Waivers of Inadmissibility

It is not uncommon for some individuals seeking lawful status to have been involved with things that might have rendered them “inadmissible”.  Inadmissibility is a term of art in immigration law which means that the person who is seeking to enter, or change status, in the U.S. is prohibited by law to be awarded the benefit sought.  There are MANY forms of inadmissibility.  Some of the most common ones are:

  • False Claims of Citizenship
  • Communicable Diseases
  • Crimes of Moral Turpitude
  • Previous Deportations
  • Prior Immigration Violations
  • Misrepresentation
  • Document Fraud
  • Drug Offenses
  • Unlawful Presence in the U.S.
  • Mental Disorder
  • Visa Overstays
  • Entering the U.S. Without Inspection
  • Smuggling
  • Unlawful Voting

cloudMost of the grounds of inadmissibility can be overcome with special waivers, sometimes refered to as ‘pardons’.  Often the waivers require a showing that a qualifying relative exists who will experience extreme hardships if the immigrant in question is not allowed into the U.S.  Sadly, some of the grounds of inadmissibility have no waivers at all.  In those cases the government has  no choice but to deny the case in the end.  Because the stakes are so high it is critical to consult with a qualified immigration attorney before attempting to receive any immigration benefit, especially if there is any question about the potential immigrant’s past conduct and his or her future admissibility.

Waivers should not be approached lightly.  In fact, we always advise clients to never attempt an inadmissibility waiver without an attorney’s help because there is so much at stake.  If you don’t meet the legal standard of review, the government will likely not grant the waiver.  Having a waiver denied can be devastating because it usually leads to removal proceedings before an Immigration Judge if the denial occurs in the U.S. and, if overseas, loved ones remain separated, sometimes indefinitely.

Over the years, attorneys at R. Bracken & Associates have successfully helped hundreds of families overcome grounds of inadmissibility.

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If you think you may need assistance overcoming a bar to admissibility with a 212(d), 212(e), 212(g), 212(h), 212(i), 212(k), I-212, or I-601 wavier, please contact the immigration lawyers at R. Bracken & Associates, Attorneys at Law.  We have an immense amount of experience helping people obtain waivers, people who are now lawful permanent residents or U.S. citizens.  Call today to schedule an initial consultation.  Our immigration attorneys will confidentially listen to your specific needs and goals and clearly explain how they can help.  To learn more, please contact us today to schedule a consultation at an office near you.

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