I have a friend who's here on a tourist visa ending end of January. She is a safey engineer with a small consulting firm back home, which is currently in complete meltdown economically/politically, and on the brink of a revolution or civil war. With 700% inflation this year alone, her earnings there are literally meaningless. Her son of 11 years is back home with her parents.
How can she realistically, aside from being married, stay in the U.S. and work, and bring her son (he has a tourist visa as well for the U.S.). As her tourist visa is expiring soon, what are her options here? If she returns home, she goes into chaos, a very dangerous situation (there's been extreme looting/civil unrest already breaking out), with food and medicine shortages, and cannot return legally for several months under her tourist visa. It is possible she could go back and get her son and come back in several months, assuming (and hoping) she is not blocked by immigration. She has a possible case for asylum, but it would not make sense for her to apply for it until she has her son here. She's very sharp and capable, and just a high quality/value person all around, with English mediocre and improving. My understanding regarding getting a professional work visa is that it is a lottery (what percentage chance roughly?), not available for over a year, and does not mean she can stay meantime, IF she can find a company to vouch for her and apply for her. And that a student visa only buys her some time, but very limited work possibilities.
Trying to help a good person (and her son), in a dangerous and deteriorating situation find their way to a better life.
Any help/suggestions much appreciated.