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Nashville Immigration Waiver Attorneys

When love crosses international boundaries, the immigration process can become complicated. An experienced immigration lawyer can simplify the process and make it easier for U.S. citizens to bring spouses and other loved ones to live in the United States legally. For those who are not eligible based on a ground of inadmissibility, a waiver may be available.

Waivers of Inadmissibility for Criminal Convictions and Immigration Law Violations

The law office of Saenz & Maniatis, PLLC, in Nashville, Tennessee, helps clients throughout the United States complete all the steps necessary to obtain marriage visas, fiancé(e) visas and other potential visas. However oftentimes there are issues with one’s past that can jeopardize this process. Anyone with a prior criminal conviction or immigration law violation may require a waiver for their application to be approved.

Provisional Waiver for Unlawful Presence

With some exceptions, if your spouse entered the United States without permission then he or she must return to their home country and attend an interview at a U.S. Embassy to be granted an immigrant visa. If your spouse has been physically in the country for over 1 year since entry without permission, then he or she will be barred from receiving any immigration benefit (including permanent residency) for 10 years. Importantly, the 10-year clock does not start to run until he or she leaves the United States. This means going to their visa interview at the U.S. Embassy will result in a denial. Fortunately, there is a waiver available for certain applicants who can prove they meet the criteria for forgiveness called the I-601A Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver.

  • Extreme Hardship: You have the burden of proving that unless the I-601A waiver is granted your U.S. citizen spouse will suffer “extreme hardship.” You must prove this hardship exists under two conditions (1) if you and your spouse are separated, and (2) if both of you relocate outside of the United States. Each case is evaluated on a case-by-case basis and everyone’s circumstances will be different. It is absolutely essential to have an attorney assist you in this process to provide enough compelling information, documentation, and legal argument to prove your case. This will usually consist of expert opinion and medical examination.
  • No Other Ground of Inadmissibility: You must also prove that there exists no other ground of inadmissibility. Meaning, you must not have any other immigration violation or criminal conviction that disqualifies you from obtaining permanent residency. If you do, you will not qualify for the I-601A waiver.
  • Discretion: The decision on whether to approve your waiver is within the discretion of the reveiwing immigration officer. Therefore, you must not only prove you are eligible for this waiver under the necessary rules and regulations, but that you should receive this benefit because your character and ties to the community merit such a decision.

I-601 Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility

If you have other grounds of inadmissibility other than solely unlawful presence, you must receive an approved Form I-601 to be granted permanent residency.

  • Grounds of Inadmissibility: If you are ineligible for permanent residency based upon a criminal conviction (including Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude “CIMT”), immigration fraud or misrepresentation, alien smuggling, health related grounds, receiving a civil penalty due to document fraud, or multiple grounds including the 3-year or 10-year bar for unlawful presence, you will need to file Form I-601.
  • Proof Required: depending on your ground of inadmissibility the required proof will vary. You will want to have the assistance of attorney to prepare your waiver and include sufficient supporting documentation and legal argument to ensure the best possible outcome of your case.

Dedicated To Your Success

The firm’s founding attorneys, Vanessa Saenz and Matt Maniatis, are dedicated to their clients’ success. They understand immigration laws and procedures, and how to navigate the confusing U.S. immigration system. Saenz & Maniatis, PLLC, will work hard to complete the necessary paperwork accurately and completely, meet filing deadlines, and complete every step as quickly as possible. The attorneys and staff at the firm are open and honest, communicate promptly, and keep clients apprised of all important developments in their cases in a timely manner.

Saenz & Maniatis, PLLC, follows direction from clients, and encourages clients to speak openly and honestly about their circumstances and histories to better help them obtain immigration relief.

Contact Saenz & Maniatis, PLLC

The firm’s goal is the same as yours – to bring your loved one to the U.S. so you can live together permanently. For more information, contact a Nashville marriage visa lawyers online or by calling 615-366-1211 or 615-366-1611.