Thursday, May 12, 2016

High Demand from Investors for Special US Visas

VOA Learning English: High Demand from Investors for Special US Visas
Some lawmakers say the program is being abused; they say it should be cancelled because some of the people it lets into the United States may be criminals or spies, and many of the projects it supports are in rich parts of the country, not developing areas. (read) (listen)

Words in This Story

status – n. the official position of a person or thing according to the law

via – preposition by means of (a person, machine, etc.); by using (something or someone)

riddle – v. to fill (something) with something that is bad or unpleasant -- usually used as “riddled with”

incentive – n. something that encourages a person to do something or to work harder

plague – v. to cause constant or repeated trouble, illness, etc., for (someone or something)

background – n. the experiences, knowledge, education, etc., in a person’s past

characterize – v. to describe the character or special qualities of (someone or something)

confer – v. to give (something, such as a degree, award, title, right, etc.) to someone or something -- usually + on or upon

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