I’m trying to help a co-worker stay in the US

My co-worker is from Jamaica, here in the US on a work visa. His visa expires at the end of 2017. He thinks he has to marry someone to stay here. I am wondering if this is true or if there is some other way. I had tried to educate myself a bit on the topic and haven’t found another way. Can he start school and stay to get a degree maybe?

Asked on March 9, 2017 under Immigration Law, Florida

Answers:

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Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If his work visa is expiring then depending on what type of visa it is, he will need to either extend it if that is still possible or change to another nonimmigrant visa category in order to be able to remain in the US lawfully.  Certainly getting married to a US citizen is an option, but only if it is a bona fide marriage and not a marriage to gain immigration benefits.

SB Member California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If his work visa is expiring then depending on what type of visa it is, he will need to either extend it if that is still possible or change to another nonimmigrant visa category in order to be able to remain in the US lawfully.  Certainly getting married to a US citizen is an option, but only if it is a bona fide marriage and not a marriage to gain immigration benefits.


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