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Girlfriend's student visa expiring, lost H-1B lottery, but we're in love

Hi y'all,

I wasn't super sure this would be the appropriate sub for this but I wanted to quickly share my situation and see if I can gather any new advice.

Basically, my girlfriend is currently on an F visa which expires in 2 months, after which she has 60 days to leave the U.S. She applied for an H-1B through our employer but unfortunately it did not go through.

Considering how difficult the process would be for her to leave the country and then subsequently come back later, we have basically narrowed our options to either 1) we decide to get married now while she is still in the U.S. or 2) we break up and accept that things just won't work.

I am seriously in love with her but we have only known each other for 8 months and have been dating for a shorter time than that. I know that I am probably not ready to commit and get married but it's frustrating to know that if that doesn't happen we will probably not be together for years and would effectively break up.

I know this reads as an emotional post that is more about my feelings than immigration but I just wanted to explore every avenue possible before making a decision. Thanks in advance for your help and I apologize if I broke any rules!

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