From high-tech to Hollywood, ZA natives are making it big in America
San Francisco, California – July 13th, 2015 – South African immigration to America is not quite what it used to be. In the 1980s, most South African migrants fell into the category of conscription dodgers, or those fleeing apartheid. In 2015, however, growing numbers of South Africans are making the United States their new home, most notably for professional advancement.
Silicon Valley is quietly full of entrepreneurs and tech officers who originally hail from ZA. The most visible leader of the pack is Elon Musk, the ZA-born, Canadian-American tech giant behind PayPal and Tesla Motors.
Also at the top of his form is Roelof Botha of Sequoia Capital, who ranked 21st in Forbes’ 2015 “Midas List,” which honors top tech investors. Botha transferred his skills learned at the University of Cape Town to launch him into the MBA program at Stanford University. Other big names include Vinny Lingham of website builder Yola and digital gift card provider Gyft, as well as Pieter de Villiers of mobile communications giant Clickatell.
The trend of South African immigration to the startup capital of the world has been gaining momentum for several years. As recently as 2012, Silicon Valley Business Journal’s top five list of high-tech CEOs boasted four South African mentions. It’s a truly unique figure, especially given the relatively small population of ZA immigrants to the United States, which is currently close to 80,000.
Furthermore, initiatives such as Sable Accelerator have been created to particularly help South Africans acclimate to the American workforce.
Immigration expert and CUNY professor Nancy Foner has observed the phenomenon of ZA immigration as a growing and successful trend. “I have noticed that South Africans move right into elite circles in the US, immediately, and look where they’ve gone,” says Foner.
High-tech aside, household names like Charlize Theron and Dave Matthews have set the stage for new South Africans to hold their own in the US entertainment workforce. Trevor Noah has recently been named Jon Stewart’s successor of The Daily Show, thereby exposing a taste of South African culture and mentality to the American masses.
Another notable story that recently made headlines is ZA native Nana Meriwether’s assumption of the Miss USA crown in 2012. Meriwether immigrated to the United States as a child, and thus was able to contend for the pageant in her adopted state of Maryland. Her passion and presence are none too surprising, however: her father, Delano, had the privilege of being Duke University’s first ever African American medical student.
Federal Programs Continue to Lure South African migration to the US
Residents of South Africa qualify for the US Department of State’s annual Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery, an initiative that grants 50,000 green cards for permanent residence status to winners and their families. The application is due each October, and winners are randomly selected in the spring of the following year.
Private organizations such as Global USA Green Card (GUSGC) offer supplementary services to ensure that all Lottery application materials are correct and meet all standards and regulations.
Emma Louise, GUSGC’s Head of Customer Services, notes that she is excited to see that in 2015 there’s a tremendous surge in applicants coming from South Africa, yet up to 80% of these applicants submit materials and information that are initially applied incorrectly.
Thanks to GUSGC’s the rigorous screening and validation software and the efforts of its Immigration Consultants, it is possible to correct the information and submit it properly.
Growing numbers of South Africans are applying for and winning green cards to the United States, in the hopes of personal and professional development and growth. It is expected that this trend will continue to flourish and become even more widespread.
GUSGC offers trustworthy guidance and support to applicants of the US Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery program. The organization guarantees the successful submission of application materials, both on time and in full, and strive to make the immigration process as clear, simple, and streamlined as possible. The combination of advanced web application systems, user-friendly interfaces and highly trained 24/7 Immigration Consultants leads to a quick and streamlined process to ensure participation in the Green Card Lottery and hopefully fulfill the dreams of millions of individuals all over the world to live, work, study and even open a business in the United States of America.
Green Card Registrations explode Amidst the Unclear Fate of US Immigration Reform
San Francisco, California – July 28th, 2015 – Although the Diversity Visa program continues to support legal immigration, the road to widespread changes remains in flux. The international trend of migration to the United States is a phenomenon that has well predated the country’s history, and continues to thrive and prevail stronger than ever. The United States remains the land of the free and the home of the brave, serving as a global beacon of hope and opportunity. People all over the globe choose to immigrate to the United States for a number of reasons that will ultimately lead them to the path of safety, success, and dream fulfillment.
While the reasons are plenty, key points of the desire to immigrate to the US include but are not limited to job and educational opportunities, freedom from religious and political persecution, and the increased ability to lead healthy and happy lives both for one’s family’s and one’s own future prosperity.
Major American figures have taken a clear stance on their desired approaches to immigration reform. President Barack Obama has newly deemed June “Immigration Heritage Month” as part of a public effort to drive his proposed immigration laws through Congress.
