Unfortunately, I'm afraid I don't have very good news for you. Please remember that I am only here to provide you with honest information, with which you hopefully can make a decision about your next steps to take. I cannot control the outcome of the law, as I do not work for the US government.
In your case, there is no way for you to become legal at this point, without either marrying a US citizen, or leaving the US and getting a new visa to come back to the US to live and work, or to wait in the US (illegally) until the law changes to help someone in your situation. You should note that the US congress is now discussing immigration
issues and law changes that might help you. No law has been written or even proposed, so I can't really say what any new laws might provide and when they will be in place.
Now, the problem with leaving the US at this point is that you've been in the US unlawfully for at least 1 year, which means that if you are deported or otherwise leave the US voluntarily, you will not be eligible to return to the US for at least 10 years, unless you can get a waiver to return. And waivers are extremely difficult to get approved, especially in a situation such as yours, where you've been in the US illegally for more than 10 years. The US government will know that you are likely to overstay
again, and so it will be very difficult to get approval of another visa.
I'm very sorry about the information I'm providing you, even though you probably knew already that you would have a problem getting legal again. I know it is not what you wanted to hear, but it is the honest truth of the situation you are in at this time. Again, I'm very sorry.
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