Help the Swede
November 3, 2010 1:43 PM Subscribe
How can someone from Sweden in the U.S. on an expiring H-1B visa stay here longer, preferably permanently?
posted by huckit to Law & Government (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm posting this for a friend of mine. He would really like to stay in the U.S. and is looking to see if you have any creative ideas or experience with immigration to the U.S. from Sweden. I will add that he has a girlfriend here and has at least considered the possibility of marriage, though that is not an ideal solution. He says:
My story , the short version...
I am from Sweden, and have been in the US, back and forth, for about 12 years.
The last five years have been on a H-1B Visa.
First 3 years, then a two year extension for a Marketing position at a FBO Company in Washington State (aircraft rental, pilot training, aviation fuel services, maintenance, parts sale, and a small store).
I have a Bachelors Degree from WSU in Business Administration, with a minor in Marketing.
I also have both a Aircraft Maintenance Technician Certificate and Pilot's license (FAA).
My Work Visa expired Oct. 1, 2010.
I applied for a change of status until Nov, 7, 2010 (have got a verification mail that they got my request and are processing it)
So I probably have to head back to Sweden here shortly :-(
I actively play both Ultimate Frisbee and Hockey for recreational purposes.
I feel like i better "fit in" here in the US, but as we all know, it is not that easy to get your Visa if you want to to it right. I am running out of options, but I hope there might be someone out there that has the knowledge, an idea, a suggestion, anything on how I could be able to have my future here in the United States.
Thank You for your time and assistance!