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Entering without Inspection
When an individual enters this country, they are required to do so at an inspections point, such as those found at airports or other transportation locations. If the person enters this country at a location without inspection, this is referred to as coming over the border illegally and that person is considered to have entered the country illegally, also referred to as entering without inspection (EWI).
At The Federal Practice Group, we have extensive experience assisting clients with all types of immigration issues. If you or a family member is facing charges of EWI or other legal problem regarding immigration, contact our firm to find out how a DC immigration lawyer can help.
When a person comes into the U.S. as EWI, their presence is considered unlawful. This means that should they be discovered by immigration and/or law enforcement, they would be deemed inadmissible. This classification is different from an individual who legally entered this country but overstayed their visa or committed a crime while here. In these situations, the individual is deemed removable.
When an individual is deemed as inadmissible, they are barred from entering the U.S. in the future. The length of time they are forbidden to do so depends on the length of time they were here illegally before being discovered. If they were in the U.S. illegally from 180 days to one year, then they will not be able to apply to enter legally for three years. If they were here for longer than one year illegally, then they will be barred from applying to enter legally for 10 years.
There are circumstances under which the bar may be lifted.
A DC immigration attorney can evaluate your situation to see if you qualify for this lifting of the ban. One of the main circumstances where the ban may be reconsidered is when the individual is married to or is the child of a United States citizen or a person has legal permanent resident status and it can be shown that failure to allow the individual into the country will pose an extreme hardship to parent or spouse if they are not allowed to enter the U.S.
The process may be a long one, however, it is possible to begin the process while the individual is still in the U.S. It is important to keep in mind, however, that the no matter where individual is located when they begin the process, they will likely be required to leave the U.S. in order to be interviewed at a U.S. consulate in their country of origin.
Contact a Seasoned DC Immigration Attorney
If you or a relative entered the country without obtaining inspection, the penalties for this illegal entry can be fire. It is critical that you contact an immigration attorney DC clients turn to from The Federal Practice Group so we can begin to rectify your case before immigration officials become involved and you or your loved one is charged with EWI. The government may look more favorably on your case if you begin the legal process to stay on your own and not because you are being detained or have been deported.