Upon completing your course of studies, your student visa will typically expire and you are supposed to return to your country of residency. However, under certain circumstances, you are allowed to extend the terms of your student visa. If you do not extend your visa and remain in the United States, then you will be here illegal and will not be afforded the protection and benefits of the states (such as gaining employment or traveling).
If you want to stay in the United States upon graduating and finishing the purpose of your original student visa, you have six general options.
Obtaining a green card is a long process. The United States only grants green cards in specific instances, including: employment sponsorship, diversity immigrants, and for refugees and asylum.
If you want to extend your student visa stay in the United States, then you should consult an immigration lawyer. He can assess the options available to you, file your necessary court papers, and represent you at your immigration hearings.
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