Winnetka, IL asked in Immigration Law for Illinois

Q: Hi Wanting to find out the best ways to move to the US permanently

I’m 21 years old and currently in Illinois on a J-1 visa. I’ve been in the country for almost two years and once I return home I plan on receiving my bachelors in language education.

Once I have earned my bachelors I would like to move to the US permanently but am unsure of the best ways to do so. I have a boyfriend here who’s family is extremely supportive and understanding of my situation. The problem I have is that I do not want to gain my green card by using my boyfriend for marriage. Would I be able to get a job here from my home country of South Africa? Would it be too difficult trying to apply for jobs when not in the country? I’m not sure what my best options are. I could definitely use some guidance please.

Thank you for your time.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Robert Roy Klein
Robert Roy Klein
Answered
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Los Angeles, CA

A: You'll need to see if you are subject to the 2 year home residency requirement. If so, you'll need a waiver.

If you don't want to marry, then you'll have to find a sponsor for an employment visa. With a bachelor's, you'll qualify for an EB-3. Finding a job will be difficult. Good luck.

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