Hi, I am a US citizen and i am going to marry a Colombian National. She is currently a J-1 status and is spanish hgh school teacher. Her H1 sponsorship ends Jan 9, 2009 so she is only teaching ubtil Jan9, 2009. She has been here legally for 10 years. She was just granted a 2 year waiver for her J1 by the USA and Colombian govt's last month . But she realizes she would need a new h1 sponsor to stay past Jan 9, 2009 as her H1 sponsorship expires with the current employer.
But, it has all changed as we have decided to get married! We need to find out what the best course of action is next, and how marrying an immigrant while still in the USA, with j1 status, and a 2 year waiver, affects her status? We would like to marry within the next month or as soon possible. But of course we feel it is prudent to understand the facts first.
1) Does her status change after marriage? If yes, how quickly does it change from the date of the marriage in the usa?
2) Can she stay in the usa past Jan 9, 2009 due the fact that she is now married to a us citizen?
3) Can she then work, if she can stay past Jan 9, 2009 because she is married to a US citizen?
I appreciate your help. Thank you, kevin