Our Chicago immigration law firm can help you stay in lawful status. A foreign national who remains in the U.S. beyond the authorized period of stay begins accruing unlawful presence and may become subject to inadmissibility for 3 or 10 years.
- Nonimmigrants admitted until a specific date begin accruing unlawful presence on the date the authorized period of admission expires, as noted on Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Card.
- Nonimmigrants admitted to the United States for D/S begin accruing unlawful presence on the date USCIS finds a status violation while adjudicating a request for another immigration benefit, or on the date an immigration judge finds a status violation in the course of proceedings.
Unlawful presence in the U.S. can have severe consequences, including inability to return to the U.S. for three or more years. The laws and regulations are exceedingly complex and any issues concerning unlawful presence need professional analysis. We can help you understand your legal situation and can counsel you regarding your long-term immigration goals depending on your personal or business needs.