If a removal or deportation order is issued against you, you might not be allowed to enter the United States for a couple of years, normally five, ten, or twenty years depending on the charges filed against you. At times, you can be permanently banned from entering the United States if your charges were serious. Read on to know how long you will wait before re-entering U.S. after deportation.
If you were immediately deported or removed from the U.S. upon arrival, probably at the port of entry, you are eligible to reenter the U.S. after five years. Also, if you are put on removal proceedings upon arrival to determine whether you are admissible, a ruling can be made that bars you from reentering the U.S. for at least five years.
If a removal order is issued at the conclusion of the removal proceedings in an immigration court, you may be ineligible to reenter into the U.S. for ten years regardless of whether you attended the proceedings to defend yourself or not.
In case you have a ten-year ban, do not try to reenter the U.S. before the ban period expires. If you do so, a removal proceeding will be initiated whereby the IJ can add ten years to the initial ban. These multiple removal orders will result in a twenty-year ban from entering the U.S.
If you are a convict of aggravated felony whereby you enter the U.S. illegally after being previously deported or removed, you can be permanently barred from entering the United States. Also, if you try to reenter the U.S. illegally after having a previous unlawful stay of more than one year, a permanent ban can be issued.
If you have been removed or deported from the U.S., there are some options which might enable you to return there legally. With a green card or an immigrant visa, you can return permanently to the U.S., though you need sponsorship from a family member or employer. You can also apply for a student, tourist, or nonimmigrant visa but you need to seek a waiver of the existing ban.