Her intent was not to participate in an official foreign student exchange program, but rather simply live with us (as her relatives) and attend public high school for a semester. She would be 17 years old and a junior. What are the legalities of this situation?
I am sure that a guardianship would be acceptable. However, why don't you contact your local school and see what they would require. Perhaps there is something short of a legal proceeding that would be acceptable.
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Attending public school might violate conditions attached to her U.S. entry.
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