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What is an Immigration Waiver?

Applying for a visa or an adjustment of status can be difficult, especially if you have previously become inadmissible. Form I-601, or Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility, can be a valuable tool for those looking to overcome their bar from entry into the United States. This blog will explain what an immigration waiver is and how it can be used to your advantage.

What is an Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility?

An immigration waiver application must be accompanied by evidence that shows why the person should be granted entry into the U.S. despite being inadmissible. The waiver application process can be complex, and working with an experienced attorney is crucial if you are considering applying.

Many grounds of inadmissibility can make a person ineligible for a visa or adjustment of status. Some of the more common grounds for inadmissibility include the following:

  • Health-related issues, such as having a communicable disease
  • A criminal history
  • Security concerns, such as being a member of a terrorist organization
  • Previous immigration law violations, such as entering the U.S. without a valid visa

Immigrants can use the Form I-601 waiver to overcome many of these grounds of inadmissibility, but it is important to note that not all grounds of inadmissibility are waivable. For example, someone who has been convicted of a serious crime will likely not be eligible for a waiver.

How to Apply for a Waiver

The first step in applying for a waiver is to file Form I-601 with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The form must be accompanied by evidence demonstrating why the person should be granted entry into the United States.

Once Form I-601 is filed, USCIS will review the application and decide whether or not to approve the waiver. If the waiver is approved, the person will then be able to apply for a visa or adjustment of status.

It is important to note that the Form I-601 waiver is not available to everyone. Each case is unique, and it is important to work with an experienced immigration attorney to determine if you are eligible for a waiver and what the best course of action is for your particular situation.

Maney | Gordon | Zeller, P.A. is a premier immigration law firm that helps people achieve their American dream. If you need assistance in the immigration process or someone to advocate on your behalf, call (800) 708-4399 to schedule a free case review.
 

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