Beginning March 4, 2013, “immediate relatives” of United States citizens needing an “unlawful presence” waiver can get the waiver while in the United States and do not have to leave the United States to request it through a United States consulate abroad.
The law provides a waiver if the person seeking legal status can prove that an Immigration Waivers U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse, parent or child will suffer extreme hardship if the family is separated. The law applies to those who do not qualify for adjustment of status and would normally have to leave their family for a long period for consular processing.
Under the old procedure, the person seeking a visa was required to submit the waiver request after traveling to a U.S. consulate abroad. Persons who entered the U.S. illegally could not apply for adjustment to lawful permanent resident status, but had to travel abroad to a U.S. consulate to apply for an immigrant visa. If the waiver was denied, the applicant was stuck abroad for up to 10 years.
Under the new rule, the visa applicant receives a decision on a waiver before leaving the United States for the consulate interview. The applicant can travel to the interview knowing that his or her waiver has already been approved.
- You might be eligible for a waiver if you are:
- A spouse of a U.S. citizen
- An unmarried child less than 21 years of age of a U.S. citizen
- The parent of a U.S. citizen age 21 or older
- You must show that your immediate relative (a U.S. citizen) would suffer extreme hardship if the waiver were not granted. (Hardship incudes medical, economic, psychological, and country conditions.)
- You must have no more than one unlawful entry into the United States.
- No other grounds for inadmissibility (criminal activity, fraud, etc.) must exist.
Waivers of Inadmissibility
Those applying for immigration benefits, such as a U-visa or adjustment of status, may find their applications for visas (and permission to enter the US) denied based on a determination of “inadmissibility.” An “inadmissibility” denial may be based on criminal history, a negative immigration history, or health-related issues.
However, depending on the individual circumstance, a waiver may be available to the person seeking to be part of the American Dream. The Law Office of Narciso Delgado-Cruz has helped several individuals realize their dream of living in the United States through the successful execution of waivers. Our office is experienced in preparing compelling waiver briefs with supporting evidence.
Waivers may be available for:
- Unlawful Presence
- Prior Removal/Deportation
- Criminal History
To see if you qualify for the stateside provisional waiver, contact the San Diego Immigration lawyers at the Cruz Law Office at (619) 717-2233 to schedule a free consultation.
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