Visa Overstay and Illegal Presence in the US: Criteria and Penalties

The 1996 Illegal Immigrant Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) passed by the Congress defines the criteria and penalties on individuals who enter the US and stay beyond the permitted period of time. Sections 222(g) and 212(a) (9) (B) are the sections of the Immigration and Nationality Act defining the conditions and penalties involved with visa overstays and unlawful presence of aliens respectively.

The determination of how and when these provisions apply to an individual is a complex process. However, penalties are significant and it is usual for individuals to be charged under these two provisions to consult an immigration attorney. It is also useful to be aware of the general criteria and consequences of unlawful entry/stays in the US.

INA Section 222(G) Visa Overstays

The provision for visa overstays apply to aliens who have been admitted on a nonimmigrant visa and remained beyond the permitted period. Such an alien will be ineligible to apply for readmission as a nonimmigra … Continue reading

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Family Based Immigration Bill: What you Should Know

The US Immigration system is set to receive a major overhaul, with the passing of a new and historic immigration bill. The bill is the first major reform to the US immigration in several decades, since the 1986 amnesty bill. While the Senate bill expands immigration access to several categories including asylum seekers, temporary workers and undocumented immigrants, there are several cuts proposed in existing family based immigration.

Current family based immigration rules

The present guidelines of the Immigration and Nationality Act allow foreigners to immigrate to the US based on their relationship with a legal permanent resident (a green card holder) or a US citizen. As long as the relationship can be proved, petitions for the immigration of the following relatives may be made.

US Citizens can make petitions for the following:

  • Wife or husband
  • Unmarried child under 21 years
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The Top Facts about Sponsoring a Spouse for a Green Card

Sponsoring anyone for a green card is much harder these days than it used to be since it has been so abused. However, there are ways for a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident to sponsor their spouse for a green card.  Since 9/11 immigrants are having a hard time getting into the U.S. Sponsoring anyone is not only time consuming, but if not done properly, the application may be rejected and they stand the risk of being sent back to their country.

The belief you can sponsor anyone to get a green card just because they are your fiancé or spouse will only disappoint you and your spouse. It’s harder than you think to bring a non-American into the U.S. by way of marriage. In other words, just because you’re married doesn’t mean they will get an instant green card.

It’s a multi-step process to get a green card. There are many nuances involved and traps for the unwary. To make sure your spouse or fiancé doesn’t get send right back you have to be prepared every step of the way and to go through the proper p … Continue reading

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Эммануил В. Меймарис: Надежный Адвокат и Консультант по Вопросам Бизнеса

Emmanuel Meimaris Boston MA LawyerЭммануил В. Меймарис, адвокат в районе Бостона, создал солидную репутацию в области иммиграционного права, а также в других юридических областях. За 18 лет частной практики его клиенты оценили его как адвоката, честность, трудовая этика и юридические знания которого являются первоклассными. Это особенно важно в области иммиграционного законодательства. Более пристальное внимание к иммигрант … Continue reading

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Του Θεοδώρου Καλμούκου

Ο Εμμανουήλ Μεϊμάρης είναι ο κορυφαίος ομογενής δικηγόρος της Μασαχουσέτης με ειδίκευση στα μεταναστευτικά ζητήματα, χωρίς βέβαια να περιορίζεται μόνο σ’ αυτά, αλλά οι νομικές του δραστηριότητες καλύπτουν ευρύ φάσμα νομικών ειδικοτήτων.

Κατά τη διάρκεια των 18 ετών που ασκεί το λειτούργημα του δικηγόρου διαθέτ … Continue reading

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