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WorldOfPug 09-17-2019 11:01 AM

Can I apply for student loans?
I received a temporary green card not too long ago because my spouse is a US citizen. I was out-of-status pretty much my entire life (DACA) prior to becoming a permanent resident.

We had a close friend sign the affidavit of support when applying for the adjustment of my status. I am planning to start medical school soon and will need to take out government loans. I think I need to apply for FAFSA and such. I'm honestly not too familiar with the process since I didn't (couldn't) get loans when I went to college.

Will borrowing money from the government to fund school impact the friend who signed the affidavit of support?

Equally important, does taking out student loans from the government make me ineligible for renewing my green card (the 10 year version) and eventually US citizenship? Iíve read that those who take help from the government will actually be no longer eligible for a green card or citizenship but to my knowledge, student loans are ok.

Temporary = valid for 2 years

kmandream 09-17-2019 07:54 PM

Re: Can I apply for student loans?
Hell yes

Malign0n 09-17-2019 09:42 PM

Re: Can I apply for student loans?
Taking out federal student loans isn’t going to make you a public charge under the new rules change. The public charge rule looks at immigrants using welfare (TANF or SSI) or long term institutional care but now includes SNAP (food stamps), public housing, and Medicaid/publicly funded healthcare (with exceptions). The new rules are expected to take effect on Oct 15th and legal challenges are expected to postpone implementation.

Federal student loans don’t affect your immigration sponsor. You’re on the hook for paying them back.

WorldOfPug 09-17-2019 11:01 PM

Re: Can I apply for student loans?
Thank you for the clarification. I thought federal student loans were ok but I just wanted to confirm (and will do so again with a brief consult with an attorney). Need to triple check every action to be on the safe side. I guess you live with the anxiety of your past forever :(

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