Trying to build a life in a new country comes with many challenges.
With deportation on the rise, many immigrants must deal with another layer of stress. One way to minimize risks and work toward becoming a U.S. citizen involves knowing and avoiding the three common immigration law violations.
1. Entering the country illegally
Any foreigner entering the United States must pass an inspection by a United States Customs and Border Patrol officer. Anyone who enters without following that guideline results in getting categorized as an illegal entry. Once discovered, it may have long-lasting effects on a person’s immigration status. Penalties may include returning home to get a proper visa or getting banned from re-entry for 10 years.
2. Overstaying a visa
For immigrants with a visa, each type has an expiration date. This requires an immigrant to leave the U.S. by that specific date. If a person tries to re-enter, a CBP officer will deny entry. Anyone caught with an expired visa not only faces deportation but may also raise the chances of further visas or immigration status changes.
3. Gaining unlawful employment
While getting a job and making money often tops the reason for immigrants to come to the country, they must also obtain the legal authority to work. While this law comes with some complications and exceptions, in general, a violation occurs if a person has worked more than 180 days during a five-year period.
All three of these violations have potential consequences, but each situation has its own nuances that may result in a more positive solution.