Can an F1 student who has been studying in the US for 5 years change her status and apply for residency?

Asked on June 8, 2014 under Immigration Law, Florida

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Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Possibly but not solely on the basis of having been studying in the US for 5 years.  There has to be an underlying basis for the petition for residency, either employment-based or family-based.  The only way to self petition is on the basis of qualifying as an alien of extraordinary ability.


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