Will I Be Denied Entry to the US if I Overstayed on a Previous Trip?

Overstaying a United States visa can become a serious problem. When Canadians enter the United States on a visa and end up staying after their visa expires, which also called a US Visa overstay. If you have overstayed a United States visa in the past, you could be barred from entering the states for many years. denied

What are the consequences of a US Visa Overstay?

The consequences for overstaying a United States visa can vary. They’ve been revamped since 1996.

Here is a list of some of them:

1. You may not be able to adjust your status in the United States.
2. You may not be able to obtain a new visa for the United States unless you leave the United States and return to your home country first.
3. Your original visa may be voided.
4. You may not be able to apply for an extension of stay or change of status.
5. You could be barred from returning to the United States for three years or ten years, depending on how long you overstay your visa.

As you can see, you can be denied entry and barred from returning to the United States for many years. If you overstay your visa for between 180 days and one year, you could be barred from entering the United States for three years. If your overstay is longer than one year, you could be barred from entering for ten years.

In order to receive the bar, you would have to leave the United States on your own before the United States can institute removal proceedings.

What Should I Do?

It is very important that you reach out to a licensed immigration lawyer before your United States visa expires if you cannot leave the United States and will be overstaying. If you wait until after your visa expires, your options will become severely limited.

If you might have to overstay your United States visa or have already overstayed your visa, contact us using the form on the right or give us a call at the number above. We can help you!

Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.

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