Greer Immigration Waivers Attorneys
Helping Clients Overcome Inadmissibility to Live and Work in the United States
Learning you have been ruled “inadmissible” to the United States can be crushing. Becoming inadmissible means you are unable to enter, live, or work in the country, and you are not able to apply for any form of legal immigration. You can become inadmissible as a result of one or more factors, including past criminal charges, immigration-related offenses, and concerns about you becoming a public charge.
If you discover you have been ruled inadmissible, you may worry you will never be able to lead a life to the United States. How will you be able to reunite with family members still in the country? What will happen to the career opportunities you have been working to build there? Will you ever be able to legally immigrate?
The good news is a ruling of inadmissibility does not have to be the end of your immigration journey. Inadmissibility can sometimes be overcome for qualifying immigrants through waivers of inadmissibility, a legal tool that reenables you to apply for immigration solutions despite your status. Our Greer immigration waivers lawyers at Colón Law Firm can assess the facts of your case, analyze why you were ruled in admissible, and help determine if waivers of inadmissible can help you find a way forward.
Waivers for Past Deportations
When you are deported from the United States for any reason, you will be ruled inadmissible for a bare minimum of 5 years. The duration of your inadmissibility can dramatically increase depending on the reasons you were removed. Some offenses, including violent criminal convictions, can lead to a rendering of permanent inadmissibility.
If you otherwise qualify for some form of legal immigration, such as family-based immigration or employment-based immigration, it can be frustrating to be shut out as a result of a past deportation. Should inadmissibility as a result of a deportation be the one factor preventing you from pursuing a form of legal immigration, there is a good chance you are eligible for relief through a waiver.
Such candidates should consider filing Form I-212, the Application to Reapply for Entry into the United States, with USCIS. An acceptance of this form grants you the ability to apply for a visa you would otherwise be eligible for, in effect overruling the inadmissibility restrictions relating to your deportation. If you previously had visa status, that remains null and void, however. Form I-212 simply opens the door to your applying for a new visa before your inadmissibility period expires.
Not every applicant who is eligible to file Form I-212 will necessarily be granted the waiver. USCIS can be selective about issuing relief through this method and takes into account a number of factors about the applicant. Applicants seeking a waiver through Form I-212 typically need to demonstrate:
- Good moral character
- Extreme hardship for immediate relatives, who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents, should you not be readmitted
- Successful rehabilitation if you were deported as a result of criminal convictions
- Meaningful contributions they made to the country while previously present
- No risk to the nation’s public or national security