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I'm a Canadian citizen studying in the US for medical school (I was not accepted into any of the Canadian schools I applied to). I've been in the US studying for about a year now, and recently, my boyfriend was accepted into a university in the same ciy as my medical school. We've been talking a lot about it and we've decided that we would like to move in together and get married. I didn't have concrete plans on where to practice after med school, but if I can just stay in the US without the hassle of J-1 visas, or without being apart from my bofriend for what ever number of years while he finishes school too, that would be great.

Do you think we would hve a good chance of applying for a change of status? I am wondering if 1 year and whatever months will be enough time for the government to not take our case as fraud (as my initial intent was to come to med school, not to get married). Also, if change of status is approved, when/if will i be allowed to apply for US financial aid or work?

We are just nervous about it because we want to do everything legally as I do not want to jeopardize my rather expensive education! :(

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From what you've posted here, I see no problems. One year is plenty of time. You will be able to work once you get your EAD, which is temporary work authorization issued while AOS is pending. Your GC is permanent work authorization. I am not sure about financial aid - it will be more restricted because you will be a Permanent Resident and not a Citizen. Good luck!


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From what you've posted here, I see no problems. One year is plenty of time. You will be able to work once you get your EAD, which is temporary work authorization issued while AOS is pending. Your GC is permanent work authorization. I am not sure about financial aid - it will be more restricted because you will be a Permanent Resident and not a Citizen. Good luck!

Thank you! Luckily, for financial aid purposes, my school treats permanent residents the same as citizens.

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