What to do if f I’m an au pair currently on a J1 visa and would like to change my visa status so that I can legally work any job and live here for the foreseeable future?

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What to do if f I’m an au pair currently on a J1 visa and would like to change my visa status so that I can legally work any job and live here for the foreseeable future?

What visa should I change to? How easy will it be? and what is the process?

Asked on December 4, 2012 under Immigration Law, New York

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SB, Member, California / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

There is no such thing as just blanket employment authorization unless you are a green card holder.  Until then, your employment authorization is tied to an employer.  IF you are qualified for a different type of work visa, such as H-1B (requiring at least a bachelor's degree ), and you find an employer who offers you a position and successfully petitions for your H-1B visa, then you will be able to change status from J-1 to H-1B.


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