F1 out of status but graduating or marrying

Asked 10 months ago - Westfield, NJ

i entered the country legally through f1 visa but i lost my student status and have been here ever since. if i graduate from college/university while out of status or if i marry a resident, would there be any reasons to deny me a legalized stay here in the u.s? would it be difficult to adjust my status?

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  1. Yolanda Navarrete

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . Is the resident eligible for citizenship? You should wait until he/she becomes a citizen to file the adjustment.

    Please be advised my answers to questions does not constitute legal advice and you should not rely on it, due to... more
  2. Eric M. Mark


    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . Graduating doesn't help. Marrying a permanent resident won't help (unless s/he become a citizen quickly). Marrying a US citizen would help as long as the marriage is bona fide. Whatever happens, don't try to adjust your status until you consult with a lawyer.

  3. Harry Asatrian

    Contributor Level 15

    Answered . You should speak with experience to give you proper way in obtaining your resident status in the U.S.

    Mr. Asatrian's practice is dedicated to the area of immigration and nationality law. Please note the information... more
  4. F. J. Capriotti III

    Contributor Level 20


    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . Graduating won't help.

    Marriage to a person with resident status won't help ... much.

    Encourage the resident to become a US Citizen ... that will help.

    PROFESSOR OF IMMIGRATION LAW for over 10 years -- This blog posting is offered for informational purposes only. It... more

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