Staple a “Green Card” to every PhD – Don’t fall for this! Don’t immigrate to the U.S.

The U.S. chief technology officer notes that American needs skilled immigrants. He suggests:

“Why not staple a green card to every PhD in certain fields?”

“Welcome To America” and obligations of U.S. GreenCardShip!

The U.S. tax and reporting requirements (once known) will mean that nobody will want to come to the U.S. Skilled people can go to a number of better places – Australia, New Zealand, Canada, etc. Why would they want to “sign in” to IRS harassment? This idea is captured very well in the following blog post in which a U.S. expat expresses wonder at how complicated, punitive and dangerous the U.S. government has become. Those thinking that they might want to immigrate to the U.S. need to pay close attention to this.

Clearly a potential immigrant to the U.S. with assets in the home or a third country would have to have a special kind of insanity to subject himself to this system with all the paperwork and potential for double-taxation. And it would do this person absolutely no good whatsoever to become a U.S. citizen since this would change nothing.  On the contrary, being a citizen would actually make it worse – one might shed a Green Card relatively easily (if done before the immigrant acquired too many assets in the U.S. or abroad) but U.S. citizenship is forever unless one renounces.

You know, if I were tasked with designing a system with the maximum number of disincentives in order to prevent educated immigrants with existing assets to come to the U.S., I doubt could have done better than this.  While this system has existed for some time, it was not well known until FATCA brought all these issues to light and the IRS actually started enforcing the rules.  Most immigrants were never aware of them and many are now in a terrible position made all the worse because they cannot vote.  I wonder if the French diaspora in the U.S. has brought this up with Mr. Courtial.

As for potential immigrants like my spouse, they have a lot of thinking to do.  I suspect that the young, educated, childless ones will continue to go to the U.S. but I doubt they will naturalize and surely they will have every interest in limiting their stay.  Older experienced workers with families and assets in the home country will probably avoid the U.S. in favor of places like Singapore or Canada.

The immigrant community in the U.S. has been raped by the IRS over the FBAR issues. Their crime? Maintaining a bank account in their home country to send money home. The collateral damage that OVDI has inflicted on immigrants has been unforgivable. How in God’s name can the IRS behave this way?

For those who are thinking of immigrating to the U.S. I have one piece of advice.

Don’t even consider immigrating to the United States! You can’t imagine the danger.

2 thoughts on “Staple a “Green Card” to every PhD – Don’t fall for this! Don’t immigrate to the U.S.

  1. Victoria

    Thanks for the link to the Flophouse and the quotation. I originally approached this topic in the context of citizenship and was genuinely surprised that immigrants were impacted too. This is another in a long line of immigration issues that the U.S. is facing right now (as Mr. Chopra so rightly points out.) Last month the Migration Policy Institute issued a very interesting report here It doesn’t talk about the U.S. tax system and I think the omission is due to several factors: 1. This tax and reporting requirements were not generally known, 2. they were never really enforced (I doubt in the past they were even enforceable) and 3. I suspect that potential migrants didn’t take them terribly seriously and they believed that the risks of getting caught were very low or even non-existent.

    I think the last used to be true but it is becoming less and less so every year. Governments are struggling to balance their budgets, information technology is getting better and better and, most importantly, the will to spend the time, energy and money to make these laws stick is right here before us in the form of FATCA and other initiatives to share financial information across borders. In the near future, if these laws are still in place, they will catch you. And when they do, it will be a bit late to stand up and say, “But I don’t agree with these laws!” If you really believe that these rules are unjust and unreasonable (as I do) the time to say something is NOW.

    1. renounceuscitizenship Post author

      Thanks for your comment. I agree with you that:

      1. The time to oppose these things is now.

      2. I believe that these laws, the effects on immigrants and the treatment of immigrants in the OVDI is going to dampen enthusiasm for immigration to the U.S. The immigrants who have been hurt by this injustice will spread the word and they will be considered to be a reliable source of information. Similarly U.S. citizens living outside the U.S. will help deliver the message (even if it is unintentional).

      The simple fact is that, as it stands now, somebody would have to think long and hard before:

      – immigrating to the U.S.
      – marrying a U.S. citizen (unless you are also a citizen)
      – having a partner or shareholder who is a U.S. citizen

      Even U.S. citizens don’t seem to really believe the problems that they have.

      But, as this post is intended to show, citizenship based taxation will continue to cost the U.S. “big time”.

      Thanks again.

      By the way, you have a great blog! Keep up the great work.


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