Post: Illegal Minor Trying To Acquire Green Card/Citizenship
Posted by Jason on 10/29/11
I have a friend who is 16 years old and currently living
with her family here in the United States. Her parents are
permanent residents (not sure if they've become naturalized
or not) and have three other children born as U.S. citizens.
At birth, my friend was left in her home country of El
Salvador by her parents due to family and financial issues.
She lived there with her abusive grandparents for 10 years
until her parents afforded enough money to hire a coyote to
bring her over here illegally.
At this point in her life, she is dreading what may happen
to her if she is found out and deported back to El Salvador.
She desperately wants to stay in America and become a legal
citizen. I've done a bit of research and have learned that
if one's parents are naturalized, they can sponsor their
alien child to become naturalized as well, but I've only
read this in concern to those children with some form of a
green card already and who haven't illegally entered the
I was hoping someone would be able to tell me what possible
routes she can follow in this situation. Do take into
consideration the circumstances of her wanting to marry a
U.S. citizen (as she is currently in a sturdy, loving
relationship), the burden and fear she has of having to go
back to her home country for a long duration, and the
want/need of herself and family maintaining their bond here
supporting each other.
Any help on this matter is greatly appreciated (legal loop
holes and unconventional ideas are welcome). Thank you so
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- Illegal Minor Trying To Acquire Green Card/Citizenship, 10/29/11, by Jason.