“One of the remarkable things about America is that nearly all of our families originally came from someplace else. We’re a nation of immigrants,” Obama stated in his first weekly address of the month. His focus on the historical foundation of the nation’s population clearly speaks to his desire to grant 4 million undocumented people temporary resident status, given they pass a set of qualifications including a criminal background check and having resided in the United States for five or more years.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has also gained attention with FWD.us, his immigration reform nonprofit. FWD.us seeks to provide more relaxed immigration laws in order to legally hire and retain qualified international workers, particularly those within the high-tech industry whose specialties are highly valued in Silicon Valley.
Green card lottery continues to support diversity
In order to draw in a more diverse pool of immigrants, the US Department of State annually issues 50,000 green cards, or permanent resident visas, through the Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery program. The program aims to attract internationals from countries with presently low levels of immigration to the United States. Green cards enable immigrants and their families the legal right to work, live, and study in America.
“The Green Card Lottery is an exceptional federal program that has absorbed hundreds of thousands of immigrants into the United States, further diversifying American culture,” says Emma Louise, the Head of Customer Services for Global USA Green Card, a private organization that provides supplemental and valuable assistance with the Green Card (Diversity Visa) Lottery application. Louise adds: “We are experiencing a huge increase in the amount of visitors to our website this year. We already received over 360,000 visitors and over 40,000 individuals registered with their full details to receive support from one of our highly experienced immigration consultants.”
Given the complex and rigid structure of the government website’s application, private entities like Global USA Green Card offer 24/7 support and guidance that ensures the successful submission of all application materials. Louise notes that up to 90% of their applicants submit ineligible photos and information, which Global USA Green Card then corrects and validates for an acceptable application.
While widespread immigration reform continues to be a pressing issue for both Obama and the 2016 presidential ballot, initiatives like the Green Card Lottery will proceed in their regulated manners to facilitate a consistent flow of new immigrants with full legal and residential rights.
GUSGC offers trustworthy guidance and support to applicants of the US Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery program. The organization guarantees the successful submission of application materials, both on time and in full, and strive to make the immigration process as clear, simple, and streamlined as possible. The combination of advanced web application systems, user friendly interfaces and highly trained 24/7 immigration consultants leads to a quick and streamlined process to ensure participation in the Green Card Lottery and hopefully fulfill the dreams of millions of individuals all over the world to live, work, study and even open a business in the United States of America.
Private entity aids hopeful clients applying for federally regulated immigration to the US
San Francisco, California – July 22, 2015 – The Global USA Green Card Organization (GUSGC) has just released a unique and advanced web application for applicants of the Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery. As a private organization, GUSGC assists international clients applying for the annual DV, or Green Card, Lottery by offering supplemental advisory services before the annual submission of application materials each October.
Operating through the US Department of State, the DV Lottery grants 55,000 American green cards each year in order to encourage immigration to the US by citizens of countries with presently low levels of natural immigration.
Given the complex and rigid structure of the government website’s application, as well as its limited accessibility which is only open one month per year, GUSGC offers 24/7 support and guidance that ensures the successful submission of all Lottery application materials. Emma Louise, the Head of Customer Service at GUSGC, notes that “up to 90% of our applicants submit initially ineligible photos and information, which the company then corrects and validates for an acceptable application.”
GUSGC’s new user-friendly web application includes a free trial version of required forms and photo uploading. A variety of packages are also available for purchase, including automatic resubmission of materials over the course of several years, as well as consular interview consulting, relocation services, and career advice. GUSGC’s official website has already attracted 360,000 unique visitors this calendar year, 40,000 of whom have already registered to receive support from one of the company’s highly experienced immigration experts.
“The Green Card Lottery is an exceptional federal program that has absorbed hundreds of thousands of immigrants into the United States, further diversifying American culture,” Louise says. “Here at GUSGC, we pride ourselves on providing our clients with an honest and transparent procedure of actualizing their American dreams, which all starts with our easy-to-use web application, continues with helpful communication and friendly customer service, and strives toward successful immigration to the United States and easy acclimation to American culture.”
GUSGC offers trustworthy guidance and support to applicants of the US Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery program. The organization guarantees the successful submission of application materials, both on time and in full, and strives to make the immigration process as clear, simple, and streamlined as possible. The combination of advanced web application systems, user-friendly interfaces, and highly trained immigration consultants available 24/7 leads to a quick and integrative process to ensure participation in the Green Card Lottery, and hopefully fulfill the dreams of millions of individuals worldwide to live, work, study, and even open a business in the United States of America.