Of course there are green card scams and we know there are. Some pardesi's have been victim to them. It's scary and it's something we don't want to talk about much. Still, we have no choice. This question comes from our friends and family and random strangers. It's often the first thing on their mind when we tell them we married an Indian.
While I know green card scams exist, this question often baffles me - especially because of how America came to be what it is today. Let's think about this for a minute.
- Except for Native Americans - we are ALL immigrants (or come from families who immigrated here...hello, remember the settlers?)
- In the early days of American history men "took" wives from just about anywhere a woman was available. This was necessary to continue building the nation, producing heirs, etc. So in the colonies (more specifically Virginia since that's the main one I've researched), men kidnapped and forced young girls from the Native American tribes, Germanic tribes and any other areas around where a woman/girl was to be found. Hence there was a significant amount of race mixing going on.
- Most immigrants came here to ESCAPE their home country, persecution, etc. That's right, white Christians fled from European nations because of religious persecution.
- Those IMMIGRANTS helped shape this nation. That's right. George Washington's family migrated from England. The very nation we had the most turmoil with at the time.
- Immigrants are STILL shaping this nation. I'm not talking about all the immigrants of time past. I'm talking about immigrants today. They're making history and I am not referring to Barack Obama. Look around and see what good is coming from the diversity in this great nation - all made possible by Immigrants.
In 2011 only around 400,000 visas were issued to family. That includes fiance, spouse, brother, sister, parents, etc. There are several visa's that have to combine to add up to that number. It's so high right? Well consider this. There were 7,507,939 visas issued. That means only 0.05% of the visa's issued are to families. About 0.025% of those were for spouses and fiances. So this is not a high number after all. Since not all of those are fake marriages (some are legitimate desi/desi marriages, arranged marriages, love marriages between Indians and of course real desi/pardesi love marriages), I think it's reasonable to assume that it's rare for someone to be a victim of a green card scam. And I'm not even going to address the scams where the pardesi knows and they're being paid for the marriage.
Why do Indians leave India?
- Better paying jobs and work conditions. They want to support their family and make a better lives for themselves. This is what most Americans go to college for so how is it we fault other countries for doing the same thing?
- To flee adverse living conditions. I'm not talking about poor people. I'm referring to those who leave in order to get out of dangerous situations.
- Perceived wealth. There are still Indians out there who think of the stereotypical America they've seen on TV or heard about from friends. That's right. Just like you have stereotypes about Indians, they have them about you. Many are not true, they're just stereotypes. While America is a wealthy nation, it costs a lot to live here (most areas).
- Spiritual enlightenment - many Ashrams in India have special areas for foreigners. I won't go into full details, I'm sure we've all seen or heard of Eat, Pray, Love and you all understand what I mean.
- Drugs - of course no one likes to admit it but there is a huge druggie culture existing in parts of India. You will always see tons of white skin perusing around these places, most with dread locks down to their waist and they reek of marijuana smells.
- Work - Whether they go on Fellows programs, for their company or simply to start a new life in a land full of mystery, there are massive amounts of foreigners traveling to India for work.
Have you been asked the green card question?
Why did you go to India? (or the US for my Indian readers)
Have you been a victim of a green card scam? Have you met someone trying to commit a green card scam? Share your story with me in a comment.
For my Indian readers -
What are your thoughts on why pardesi's come to India?
Have you mt someone who married an Indian for a PIO card so they could live, work or travel within India easier?
Visa numbers came from: US Department of State Visa Statistics