She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph aka Rapper 21 Savage's immigration woes just became more complicated.
21 Savage turned himself in Friday after he was charged in Liberty County, Georgia with theft by deception. Savage was accused of cheating a promoter out of $17K, claiming that 21 kept the $9,500 deposit as well as the $7,500 payment made to him for a show he canceled in 2016.
A warrant was issued for Savage back in 2016, but the authorities never followed through with the apprehension until the promoter brought it to the police's attention again after Savage was all over the news for his ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) detention.
Savage was released on his own recognizance and is working directly with the promoter to resolve the issue. However, his offense with the concert promoter is considered a felony and will certainly impact his 2017 U-visa application pending in front of immigration board. On top of that Donald Trump's new immigration laws will mostly require Savage to return to UK while his application is processing and then return to U.S. when it is approved. Previously, most applicants were granted temporary green cards while their applications processed since applications can take 3-4 years to process.
Savage has been in this country illegally since he was 7 years old when he came from the U.K. with his parents. Savage applied for a U-visa application in 2017 since he was victim of crime just four years earlier. According to ICE, U-visa is available to those who have been the victims of a crime in the United States, have suffered physical or mental injury as a result of a crime and who are helpful to law enforcement or government officials in an investigation or criminal prosecution.
Stay tuned as this story develops!