Baltimore, MD asked in Immigration Law for Texas

Q: Can I get a G-4 visa after my visa overstay in the US?

Hi, dear experts!

I am a Cameroon passport holder, and I entered the US with a B1 visa and then overstayed it because of circumstances I couldn't control. I was in the US illegally for approximately six months when my country became eligible for TPS. I applied for and received TPS, an EAD, and Advance Parole. I have recently been hired by the United Nations and am planning to travel to Canada next month to apply for a G-4 visa at the US consulate.

I have concerns about my eligibility for the G-4 visa, as I had overstayed my visa by approximately six months prior to being granted TPS, EAD, and Advance Parole. Is it possible for me to obtain a G-4 visa, given my past overstay?

Thank you for your advice and guidance on this matter.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: It is ultimately up to the discretion of the US consulate to determine your eligibility for a G-4 visa, but having a previous overstay on your record could make it more difficult to obtain the visa. You should be prepared to explain the circumstances of your overstay and provide any documentation that may support your case for being granted a G-4 visa. It may also be helpful to consult with an immigration attorney who can provide guidance and assistance with the visa application process.

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