visa applicationIndividuals from around the world have been seeking the American dream for hundreds of years. Whether they are looking for refuge from poverty or violence in war-torn countries, or they want to launch a new business venture, the United States has long been viewed as the pre-eminent place to do it—a land of opportunity where the pursuit of happiness is considered an “unalienable right,” and virtually anything is possible.

Thomas Jefferson famously wrote in the Declaration of Independence that “[w]e hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

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