Immigration Issues/F1 and Marriage


Is it possible for an F1 student to marry an American?
Does that automatically disqualify him from F1 status?
Is he able to gain a different status if he loses F1?

No, there is no bar on an F1 student marrying a US Citizen. In fact there are many advantages. Once your US citizen spouses petitions for you, you can get a work permit while waiting for the visa application to process.  Also, although not immediately, if you are going to a state school, once you establish your residence, and live a certain amount of time in-state, you get the in-state tuition rate.

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Alexander J. Hay


I am a U.S. lawyer with offices in Houston, Texas and in Belize. I can answer questions on U.S. Immigration, U.S. corporate law, and Offshore Tax and Asset Planning.
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Harvard University, A.B. degree; University of Houston Law Center, J.D. Degree; Fulbright Scholar

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