Rapper, 21 Savage’s immigration case with US authorities is still pending due to his pending criminal case.
According to Savage’s immigration attorney, his 3-year-long immigration case is being paused until his criminal case is resolved. In 2019, the Savage Mode rapper was arrested after it was discovered that he had been living in the country illegally since 2005 on an expired visa
Authorities allege that a handgun was found in the rapper’s vehicle. They also claim that Savage threw out a bottle of codeine upon detainment.
DeKalb County D.A. failed to charge Savage with possession of a gun and possession of a schedule II controlled substance during the initial arrest. However, Savage eventually got hit with the charges in January 2022 despite him turning himself in on September 2021.
At the time, Savage’s lawyer said, “Last night’s manufactured charges are yet another example of how our justice system, from ICE down to the local level, unjustly targets young Black men who seek to exercise their rights. There is no legitimate basis for these charges nor for ICE’s continued antics. And we will fight until Mr. Joseph is justly vindicated.”
21 Savage, born She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was reportedly brought into the U.S. from the U.K. on an H-4 visa by his family. After the visa expired in 2006, 21 remained in the country and did not renew visa. The rapper reportedly applied for a U-Visa in 2017, but had to wait since the process takes about four years.
If found guilty in his criminal case, Savage will ultimately be deported back to the United Kingdom and receive a 10-year ban from returning to America.