I have a friend who has been in America since she was about 6 years old on a visa. Her visa has since expired and she is now 19/20 years old. Her parents are US citizens so I wanted to know what we could do to be able get her papers straighten up. Right now she is not able to obtain a state ID nor is she able to go to college. It's sad to watch because she has grown up here her whole entire life.
If she entered legally on a visa, hasn't left the country, doesn't have any adverse immigration or criminal history AND her parents actually are US citizens, then the process is relatively straightforward for them to petition on her behalf. If this is an option, it needs to be in process before she gets married and/or turns 21. If anything doesn't line up, then obviously it's more complicated.
In all honesty, unless she's estranged from her parents, this would be a pretty unusual fact pattern. If they are not citizens or there is some issue with parentage or some other twist, she might also be eligible for DACA (see my Guide on the subject if you are not already familiar). That would help her with a work permit, drivers license/ID and getting on with her life will this all get sorted.
This is not do-it-yourself territory--get her in to an experienced immigration attorney to understand her options before doing anything.
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