Rodrigo- () • 09/03/2010 17:38:24 PM
I'm a 20 years old chilean, and I'm currently living on the United States with my family, thanks to the H4 visa I was given because my father works here on a H1B1 visa (unique to chilean and singaporean workers).
I've been here for about a year, and plan to apply to the University of California: Berkeley (UC: Berkeley for short), but have a very specific problem to deal with: that of Californian Residency.
In California, all non-residents must pay an outrageously high fee for every credit unit taken in a local university or college, effectively making such a possibility economically inviable for foreign students who only have a middle class income at their disposal.
With this in mind, I've been trying to gain a legal residency status that's not based on Tuition, because such a residency would not exempt me from paying the fee.
Sadly, all non-tuition based residencies require that I prove I am financially independent, something my current visa precludes (I cannot work legally with an H4 visa).
A student visa wouldn't allow me to work either, so that's not really an option.
Fortunately, the company me father works for has expressed in hiring me, because I'm really good with computers and have helped them out unofficially a number of times.
It is worth mentioning that I do NOT have a bachelor/ professional degree, having finished only one year of university-level studies before coming to the U.S.
So...what Visa should I try to get?