Can I sponsor a non-relative who is currently in the US going to college? I am a US citizen.
It depends on what you mean by "sponsor". What is their current legal status in the U.S.?
I mean can she stay in the US after graduation if I could sponsor her. She lives with me, I make enough money. She continues to look for a job. she is here legally until her graduation in August. I am not sure if one can sponsor non-relatives.
Giving her a place to stay so that she doesn't have to work doesn't give her any legal status, even if you were a relative. So she is currently on F-1 student status? Has she spoken to her Designated School Officer (DSO) about Optional Practical Training (OPT)?
I am not sure of the OPT. yes, she is on F-1 student status. She is from China. 34 years old. Has been in the US for 8 years. Graduating with PhD. She is currently applying for a job. Her intent is to work. She just may need more time to find a job. when I read about sponsorship before, I understood that their was a minimun income the sponsor must have in order to assure the sponsoree does not become dependent upon government programs. Is there anyway she could remain in the US until she finds a job? If so, what are the criteria? What does the OPT provide? Thank you. Customer
Well, you cannot really "sponsor" her in order to get any type of legal status. The way that most students stay is that they apply for and get OPT, then that company or another company later applies for them to get an H-1B professional visa. And then that company or another company applies for them to get a Green Card. Here are links to each:
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