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he has many plans 

some are so far fetched u gotta wonder where his head is

but you also can't believe all news articles

one announcement a few months ago scared everyone but it was a rule passed in 2009 and was nothing new

Trump has said in the past he wanted higher quality educated immigrants but he himself staffs his hotels and other businesses by getting work visas for immigrants and paying them low wages

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22 minutes ago, EandH0904 said:

I....  think your topic title is an exaggeration/inaccurate.  250% is not the proposed "guideline".  It stays at 125% and the rest has always been a judgment call.


The proposal sets a minimum income of 125 percent of poverty — $20,575 for a household of two and $31,375 for four — for consideration of whether they could become dependent on public benefits, but the rule considers household earnings of at least 250 percent of poverty to be a "heavily weighted positive factor."

“It’s not a bright line. If you have an income of above 250 percent of poverty level you are not assured there won’t be a denial, but you are in much better shape,” said Mark Greenberg, a senior fellow at the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute think tank.

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2 minutes ago, pushbrk said:

I....  think your topic title is an exaggeration/inaccurate.  

You're right. My bad. I certainly did not mean to misrepresent but I'm not sure I can change it (?). 


And I read the article and I understand it but the implications are concerning to me. For example, some countries scrutinize heavily if a co sponsor is needed....asking how you can afford to travel if you need a co sponsor.  (My husband country is like this)


A co sponsor shouldn't be allowed if it's going to count against you. My concern is this will follow the same path. Even if you meet the 125% I'm worried it could no longer be seen as "enough" to some consulates. 

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1 hour ago, pushbrk said:

I....  think your topic title is an exaggeration/inaccurate.  250% is not the proposed "guideline".  It stays at 125% and the rest has always been a judgment call.

It is absolutely not a misnomer....

The article clearly states that the current administration would like to move the “guideline” above the 125%. Making the bar 250% would mean only the upper middle class or rich could assist their family (or loved ones....aka....fiance) could come here. 


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14 minutes ago, adil-rafa said:

I, myself, am against the cosponsor 

you need to be able to functin totally as a family unit with your spouse

depending on others for financial support or living space also causes stress in the relationship

when getting into this process the USC should know all that is involved (travel expenses, fees, cultures, family values / just everything)

if you can't afford it, don't do it

That's easy for someone to say when they can afford it. I can afford having my husband here (pay all of my bills, we live on our own in a nice place, etc) but we still needed a joint sponsor because i am back in school full time and can only work part time at the moment I just barely don't make the threshold. When we applied for his visa we were aware of all that was involved and that is why we have used my dad as a cosponsor. As long as the money is coming from somewhere (and that somewhere not being the US government) I don't understand why you see a problem with it. This has caused absolutely no stress in our relationship because all three of us (husband, myself, and my father) are on board and supportive of each other. My husband and I spent months saving as much as we could before/during our visa application process. If people can find a way to afford it by getting some help for a bit from family or a friend they shouldn't just not be with their loved one. A little harsh don't you think?


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