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Could You Immigrate to the U.S.? Play The Green Card Game to Find Out

July 31, 2023 (1 min read)

Alex Nowrasteh, July 31, 2023

"Today the Cato Institute released The Green Card Game, a free online interactive game where players attempt to go through the legal immigration system. Click on the link to play. After you click on the link, you select an avatar, enter a name, and choose your biographical information, which includes your occupation, country of birth, and other characteristics. You can even ask the game to auto-populate a random biography. The game uses your entered information to create a passport for your character. Then you are ready to start answering questions to attempt to immigrate to the United States legally. ... You’ll quickly understand why people pay smugglers to cross deserts instead of wasting their time on a legal system that often prevents them from even applying in the first place. If you’re not an American and want to come to the United States, try the game but do not take it as legal advice. The Green Card Game sticks closely to what the immigration laws and regulations are in 2023, but we had to simplify some portions to make it playable. Yes, you read that correctly: The game is a simplified version of the real legal immigration system. To repeat, The Green Card Game is not legal advice and should not be taken as such. Consult an attorney if you want legal advice on immigrating to the United States, do not consult an online game . . . obviously. Play the game, share it on social media and with your friends, and let us know what you think."