A good friend's family came to the US legally about 16 years ago, but when their visa expired they overstayed. My parents now want to sponsor her and, if possible, her family. I would like to know if that is possible and if so what exactly are the requirements? Thank you.
No. U.S. Citizens can only "sponsor" a spouse, child, parent or sibiling, not friends. The family should consult with an immigration attorney as soon as possible to see if there is anything they can do to adjust their status either now or in the future. There are too many variable to suggest the possibilities on this site.
Andre Olivie, Esq.
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