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Title
"At that time, for immigration you needed an affidavit of support; it was very little, now it's more strict."
Contributor Names
Soria, Ralph (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
Created / Published
1994-09-13
Subject Headings
-  Emigration and Immigration
-  Puerto Ricans
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Soria Real Estate Agency (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Interview with Ralph Soria, owner of Soria Real Estate Agency on Oliver Street.
-  Summary of audio segment: RS got into immigration practice with his father, in 1965. The first ones who were coming then were Dominicans. The Fermin family was one of the first that RS brought into this country, he did their paperwork. Then you needed very little documentation to gain entry to this country, now it's more strict. A family member or a friend, someone who would guarantee that the applicant would not become a public charge in the US, sponsored the immigrant to the immigration service. The sponsor had to be a citizen or a permanent resident. Dominicans were applying then for a green card, permanent residency. Most didn't apply for citizenship because they wanted to go back to their country. But now in Colombia and Dominican Republic they allow dual citizenship, so those people are now applying for citizenship in the US. Permanent residents can also petition for someone to come here. A permanent resident can petition for his parents, and parents can petition for their children. If children are married, parents have to become citizens, and then they can petition for them.
Medium
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A023
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afcwip.tca02312
Online Format
audio

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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Soria, Ralph, and Thomas D Carroll. "At that time, for immigration you needed an affidavit of support; it was very little, now it's more strict.". -09-13, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003993/. (Accessed September 27, 2016.)

APA citation style:

Soria, R. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "At that time, for immigration you needed an affidavit of support; it was very little, now it's more strict.". -09-13. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003993/.

MLA citation style:

Soria, Ralph, and Thomas D Carroll. "At that time, for immigration you needed an affidavit of support; it was very little, now it's more strict.". -09-13, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003993/>.