Simplifying US Visas

H1B’s. U-visas. J1’s, F1’s, guest worker permits, green cards, tourist visas.

There are too many types of visas. And they’re too temporary, too revokable, too dependent on the whims of a ‘sponsor’.

How about simplifying to just three groups of people:

Resident status is not contingent on an employer, family member, or school sponsoring you. Residents and citizens alike are subject to the same law. And if the law isn’t appropriate for one class, we should really question if it is appropriate for the others.

If we switch from income taxes to a consumption tax (fair tax, VAT, something like that), then we may be able to do away with the visitor/resident distinction as well.

Both visitor and resident status should be easy to get, but that’s a subject for another post.