The Festival of Christmas and the Immigration Journey

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The Christmas season is the time of great joy and happiness. It is a festival when everybody comes together, forgets their sorrows, re-affirms their joys and celebrates life  and the new year looming ahead! Schools and colleges shut down, offices stop work and everywhere there is a feeling of great cheer. A spirit of enjoyment fills the air; children go to parties and Santa Claus leaves them gifts in their stockings at night! Cakes, sweets and savouries are consumed in plenty, as the whole world comes together to celebrate this grand festival, of jingle bells and reindeer!

For some families however, this Christmas might not be so grand – those who are on the immigration journey, for instance, may find themselves separated from their family members – the immigration process may for instance may entail the husband being in a new country and having to apply for a visa or a green card in the United States of America, for instance. There are immigration lawyers who talk of their clients having to stay away from their families because they are on the immigration journey – when this occurs it becomes very difficult for all the members involved. When a family is on the immigration journey all members will have to sooner or later, appear for what is called the Immigration Medical examination. This will entail fixing an appointment with the USCIS-approved Civil Surgeon and going through a physical examination and X-ray. But it is better to get this done if one wants a green card, isn’t it?