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Will writing to a senator or governor help speed up the green card process in any way?

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My friend is waiting for a sibling green card under the Reuniting Families program and has also been here for years as a graduate student. Waiting for the green card in her homeland would be extremely difficult for a number of family and financial reasons. Is there anything I can do as a US citizen to speed up this process so she isn't sent back into her country at the end of her degree program?

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  1. There is not much you can do. So long as your friend maintains lawful status she can remain in he US.

    Samuel Ouya Maina, Esq. 415.391.6612 s.ouya@mainalaw.com Law Offices of S. Ouya Maina, PC 332 Pine Street, Suite 707 San Francisco, CA 94104


  2. There is nothing you can do. However, if your friend has an employer or other family member willing to sponsor her while she waits she can stay in the USA in lawful status.


  3. 1. A governor can never help ... this is a federal law

    2. A senator can not 'rush' the waiting list.

    Meet with an immigration lawyer to explore options.

    PROFESSOR OF IMMIGRATION LAW for over 10 years -- This blog posting is offered for informational purposes only. It does not constitute an attorney-client relationship. Also, keep in mind that this is an INTERNET BLOG. You should not rely on anything you read here to make decisions which impact on your life. Meet with an attorney, via Skype, or in person, to obtain competent personal and professional guidance.


  4. I agree with my colleagues, there is nothing you can do that would allow your friend to circumvent the current immigration laws. If she has an advanced degree in her field, she may want to explore whether any employers would be willing to petition on her behalf to obtain some type of employment-based classification. She should consult with an immigration attorney who can discuss these avenues with her in greater detail.

    414-758-5245 * www.gilgannonlaw.com * stuart@gilgannonlaw.com


  5. There is absolutely nothing a senator can do to get a visa issued which is not available because there is a waiting list. If the woman is a graduate student, she should find an employer, file for an H1b, and remain in the U.S. through the normal means.

    The above is intended only as general information, and does not constitute legal advice. You must speak with an attorney to discuss your individual case.

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