From the date the person leaves the US. In certain situations, if a person never leaves before getting a green card, the 3/10 year bar never applies (marriage to a US citizen).
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In general terms the inadmissibility bar is stiggered from the time you leave you trigger the 3 or 10 year bar. If you then want to apply for a new non-immigrant visa you will need to obtain a non-immigrant inadmissibility waiver called (INA 212(d)(3)). If you get married to a US citzen though you can apply for a green card and do not have to leave.
Yes. leave or deported. No leave or deportation - no penalty.
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