email@example.com wrote on 09/05/08 11:50:
> i came over here in 2001 with my 2 children to visit my boyfriend who
> is a american by birth, we can on a visa waiver program from the uk.
> well the story is we got married while i was here legally, and just
> stayed on, now my oldest son has graduated school and my youngest has
> just started high school, but we have done nothing legally to change
> our status, so in effect we are here illegally but came into the
> country legally, what do i do now, my son wants to work but hasn't got
> a ssn etc, and some of the info i have received i will have to leave
> the us and start the process from the uk, my kids really only have
> known living here, and i can't take them out of the country, and it
> just seems to expensive all the paper work to do, is there a easy way
> of doing it or do i have to try and find about $6000 to make us legal.
> thanks for any input
This depends on a lot of things. Generally, overstays are sort-of forgiven for
spouses of US citizens. So, your husband could file an I-130 for you and you
could file an I-485 to get a Greencard.
For your children, it may or may not be possible to get a GC.
In general, whenever there is some doubt, the best way is to seek the advice of
an immigration lawyer.
I am not a lawyer.
For reliable advice, consult a competent immigration attorney.