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Waivers

Besides satisfying the eligibility requirements for the particular visa, in order to be issued a visa, you must make sure that you or your loved one is not subject to one of the many grounds of inadmissibility.  The various grounds are set out at INA 212(a).

Here is a chart setting out the various grounds that can or cannot be waived.

The column titled “NIV Waivers” refers to the grounds that can be waived for individuals who are applying for Non-Immigrant Visas.

The column titled “IV Waivers” refers to the grounds that can be waived for individuals who are applying for Immigrant Visas, i.e., visas to get their green card or legal permanent residence in the US.

A well prepared waiver application can mean the difference of being able to enter the country versus being trapped outside. Contact our office at (213) 739-8889 to see which waiver will work for your situation and how we can help you to present the strongest possible case for the waiver.

Class of Inadmissibility NIV Waivers IV Waivers
Aliens Previously
Removed
(INA 212(a)(9)(A));
(9 FAM 40.91)
INA 212(d)(3)(A) waiver is available. Factors to be considered in deciding whether to recommend the waiver include the nature and date of the offense, possible rehabilitation of the alien’s character, and the necessity for, or urgency of, the alien’s proposed trip to the United States. Additionally, an approved Form I-212, (Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States after Deportation or Removal) removes this ground, but not the circumstances which led to it. No waiver, but DHS may grant permission to reapply for admission to the United States to an alien otherwise inadmissible under this section. (Form I-212, Permission to Reapply). However, such permission to reapply does not remove the grounds which led to the alien’s denial of admission to or removal from the United States. The reason for such denial of admission or removal may lead to another ground of inadmissibility.
Aliens Unlawfully Present
(INA 212(a)(9)(B));
(9 FAM 40.92 Notes)
INA 212(d)(3)(A) Factors to be considered in deciding whether to recommend the waiver include the nature and date of the offense, possible rehabilitation of the alien’s character, and the necessity for, or urgency of, the alien’s proposed trip to the United States. Additionally, an approved Form I-212 (Permission to Reapply) for Admission into the United States after Deportation or Removal) removes this ground, but not the circumstances which led to it. DHS has sole discretion to grant a 212(a)(9)(B)(v) waiver in the case of an immigrant who is the spouse, son, or daughter of a U.S. citizen or LPR, if refusal of admission to such immigrant alien would result in extreme hardship to the citizen or lawful resident spouse or parent of such alien.
Aliens Unlawfully Present After Previous Immigration Violations
(INA 212(a)(9)(C));
(9 FAM 40.93 Notes)
INA 212(d)(3)(A) waiver is available. Factors to be considered in deciding whether to recommend the waiver include the nature and date of the offense, possible rehabilitation of the alien’s character, and the necessity for, or urgency of, the alien’s proposed trip to the United States. No waiver, but DHS may grant permission to reapply for admission to the United States to an alien otherwise inadmissible under this section provided at least ten years have passed following the alien’s last departure from the United States. (Form I-212, Application for Permission to Reapply)

