i entered the u.s.a. illegally is this a felony?by bypassing the entry point
am i cause to worrty about felony charge.
2 Answers from Attorneys
If it is the first time you entered the U.S. without inspection, it is a misdemeanor punishable by fine or up to 6 months imprisonment (or both). If you have entered, or will enter, the U.S. without inspection more than once it is a felony punishable by fine or up to 2 years imprisonment (or both).
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I have never had a client criminally prosecuted for entering illegally. However, entering without inspection will generally bar a person from adjusting status in the United States (or obtaining any type of immigration benefit, with some exceptions, of course), as well as prohibiting that person from being able to re-enter the United States for 3 or 10 years once they depart.
If a person who entered illegally was to be detained or arrested, they could be turned over to ICE & eventually deported.
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