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Bars to Returning to the U.S.

Orlando Immigration & Deportation Defense Attorney

The United States removal law is based on the Immigration and Nationality Act, which does not allow violations of visas to be made. The U.S. can bar aliens from returning to this country after they have committed an illegal act or aggravated felony. The three- and ten-year bars to immigration result from unlawful presence. These bars are powerful and serious penalties that prohibit immigrants from returning to the United States for a set amount of time. Overstaying a visa is also a violation that is taken seriously, often considered as serious as committing a crime while retaining temporary residence in the country.

Aliens will be blacklisted for a certain amount of time if they are convicted of a criminal offense or overstay a visa. Once removed from the country, the alien can be barred for ten years. There are specific circumstances, however, that can lead to a bar of 20 years. If the alien is deported and has been removed on a prior occasion, then the 20-year bar can go into effect. By illegally attempting to reenter the country after being deported, an alien can be criminally charged. Another situation that often leads to a bar from the United States is fraudulent marriage in immigration cases. These situations are taken seriously and are not overlooked.

Legal Assistance with Bars

The removal process can prove to be very complicated, especially if a person has been barred from the country as a result of a criminal conviction or violation. Each case is completely different and has many unique factors that can affect the outcome. The laws that are set in place for reentry after removal are difficult to navigate and understand. For these reasons, immigrants to the United States often find it helpful to enlist the help of a qualified attorney.

Please contact one of our immigration lawyers from Brown Immigration Law for aggressive and effective legal assistance.

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