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 over 1 year 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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  1. Tripti Sharad Sharma

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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
  2. F. J. Capriotti III

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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
  3. Bradley Lawrence Whitney Thomson

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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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