I’ve been deported from the U.S. Can I re-enter the country?

On Behalf of | Mar 16, 2024 | US Immigration Law

If you are a non-U.S. citizen, you may be removed from the country on a number of grounds. If you are facing deportation, you might be wondering if you can ever step foot in the U.S. again.

While it is difficult to re-enter the U.S. after deportation, it is not entirely impossible. Your eligibility for re-entry, however, depends on a number of factors such as the reasons for your deportation as well as the number and nature of violations on your record.

Understanding deportation

When the U.S. government no longer wants you in the country, it will initiate a removal proceeding. This can happen under the following circumstances:

  • If you are convicted of certain crimes
  • If you commit immigration fraud
  • If you fail to maintain your visa status

Depending on what led to your removal from the country, you may be allowed back after some time period. Here are some of the waiting periods that you need to be aware of:

The 5-year waiting period

If you were deported at the point of entry or if your entry is inadmissible, you may be barred from the country for five years. The same applies if you do not show up for your immigration case or if you prematurely leave your court proceedings.

The 10-year waiting period

Sometimes, the immigration court may order your removal from the country regardless of your appearance or absence from the court for your case. In this case, you may be barred from entering the country for 10 years.

The 20-year waiting period

If you have been deported before, and you try to illegally enter the country before your 10-year waiting period elapses, then you could face a 20-year ban from the U.S.

Permanent removal

If you have been convicted of certain crimes like aggravated felony, then you may be permanently banned from entering the U.S.

Whether you can be allowed back into the country or not after deportation entirely depends on the circumstances of your case. Find out how proper legal assistance can help you safeguard your rights when facing deportation from the U.S.