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    Hi everybody ....First of all i wanted to say thank you guys for being kind enough and tell eveyone else what to do or trying to guide people like us in right directions regarding our status here in the US. i APPRECIATE you all caring .
    Here's my problem or question....
    I overstayed my visa big time well actually because i was young back then (18) when i came in the country now im 26 and i now got married to my native american girlfriend and she wants to help me adjust my status i came on a b2(tourist)visa.
    I got all the paper work ready but here's the thing i have lost my original passport but i got a new one but just that it's not that one i came here with with the visa in it but this one is a legal passport from my country my dad sent it to me ..Is it still okay can i adjust my status even though i lost my visa ? i have my original I94 as proof of visa or legal entry into the us . I have never worked not even under the table because my uncle was taking care of me now i want to be on my own i dont have a social security number ....Where do i start ? How long will it take before i get a work permit? Im in seattle washington and im african from ivory coast ....... Thank you all

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    Hi everybody ....First of all i wanted to say thank you guys for being kind enough and tell eveyone else what to do or trying to guide people like us in right directions regarding our status here in the US. i APPRECIATE you all caring .
    Here's my problem or question....
    I overstayed my visa big time well actually because i was young back then (18) when i came in the country now im 26 and i now got married to my native american girlfriend and she wants to help me adjust my status i came on a b2(tourist)visa.
    I got all the paper work ready but here's the thing i have lost my original passport but i got a new one but just that it's not that one i came here with with the visa in it but this one is a legal passport from my country my dad sent it to me ..Is it still okay can i adjust my status even though i lost my visa ? i have my original I94 as proof of visa or legal entry into the us . I have never worked not even under the table because my uncle was taking care of me now i want to be on my own i dont have a social security number ....Where do i start ? How long will it take before i get a work permit? Im in seattle washington and im african from ivory coast ....... Thank you all

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      It's good you still have the I-94. That by itself can prove you entered with inspection. Go ahead and file the adjustment package (I-130, 485, 765). There's no point in worrying about a lost visa. The most important thing in this case is that your marriage is bonafide and that you entered with inspection.

      You should get an employment authorization document (work permit) within 90 days of receipt of your properly filed forms.

      Good luck.

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