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Tourist Visa Overtay. Is there a way to adjust my status?

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Hello experts. I'll keep my question short.

I came into the US from Brazil with an HB-2 tourist visa back in the year 2000. It was only good for 6 months. I have now overstayed my visa by many years.

Is there any way other than getting married that would allow me to work in the US? I have a social security number(not authorized to work). I've paid taxes for 15 years even though it will never really apply to my retirement unless my status is adjusted. With this E-Verify thing they have now, I'm pretty much about to be homeless... I have an excellent work history that I can't use anymore..

Does this new Obama DAPA / DACA thing apply to me?

Thank you very much for any light you can shed in this issue.

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Honest, good and deserving people are waiting in line in their home country for years and years

to legally enter and stay in the USA.

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August 12, 2017 ASC appointment received. 19 days since ROC in VT.

August 25, 2017 BIO completed. 32 days since ROC received in VT.

August 11, 2018  18 month extension letter received.  Critical number  297

September - October 2018  10 year card expected ????

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Marriage to a US citizen is your only way to get a green card. Your overstay will only be forgiven as an Immediate Relative of a USC.

You can benefit from DACA if you came here before age 16.

DAPA will not work for you. The court has put DAPA on hold and you would only qualify with a USC or LPR child.

Sorry about your situation, but you choose to live and work here illegally.

You can always go home to Brazil.

Best of luck.

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Sorry about your situation but it doesn't appear, from what you said, that there is an immediate path to your legalization in the US. DACA/DAPA is not an option for you.

good luck

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Do you have enough to get home?

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Good and deserving like you getting married for a green card? Pass. I want to know if there is a way to do it without getting married.

Please focus on the question I asked. Reply with something constructive or don't reply at all.

People like you are why those that are deserving of tourist visas are denied for ridiculous reasons. People that have no intention of being an illegal, and just want to visit, can't get visas because the consular officer assumes they will be like you and slither their way into the United States and stay illegally. How about going home and applying for a work visa? Edited by Jabl2rom

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OP has received his/her answer to the question. Adjusting status to LPR is now impossible other than marriage to a U.S. Citizen.

Will a moderator please lock this thread down before it devolves into mudslinging? Thanks.

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OP has received his/her answer to the question. Adjusting status to LPR is now impossible other than marriage to a U.S. Citizen.

Will a moderator please lock this thread down before it devolves into mudslinging? Thanks.

I'm pretty sure this 'person' and the posts have been reported. More than once I would take a guess.

I can explain it to you. But I can't understand it for you.

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~~~Closed for review~~~

***Review of thread complete. Two posts removed for TOS violations (personal attack and abusive language). Another post quoting a removed post has also been removed. Since the OP's question has been answered, this thread will remain locked. Do not restart this thread or reference it in any future discussions.***

Edited by Ryan H

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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!
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September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
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September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

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