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I have a friend who has a job offer, however is here on a student visa. He does not have a work permit, but wants to get his green card. He has been here 7 years. What would happen if he took the job and worked without a permit? What would be his options for becoming a citizen without leaving the country?

Also, what about applying for aslyum? He is from Iran and i was thinking that with the current situation in Iran about the US saying they think they have WMD there, he may be able to apply for asylum because of that. What do you think?

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Hi Joe:

Your friend can be sponsored by his employer through a process called Labor Certification: http://workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/foreign/perm.asp or he is married he can be sponsored by his spouse.

I do not recommend asylum unless it is a strong case (based on his individual persecution in Iran through his beliefs in religion, race, politics, or nationality); a denial of the asylum claim will result in deportation from the U.S.

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Ajay K. Arora, Esq.
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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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