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UK on "holiday" in US for 20 yrs, How can he get legal?

UK on "holiday" in US for 20 yrs, How can he get legal?

Old May 9th 2004, 10:27 am
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My friend came to the US almost 20 yrs ago on holiday and never left. His vacation visa obviously expired many years ago. What are his options to become of legal status here? Is marriage a solution? The only solution? What steps should he take. He doesn't know where to start. It seems like all info on marriages that we find are when one person is still overseas. Is there any other way that he can stay here without getting married? I do not think that he wil be able to be sponsored as an employee to anywhere, because he doesn't have a college degree etc. WHat are your thoughts and advice? TIA
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Default Re: UK on "holiday" in US for 20 yrs, How can he get legal?

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My friend came to the US almost 20 yrs ago on holiday and never left. His vacation visa obviously expired many years ago. What are his options to become of legal status here? Is marriage a solution? The only solution? What steps should he take. He doesn't know where to start. It seems like all info on marriages that we find are when one person is still overseas. Is there any other way that he can stay here without getting married? I do not think that he wil be able to be sponsored as an employee to anywhere, because he doesn't have a college degree etc. WHat are your thoughts and advice? TIA
Get a lawyer.....
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Old May 9th 2004, 2:57 pm
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ray6 <member9793@british_expats.com> wrote in news:1413270.1084113853
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    >
    > Originally posted by wisewallet
    >> My friend came to the
    > US almost 20 yrs ago on holiday and never left. His vacation visa
    > obviously expired many years ago. What are his options to become of
    > legal status here? Is marriage a solution? The only solution? What
    > steps should he take. He doesn't know where to start. It seems like
    > all info on marriages that we find are when one person is still
    > overseas. Is there any other way that he can stay here without getting
    > married? I do not think that he wil be able to be sponsored as an
    > employee to anywhere, because he doesn't have a college degree etc.
    > WHat are your thoughts and advice? TIA
    > Get a lawyer.....
    >
    >

If he has been getting away with it for 20 years, what has changed now?
 
Old May 10th 2004, 2:08 pm
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Default Re: UK on "holiday" in US for 20 yrs, How can he get legal?

THere is a recent court decision that those who were here before 1982 and
have not yet applied or had been disqualified under amnesty of 1986, they
can apply now. They can apply only in 1 year starting May.

Good Luck



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    > ray6 <member9793@british_expats.com> wrote in news:1413270.1084113853
    > @britishexpats.com:
    > >
    > > Originally posted by wisewallet
    > >> My friend came to the
    > > US almost 20 yrs ago on holiday and never left. His vacation visa
    > > obviously expired many years ago. What are his options to become of
    > > legal status here? Is marriage a solution? The only solution? What
    > > steps should he take. He doesn't know where to start. It seems like
    > > all info on marriages that we find are when one person is still
    > > overseas. Is there any other way that he can stay here without getting
    > > married? I do not think that he wil be able to be sponsored as an
    > > employee to anywhere, because he doesn't have a college degree etc.
    > > WHat are your thoughts and advice? TIA
    > > Get a lawyer.....
    > >
    > >
    > If he has been getting away with it for 20 years, what has changed now?
 
Old May 10th 2004, 5:32 pm
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Default Re: UK on "holiday" in US for 20 yrs, How can he get legal?

"news.verizon.net" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>. ..
    > THere is a recent court decision that those who were here before 1982 and
    > have not yet applied or had been disqualified under amnesty of 1986, they
    > can apply now. They can apply only in 1 year starting May.
    >
    > Good Luck
    >

Does this court decision require any other condition except being in
US before 1982? Just curious. I wonder whow many people will qualify
for it and how many people will know about it.

My guess is that those who have been here all these year before 1982
and yet not have greencard must not have had any way to apply for
greencard all thoise time.

What about those in similar position but were here jsuta few years
later, like in 1985 or so? When will they get such amnesty? I would
say those who missed it by few years are unlucky ones.
 
Old May 11th 2004, 1:49 pm
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Default Re: UK on "holiday" in US for 20 yrs, How can he get legal?

I think he came over somewhere between 1985-1987 or so. I don't think that he will qualifyfor that amnesty thing. FOr who asked about that he was doing it this long, well, it gets difficult to not have legal status. No medical insurance, working odd jobs. When you are approaching 20 your life is very different than when you are approaching 40.
I guess that what you all are telling me is that if he were to get married, it would still be very complicated, correct?
I dated him for several years and I have love for him etc. I have considered marrying him, but... (list too long) If this is something that a marriage wouldn't cure, and promptly, than I want to know what other cures there are, and what the protocol would be for marriage etc. I am a liitle old to tie myself down to one person who is maybe not "the one" especially if it will be for several Years. I guess maybe we should study the situation for a while and weigh our options. I guess I can think about marrying him after a few more years, when I know I won't ever have kids or marry anyway, but for now, I don't know if I should.
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