A friend of mine entered US in Fall 2010 on a visitor's visa. However due to some financial hardships he had to stay back and is currently working without any proper work authorization. He has no criminal record.
He wants to enroll in a university (grad program) to continue his education.
1.) Is there any provision to facilitate this change of status?
2.) His original passport (India) is about to expire in a year. Will he need to renew it? How?
3.) How will his current illegal status affect his ability to get a job in future after his grad education is complete?
I know these are questions with a lot of variables but I am just trying to get an idea if this is even a feasible approach for him and what questions to ask a lawyer if we hire one.
Thanks.Editing the 2nd question: How can he renew his passport staying in US? Going back to India isn't an option. Also, since most of you feel he would not qualify for a student visa, what other options does he have to stay in the US legally, or at least start a process towards legalization given his current situation. He wants to settle down in US eventually.