Unlawful presence will have an effect on your future eligibility for entry into the United States.
A student is considered to have Violated Legal Status. As a result:
1) The F-1 entry visa stamp is automatically void
2) All future U.S. entry visa applications must be made in the individual’s home country( and
3) It may be extremely difficult to obtain future entry visas to enter the U.S.
Individuals who have been unlawfully present in the U.S. for more than 180 continuous days but less than one year are barred from admission to the U.S. (under any visa type) for a period of 3 years from the date of departure.
Individuals who have been unlawfully present in the U.S. for one year or longer are barred from admission to the U.S. (under any visa type) for a period of 10 years.
Do consult an experienced immigration lawyer for guidance in this matter.
Law Offices of J Thomas Smith J.D., Ph.D 11500 Northwest Freeway, Suite 280 Houston, TX 77092 713-LAWYER-2 www.MyImmigrationLawyer.info
You have failed to maintain your status, so no, you are not here legally. You may be able to return to the U.S. if you apply for and obtain a visa.
The above is intended only as general information, and does not constitute legal advice. You must speak with an attorney to discuss your individual case.
I agree with my colleagues. By dropping out of school you likely violated the terms of your visa and have accrued unlawful presence. If you leave the country you will likely be subject to the 10 year ban. You should consult with an immigration to see if you are eligible for any other type of visa.
Gabriela M. Lopez, Esq.
Though you have not accrued unlawful presence due to D/S, you violated your F-1 status by dropping out of school and continuing to stay in the U.S. This is not going to go well with a CO when you apply for a visa next.
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