# Would you buy a Green card ($50k), H1B visa ($10K)?

#### Andy Nguyen

These are suggested starting prices for a visa auction

Economists Pia Orrenius of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and Madeline Zavodny of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia propose that the government auction off visas to employers, simplifying our complicated immigration system and creating revenue for the Treasury. That's the thesis of their book, Beside the Golden Door

#### Stefan Zota

50K to be a US citizen? Just marry a native and you are all set.

Not so easy as in the past. Furthermore even if all is smooth, it still takes 1 year.

I don't see any issue with the idea. In fact at the moment there is a similar option. If you invest at least $500k in some business here, then you get the green-card automatically. The discussion is really about the threshold. Is$50k too low? How about $100k? #### Andy Nguyen I read that article before and it reminds me of a classic movie Green card #### Anthony DeAngelis I just looked at the article and I think the key is to really marry someone. They only give you crap if you are a super hot Russian marrying a 60 year old, fat guy with some emails and an online romance. I have always read that you want to meet someone here and get married here. I suppose you can't control how love happens, but even if you don't get citizenship through marriage you can still work and apply for a green card the normal route. #### TraderJoe Heck, if a super-hot Russian chick gets married to a fat dude, they should give her hundred Green Cards. She has earned them. #### Andy D. That sounds suspiciously like wishful thinking However, there is always the risk of getting shafted by the person you're marrying. I really couldn't help but laugh reading this. Surely one would hope this was the case if you are married . #### Andy D. ... unless you're a guy and not into that sort of thing? Yeah that may come as a bit of a surprise! #### Andy Nguyen I refuse to take the previous exchanges on face value #### helpteye I would pay$50k for a green card.

I would pay $50k for a green card. I think that half the people working on Wall Street would be happy to pay$50K for a Green Card. A lot of them actually do this. If you read any of the borough newspapers in New York City, you will see ads of shady people who arrange the Green Cards. They are actually able to do this by arranging fake marriages with USA citizens. They take the person to the courthouse, get the marriage certificate. Three months later the person gets the conditional Green Card. After 2 years, the person gets the permanent Green Card.

It normally works quite smoothly. The main problem would occur if the person was already married. Then you have to be patient for 10 years and get the Green Card through your empoyer.

If you have PhD degree, the easiest way to get the Green card is to teach in a university. In that case, they will issue the Green Card in a special category and it only takes 6 months to get the Green card. Even through marriage, it takes 2 years.

#### helpteye

I think that half the people working on Wall Street would be happy to pay \$50K for a Green Card. A lot of them actually do this. If you read any of the borough newspapers in New York City, you will see ads of shady people who arrange the Green Cards. They are actually able to do this by arranging fake marriages with USA citizens. They take the person to the courthouse, get the marriage certificate. Three months later the person gets the conditional Green Card. After 2 years, the person gets the permanent Green Card.

It normally works quite smoothly. The main problem would occur if the person was already married. Then you have to be patient for 10 years and get the Green Card through your empoyer.

If you have PhD degree, the easiest way to get the Green card is to teach in a university. In that case, they will issue the Green Card in a special category and it only takes 6 months to get the Green card. Even through marriage, it takes 2 years.

Great points. I guess I will simply start of with a teaching degree next year, then after 3 yrs (and do CQF or MFE part time) then make the move to the street.

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