Fans and celebrities are still left in shambles after news surfaced on Sunday (Feb. 3) that rapper 21 Savage was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as a part of a “targeted operation.”
According to the Independent, ICE claims that the 26-year-old rapper, born Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, came to the U.S. from the U.K. at 12 years old back in July 2005 and failed to leave when his visa expired a year later.
“Mr. Abraham-Joseph was taken into ICE custody as he is unlawfully present in the U.S. and also a convicted felon,” an ICE spokesman shared in reference to Savage’s conviction on drug charges in 2014 (a record expunged last year).
According to TMZ, “Savage’s lawyer was irate over Sunday's arrest, saying ICE knew about the rapper's status since 2017, when he filed for a U-Visa.”
It is speculation that the father-of-three applying to become a legal resident may have caused the arrest, due to ICE running a background check.
Why apply for a U-Visa? According to TMZ, “there's a form of relief available for people who have been in the U.S. illegally for 10 years or longer, who have a qualifying U.S. relative living here.”
Shocked, we went on a mission to find the simplified explanation of visas, how they work, and why 21 Savage is looking at deportation.
"You’ll need prior authorisation to enter the United States using a British passport, either through a visa, a Permanent Resident Card, or the Visa Waiver Programme. It’s your responsibility to know and understand the entry rules before you travel."
"A visa is an official document that allows the bearer to legally enter a foreign country. The visa is usually stamped or glued into the bearer’s passport. There are several different types of visas, each of which affords the bearer different rights in the host country."
- via Passportindex.com
"Your visa is merely an entry document; it doesn't state how long you can stay in the United States. Technically speaking, a visa allows you only to travel from your own country to a port of entry in the United States.
"When you arrive at the port of entry, a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer decides whether to allow you to come into the country and if so, how long you can stay. It's possible that the officer could turn you away. The officer makes the final decision."
- via Lawyers.com
"There's not much difference under U.S. immigration law between someone who enters unlawfully, without a visa, and someone who stays past the time permitted. When you overstay, you become what's called 'out of status.' If immigration officials catch up with you, will likely be removed, and face further consequences."
- via Lawyers.com
"For starters, your visa is automatically cancelled. So even if it was a multiple entry visa, you cannot use it to enter the United States again. Your overstaying is also likely to prevent you from getting another visa to the U.S. in the future.
"You're also accruing what is known, in legal terms, as 'unlawful presence' in the United States. A period of 180 days or more of unlawful presence makes you 'inadmissible' to the United States. That means that you will not be granted a visa, green card (lawful permanent residence), or other immigration benefits for a period of either three or ten years, depending on how long you overstayed. An overstay of between 180 and 365 days results in a three-year bar on reentry; an overstay of over 365 days results in a ten-year bar on reentry."
- via Lawyers.com
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