I came to US in 2011 on a F-1 visa. For personal reasons I was dismissed in 2013 and my status was terminated in June 2013. Then I immediately transferred to another school in August 2013. My academic advisor told me to reinstate my status within 5 months by I never did it. In 2015 I graduated from this community college and transferred back to my old school and graduated recently. I've been attending school full-time since 2011, but I've been out of status for almost 3 years as well.
Good news is that I'm getting married with my Fiance(US citizen)this week. We've gone to the probate court to register, and we just need to find an officiant to sign our marriage license.
Once we're officially married, I'll start applying for a green card, which is what I need help with. I just don't know how my past immigration status will affect the green card application?
I'm also looking for a local attorney. If you happen to be located in Columbus Ohio, please give me an estimate of cost of my case.
I am not in Ohio but there are many competent attorney there. I believe you are going to be fine. Hire a lawyer to assist you with paperwork. Good luck.
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Your F-1 violations should have no affect on your ability to get a green card through marriage. Please see https://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/green-cards-through-marriage
Mr. Shusterman's (former INS Trial Attorney, 1976-82) response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.
The issue you will have to deal with is you have overstayed your visa, and are going to be applying for adjustment of status. An attorney will conduct an analysis for you and give you options available. Obviously, it wont be straight forward with the overstay issue. Seek the advice of a competent attorney to handle this matter for you.
Adjustment to lawful resident status shoul be permitted. For a fee and legal assistance you will need to contact an attorney directly. Use this site to locat one in Ohio.
Attorney Robert Brown's (former INS Director, 1972-99) reply to your question is general in nature, and does not constitute legal advice as all facts are known to him. For specific advice or representation you should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law. Mr. Brown's reply on AVVO does not create an attorney/client relationship not constitute legal advice.
There are attorneys in Colunbus and throughout the state. You do not necessarily have to work with a local attorney although that might be your preference. Many of us work by Skype and phone with clients throughout the US and clients located outside the US. As to your question, having your status terminated will not hinder eligibility to adjust so long as you initially attended the school for which your original I20 was issued, and you have no issues of inadmissibility. I encourage you to work with an attorney to help you through the process and ensure eligibility.
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