ILLEGAL ENTRANTS, IMMIGRATION VIOLATORS, AND MISREPRESENTATION

Class of Inadmissibility NIV Waivers IV Waivers
Aliens Present Without Admission or Parole
(INA 212(a)(6)(A));
(9 FAM 40.61)
This ground does not apply at time of visa application. This ground does not apply to visa applicants.
Failure to Attend a Removal Proceeding
(INA 212(a)(6)(B));
(9 FAM 40.62)
INA 212(d)(3)(A) waiver is available. Inadmissibility applies for 5 years following departure or removal subsequent to removal hearing. No waivers available. Inadmissibility apples for 5 years following departure or removal subsequent to removal hearing.
Fraud and Misrepresentation
(INA 212(a)(6)(C)(i));
(9 FAM 40.63)
INA 212(d)(3)(A) waiver is available. Factors to be considered in deciding whether to recommend the waiver include the nature and date of the offense, possible rehabilitation of the alien’s character, and the necessity for, or urgency of, the alien’s proposed trip to the United States. INA 212(i) waivers are available if she or he is the spouse, son, or daughter of a U.S. citizen or of an LPR, but only if the petitioner would suffer extreme hardship if the waiver were not granted; or, if a VAWA self-petitioner, the alien demonstrates extreme hardship to the alien, or the alien’s U.S. Citizen or LPR relative.
False Claim of Citizenship
(INA 212(a)(6)(C)(ii)); (9 FAM 40.63)
INA 212(d)(3)(A) waiver is available. Factors to be considered in deciding whether to recommend the waiver include the nature and date of the offense, possible rehabilitation of the alien’s character, and the necessity for, or urgency of, the alien’s proposed trip to the United States. No waiver available.
Stowaways
(INA 212(a)(6)(D));
(9 FAM 40.64)
Applies only to aliens seeking admission at a port of entry. You are not to refuse visas under this provision.
This ground does not apply at time of visa application. This ground does not apply at time of visa application.
Smugglers (Knowingly Assisted)
(INA 212(a)(6)(E));
(9 FAM 40.65)
INA 212(d)(3)(A) waiver is available. Factors to be considered in deciding whether to recommend the waiver include the nature and date of the offense, possible rehabilitation of the alien’s character, and the necessity for, or urgency of, the alien’s proposed trip to the United States. 1. INA 212(d)(11) waiver available. DHS may grant a waiver to an applicant for family-based immigration if the alien applicant had aided an individual who at the time of such action was the alien’s spouse, parent, son, or daughter entering or attempting to enter the United States in violation of the law. The brother or sister of a U.S. citizen is not eligible for this waiver.
2. DHS may grant an INA 212 (c) waiver to a LPR who is returning to the United States after a temporary absence abroad; had illegally assisted only his or her spouse, son, or daughter, or parent, and no others; and is otherwise eligible for admission. In this way, DHS avoids penalizing too heavily aliens already admitted to the United States who were not ineligible prior to the 1990 amendments to the law, who would now be inadmissible because of the 1990 amendments, and who had assisted only a close family member’s entry into the United States.
Subject of Civil Penalty or Final Order Under Section 274C (Document Counterfeiting)
(INA 212(a)(6)(F));
(9 FAM 40.66 Notes)
INA 212(d)(3)(A)waiver available. Factors to be considered in deciding whether to recommend the waiver include the nature and date of the offense, possible rehabilitation of the alien’s character, and the necessity for, or urgency of, the alien’s proposed trip to the United States. INA 212(d)(12) waiver is available.
DHS may grant a waiver to:
1. Certain permanent resident aliens who have been abroad temporarily and are not under order of deportation; or
2. To aliens seeking admission or adjustment of status as immediate relatives or family-based beneficiaries (but for aliens seeking adjustment it must have been committed solely to assist, aid, or support the alien’s spouse or child).
Student Visa Abusers
(INA 212(a)(6)(G));
(9 FAM 40.67)
INA 212(d)(3)(A) waiver is available. Factors to be considered in deciding whether to recommend the waiver include the nature and date of the offense, possible rehabilitation of the alien’s character, and the necessity for, or urgency of, the alien’s proposed trip to the United States. No waiver is available.

