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Do I need a waiver?

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I was just wondering if there is a waiver required to reenter the US after having been removed ten years ago? I was removed in absentia and have waited out my ten years and am planning on travelling back on a Canadian passport. Do I need a waiver or am I able to return freely? Also, I was 14 at the time of removal if that matters. Please let me know. Thank you.

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It depends on the reason for your removal. I suggest you consult with an experienced immigration attorney.

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You most likely do not need a waiver anymore unless the immigration charges against you were so severe that they cannot be overcome by the time that has passed.


My colleagues are correct. You may still need a waiver and you may have more than a 10 year bar.

Consult with an immigration lawyer, many of us use Skype.

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I agree with my colleagues. I have had cases where 10 years passed and the person still required a waiver. Possibly not in your case as you indicate you were 14. The removal order would have to be disclosed.

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It depends... Each case is fact specific. I would suggest a consultation with an U.S. immigration attorney before proceeding further.

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