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  1. #1
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    Default How Many Years Until Eligible for Permanent Residency

    Hello,

    I am a student on an F-1 Visa. I came as an Au Pair with a J-1. The host family I live with offered me to sponsor my Visa if I wish and I did.
    But things are going south with them and I am looking for an alternative right now.
    I have been living in the States for over 4 years now (legal at all times).

    My questions are:

    -Is there another way to stay and study (and work since they won't be sponsoring me)?

    -My friend (also german) told me there's a certain number of years in which one lives here on Visas and is then eligible for permant residence. Is that true and if yes, how many years is it?

    Thank you all very much for your help!!

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    Default Re: How Many Years Until Eligible for Permanent Residency

    Both F1 and J1 visas are non-immigrant visas, so neither gives you a basis to become a permanent resident.

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    Default Re: How Many Years Until Eligible for Permanent Residency

    If you are on F-1 and working, I hope you had arranged work authorization. Most F-1 students do not have that as an option. Illegal work is a very serious problem for future immigration processing.

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