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Me and my girlfriend looking for apartments to rent and the application forms we got from a couple of apartments in Dallas area have a requirement that foreign residents need to show their current visa for valid verification. So I'm confused because I was thinking my immigration status won't matter while renting an apartment as my girlfriend is the one with income but we both need to be on the lease to show uscis, you know. So how do we overcome this issue and be on the lease together as I'm out of status with expired student visa? 

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43 minutes ago, Hopefulnomad said:

Me and my girlfriend looking for apartments to rent and the application forms we got from a couple of apartments in Dallas area have a requirement that foreign residents need to show their current visa for valid verification. So I'm confused because I was thinking my immigration status won't matter while renting an apartment as my girlfriend is the one with income but we both need to be on the lease to show uscis, you know. So how do we overcome this issue and be on the lease together as I'm out of status with expired student visa? 

We had a similar issue, seems the problem in most cases is to do with credit reporting with SSN... eg failed to pay rent etc.. he just explained our situation, they added me no problem.. 

 

try explaining situation, or find a different realtor 


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47 minutes ago, Hopefulnomad said:

So how do we overcome this issue and be on the lease together as I'm out of status with expired student visa? 

It is perfectly fine for landlords to ask for evidence that their tenants are present legally in the  US. I am a landlord myself and I absolutely ask for that on my form.

 

So you are currently present illegally? You said your out of status on student visa? Are you no longer taking at least 12 credit hours this semester?

 

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33 minutes ago, Duke & Marie said:

We had a similar issue, seems the problem in most cases is to do with credit reporting with SSN... eg failed to pay rent etc.. he just explained our situation, they added me no problem.. 

 

try explaining situation, or find a different realtor 

Right I understand. I guess we will keep looking for other apartments that don't question immigration status. 

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8 minutes ago, Hopefulnomad said:

Correct. Otherwise I wouldn't be asking such a question. 

VJ members often ask questions about their evidence of status/authorized stay not being accepted, not so much about being out of status and looking for a place to live.

 

As noted, you can try to find somebody who doesn't verify status. They are well within their rights to do so, barring if local laws state otherwise. It is illegal to knowingly harbor an illegal alien and it's not something many landlords want to get involved with.


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9 minutes ago, geowrian said:

VJ members often ask questions about their evidence of status/authorized stay not being accepted, not so much about being out of status and looking for a place to live.

 

As noted, you can try to find somebody who doesn't verify status. They are well within their rights to do so, barring if local laws state otherwise. It is illegal to knowingly harbor an illegal alien and it's not something many landlords want to get involved with.

I understand. I appreciate your response. 

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21 hours ago, Hopefulnomad said:

Me and my girlfriend looking for apartments to rent and the application forms we got from a couple of apartments in Dallas area have a requirement that foreign residents need to show their current visa for valid verification. So I'm confused because I was thinking my immigration status won't matter while renting an apartment as my girlfriend is the one with income but we both need to be on the lease to show uscis, you know. So how do we overcome this issue and be on the lease together as I'm out of status with expired student visa? 

My now wife lives with me in my apartment. She came over on a k1 visa. She is not on my lease because they weren't willing to add her, but I added her on my renters insurance and everything else I have, to show USCIS when it is our time to interview. I am pretty confident that her not being on the lease will not deny her AOS when she is on everything else.  Good luck!

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43 minutes ago, Zach2015 said:

My now wife lives with me in my apartment. She came over on a k1 visa. She is not on my lease because they weren't willing to add her, but I added her on my renters insurance and everything else I have, to show USCIS when it is our time to interview. I am pretty confident that her not being on the lease will not deny her AOS when she is on everything else.  Good luck!

Thank you for the reply I appreciate it. So i take it that for your apartment management it was not a problem the fact that your wife could not be added on the lease even though she could live there with you? The reason I ask is because I thought it was required for every occupant living in the apartment to be on the lease. 

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1 hour ago, Hopefulnomad said:

Thank you for the reply I appreciate it. So i take it that for your apartment management it was not a problem the fact that your wife could not be added on the lease even though she could live there with you? The reason I ask is because I thought it was required for every occupant living in the apartment to be on the lease. 

I just renewed my lease for the fourth year and they know she’s there and on my renters insurance and they haven’t said anything. I don’t know if it’s because I have been a great tenant with no problems and always pay on time, but they didn’t require her on the lease. 

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