The consequences of overstaying a visa in the United States include a three year or 10 year bar from the country, a restriction from extension of stays or change of status, deportation and the person's existing visa is voided. The laws changed in 1996, when consequences for those people overstaying their visa were increased.Know More
An overstay could be a B-2 visitor, F-1 student, visa waiver tourist or H-4 spouse that stayed longer than the authorized time dictated on their visa when they entered the U.S.
Anyone who overstays their visa by 180 days in the U.S. is barred from the country for a specific amount of time. Generally, anyone who stays longer than 180 days but less than a year is barred from the U.S. for three years. Anyone who overstays their visa by more than a year is barred for 10 years from reentering the U.S.
A waiver can be applied for to reduce or eliminate the barred time for immigrants that have parents or a spouse in the U.S. that are citizens and proof that they would suffer severe hardship without the individual there to help support them would be needed on the form.
In order to avoid overstaying a visa in the United States, there are expiration dates clearly stated on the documents given at the time of entry. The visa holder is expected to leave before the expiration date and a stamped passport and dated airline tickets help offer proof if there is ever a question about departure time.Learn more in Immigration
Persons born in Puerto Rico on or after Jan. 13, 1941, are automatically citizens of the United States. Anyone born in Puerto Rico before that date but after April 11, 1899, and residing anywhere under U.S. sovereignty as of Jan. 13, 1941, was automatically granted U.S. citizenship.Full Answer >
The Internal Revenue Service classifies individuals born in American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands as U.S. nationals. Immihelp also explains that individuals born in foreign countries to at least one U.S. national parent are also U.S. nationals.Full Answer >
To apply for U.S. citizenship, applicants must file an application for naturalization, which is Form N-400, with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. As of 2015, the filing fee is $595 and may include an $85 biometric fee where applicable.Full Answer >
Applicants for U.S. citizenship may apply for a fee waiver, which requires a demonstrated inability to pay the application fee, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Applicants can submit Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, with their applications for U.S. citizenship.Full Answer >