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Our Naperville immigration and nationality law attorney at Kasturi Law LLC knows that inadmissibility to the United States means a person is not legally permitted to enter or remain here.

The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) outlines the grounds for inadmissibility, which include certain criminal convictions, immigration violations, health-related issues, and fraud or misrepresentation.

Immigration Waiver

Seeking an immigration waiver for grounds of inadmissibility involves a specific process that varies depending on the circumstances of your case. Not all grounds of inadmissibility are waivable, and the availability of waivers depends on various factors, including the specific ground of inadmissibility, your immigration status, and other relevant circumstances.

Our Illinois immigration attorney can help you review the applicable immigration laws and regulations to determine if you are eligible for a waiver.

Here is what you need to know to get started.

Why Do I Need an Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility to Enter or Remain in the U.S.?

An Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility is an application for legal entry to the United States made by an individual who is otherwise inadmissible on one or more grounds.

If you are inadmissible to the United States and are seeking an immigrant visa, adjustment of status, certain nonimmigrant statuses, or certain other immigration benefits, you must file this form to seek a waiver of specific grounds of inadmissibility.

Depending on the type of waiver you seek, you must complete and submit the appropriate forms to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or the U.S. Department of State for visa applicants at U.S. consulates abroad.

For example:

  • Form I-601 is used for specific grounds of inadmissibility.
  • Form I-601A is used for unlawful presence waivers for certain immediate relatives of U.S. citizens.

Both forms are 12 pages and must be submitted in their entirety and include the required supporting information before either will be reviewed by the overseeing immigration agency. At Kasturi Law, our Illinois application for immigration waiver for grounds of inadmissibility attorney excels in preparing these challenging immigration packages so our clients have a better chance of obtaining the appropriate waiver on the first attempt. Contact us today to learn more.

What Documents Must Be Submitted with an Application for Immigration Waiver for Grounds of Inadmissibility?

You will need to provide supporting documentation along with the waiver application form to substantiate your request for a waiver.

This may include:

  • Personal statement or affidavit explaining the circumstances surrounding the grounds of inadmissibility and why a waiver should be granted.
  • Evidence to support your claims, such as medical records, police reports, or court documents.
  • Document family ties in the United States and the impact of your inadmissibility on family members.
  • Evidence of your rehabilitation or efforts to address the issues that led to the grounds of inadmissibility (if applicable).

Depending on the type of waiver you seek, you may be required to attend a biometrics appointment to provide fingerprints, photographs, and signatures for identity verification purposes.

In some cases, USCIS or the U.S. consulate may schedule an interview to discuss your waiver application further. Be prepared to answer questions about your eligibility for the waiver and provide additional information or documentation as requested. The agency will review your application and supporting documentation and decide whether to approve or deny the waiver.

It’s important to note that seeking an immigration waiver can be complex and challenging, and the outcome is not guaranteed. Because the waiver application requirements are extensive, seeking help from an immigration attorney can help streamline the process.

Contact Our Immigration Attorney Today For Consultation

Our Illinois immigration attorney is here to guide you through the intricacies, providing in-office, phone, and Zoom consultations. We aim to empower you with the knowledge of your legal rights and options, enabling you to make informed decisions about your immigration journey.