3 Reasons Why You Deserve a Second Chance and How It Can Save Your Immigration Case
One: You did something or some things when you were young or a long time ago and it is not representative of who you are today
Two: You found yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time (with the wrong people)
Three: You said something that caused repercussions that you did not anticipate
Should we be able to demonstrate that our past actions do not represent who we are today? Do we deserve to put the past behind us, start a new chapter in our lives and live it the way we decide; getting a “second chance” to start our lives anew? Under the U.S. Immigration laws, this second chance is called a waiver. It is a process by which you can have your past actions forgiven and allow you to stay in the U.S. Usually, you find out that you need one when you try to come to the U.S. or if you are already in the U.S., when you try to stay here permanently – so a consular or immigration officer will tell you that they cannot admit you into the U.S. or that an application that you filed, cannot be approved without it.
You can apply for the waiver with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services or with the immigration judge if you are in the U.S. or to a U.S. consulate or embassy, if you are outside the U.S. When you apply for a waiver you will be explaining what happened, how you have changed and why the person reading your waiver (the reader) should grant it. The reader (the immigration judge or an immigration officer), can only make a favorable decision on your case if it meets the requirements stated in the immigration laws - this makes waivers complicated and lengthy. The solution is to have a properly prepared case that includes your specific facts and circumstances fully intertwined with the legal basis for the waiver you are seeking.
A partial list of activities/conditions that you can seek to be waived are: criminal convictions, drugs, health conditions, misrepresentations or fraud, mental disorders, unlawful entry, certain marriage applications and previous deportations. The Law Office of Sherna Spencer can consult with you about your particular situation to determine if it is eligible for an immigration waiver and advise you about the requirements, time frames for a decision and devise a plan to assist you with the process.