My mother is a US Citizen and I'm not. If she petitions for alien relative (I-130 form), will my legal status change quickly?

Asked almost 2 years ago - San Jose, CA

My mother is a US Citizen, and I'm an international undergraduate student (24 years old, unmarried). If she petitions for alien relative using the I-130 form, will my legal status change any time soon (in less than 1.5 years) or does it only changes after a few years when I get my green card? Can a scholarship sponsor find out about it (while I'm in the waiting process) through my I-20 when I apply to grad school? Thank you!

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    Answered . USC mom can apply for you. To adjust status down the line, you will continue to maintain lawful status. Keep in mind though that your F-1 may not be extended considering the I-130 filing and the immigrant intent.

    This response is general in nature and cannot be construed as legal advice, given that not enough facts are known.... more
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    Answered . Petition for you with an I-130? Yes
    Will your legal status change any time soon, less than 1.5 years? Sorry ... it is 7 to 14 years, depending on your nationality.

    Scholarship Sponsor 'finding out' .. not if you don't tell them.

    PROFESSOR OF IMMIGRATION LAW for over 10 years -- This blog posting is offered for informational purposes only. It... more
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    Answered . If you marry a U.S. citizen, you are eligible to adjust status immediately...also, if there is comprehensive immigration reform, you may have an option open up sooner than 1.5 years.

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