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J-1 visa expiring soon...

Discussion in 'General J Visa and Related Issues' started by scuba80, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. scuba80

    scuba80 New Member

    I am US born citizen. My girlfriend from Bolivia just found out that she will not be able to renew/extend her J-1 visa a second time. The current J-1 visa expires in February 2014. This means she will need to stop working at her current place of employment and will not legally be able to work in the US. One option we have discussed is marriage. If we get married, then fill out all the necessary paper work for her work permit (and green card, etc.) and submit it before her current visa expires, is she able to continue working during the processing period? Or will she need to have the work permit before her visa expires in order to avoid any gaps in employment?
  2. newacct

    newacct Well-Known Member

    First, it's her status (from the I-94 and DS-2019) that determines whether she can stay and/or work in the U.S., not her "visa".

    The pending application is not enough. She will need an EAD or green card in order to legally work after her current work authorization expires. The EAD should be applied together with AOS, and can be received in 2.5 months after applying.

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