Waivers & Pardons
Chicago Waiver and Pardon Attorneys
When it comes to entering the United States, the process is not easy. That’s especially true you’re trying to enter as an immigrant. Sometimes people try to sidestep the legalities of the situation and turn to other methods to gain entry. This is, of course, not a recommended solution. In fact, all it will do in the long run because you a headache and stress because of the limitations to which you will now have to apply to your life. As someone who entered the United States illegally, for example, you will be faced with a lack of benefits, both public and otherwise, as well as the threat of removal proceedings and deportation constantly hanging over your head.
Sometimes we do things that we wish we could change. At the Law Offices of Solomon D. Gilliam, P.C., we understand that sometimes life isn’t easy or straightforward. We believe in doing our best to help you live the best, most legal life possible, regardless of how you entered the United States. We provide excellent representation to the best of our abilities, and we don’t cast judgment. We believe that you should have the right to professional legal counsel regardless of your current status.
That’s why you should contact us today if you’re looking for a way to make a potentially illegal situation legal. Many people think that once you enter the United States without a visa, there is no hope for ever living a “normal” life here. That is not the case! Sometimes there is much that can be done to help you fix the things you’ve done in the past and move forward in better legal standing. This can have huge effects on your life, and can help improve it in ways that you might not even be able to imagine.
Waivers and Pardons
If you or your spouse entered the United States illegally, it might be possible to obtain a waiver. In general, someone who enters the States illegally is subject to either a three or ten-year time bar before they could be considered for re-entry legally. This happens when the individual leaves the United States in order to travel back to their home country in order to take a green card or visa interview with the United States Consulate with jurisdiction over their residence in their home country.
At the Law Offices of Solomon D. Gilliam, P.C., we understand that such a time bar is not convenient – and sometimes there’s no getting around it. Other times, however, there is a way to obtain something known as a waiver of inadmissibility. This document essentially asks the government of the United States to forgive the fact that the immigrant in question entered the country illegally.
Preparing a Waiver Application
Preparing a waiver of inadmissibility is not a cheap process, in money or in time. The issue is far more involved than simply filling out a document. What actually happens is the individual(s) in question essentially talk about their life and what led them to enter the United States illegally. They have to explore scenarios about what might happen if their waiver is denied. This includes detailing what hardship would be suffered by the denial and who would suffer it. Proving extreme hardship is an important part of preparing a successful waiver application.
To complete the above, an experienced lawyer will spend plenty of time with both the immigrant seeking the waiver as well as the resident or United States citizen petitioning on their behalf. They must understand the circumstances behind the action of entering the country without permission and determine if the immigrant – also known as a beneficiary – meets the basic requirements needed for a waiver in the first place.
After the interviews have been completed, filling out the necessary paperwork and filing it all on time is quite the task. It can take anywhere from 50 to 100 hours or more on the lawyer’s part to successful document and file everything. That might sound like a long time, especially if you’re looking at it from the view of the person waiting to see if their application is approved or denied. Keep in mind that this is something that will affect the rest of your life, however, and prepare yourself for the fact that it’s not something that can be completed in a single day.
Contact us today for help!
If you’re looking into the idea of filing for a waiver of inadmissibility, contact the Law Offices of Solomon D. Gilliam, P.C., today to find out how we can help you. We’re experienced with this kind of case, and understand what is needed to help give you the best chance of success possible. Contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled and knowledgeable attorneys!