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Hi, my name is Donald and I was wondering if I could marry my girlfriend here in the USA? Well I came here when i was 12, and then I've been living here for the last 5 years. and i also work here illegally due to that i graduated from high school and I had to start a life by myself, and now I'm just working at a retail store, and I had been with my girlfriend since i was 16 years old, and now that I'm 18 I want to propose her to marry me because I love her. She suggested if we could besides marry each other, that it will be nice for me to have a legal residency here so that we could visit my family out of the country legally, and work here legally without having fear of getting deported. What do I do?

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Hi,

You can marry at any time. However, for you to obtain legal residency in the U.S. through spousal sponsorship, you must have initially entered the U.S. legally (even if you subsequently overstayed). If you did not enter the U.S. legally, then it is not possible for you to adjust status in the U.S.

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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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American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) full member 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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