Answering a question about the Visa earnings visa, a man in his mid-30s answers in a tone of calm.
The man has no doubt about the visa’s popularity, with one-quarter of the visa holders of his generation applying for it.
But for the others, who will be living abroad for years, it’s a complicated process.
“It’s complicated,” he says, explaining that he wants to buy a house and buy his kids a Christmas gift.
“I don’t want to be a burden on the family.”
The man is the latest to be frustrated by the visa lottery.
He’s the first to have applied for one, he says.
The first one in the queue was a 30-year-old from Pakistan.
He said he didn’t want any extra money, so he didn.
“That was one of the reasons I came,” he said.
He says he got the Visa, but he’s worried about paying taxes on it, as well as paying the US $1,000 visa fee.
He has yet to hear from any other US applicants who applied.
That’s a concern for the Bureau of Consular Affairs, which tracks overseas visa applications.
“The [Visa] is not going to change the fact that people are applying to come to the United States to work, and that’s what we’re here to do,” says Carrie Brownell, who oversees visa applicants.
But Brownell says the government is working on changing that.
“There are a number of things we can do,” she says.
For example, she says, if you’re a young worker, you can apply for a work visa with an extension of two years, but you can’t work without one of these extensions.
“We have a process for that, and we’re working on it,” she adds.
She says that while the process is complicated, the government believes it can be simplified.
“If there are other people who are having difficulty, we can assist them,” she said.
She said the agency has spoken with several visa applicants who had difficulty applying for their extensions, and it is also working with visa holders who are still waiting for their applications to be processed.
“As we move forward with our plan to make it easier for people to apply, we want to make sure we’re not hurting the people who we are trying to help,” she added.
“So, we’re doing some work to make this easier for them.”
A recent survey by the CBP found that the number of applications for the foreign worker visa is down slightly since last year, from 9.1 million in 2016 to 9.0 million in 2017.
That is because the CBPS says there are fewer visa holders than last year.
But there are still many applications, says CBP Director John Vazquez.
“You’ll have people who were able to do that work but they didn’t get a visa,” he told reporters at a briefing.
Vazowski said he is also confident that the new administration will help the visa-holders who have yet to apply.
“They will be given priority, we’ll be able to get the people through,” he added.
The CBP does not disclose how many people apply for the visa.
It is expected to issue its own report this month on visa earnings, and Vazewsoss comments to reporters could be a big boost to the numbers of people applying.
Last year, the number had already climbed to 8.7 million.
But the visa earnings report is expected later this year.
That would be about one-third of the total number of visa holders in the US, according to the Bureau.
“A large portion of our workforce is foreign-born, and the U.S. economy needs to remain competitive,” Vazowsky said.
But even if the government can ease visa requirements, it will still take years to fully implement its plan to simplify the process for the people coming to the US to work.
The Obama administration has been pushing hard to simplify this process.
For instance, last year the administration released a list of requirements for those wanting to apply for this visa.
For the first time, the list of things the agency requires of visa applicants was made up of a number, rather than a set number.
For people applying for the Visa Earnings visa, it includes a requirement to pass a test, pass a background check and meet the minimum wage requirements.
There is also a requirement that they apply in person and not via mail.
In addition, applicants must have worked for at least four years and have at least three years of experience as a full-time worker.
The number of new applicants to the visa is expected, and CBP expects to see an increase in applications from foreign workers, Brownell said.
“These are people who have been here for years and are going to be coming here for the next three or four years,” she explains. “And so,