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[–] Scrapco 1 points 8 points (+9|-1) ago 

Overstaying a visa is a civil offense, not criminal.

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[–] Empress [S] 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

But entering illegally is criminal.

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[–] Scrapco 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago 

Correct.

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[–] stretched_girl 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

All the more reason to bring a federal civil suit against them, seize their assets and send the home.

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[–] uvulectomy 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Simply overstaying your visa may be a civil offense. But if you enter KNOWING you're going to overstay your visa, that's entering under false pretenses, and thus a criminal offense.