Why is it so hard for international students & H1-B’s to change their ‘status’ whilst in the USA?

What happens if you wake up one day and decide that you no longer wish to be on a visa but want the full and complete proper package, namely the Green Card in hand and immediately on a direct pathway to US citizenship and the blue and gold US passport to freely live and work unrestricted in all 50 US states nationwide as a born American can?

Can it be done and if so, what is the shortest possible timescale involved? 

5 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    Temporary visas are just that - TEMPORARY. You are required to return home, and you had to plan on that even before you applied for the visa. Requirements for temporary student or employment visas are very different from requirements for immigration. Just because you qualify to go to school does not mean you will ever qualify to work, even temporarily. Just because you qualify to work temporarily does not mean you qualify to immigrate, or even to continue your employment (employment needs constantly change!). 

    You're going home. So get over yourself. Even if you marry a US citizen, that's no guarantee you can remain, even on a temporary (conditional) green card. Too many people try this route, so authorities are on the lookout for such immigration FRAUD. And it gets you barred permanently - not so much as a tourist visa in your future. 

  • 1 month ago

    Because to adjust status from being on a student or work visa means you have married a US citizen or US Permanent Resident.  

  • Lisa A
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Because what they want it not relevant. It is what America needs that is relevant. American laws should be for the benefit of the American people. 

  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    You can "wake up one day" and decide you want to be a cat, that doesn't make it so. There's a program for foreign students majoring in certain fields that enables them to seek work visas after receiving their degrees. This is based on employment needs as all forms of immigration should be. You're very quick to give away the store on US citizenship when the nations you hold citizenship in are actually far more difficult to achieve PR status in. One wonders why that is. The US already takes in more legal immigrants annually than any other country. 

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Odd use of quotes around the word "status."  What, is this a disputed concept now?

    F*ck off and die, Andre, you pompous sh*thead.  You think you're much more intelligent than you are.

    The reason it is difficult is that we don't want to give everybody in the world U.S. citizenship on demand. This isn't that difficult to comprehend.

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