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What is unlawfull presence .immigration

Rialto, CA |

as soon as i came i was caught by immigration and put in processing for political asylum that was 3 years ago.how does this affect my unlawfully presence?

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  1. Best answer

    Unless the government determines that your asylum application is "frivilous", you are not accruing unlawful presence.

    (213) 394-4554 x0 Mr. Shusterman is a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 35 years of immigration experience. His response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.


  2. I will think you are not accruing any unlawful presence, however, I will recommend having a good lawyer handling your case to avoid any chances. In fact, we need more facts to give a good answer. I assume your case is in removal proceedings, therefore you are probably represented by counsel.
    Good luck

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  3. If you are physically present in the U.S. and do not have immigration status then you are accruing unlawful presence. There are a couple of exceptions and one of them is while an asylum case is pending and if you file an adjustment of status case.


  4. I agree with the above posts. If you are still in removal proceedings, you are likely not accruing unlawful presence. However, if you lost your asylum case and haven't appealed (or if you failed to depart after being granted voluntary departure), you might be. Talk with your immigration attorney if you have any questions about this.

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