Sometimes, when seeking permanent resident status, an immigrant may be considered inadmissible (ineligible to immigrate or get a green card) if he or she has an immigration record that reflects lengthy unlawful presence, criminal convictions, immigration fraud or misrepresentation, prior deportation orders, or various other grounds. Under these circumstances, a person should work with an immigration lawyer to obtain a waiver to overcome the basis for inadmissibility. For most waivers, it must be demonstrated that a U.S. citizen or permanent resident relative—usually a spouse, parent, or sometimes a child—would suffer extreme hardship if the waiver application were to be denied.
Similarly, an individual who came on a J-1 visa with a 2-year foreign residency requirement will generally be required to return to their home country for two years before they can apply for permanent residence or change to another nonimmigrant status, unless they obtain a waiver. There are various grounds on which a waiver of the two-year foreign residency requirement may be sought, including a no-objection statement, persecution, exceptional hardship to U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse or child, a request by a U.S. Federal Executive agency, or options specific to international medical graduates.
Our Richmond immigration lawyers have extensive experience in preparing compelling and comprehensive waiver applications which have allowed numerous clients to be reunited with their families, to remain in the U.S., and to obtain permanent residency (a “green card”).
At Dyer Immigration Law Group, P.C., our attorneys and staff are dedicated to helping immigrants with all matters related to living and working in America. We treat each case with professionalism and compassion, and have helped many people gain the right to live and work in the United States, even when challenging circumstances exist.
Our immigration attorneys will work with you to prepare a thorough and persuasive waiver application. Call us toll free at 1.877.377.1247 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. Our Richmond deportation defense lawyers speak English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Se Habla Español.