Update: Due to a criminal conviction, 21 Savage’s 2019 immigration case is currently ongoing.

Due to his outstanding criminal conviction, rapper 21 Savage’s immigration case with US authorities is still waiting.

Savage’s three-year-long immigration case has been put on hold until his criminal matter is settled, according to his immigration attorney. The rapper Savage Mode was arrested in 2019 when it was determined that he had been living in the country illegally on an expired visa since 2005.

A firearm was allegedly discovered in the rapper’s vehicle, according to authorities. They further claim that after Savage was arrested, he threw out a bottle of codeine.

During Savage’s initial arrest, the DeKalb County District Attorney failed to charge him with gun possession and possession of a class II controlled drug. Despite handing himself in on September 20, 2021, Savage was charged with the allegations in January 2022.

“Last night’s contrived charges are just another example of how our justice system, from ICE down to the local level, unjustly punishes young Black men who desire to exercise their rights,” Savage’s lawyer stated at the time. These charges, as well as ICE’s continuous theatrics, are without merit. And we’ll keep fighting until Mr. Joseph is rightfully acquitted.”

21 Savage, whose real name is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was purportedly transported to the United States on an H-4 visa by his family from the United Kingdom. 21 people stayed in the nation after their visas expired in 2006 and did not renew them. According to reports, the rapper applied for a U-Visa in 2017 but had to wait four years because the process took that long.

If convicted in his criminal case, Savage will be deported to the United Kingdom and will be barred from returning to the United States for ten years.

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