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    I entered on a F1 visa to go to Grad school and after graduating left the US briefly and then returned believing my Visa (I-94?) was still valid. Of course it wasn't as I was no longer enrolled but nevertheless talked them into giving me a temporary 1 month F1 visa. I never enrolled and never returned and that was 7 years ago now. I've been living off stock trading (I have a SS card and #) and have been paying US taxes and not been working illegally. With the situation as it is I could stay here indefinitly but I would like to get it resolved.

    What are my options, if any? From reading the boards here it would seem that an AOS thru marriage would be the best way.

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    I entered on a F1 visa to go to Grad school and after graduating left the US briefly and then returned believing my Visa (I-94?) was still valid. Of course it wasn't as I was no longer enrolled but nevertheless talked them into giving me a temporary 1 month F1 visa. I never enrolled and never returned and that was 7 years ago now. I've been living off stock trading (I have a SS card and #) and have been paying US taxes and not been working illegally. With the situation as it is I could stay here indefinitly but I would like to get it resolved.

    What are my options, if any? From reading the boards here it would seem that an AOS thru marriage would be the best way.

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    • #3
      Steve, you have been lucky when they allowed you to reenter, since they don't do it most of the time if your I-94 has expired (unless you travel to Canada or Mexico and your I-94 is still valid for at least another 30 days) So, given the fact that you have an SS# since the time you were enrolled in school, you could and can use it to work given the fact that nobody will go that far to see if that SS# is associated with a valid immigration status. At this point, your problem might only be that you cannot live forever like this; if you plan to enter into a convenience marriage think it through again - it might work out, but it may not. You have to have a big stomach buddy

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      • #4
        I was very lucky that they gave me the temporary F1 - unusual for that to happen so I understand. Also my SS card doesn't have "Not for work purposes" written on it as I've been told it should. However I've never used it to get an off-campus job and now I don't really need to. I'm in a "steady state" situation now financially and it would seem legally too. I got a ticket while driving recently and I think the policeman ran my DL thru the system and nothing came up - some anxious moments. I can't leave the country of course but have no great urge or need to (parents deceased) even though I would probably be better off economically if I did. My concern is my precarious status within a country where I've spent the majority of my adult life and which I've called home for 12 years.

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        • #5
          steve, how do you live off stock trading being illegaly in the U.S.? Are you a trader working for some brokerage firm? Or you sell stocks via the Internet, hence you are totally independent and you don't really need any employer to employ you?

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          • #6
            I trade using the internet with my own cash so have no employer and in fact could do this from anywhere in the world. Not only that but as a non citizen or GC holder I would not pay any US capital gains (even on US holdings) if I was abroard. I would be liable for taxes in the country I was living but that's purely discretionary - no reporting. That's what I meant when I said I would be better off economically outside the US, the opposite of most immigrants I would say who move for money.

            Now I come to think about it, what am I doing here?!

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            • #7
              Yea, right, what r u doin' here?

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              • #8
                Manivelle, please leave your nationalist insecurities at home.

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