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Hi I have a friend whose wife will be a US citizen soon. My friend has been living in the USA illegally since his visa expired a few years ago. He told me that his lawyer told him that when his wife becomes a citizen, she can get him residence and then he'll need to go back to his country, sign some papers and then come back to the USA. I told him that I thought I'd always heard (or read here) that the person shouldn't leave and to just stay in the USA and file within the USA. The lawyer said the law has changed recently or something. Is this lawyer correct?

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: China
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i'm leaning towards no.

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Filed: Country: Russia
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Is there any reason why a lawyer would just make something like that up? Either way, (assuming there is no new law), am I correct that leaving the USA would result in a big mistake for him being that he's overstayed his visa?

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Wales
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Ohhhh yes


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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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am I correct that leaving the USA would result in a big mistake for him being that he's overstayed his visa?

If he left the USA, he would be subjected to a 10 year ban.


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Unless you're mistaken and he actually entered without inspection, he shouldn't leave since he will be able to adjust in country.


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With an I-194 for the last time he entered the US legally (using his visa) your friend can adjust status (doesn't have to leave the country).

Without I-194 showing that your friend didn't enter the US legally (with inspection) he will have to leave the US, trigger a ban, wait out the ban, the wife petitions for her husband, deal with waivers then take it from there.

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With an I-194 for the last time he entered the US legally (using his visa) your friend can adjust status (doesn't have to leave the country).

Without I-194 showing that your friend didn't enter the US legally (with inspection) he will have to leave the US, trigger a ban, wait out the ban, the wife petitions for her husband, deal with waivers then take it from there.

Actually, due to changes that are about to go through, even with EWI he'd still be better off staying. Policy is changing and they are about to start allowing people who EWI'd stay in the country while their I-601 waivers are being processed. Should be in effect by fall.


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Vietnam
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Ok I thank you all for this confirmation. Now I just have to convince my friend that the internet is more reliable than his lawyer. I think that's not going to be easy.

Have him ask another attorney for an opinion.


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Is there any reason why a lawyer would just make something like that up? Either way, (assuming there is no new law), am I correct that leaving the USA would result in a big mistake for him being that he's overstayed his visa?

If he entered legally on a US visa, and his wife is about to become a citizen soon, I cannot think of a single reason why he should leave.

If he entered illegally and/or his wife is a long way from becoming a citizen it would make more sense, although with possible policy changes later on this year, he'd might even be able to stay while the I-601 is processing.

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Indonesia
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Agree with what everybody has stated. Don't leave the US.

What is this impending new policy though? Someone needs to post more details as I am very curious :)


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Vietnam
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Agree with what everybody has stated. Don't leave the US.

What is this impending new policy though? Someone needs to post more details as I am very curious :)

Which new policy? The one the OP's friend's lawyer was referring to, or the one SOflaherty was referring to?

I think the OP's friend's lawyer was trying to pull a rabbit out of his hat. I don't think there really is any impending new law or policy change that would prevent his friend from adjusting status after his wife becomes a US citizen. I think the attorney is fishing for ways to maximize his fees.

The new policy SOflaherty was referring to has to with how I-601 waiver applications are processed. Currently, a beneficiary of an immediate relative petition who is inadmissible must submit an I-601 waiver application after their visa is denied at the interview. It can take months for the I-601 to be adjudicated. Aliens who are currently unlawfully present in the US are put in a difficult position. If they aren't eligible to adjust status (for example, if they entered without inspection) then they must return to their home country for the visa interview, which would be denied. Then they have to submit the I-601 and wait and hope that the waiver is approved. When the new policy goes into effect they will be able to submit an I-601A waiver application while they're still in the US. Once the waiver is approved then they can leave the US and go to the visa interview. If the waiver isn't approved then they have to decide what to do, because they won't be able to get a visa if they leave the US.


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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Indonesia
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Very interesting! Thanks for the explanation and links !


AOS 05/08/10 - sent05/14/10 - receipt date on NOAs - transferred to National Benefits Center06/14/10 - Biometrics Done - Lawrence, MA (original appt)07/26/10 - Interview - APPROVED!!07/30/10 - Welcome letter rec'd (notice date: 07/26)08/05/10 - Green Card (&EAD) Received! - 2 months and 28 days total!ROC 04/28/12 - ROC package sent05/03/12 - check cashed05/04/12 - NOA1 received - dated 05/01/1206/07/12 - Biometrics done02/07/13 - Approved (status update via text msg)02/14/13 - Ten year Green card receivedNaturalization07/26/13 - eligible (90 day window opened 4/27/13)02/24/14 - N-400 sent to Dallas03/04/14 - Check cashed & case accepted (update via txt & email)03/10/14 - Biometrics appt letter rec'd (scheduled for 03/28/13)03/28/14 - Biometrics done04/01/14 - In line for interview 04/03/14 - Case status change to scheduled for interview04/10/14 - interview letter rec'd 5/13/14 - interview 6/3/14 - in line for oath 6/30/14 - Scheduled for oath

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