Generally, a simple way to understand what a waiver is, is to think of it as the procedure to ask for forgiveness from the U.S. Government for past transgression(s). Again, this is not always the case, but to keep it simple, thinking of it this way is often helpful when we are explaining most waivers to a client.

When Waivers are Necessary

Unfortunately, in many cases, requesting a waiver from the U.S. Government can be a lengthy and arduous process for clients to deal with. Depending upon the particular waiver required, it can be document heavy requiring weeks to many months of preparation. Understanding when a waiver is required and how to prepare an application packet is crucial. There are a multitude of circumstances necessitating a waiver filing by a foreign national — including, but not limited to:

  • past criminal convictions
  • living in the U.S. without authorization
  • entering the country illegally
  • past immigration fraud and misrepresentation

Not Everything Can Be Waived, But a Lot Can Be

It is important to note that not all transgressions by a foreign national can be waived. There is a laundry list of things a foreign national may never be forgiven for, including but not limited to, committing murder, polygamy, terrorism, illegal voting or falsely claiming to be a U.S. Citizen for a benefit under federal or state law.

Speak with an Immigration Attorney

Sunil C. Patel Immigration Law has extensive experience helping foreign nationals seek waivers for immigration purposes. We are committed to honest, cost-effective immigration advice and services in every case. Schedule a consultation with attorney Sunil.