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    Default H1B on J1 Waiver, If I Marry Can I Apply For Green Card

    Hi all and thank you for reading,
    I am a physician currently doing my J1 waiver of the 2 year home requirement with an H1B granted for the waiver. I have completed 16 months of the 3 years required for the waiver, I live in Florida and initially I enjoyed the job and location. My question is if I happen to marry my fiancee (US citizen by birth/ born and raised in America) will that make any difference at all with my immigration status? (in my waiver time). ie. can I apply for a green card/ permanent residence and obtain it before the 3 year requirement? This way being able to leave my current employer and start my own practice/ switch jobs. I am asking this because I have been with my GF for 3 years and we just got engaged, our plans were to marry in 1 year from now but I am starting to get fed up with the abuse of my employer who is sponsoring me the H1B Visa for my waiver. We may consider getting married sooner by the Law if it changes my immigration/job situation, and later doing a big wedding ceremony. Does it make a difference?
    Any input will be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks for reading!

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    Default Re: H1B (on J1 Waiver) If I Marry Can I Apply For Green Card

    Marriage does not affect the foreign residency requirement. You can marry or not marry, but you still have to either qualify for and receive a waiver or abide by the foreign residency requirement.

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