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Hi, I am 16 and a junior in h.s I've been in America for 6 years. I am dependent on my dad's visa and will continue to be. I am of Indian origin so it takes a while to obtain a green card. Frankly, I am very confused about the path in front of me. I would like to pursue college here in America however I am not an outstanding student I am a typical student that is average at school. So I am just very lost on the options I have I would appreciate if someone could help me.

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13 minutes ago, tem said:

Hi, I am 16 and a junior in h.s I've been in America for 6 years. I am dependent on my dad's visa and will continue to be. I am of Indian origin so it takes a while to obtain a green card. Frankly, I am very confused about the path in front of me. I would like to pursue college here in America however I am not an outstanding student I am a typical student that is average at school. So I am just very lost on the options I have I would appreciate if someone could help me.

First things first. What visa did you father enter on? Work visa (H1B)?


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If your parent(s) are confident that they will continue to work in the US when it comes time for you to go to college, you would be able to attend college as long as you have legal status under your parent(s).

https://www.visajourney.com/content/temporary-worker-guide#9

 

Another option is for you to adjust to student visa F1. Here is the info on student visas...

https://www.visajourney.com/content/student-visa-guide

 

You have some time so you can use the time you have to learn as much as you can. That way you can be well prepared beforehand.


“When starting an immigration journey, the best advice is to understand that sacrifices have to be made; whether it is time, money, or separation or a combination of any or all.” - NuestraUnion

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1 hour ago, NuestraUnion said:

If your parent(s) are confident that they will continue to work in the US when it comes time for you to go to college, you would be able to attend college as long as you have legal status under your parent(s).

https://www.visajourney.com/content/temporary-worker-guide#9

 

 

My dad does intend to work here, but after 21 I would no longer be under his status right?

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12 hours ago, tem said:

My dad does intend to work here, but after 21 I would no longer be under his status right?

Below is a video with options (student status, F-1 and M-1, are mentioned):

H-4 status-holders that are in bonafide marriages with US citizens are eligible to Adjust Status to a green card. H-4 status-holders that are in bonafide marriages with green card holders are eligible for immigrant visas (to Adjust Status within the US instead the spousal petition's Priority Date must be current); if their H-4 status ends then they return abroad to complete the spousal immigrant visa process and avoid unlawful presence time bars.

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12 hours ago, tem said:

My dad does intend to work here, but after 21 I would no longer be under his status right?

That is correct, but as above you could apply to adjust to F1 status.

 

bear in mind that as you are not a citizen or green card holder, you do not have the same access to federal loans/funding that many of your classmates will have. It’s not clear if funding college is a problem or not. If you need funding and you are an “average” student, your better bet is to apply to colleges further down in the rankings where you will be comparatively good as a route to getting merit funding. Your guidance counselor at school should be able to help you here, and if your school has naviance then use the college match function on it too.

 

There is additionally the risk that you will have to depart the US after graduation, unless your father has got a green card before you turn 21 or unless you can get your own work visa.

 

It’s good that you’re thinking about this all so early so that you can understand the various options and possible outcomes. Good luck!

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