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Unauthorized work after J1 expiration and B2 extension denial

Denver, CO |

hello , thanks beforehand for your help
well i was on my J1 and started working in June , and in september i applied for B2 extension. i kept working until november 1st where i was not allowed to work that much ...
on march 2nd i got a denial letter from immigration , and left the US on 16th of march ...
IS THERE ANY CHANCE FOR ME TO COME BACK TO STUDY ? or i am probably done ???

this all stated in 2009 june ... i applied for extension on the first week of september in 2009. the 2nd of march in 2010 i got a denial letter and left the usa on 16th...

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This is complicated as it must distinguish between unauthorized status and unlawful presence; and more importantly whether you were maintaining J1 status per the DS-2019 when the change of status application was filed. If you were maintaining J1 status when the COS to B2 was filed, you were in a period of authorized stay until the denial of the COS application. Whether you are subject to the 3-year bar to entry to the U.S. based on 180 days or more of unlawful presence requires careful analysis of the facts. Please arrange for a legal consultation with an immigration attorney.


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You should review your case with an immigration attorney. They will need to review the documentation to analyze the timeline of the events. Often there are waivers for past violations.

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