There is an extra penalty if you have been unlawfully present in the United States for at least one year, left the United States, and returned again without permission. This penalty is sometimes called the "Permanent Bar," because it is very hard to get forgiven. Most individuals with a permanent bar have to live outside of the United States for at least ten years before they are even allowed to apply for a waiver. The technical name for this type of forgiveness is not actually a "waiver," but "permission to reapply."
If you have the permanent bar but have lived abroad for ten years, we can help you try to obtain permission to reapply so you can finally obtain your green card.
Also, it is important to know that there are some important exceptions to the permanent bar. This law did not take effect until April 1, 1997, so some immigrants whose unlawful presence was a long time ago do not actually have the permanent bar. There are also immigrants who have been the victims of crimes or abuse, or who are in immigration court proceedings, who may be able to fix their status despite their permanent bar.