I’ve been in a relationship with my girlfriend for 2 years now and it’s become a tremendous struggle because she’s here on an F1 Visa from China and it’s literally impossible to get student loans, grants or scholarships as an international foreign student. As her boyfriend, we are planning to get married when the time is right, but I’m currently unemployed and this is an extremely challenging time personally, financially and economically. Tuition fees are extraordinarily high for foreign international students and while my girlfriend does have a social security number, she is limited to only work 20 hours per week and the job must be sponsored by her school, San Jose City College. As some may be aware, the cost of living here in the Greater Bay Area (San Jose, Ca.) is one of the highest in the world and while we’re trying to work through this period as a team, we are both trying do whatever possible to make ends meets….but we are in financial crisis and she may have no choice but to return back home to China.
She has OPT opportunities this Fall as well, but these positions are very likely volunteer for experience positions – and she must be enrolled in school full-time as well….so this makes the situation almost impossible.
I have nowhere else to turn, so if anyone out there is reading this and interested to help, I would be extremely grateful and appreciative for any financial assistance you can provide. If your contribution goes directly to the school or via another method (in any way, shape or form you feel comfortable with) it would be a blessing.
Our relationship is at stake and everything we’ve worked so hard for is on the verge of collapsing. If there’s anyone out there who can help, I kindly ask for your consideration to help, even with other job opportunities (or other employment offers) that could possibly assist…. but I’m not sure she would really have the time.
We’ve invested 2 years in our relationship and although we’ve come a long way, we still have a long journey ahead and we’ll be devastated if we fail and she has to return home for financially related reasons. If necessary, I’d be happy to provide any proof, credentials or documentation that you may require for further evidence.
Thanks for reading and I hope to hear back from you.