Q: I have a friend from Brazil in the united states on a tourist visa. She was engaged but they have broken up.
Her sponsor is her ex's sister. They have been mistreating her and trying to get her to go back to him. There has not been physical violence but she works with her sponsor. She only wants out of her sponsor. She works hard and wants to stay in the united states but doesn't know what she can do if anything. She is afraid she will get sent back to Brazil. Her sponsor owns her car even though she paid for it. The apartment she lives in is in her sponsors name. She lives in Connecticut. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
A: Your friend needs to make sure she has her passport with her at all times to avoid any problems with the sponsor. You mention she has a sponsor but is on a visitor's visa and that she was engaged. Usually someone on a visitor's visa does not need a sponsor so it is a bit confusing when you mention that. There is a lot of information that is needed to help her make the best decision. Good luck.
More information is needed, but there seems to be hope. I work on CT cases out of Hartford. I strongly recommend an appointment or teleconference with a competent and experienced immigration attorney before there are any other complications.
The consequences of a minor mistake, such as departure after unlawful presence, can be significant and long lasting.
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