We have hosted an au pair for the past two years. She is from Ecuador. Her visa expired on 10/28/06. Back in August, we made a decision to sponsor her as a student in the US. We went to a local college and discussed this situation. They gave us all the details and paperwork to fill out. As a sponsor we had to give information about finances and other details. During our time at the college, we were concerned about the fact that she wouldn't be starting classes until January and that her visa was expiring in October. We even asked if we should enroll her in classes in September, even though she wasn't prepared to take the classes. They said it wouldn't be a problem and not to worry about the gap in status. They said that as long as there was paperwork in motion, everything would work out okay. Well it didn't work out okay. We got a denial letter today stating that there was a gap in status and this would mean an automatic denial. They said that the gap could only be 30 days, which would be around December 8, 2006. We had a difference of 43 days.
Is there anything we can do to fix this situation?
Any help is appreciated.