Waivers of Inadmissibility
Persons who have been found ineligible to become a permanent resident, receive a visa, or otherwise considered inadmissible to the United States may be eligible to file an Application for Waiver of Ground of Inadmissibility. Generally, the finding of inadmissibly will be determined by the US Embassy overseas or by USCIS. A person may also be aware from their prior conduct that a ground of inadmissibly exists.
Under certain circumstance, an Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility can be filed to permit an alien who has been denied admission to the United States to gain admission as a lawful permanent resident.
This waiver is generally based on extreme hardship to a United States Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident spouse, parent, son, or daughter of the alien, which would result if the alien's inadmissibility cannot be waived. Each reason for inadmissibly must be evaluated to determine in the proper qualifying relationship exists, and if there is a sufficient factual basis to apply for a waiver.
There are many reasons a person may need a wavier of inadmissibility. Some of the most common grounds of inadmissibility are:
- A person who has been unlawfully present in the United States.
- A person with a criminal history or record of criminal conduct.
- A person that has knowing or intentionally misrepresented facts or information to immigration/embassy.
- A person with prior US Immigration violations.
Waivers of inadmissibility are often very complex and require careful planning and legal effort. It is strongly recommended that any person or family facing these issues consult with experienced immigration counsel.