Re-Entering the U.S. After Deportation
A person who has been deported, or “removed,” from the U.S. is subject to certain legal restrictions when it comes to re-entering the country. The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) outlines the fundamental immigration laws for the U.S. This includes when a deportee may be prevented from re-entering the country or the length of time he or she must wait prior to reentry. In certain instances, the individual may apply for a waiver of inadmissibility if they wish to seek reentry prior to the prescribed wait time period lapsing.
I’ve Been Deported. When Can I Return to the U.S.?
How long you have to wait before returning to the U.S. after being deported will depend on the reason you were deported in the first place. An individual may have to wait 5, 10, or 20 years before reentering the country or may have been barred from returning to the U.S. altogether. In some circumstances, a deported individual may return to the U.S. on a visa before the wait time has passed. It is important that you understand why exactly you were deported, what your wait time before being allowed reentry is, and what your options are if you wish to seek a waiver of your applicable wait time in order to reenter the country earlier.
You will likely be banned from re-entering the U.S. for five years if you were deported upon arrival at a U.S. port of entry due to the fact that you were found inadmissible. The five-year ban will also apply if you entered the U.S. but were immediately put through removal proceedings and then deported. The five-year ban will also be applicable in instances where an individual fails to show up for his or her removal hearing. You may also be banned from re-entry into the U.S. for ten years if the Immigration Judge at your removal hearing in Immigration Court issued a removal order.
Deportation Defense Attorney
If you are facing the possibility of deportation, Talamantes Immigration Law Firm is here to help. Do not wait until an order of removal is issued. It does not need to get to this point. If you have already been deported and are seeking reentry into the U.S. Talamantes Immigration Law Firm can help with this as well. Let us discuss your options with you. Contact Talamantes Immigration Law Firm today.
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