How to go about in sponsoring a friend for US citizenship?
State/Country relating to question: California
Online, but info relates to relative or employee only, not friend
Thank you for allowing me to assist you. If there is a delay in my reply, I am helping others but WILL reply to you asap. Thanks for your patience....where is this friend? what is their educational level?
She is married 9 years with 4 children, age 2-7; husband is a field laborer with appropriate and legal worker status; all living in a house that they are currently morgaged in CA. I believe she graduated from hi school in Mexico, and he the same in CA. Two children have special needs.
what kind of visa did she enter the u.s. on? when did the visa expire??
here illegally, now about 15 years, no SS# XXXXX await for further assistance.
Did you receive my last response above? I am awaiting response from you. thanks
Yes, sorry for the delay. Since she entered illegally she will not be able to adjust her status in the U.S. She will have to go out and adjust through the embassy in her country. You can file petitions here but when it is time for the interview she will have to attend the interview there. The problem with that is when she leaves the country she will face a 10 year bar to re-entry since she has been here over 1 year out of status. She can overcome this 10 year bar with a I-601 hardship waiver by showing extreme and unusual hardship to a U.S. Citizen spouse if she is not allowed back in, but those waivers are hard to get and normally involve you having severe medical or health issues. I'm sorry the news couldn't be more positive but I have to tell you the truth. She can always do as he is doing and 12 million estimated people are doing and that is wait for immigration reform. I hope this helps clarify. Thank you for allowing me to assist you. As you know, we work on the honor system here and cannot always provide you answers that you like. I believe I have answered all of the questions you asked so I would request that you please click the ACCEPT button so I receive credit for my work (as you would like to receive credit for your work). Positive feedback is also appreciated, if you have a chance. Please consider clicking "BONUS" as a nice way of saying "thanks" for a job well done, although this is not required. I believe in giving information that is to the point, but please remember that I can only base our answers on the information you provide and sometimes a misunderstanding as to what you are looking for or already know occurs so feel free to ask additional questions or for clarifications. Please be aware that my answer is not legal advice, it is merely information. You should always contact a local attorney for legal advice. If you specifically want me to answer a future question put “FOR GEORGETOWN LAWYER” in the subject line and I will reply asap.
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