1.My Spouse have to pursue Masters in Public Health and got a seat in UIC for Fall 2016.
2.I need to prove her eligibility for in-state tuition by submitting documents those suffice that am/spouse are resident of Chicago, IL.
3.Am working for State of Illinois as a contractor (software consultant) and residing in Chicago since Oct 2015.
4.The documents those i have -
a.Fed and state tax returns for IL since October 2015 till date
b.Illinois State id that needs to be procured after receiving revised I-94.
Is this information enough for me to be considered as a resident of Illinois so that she can avail under H4 with in-state tuition,please suggest as this will help us in making our decision to move forward with H4 or F1 which has a high out-state tuition for international students?
Appreciate your response!!
This is not a question about U.S. immigration law. It is a question regarding the state laws of Illinois and how they are applied to determine eligibility for in-state tuition rates for various classes of persons in different immigrant and non-immigrant classifications, and depending also on physical presence requirements. The in-state tuition laws of Illinois most likely vary from those of other states. I would advise consulting with a licensed attorney in the state of Illinois who practices in the area of education law.
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This is not really an immigration question so much as a question about residence. Contact the university to inquire about the definition of residence and ask what documentation is needed to prove that you are an Illinois resident.
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As colleagues have stated, this is a state law question for determining residence, not an immigration question for lawful permanent residence. As a Nonimmigrant worker, with a dependent spouse, you may still fulfill the in-state tuition requirements for residence, but it would be only an IL attorney or the university personnel who could identify the rules/statutes for that determination.
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