Waivers Of Inadmissibility

Visa Attorney in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas: Waivers of Inadmissibility

Individuals who otherwise qualify for a U.S. visa may be barred from entering the United States on one or more "grounds of inadmissibility." At the law office of Mark E. Jacobs, P.C., we help people apply for waivers to grounds of inadmissibility (called I-601 waivers) so that they can enter or remain in the U.S. lawfully. We have submitted waiver applications to consular offices, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and immigration courts.

To speak with a visa lawyer in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, about I-601 waivers of inadmissibility, contact our law office.

Grounds of Inadmissibility

There are many grounds of inadmissibility that can complicate an immigrant visa or adjustment of status application, including:

  • Conviction of a crime, including crimes involving moral turpitude
  • Unlawful presence in the U.S.
  • Immigrant fraud, such as falsifying passports/IDs
  • Health issues, such as mental illness or transmittable diseases
  • Prior deportation/removal orders

In order to waive a ground of inadmissibility, an immigrant must be able to show that the inadmissibility creates extreme hardship to a qualifying U.S. citizen or that the immigrant's positive qualities and actions outweigh the ground of inadmissibility and there is little risk to society.

Consular Waiver

If you were in the United States illegally for more than one year before applying for an immigrant visa at an overseas consulate, you will not be able to enter the United States for 10 years. Similarly, if you were unlawfully in the U.S. for more than six months but less than one year, you will not be able to enter the U.S. for three years.

These three- and ten-year bars are not always set in stone. You may be able to apply for a waiver of inadmissibility and show that your inadmissibility creates an extreme hardship to a U.S. citizen. We can help you prepare this application and a packet of evidence to support you during your interview with an immigration officer.

If your waiver is denied, you can bring a second request for a waiver. While the odds of having a waiver granted are reasonable (approximately 70 percent), your chances may depend on a number of factors outside of your control. We will review your situation and prepare your strongest case in hopes of defeating even the most difficult odds.

212 Waivers

We also prepare 212 waivers of inadmissibility for individuals who face a crime-related bar (under 212(h)), who have been through removal proceedings, or who have been charged with immigration fraud/misrepresentation (212(i)).

Contact a Waiver of Inadmissibility Lawyer in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas

For more information, or to schedule an appointment regarding waivers of the immigration grounds of inadmissibility, please contact Dallas-Fort Worth visa lawyer Mark E. Jacobs.