I overstayed my Visa, and I want to return to my country voluntarily.

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I overstayed my Visa, and I want to return to my country voluntarily.

To make a long story short, I came to Puerto Rico on vacation to visit my boyfriend, and we ended up getting married. The thought of leaving was heartbreaking, so I overstayed. That was 9 years ago, now the spouse is emotionally abusive, and I just want to go back home to England. I would be getting a ticket, my passport doesn’t

expire until next year. I know that I will be barred from entering the U.S. for a minimum of 10 years, which I am completely fine with at this point, but I’d like to know if there are any other consequences, such as detainment or being made to pay a fine.

Asked on June 7, 2017 under Immigration Law

Answers:

SB Member California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

You mean you entered PR and got married 9 years ago but never did anything as far as documentation to legalize your status?  If that is the case, then yes, if you leave, you will be barred from reentry for 10 years but there are no other consequences.  However, if you believe that you have a case under VAWA, then you should probably consult with an immigration attorney to determine if there are options for you to obtain a green card as an abused spouse.


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