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The one thing that interested me most about immigrants coming to the United States is the reasons that convinced them to leave the places where they grew up to move to a completely unknown land Such a decision can never be taken lightly by any person Immigrating to a new country is the most dramatic and adventurous trip one can partake in For these reasons I centered my interviews around this very question only going off topic to get a better view of the person or their circumstances Overall the reasons the interviewees cited seemed to parallel those discussed in class and were all very similar The first person that I interviewed was a 30 year old immigrant from Lahore Pakistan named Asif Asif came here when he was twenty in 1991 after completing his degree in biochemistry In Pakistan it is common for students to move to the US once they have completed their studies this is a result from the lack of good job prospects available for educated people Asif had decided to move to the US during his last year in college when he saw that his attempts at an internship and a future job were unsuccessful One of his classmates had made the trip to the US a year earlier for the same reasons Asif had began to consider making his Using his friend as a means of social capital he found out everything he needed to come to the US He decided that the easiest means for him gain entry to US was through a student visa To get a students visa Asif had to show that he had enough money to pay his tuition and support himself without working during his stay in the US The other problem was to decide exactly where in the US to go and what to study Asifs friend had recommended for him to attend the University of Michigan and to go for a
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