There is not much you can do. So long as your friend maintains lawful status she can remain in he US.
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1. A governor can never help ... this is a federal law
2. A senator can not 'rush' the waiting list.
Meet with an immigration lawyer to explore options.
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I agree with my colleagues, there is nothing you can do that would allow your friend to circumvent the current immigration laws. If she has an advanced degree in her field, she may want to explore whether any employers would be willing to petition on her behalf to obtain some type of employment-based classification. She should consult with an immigration attorney who can discuss these avenues with her in greater detail.
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There is absolutely nothing a senator can do to get a visa issued which is not available because there is a waiting list. If the woman is a graduate student, she should find an employer, file for an H1b, and remain in the U.S. through the normal means.
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