LOS ANGELES – 21 Savage can now legally travel outside the United States and plans to return to his hometown of London for international shows.
Savage’s attorney, Charles Cook, told USA TODAY in a statement on Friday that the rapper has officially become a permanent resident of the United States and may now head overseas. He overcame a major obstacle to travel in 2019 when he was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Georgia.
Cook said the Grammy winner complied with “all applicable immigration laws since he was first detained by ICE.”
“His immigration court proceedings are now terminated and he is a lawful permanent resident of the United States and is free to travel abroad,” Cook said.
The announcement was accompanied by a montage of the rapper’s career and childhood memories set to Skylar Grey’s “Come Home,” with the final slide teasing his return to the UK, It read: “London…I’m going home.”
“It’s great to have you back in the UK, we miss you so much,” the voiceover says. “We all love you, Shéyaa, and look forward to seeing you soon.”
An accompanying press release teases: “This marks a milestone for the superstar as he will soon perform for the first time in London. More information to come.”
Savage, 30, whose real name is Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was released after spending 10 days at a detention center in southern Georgia. He was arrested in a targeted operation on his visa, which expired in 2006.
The Atlanta-based rapper said he had no idea what a visa was when his mother brought him to the United States when he was 7 years old. He told The Associated Press in a 2019 interview that immigrants like him who lived in the U.S. illegally as children should automatically become U.S. citizens.
Savage said the visa application process deters many undocumented immigrants because it “is always hanging over your head.”
Contributors: Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Associated Press and Kim Willis, USA Today