Good for you for refusing to commit visa fraud.
Unfortunately, you don't really have options after overstaying. If you stay, you will be constantly worried that immigration might find you and will not be allowed to work or have a driver's license. If you leave, you'll be barred to return for 10 years, unless you become eligible for a waiver down the road.
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I agree with my colleague. Having overstayed the length of time you did, you are barred from returning for 10 years unless you qualify for a waiver. Based on the limited info provided here you may not qualify for a waiver. It's best to speak with an immigration attorney in order to consider all your options. Good luck!
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Yes, goodbye will be long, based on your facts. You will be bared for 10 years from reentering unless the bar is waived.
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