Rapper 21 Savage freed from custody

Rapper 21 Savage was brought to the US when he was 7 and his legal status expired in 2006.
Rapper 21 Savage was brought to the US when he was 7 and his legal status expired in 2006.

Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage has been released from an immigration detention centre in south Georgia, his lawyers say.

The rapper, whose given name is She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was released on Wednesday on $US100,000 ($A141,100) bond, immigration lawyer Tia Smith said.

He had been held in the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla.

Abraham-Joseph was arrested on February 3 in a targeted operation, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said. An immigration judge on Tuesday granted him bond.

ICE said the British citizen overstayed his visa and has an October 2014 felony conviction in Fulton County.

His lawyers said the 26-year-old rapper was brought to the US when he was 7 and his legal status expired in 2006 through no fault of his own.

They've disputed that he has a felony conviction, and immigration lawyer Charles Kuck said ICE lawyers backed off that claim during Tuesday's hearing.

Abraham-Joseph applied for a new visa in 2017, and that case remains pending, Kuck said.

"If it follows the normal trajectory, it could go on for two or three years," Kuck said, adding that, in the meantime, "he gets his life back".

Australian Associated Press