Immigration Issues/F1 student - work

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my friend is here on an F1 visa. she wasn't able to pay for her tution fee so opted for employment even though her SSN states that she is not supposed to work without authorization. She'z about to get married to a citizen but she fears her work history (she has been working for a year now)  might hinder her from changing her status once she gets married.
just wanted to know if her work history can affect her if she's to apply for citizenship later on after getting married
and, is there anything that can be done?

Answer
Hi,

Bona fide marriage to a U.S. citizen will result in issuance of EAD (employment authorization document) and ability to adjust status within the U.S. since initial entry to the U.S. was legal: www.h1b1.com/Uscitizen.htm

Proper filing of sponsorship paperwork with the USCIS also absolves technical violations of status such as employment without authorization.

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I can answer your questions on employment and family-based U.S. Immigration Law. Expertise in various immigration categories includes the following: H-1B, L-1, O-1, PERM (labor certification), EB-1 to EB-3 I-140 employment-based immigrant petitions, family or fiance(e) or spousal sponsorship, visa extension or change of status, adjustment of status, naturalization (citizenship), etc.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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