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  1. Hi everyone, I recently became a permanent resident and would like to begin the process of bringing my long time girlfriend over from Germany. We are both in our early-mid twenties and she is currently studying in Germany. If we proceed with the normal route, I believe it will take at least a year to two years, possibly longer and this is where things get a little complicated. For what my girlfriend wants to do in the States that is in the medical field, she has to study in the US and so the main issue here is being able to get her over as an international student while under sponsorship to immigrate. There are really only two ways I can think of to go about this. 1. We get married ASAP and proceed with the normal method i.e file the I-130 and simply wait while I am here and she is still in Germany. The main issue with this is that it will set her back at least a few years in terms of education as she cannot transfer her German credentials to the US for working in that field. In addition to this, even if we had no problem waiting for 3+ years, the chances are high that the visa would be complete before she is actually finished with her current program in Germany which would prevent her from finishing when she is already at the very end. 2. We don't get married now, but instead have her get an F1 visa later in 2020, then once she is here we follow the 90 day rule, get married and begin sponsorship this way. There are a few problems with this. First is that adjustment of status is not possible when sponsoring as an LPR. The only reason I still have this route listed is because I consulted with an immigration service who said that while adjustment of status is not possible, it is still possible to sponsor her while she is in the country on an F1 and the only difference is that she will have to go to her home country for the interview. Second, she has about half the funds needed to show USCIS as a student and if I want to give her the other half, they will inevitably find out where the funds are coming from and therefore may very well deny her F1 visa for not meeting the non-immigrant intent requirement. 3. We get married now, file the I-130 and she applies for her F1 later in 2020. I'm pretty sure this is impossible, but perhaps some people have managed to make this work anecdotally. It is quite logical that people who are under sponsorship to immigrate may still want to use their time waiting to study in the US. Thank you for reading and anyone who has their own experiences with sponsoring a spouse as an LPR, please do provide any information you think may be relevant.
  2. Hello, My brother who is on B1/B2 visa currently in states would like to join a community college. My questions are: Can he obtain a I-20? Can he simply stay here and start studying without going out of US and obtain F1 visa? Is change of status legally allowed from B1/B2 to F1? Thank you.
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