Immigration is defined as the action of moving to a foreign country to live permanently. Each country around the world has its process for immigrants that come to live in their countries. This could include taking classes, learning the native language, taking a test, and paying fees. Immigration policies vary by country. Some countries make it more difficult, while other countries have fewer policies and make it easier for immigrants to come to live permanently within their borders.
One of the most accessible countries to immigrate to is the United States. Most of the nation’s residents are welcoming to immigrants. There are a few ways that immigrants can come to the U.S. Anyone that wishes to become a permanent resident can do so through a sponsorship, such as being related to a citizen or green-card holder. There is also a “green card lottery” held to help immigrants become residents.
Russia’s government is welcoming to immigrants. Over 12 million immigrants reside within this country. Like the U.S., all immigrants must have a sponsor. Anyone seeking residency will need to apply through the Russian government to receive a 5-year temporary visa, renewed as required. Once residency has been granted, an immigrant can become a citizen by living in Russia for seven years or marrying a Russian national.
Germany is another nation that is open to immigrants. Over 10 million immigrants live in this country, brought in by the thriving economy and low unemployment rates. To immigrate to Germany, a person must be financially stable, have health insurance, know basic German, and possess a visa when traveling from select countries.
Saudi Arabia is another country that is home to many immigrants. Over 7 million people living in Saudi Arabia today are from another country. All immigrants must obtain a work permit and residence visa. All immigrants must submit to a full medical exam. Immigrants must also have proof of their academic or professional qualifications. The immigrant and their employer must submit paperwork to the Saudi Arabian government to receive a residence visa.
Other nations make immigration easier than others. Those nations include Australia, Spain, France, Canada, and the United Kingdom.