I'm a young foreign national woman(european). I came to US legally 8 y ago on a work visa, paid taxes,have no family or realtives here,no criminal record and I'm "out of status" now..I intend to built a family here someday and bring my best contribution to this country.How can I obtain legal status,what is your advice, please?
There are two main ways to obtain permanent status: work or family. Being out of status would close work avenues to you and you don't indicate whether you have any family through whom you can obtain benefits. There are less common avenues for victims of crimes, those with fear of persecution in their home country, etc., but it's not apparent from your facts whether this would apply to you.
Assuming building your family means marrying (as the laws stand today it would have to be a marriage to a man, but who knows what reform may bring?), and your spouse is a US citizen, you could apply for residence through that avenue. Otherwise, until your circumstances change, or the laws change, there does not seem to be any path for you yet. Stay abreast of the news. Good luck to you.
Get free answers from experienced attorneys.
24,185 answers this week
2,447 attorneys answering
Don't speak legalese? We define thousands of terms in plain English.Browse our legal dictionary