was for academic students and exchange visitors and their family members F and J visa categories , who comprised around 8 percent of all nonimmigrant visas issued in FY The third largest group of nonimmigrant visas was given to temporary workers and trainees and their family members H visa categories , who comprised 7 percent of nonimmigrant visas. Looking at the distribution of temporary visas issued in by region of origin, the largest shares were issued to nationals from Asia 43 percent , North America 22 percent, including Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean , and South America 18 percent.
The remainder: Europe 12 percent , Africa 6 percent , and Oceania 0. Note : The number of visas issued does not necessarily match the number of foreign nationals who entered the United States in the same year because some nonimmigrant visas may not be used. In total, DHS granted million nonimmigrant admissions in , of which million were admissions of Canadians traveling for business or pleasure and Mexicans who possess a nonresident Border Crossing Card i.
See Table 3. Note : Nonimmigrant admissions represent the number of entries. Individuals may have multiple entries within the year. What is the difference between a refugee and an asylee? In the United States, the main difference is the person's location at the time of application. Refugees are nearly always outside of the United States when they are considered for resettlement, whereas asylum seekers submit their applications while physically present in or at a port of entry to the United States.
Asylum seekers can submit an asylum request either affirmatively or defensively. The defensive asylum process applies to persons in removal proceedings who appear before EOIR and people who apply for asylum at U.
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Every year, the president in consultation with Congress sets the annual refugee admissions ceiling and allocations by region of origin. For FY , the annual ceiling was set at 30,, the lowest since the program began in In FY , 22, refugees were resettled in the United States, amounting to less than half of the admission ceiling of 45, allocated for that year—largely due to processing delays and policies put in place to increase vetting of refugees.
This represents a 58 percent drop compared to the 53, admitted in The Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC , Myanmar also known as Burma , Ukraine, Bhutan, and Eritrea were the primary countries of nationality, accounting for 78 percent 17, of all refugees resettled in Together, nationals of the top ten countries comprised 90 percent 20, of all refugee arrivals in Table 4. In FY , an estimated , affirmative asylum applications were received by U. This is the first decline in application volume after eight years of growth. Applicants for affirmative asylum must be present in the United States, and do not include those seeking asylum through the defensive asylum process while in removal proceedings.
Venezuela was the top country of origin for received affirmative asylum applications, with 28, in FY ; followed by Guatemala 10, , El Salvador 9, , China 8, , and Mexico 6, The same downward trend also applies to asylum petitions adjudicated by immigration courts. An additional 5, individuals outside the United States were approved for asylum as immediate family members of principal applicants. Note that this number reflects travel documents issued to these family members, not their arrival in the United States.
The big drop in asylum grants and the follow-to-join cases are mainly due to the mounting backlog in the USCIS Asylum Division, as a growing number of USCIS asylum officers have been diverted from the affirmative interview process to conduct credible and reasonable fear screening interviews with adults and families apprehended or found inadmissible at the U. China was the top country of origin for those receiving asylum, with 4, persons or 22 percent of total asylum grants.
The next four largest countries of origin were El Salvador 2, , Guatemala 1, , Honduras 1, , and Mexico Together, nationals of these five countries made up 32 percent of those receiving asylum in FY Due to the large application volume and limited resources, both the affirmative and defensive asylum systems have extensive backlogs. About half of all unauthorized immigrants resided in three states: California 27 percent , Texas 14 percent , and New York 8 percent.
Note : MPI is among a small number of organizations that generate estimates of the unauthorized population because the Census Bureau does not. Hence the estimates are not fully comparable. Mexicans and Central Americans are estimated to account for roughly two-thirds 67 percent or 7. About 1. The top five countries of birth for unauthorized immigrants were Mexico 53 percent , El Salvador 6 percent , Guatemala 5 percent , and China and Honduras 3 percent each.
As of , about 4 million unauthorized immigrants 37 percent of the overall unauthorized population ages 15 and older lived with one or more children under age 18, MPI estimates.
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Of this group, about 82 percent 3. How many children under age 18 live with at least one unauthorized immigrant parent? Approximately 5. About 80 percent 4. How many people were eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals DACA program and how many applications have been received since its launch in ? The DACA program, announced on June 15, , offered a two-year grant of deportation relief and work authorization to eligible young unauthorized immigrants.
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Requirements for eligibility included:. MPI estimates that as of approximately 1. This decision has been challenged in multiple federal courts and a nationwide injunction has kept the DACA program in place, but only for people who currently have or in the past have had DACA benefits.
Between August 15, , when USCIS began accepting applications, and September 30, the most recent data available at the time of this writing , , initial applications were accepted for consideration.
Thus, as of September 30, , about 70 percent of the immediately eligible population had applied. USCIS approved , or 91 percent of these initial applications; 79, 9 percent were denied, and the remainder were pending. The top countries of origin are Mexico 78 percent , El Salvador 4 percent , Guatemala 3 percent , Honduras 2 percent , and Peru and Brazil 1 percent each. By the end of September , 96 percent 1,, of the renewal applications had been approved, with 3 percent 40, pending, and 1 percent 13, denied.
MPI estimates that 54 percent of the immediately eligible population as of were participating the program. Since the enactment of the Immigration Act of , the United States has occasionally granted a form of humanitarian relief called Temporary Protected Status TPS when the home countries of foreign nationals in the United States experience natural disasters, armed conflicts, or other circumstances making return unsafe. TPS offers work authorization and protection from deportation for six- to month periods. Since , 22 countries have been designated for TPS.
TPS protects nearly , people from ten countries, with the largest groups being Salvadorans , , Hondurans 57, , and Haitians 46,