There are many reasons why a resident of another country may seek to move to the United States. Individuals from Venezuela have been doing this for some time due to both political and economic factors. Currently there are approximately 250,000 Venezuelans living in the U.S. Of that amount, about 125,000 are living in the state of Florida.
With the recent unrest in Venezuela, in which 21 people died, it is not surprising that there was recently another influx into the U.S. The Miami International Airport reported that 19,800 Venezuelans arrived between the dates of February 15 and 28. This is 1,300 more than that same period of time, the previous year.
While in some cases these individuals have sold everything to get here and are starting over, this is not always the case. The first groups to make their ways to the U.S. were able to plan ahead. Some spent money they had in savings to buy nice homes. More recently however, those who are coming to America are dropping everything and once here, scrambling to find jobs and somewhere to live. Some of the visas they used to enter the country are not designed to let them work.
Because their sudden departure is the result of fear, many Venezuelans are hoping that the U.S. will decide to grant asylum to those seeking refuge in the U.S. Whether that will come to fruition remains to be seen.
As is the case where any immigration matter is concerned, those facing this situation may benefit from working with an immigration lawyer.
Source: The Sedgwick County Post, “Miami seeing more immigrants from Venezuela’s middle class,” Christine Armario, March 18, 2014