Mr. Capriotti is correct. Mr. Pineda overlooked the fact that your friend is divorced, so her ex-husband's naturalization will have no effect on her. Her children must be 21 years old before they can petition their mother.
The provisional waiver program tends to help those who cannot adjust status in the U. S., because they have entered without inspection. Your friend entered with inspection, so if she were to fall in love, again, she can be petitioned by a U. S. Citizen and try to adjust status. There is no penalty fee involved and no waiver 'unless' she leaves the U. S.
I strongly recommend an appointment or teleconference with a competent and experienced immigration attorney, who can take the time to ask enough questions to provide reasonable legal advice. That way, she can make the best decision based upon her situation.
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Unfortunately the new procedure (not a law) probably won't help her.
She should meet with an immigration attorney for guidance.
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The new procedure does not apply to her. Her husband should naturalize so that she does not have to go anywhere. Once her husband becomes a US citizen, she can apply for adjustment of status in the United States. Consult with an experienced immigration attorney.
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I would be interested in when she got divorced and why because if she was emotionally or physicall abused or battered, she might be eligible for VAWA. But my friends are correct, this new law is only for people who came here illegally ( without a visa). This is why it's so important to see a lawyer- there are so many other options and laws that may be applied, if we knew more details. I am in Tampa and consultation is only $25. Emel Ersan, 813-449-4422.
This is only a short advice- you should not file anything without getting the full facts from a lawyer.