Hello! I live in Texas, Can I be adopted in order to become legal if i am 21 (turning 22 pretty soon), full time student, work (but am claimed as a dependent), and if I came here at the age of 10 illegally without any type of visa ever since? Any information would be greatly appreciated, thank you!
For immigration purposes an adoption must be complete before you reach the age of 16.
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Kindly restate your question. For an immigration benefit to be feasible through adoption, the following conditions must be met: (a) the adoption must take place before the adoptee turns 16; (b) the adoptive parent must establish physical residence for at least two years with the adoptee, and (c) the adoptive parent must exercise parental control after the adoption.
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No, your adoption must take place before your 16th birthday.
(213) 394-4554 x0 Mr. Shusterman is a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 35 years of immigration experience. His response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.
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