Prior Removal Order-INA § 212(a)(9)(A)(iii)

An individuals that has been ordered removed is inadmissible for a specified period of time depending on the type of removal proceeding or the reason for removal:

  • 5 Years. An individual who was removed in an expedited removal proceeding under INA § 235(b) or removal proceedings under INA § 240 initiated upon the individual's arrival in the U.S., may not seek admission for five years.
  • 10 Years. An individual already present in the U.S. who was ordered removed may not seek admission within ten years of departure.
  • 20 Years. An individual who has been ordered removed more than once must wait 20 years before seeking admission.