Under United States immigration law, certain applicants for permanent residence or visas are considered “inadmissible” in the United States. This means that these people can not receive visas or become permanent residents unless they are eligible and are granted a “waiver of inadmissibility.” A waiver can be considered a pardon for the situation that makes the person inadmissible.
There are many reasons to be considered inadmissible; The most common reasons are:
- entering the United States without permission
- remaining in the United States after your permission has expired and then departing the United States
- providing false information or documents to U.S. immigration officials in order to enter the United States or to try to get an immigration benefit
- being convicted of certain crimes
Many people who need waivers are in the process of applying for a permanent resident (green card) status, an immigrant visa, or a fiancé/fiancée visa on the basis of a family relationship. If you are in this situation, then you might need to show that a denial of your waiver application would result in an extreme hardship to your qualifying relative. The question of who is a “qualifying relative” depends on the reason for your inadmissibility and on the type of waiver that you may request.
Just as there are many different reasons for being inadmissible, there are also many different types of waivers. Preparing a strong waiver application requires considerable time, effort, and legal expertise. We have years of experience handling waiver applications, and we have a very strong record of success. We will provide you with the time and attention that you need in order to prepare and submit a strong waiver application.