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Entry Without Inspection

Entry Without Inspection (“EWI”) (and its consequences)

  • Less than 6 months of Unlawful Presence: When an alien enters the U.S. without inspection (for example, crossing the border without a visa) one time and stays in the US less than 6 months, s/he does not face any bar to returning provided s/he leaves before he has been unlawfully present for 180 days.
  • Between 6 Months and 1 Year of Unlawful Presence: When an alien enters the U.S. without inspection one time and stays in the U.S. more than 6 months but less than 1 year, and then leaves the U.S., s/he faces a ban of 3 years. This ban is generally waiveable with an I-601 waiver for someone who can show that at least one “qualifying relative will suffer “extreme hardship.”
  • More than 1 Year of Unlawful Presence: When an alien enters the US as an EWI one time and stays in the U.S. more than 1 year, and then leaves the U.S., he faces a ban of 10 years. This ban is generally waiveable with an I-601 waiver for someone who can show that at least one “qualifying relative” will suffer “extreme hardship.”
  • When an alien enters the U.S. as an EWI and stays in the U.S. more than one year in aggregate, then leaves and enters again or attempts to enter again, he is banned for life. This ban can generally be waived with an I-601 waiver but not until the alien has first spent 10 years outside the US.

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