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  1. #1
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    Default How to Re-Enter the U.S. After Overstay of 10 Years

    I entered the US legally in 2000 without being issued any kind of visa. It was some kind of special admittance the Clinton administration was giving to Argentinians because the economy there was failing. Anyways I was allowed to stay for three months and stayed for 10 years. I was never detained or prosecuted for overstaying, and I left the country on my own without any issues. Now i am married to a US citizen and we are about to have a child together. We are living outside the US but we would like to raise our child in the states and move back there as soon as possible. If i try to reenter will there be some kind of ban even though I was never told to leave? How can I reenter the states to be with my wife and child??

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    Default Re: How to Re-Enter Us After Overstay of 10 Years

    You need to speak with an immigration attorney immediately.

    You are subject to an automatic 10 year ban.

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    Default Re: How to Re-Enter Us After Overstay of 10 Years

    Trying to enter without a visa will almost assuredly get you turned back in your situation. The VWP is not for people with immigrant intent. You need to apply for a visa. A non-trivial overstay like yours, even with a voluntary departure, can trigger a ten year ban.

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    Default Re: How to Re-Enter Us After Overstay of 10 Years

    Argentina isn't part of the VWP. I'm not even sure to what program he's referring, to be honest. Some temporary amnesty? Temporary labor permit?

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    Default Re: How to Re-Enter Us After Overstay of 10 Years

    Not part of the current VWP you are right. They were from the time Clinton put them in until about 2002. The VWP allegedly exploited by terrorist groups to get Argentine passports and then enter the US. Clinton was chummy wtih Menem because of Argentine support for various military and other actions in the region.

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    Default Re: How to Re-Enter Us After Overstay of 10 Years

    Oh that's right!

    Oh gawsh - my bad, I apologize

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