If I’m an Illegal Immigrant brought to the US by my parents when I was 8 months old, is there anyway I can fix my legal status here?

Asked on March 21, 2012 under Immigration Law, California

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If you are now over the age of 18, there is nothing you can do to legalize your status within the US under the current immigration laws.  You would have to go back to your home country to consular process but as soon as you leave the US, you trigger an automatic 10 year bar to reentry, which can only be waived by a showing of extreme hardship to a US citizen spouse, which is fairly difficult in most cases.


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