The Waivers for Grounds of Inadmissibility or deportability are applications through which individuals are requesting the US government to pardon them for certain actions that violated the US law.
The most common reasons to submit an I-601 waiver application are interdictions to come to US illegally, interdictions for remaining in the US more than 6 months after the expiration of the permitted stay, criminal activity and medical reasons.
Most of the time, the applicant will have to show that their impossibility to come to US results in extreme hardship to the applicant’s immediate family: spouse, minor children and parents. Also, extreme hardship to other family members is also considered in making a decision. The general situation of an individual is taken into consideration: health problems, financial problems, family and social problems, difficulty in relocating to the foreign country for a long period of time due to general social-economical problems, social-economical problems in the particular area where the individual will be living if not permitted to come the US, job and career problems triggered by the move. It is not only one factor that determines the approval of an application – but the complexity of the individual’s situation. This is why it is extremely important to contract an experienced attorney in guiding and assisting you in this delicate process.
Depending on the type of situation, waivers may be processed in the US or at the consulates abroad.