I’m originally from Spain, but have lived in America for almost 14 yrs. I am 20 years old this year. I was here under my father’s visa, but now I am looking for information on how to get my green card or citizenship.
Hello, I’m originally from Spain, but have lived in America for almost 14 yrs. I am 20 years old this year. I was here under my father’s visa, but now I am stamped in with a white i-94 card. I am looking for information on how to get my green card or citizenship, where I can legally stay and work here, when my i-94 card expires. Everybody I have talked to has told me that I needed to get married, but I believe I am too young for that. Is there anything else I can do?
Stefanie, Thank you for your inquiry. The U.S. government must have a good reason to help you. You need to offer something of value to the government for an immigration officer to want to offer you continued legal status. If you enroll in school and pay international student fees, this helps support our educational system. Whether or not you can change your visa status to something like a student status, depends on your circumstance. I do not know what visa status you have currently.
If you cannot think of something to offer the U.S. government as an incentive to receive legal status, then you should depart the U.S. on time. If you overstay your welcome, then eventually marrying a U.S. citizen will likely be your only choice in order to again become legal. Right now, you are legal so you have the choice to leave and later come back legally in the future. If you violate the terms of your current visa status, then you may not have that opportunity to return in the future. Certainly, when you violate visa terms, your choices become limited and difficult. Please consider.