Foreign nationals who have been ordered deported or removed from the U.S., have been issued an expedited removal order, or who have violated the terms of a voluntary departure order by not timely departing the United States, have common questions – Can they ever re-enter the United States? Do they have to wait for 5 or 10 years before they can re-enter the United States? Can they ever obtain their permanent resident status (i.e. green card)?
These foreign nationals have the same dilemma – as a result of being previously deported or removed from the U.S., or having been issued a expedited removal order, or who have violated the terms of a voluntary departure order by not timely departing the United States, are inadmissible to the United States for a specified period of years under INA § 212(a)(9)(A).
The good news is that these foreign national’s do have options available – whether it be to obtain non-immigrant status (i.e. B-1/B-2, H-1B, E, F, L, etc.) or immigrant status (i.e. green card). While each foreign national’s situation is different in terms of the benefits they are seeking and how soon they can apply for a waiver, in most situations, an experienced attorney who has extensive experience in waivers (such as SRW Border Lawyers) will be able to provide the foreign national with a good idea of when they should consider applying for the waiver. Not only that, SRW Border Lawyers can help the foreign national determine how to coordinate their waiver application with their non-immigrant and immigrant applications to allow for the smoothest possible process. Additionally, our team also analyzes the previous removal order to determine whether there is any legal and/or factual basis to challenge the removal order itself.
Should the foreign national wish to re-enter the U.S. prior to the end of their inadmissibility bar, they do have a option – they may apply for permission to reapply for admission into the U.S. by submitting Form I-212, Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States After Deportation or Removal, to the appropriate agency (dependent on the circumstances of the removal and the purpose for which entry is being sought). Luckily, unlike some other waiver applications, the I-212 application is a one time application and is valid for both immigrant and non-immigrant purposes.
If you are a foreign national who has been previously ordered removed, been issued an expedited removal order and/or violated the terms of a voluntary departure order, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with our experienced attorneys.