Understanding Why You Were Denied Entry and Your Recourse: I601 & I601A Waivers
MOST COMMON REASON FOR INADMISSIBILITY
As an immigration attorney, I’ve found that the most common reason for someone being turned down in their visa process and being termed “inadmissible” has to do with their entering without a visa (the legal term is entering without inspection).
Additionally, an overstay of 180 days will result in a person being barred for three years and a 365-day overstay garners a decade-long ban. Either of these violations requires a waiver if the spouse hopes to stay in the United States or reenter the country if they left the U.S.
The three or ten-year bar is in effect once the person leaves the United States. If an individual has an overstay of less than 180 days, then no waiver is needed to be granted a visa. If your spouse entered the United States lawfully but overstayed s/he could stay in the United States and adjust status to lawful permanent residency (green card) without leaving the United States.
OTHER REASONS FOR INADMISSIBILITY
- ➤ Falsely claiming United States citizenship
- ➤ Addiction to alcohol or drugs
- ➤ Have a dangerous mental or physical disorder
- ➤ Have a communicable disease
- ➤ Drug trafficking
- ➤ Moral turpitude
- ➤ Prostitution
- ➤ Are unable to support him/herself and will become a charge of the state
The recourse that I help people take in my practice as an immigration attorney is to file an Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility (Form I-601 or Form I601A depending upon whether or not you qualify for the provisional unlawful presence waiver). Please note that as of March 4, 2013, you are now allowed to file for the I601A provisional waiver in the United States. The law requires that the US citizen files the waiver and the spouse who is an American citizen will also need to prove that not allowing their partner to reside in the United States will result in “extreme hardship.”
In my I-601 hardship waiver process article, I address the basic process involved in I-601 and I-601A Hardship Waivers. Please contact the Ranchod Law Group in Sacramento California, if you have any questions regarding or want to start the process of applying for an I601 or I601A hardship waiver. We serve clients across the United States and at United States Embassies worldwide. To schedule a consultation, contact us at (916) 613-3553, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill in the form below.