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Tetro918

New Member
Hi all new here and posting trying to figure out how to change a B2 visa to a green card or citizenship.

Currently my girlfriend has been granted a B2 visa from Brazil.

She would like to eventually move to America and work here. At this point in time we do not wish to go the marriage route and would like to know what routes are available to work towards her having US citizenship.


Any information would be helpful.

Thank you
 

Sm1smom

Super Moderator
A B2 visa is for tourism, it has no path forward to a work visa, permanent residency or US citizenship.
 

Tetro918

New Member
A B2 visa is for tourism, it has no path forward to a work visa, permanent residency or US citizenship.

Yes we understand that part. How do we proceed towards what the next step is to get her towards us citizenship. The B2 served its purposes as allowing her to visit. Now we want to move on to find a permanent solution to her living and working here.
 

SusieQQQ

Well-Known Member
The first step towards citizenship is a green card. Probably, her only realistic option is to marry you. There is a possibility of a work visa, some but not all of which lead directly to green cards, but these generally require degrees and always need employer sponsorship. (If she’s a qualified nurse, it’s actually a relatively easy path..l don’t suppose she is?)
 

Sm1smom

Super Moderator
Yes we understand that part. How do we proceed towards what the next step is to get her towards us citizenship. The B2 served its purposes as allowing her to visit. Now we want to move on to find a permanent solution to her living and working here.

There’s no next step from a visitor’s visa to US citizenship.

The only path forward to working and living in the US is to find an employer that’s open to sponsoring her for a work visa, or you get married and sponsor her for permanent residency. She’ll need to be a US permanent resident first before you can even start thinking of citizenship.
 

1AurCitizen

Registered Users (C)
Hi all new here and posting trying to figure out how to change a B2 visa to a green card or citizenship.

Currently my girlfriend has been granted a B2 visa from Brazil.

She would like to eventually move to America and work here. At this point in time we do not wish to go the marriage route and would like to know what routes are available to work towards her having US citizenship.

A b2 visa is for tourism and short visits. Applying for a B2 visa requires presenting evidence of strong ties to home, which now looks like your girlfriend seems to lack with an American boyfriend. Her strong ties are to the US and not to Brasil. When did she get the b2 visa?

As others noted, any permanent move to America is a lengthy process. The relatively fastest is for you to travel to Brasil or a third country and get married, then you petition her for a CR-1 visa.
 

SusieQQQ

Well-Known Member
. At this point in time we do not wish to go the marriage route

It’s also worth noting that if/when you do decide to go the marriage route it will probably take 12-14 months for her to be able to join you after marriage/filing, so plan ahead.
 

Tetro918

New Member
Interesting. So the only way other then marriage is finding a employer that would sponsor her. So what is the normal process for a employer to sponsor someone?
 

SusieQQQ

Well-Known Member
Interesting. So the only way other then marriage is finding a employer that would sponsor her. So what is the normal process for a employer to sponsor someone?

https://my.uscis.gov/exploremyoptions/h1_visas_for_temporary_workers

Bear in mind H1B is oversubscribed each year (other than university academic positions not subject to a quota) so approved applications are put into a lottery - so even if she can find an employer willing and able to sponsor her it still doesn’t guarantee a visa. No guaranteed path to green card and will have to leave US after 6 years or earlier if she is retrenched and no other H1 sponsorship offer forthcoming.

There are also EB options that directly lead to green cards but those tend to be harder to get sponsored for - again, unless she is a qualified nurse.
https://my.uscis.gov/exploremyoptions/eb1_permanent_workers
https://my.uscis.gov/exploremyoptions/green_card_through_job_offer
https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/permanent-workers
 
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1AurCitizen

Registered Users (C)
Bear in mind H1B is oversubscribed each year (other than university academic positions not subject to a quota) so approved applications are put into a lottery - so even if she can find an employer willing and able to sponsor her it still doesn’t guarantee a visa. No guaranteed path to green card and will have to leave US after 6 years or earlier if she is retrenched and no other H1 sponsorship offer forthcoming.

Yep, as stated, a looonnnggg process. Her qualifications have not been stated here. H1b may possibly not be an option then.

H1b visas start out as temporary visas for jobs that cannot be filled by Americans. Not to mention the lottery and quota an individual has to go through. Lottery begins in less than a month, April 1.
 
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