So, You’ve Overstayed Your Visa

To visit the United States, migrants are required to get a nonimmigrant visa. These visas may be for studying or working, but in total there are more than 30 types of visas available and all of them provide temporary access. So, what happens when you overstay your welcome? Keep reading to find out.

Visa Rules

Every visa comes with its own unique requirements. With over 30 to choose from, its crucial that you select the correct visa and understand the requirements by reading the fine print.

For example, student visas require visa holders to commit to a degree program at an accredited university and participate in work studies. International students could be in breach of their visa.

One of the easiest rules to break is the time limit. The amount of time a person can stay in the unites states varies from visa to visa, but they all come with a time limit.

However, the strict time limit does not provide a departure date. This adds confusion and complications to the visa process for most people and it is easy to overstay the visa.


If you overstay your visa, you could be barred from entry for a period of years. Typically, a bar will last between three to ten years. Once a bar is issued against you, you cannot enter the country for three or ten years.

In many cases, violating the terms of a visa can exclude a person from getting permanent immigration status in the future or even admissibility to the United States at all.

Personalized Counsel

Sintsirmas & Mueller Co. L.P.A. has the experience and compassion you need to combat punishment for overstaying your visa. We offer a variety of immigration services to ensure that you protect your future and opportunities for permanent immigration status.

If you are facing removal or wish to apply for permanent immigration status, our firm can help. Contact Sintsirmas & Mueller Co. L.P.A. for more information.