CRIMINAL AND RELATED GROUNDS

Class of Inadmissibility NIV Waivers IV Waivers
Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude
(INA 212(a)(2)(A)(i)(I);
9 FAM 40.21(a))
For those who do not fall under the exceptions to inadmissibility listed in 9 FAM 40.21, INA 212(d)(3)(A) waivers are available. Factors in considering whether to recommend a waiver include the nature and date of the offense, possible rehabilitation of the alien’s character, and the necessity for, or urgency of, the alien’s proposed trip to the United States. 1. INA 212(h) waiver is available in cases where the alien’s admission to the United States would not be contrary to the national welfare, safety and security of the United States and the applicant has been rehabilitated, and the activities for which the applicant is inadmissible occurred more than 15 years before the date of visa application; or
2. For the spouse, parent, son, or daughter of a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident (LPR) if, in the opinion of DHS, not granting the waiver would result in extreme hardship to the U.S. citizen or LPR; or
3. The alien is a VAWA self-petitioner.No waiver is available if the applicant has been convicted of (or has admitted committing acts that constitute) murder, criminal acts involving torture, or conspiracy to commit either murder or criminal acts involving torture.
Controlled Substance Violators
(INA 212(a)(2)(A)(i)(II));
(9 FAM 40.21(b))
INA 212(d)(3)(A) waiver is available.
Factors to consider in deciding whether to recommend the waiver include the nature and date of the offense, possible rehabilitation of the alien’s character, and the necessity for, or urgency of, the alien’s proposed trip to the United States.
1. INA 212(h) waiver is available if the alien’s admission to the United States would not be contrary to the national welfare, safety, or security of the United States; and the alien has been rehabilitated and the inadmissible act occurred more than 15 years before the visa application; or
2. For the spouse, parent, son, or daughter to the U.S. citizen or LPR if, in the opinion of the Secretary of Homeland Security, refusing the waiver would result in extreme hardship to the U.S. citizen or LPR; or
3. The alien is a VAWA
self-petitioner.INA 212(h) is only available if the violation relates to a single offense of simple possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana.
Multiple Criminal Convictions
(INA 212(a)(2)(B));
(9 FAM 40.22 Notes)
INA 212(d)(3)(A) waiver is available.
Factors to consider in deciding whether to recommend the waiver include the nature and date of the offense, possible rehabilitation of the alien’s character, and the necessity for, or urgency of, the alien’s proposed trip to the United States.
1. INA 212(h) waiver is available if: activities for which the alien is inadmissible occurred more than 15 years before the date of the alien’s application; the alien’s admission to the United States would not be contrary to the national welfare, safety, or security; and the applicant has been rehabilitated; or
2. For the spouse, parent, son, or daughter to the U.S. citizen or LPR if, in the opinion of the Secretary of Homeland Security, refusing the waiver would result in extreme hardship to the U.S. citizen or LPR; or
3. If the alien is a VAWA self-petitioner.No waiver is available if the applicant has committed murder, criminal acts involving torture, or conspiracy to commit either murder or criminal acts involving torture.
Controlled Substance Traffickers and the Spouse, Son, or Daughter of Substance Traffickers Who Obtained Financial or other Benefit and Knew or have Known that the Financial Benefit was the Product of Illicit Activity within the Past Five Years
(INA 212(a)(2)(C));
(9 FAM 40.23 Notes)
INA 212(d)(3)(A) waiver is available.
Factors to consider in deciding whether to recommend the waiver include the nature and date of the offense, possible rehabilitation of the alien’s character, and the necessity for, or urgency of, the alien’s proposed trip to the United States.
No waiver is available.
Prostitution and Commercialized Vice Within the Past 10 Years of the Date of Application for a Visa, Admission, or Adjustment of Status
(INA 212(a)(2)(D); and INA 212(a)(2)(A)(i)(I))
(9 FAM 40.24)
INA 212(d)(3)(A) waiver is available.
Factors to be considered in deciding whether to recommend the waiver include the nature and date of the offense, possible rehabilitation of the alien’s character, and the necessity for, or urgency of, the alien’s proposed trip to the United States.
1. INA 212(h) waiver is available in cases of prostitution (D)(i)or procuring (D)(ii) if the alien’s admission to the United States would not be contrary to the national welfare, safety, or security, and the alien has been rehabilitated. In cases of other commercialized vice (D)(iii), 212(h) is available if the two conditions above are met, and all relevant criminal acts took place more than 15 years before the date of application; or
2. Available to IV applicants with a close family relationship (spouse, parent, son, or daughter) to a U.S. citizen or LPR, if, in the opinion of DHS, not granting the waiver would result in extreme hardship to the petitioning U.S. citizen or LPR and the alien has been rehabilitated; or
3. The alien is a VAWA self-petitioner.
Certain Aliens Involved in Serious Criminal Activity Who Have Asserted Immunity from Prosecution
(INA 212(a)(2)(E))
(9 FAM 40.25)
INA 212(d)(3)(A) waiver is available. Factors to be considered in deciding whether to recommend the waiver include the nature and date of the offense, possible rehabilitation of the alien’s character, and the necessity for, or urgency of, the alien’s proposed trip to the United States. 1. INA 212(h) waiver is available if the activities for which the alien is inadmissible occurred more than 15 years before the date of the alien’s application, the alien’s admission to the United States would not be contrary to the national welfare, safety, or security, and the alien has been rehabilitated; or
2. For applicants with a close family relationship (spouse, parent, son, or daughter) to a U.S. citizen or LPR, if, in the opinion of DHS, refusing the waiver would result
in extreme hardship to the U.S. citizen or LPR; or
3. The alien is a VAWA self-petitioner.Neither waiver is available if the alien has committed murder or criminal acts involving torture, or conspiracy to commit either murder or criminal acts involving torture.
Foreign Government Officials Who Have Committed Particularly Severe Violations of Religious Freedom
(INA 212(a)(2)(G));
(9 FAM 40.26)
INA 212(d)(3)(A) waiver is available. Advisory Opinion from VO/L/A is mandatory. No waiver is available.
Significant Traffickers in Persons and Beneficiaries, Certain Family Members of Trafficker Who Obtained Financial or Other Benefit and Knew or Have Known that the Financial Benefit was the Product of Illicit Activity in Past 5 Years
(INA 212(a)(2)(H));
(9 FAM 40.27 Notes)
INA 212(d)(3)(A) waiver is available. Advisory Opinion from VO/L/A is mandatory. No waiver is available.

DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

Class of Inadmissibility NIV Waivers IV Waivers
No Entry Documents – Immigrants
(INA 212(a)(7)(A));
(9 FAM 40.71)
Not applicable. No waiver is available at time of visa application. However, under INA 212(k), DHS may waive this inadmissibility for an IV holder at the port of entry.
Nonimmigrants Not in Possession of Passport Valid for Six Months of Nonimmigrant Visa or Border Crossing Card
(INA 212(a)(7)(B));
(9 FAM 40.72 Notes)
INA 212(d)(4) waiver is available:
1. On the basis of unforeseen emergency in individual cases; or
2. On the basis of reciprocity to nationals of a foreign contiguous territory or of adjacent islands (and residents of those territories or islands having a common nationality with such nationals).
Not applicable.

HEALTH RELATED GROUNDS

Class of Inadmissibility NIV Waivers IV Waivers
INA 212(a)(1)(A)(i) – Communicable Disease of Public Health Significance
(INA 212(a)(1)(A)(i);
(9 FAM 40.11)
INA 212(d)(3)(A) waiver is available. INA 212(g) waiver is available for:
1. The spouse, unmarried son or daughter, or minor unmarried lawfully adopted child of: a U.S. citizen, an alien who has been issued an immigrant visa, or an alien who has been lawfully admitted for permanent residence; or
2. The parent of a son or daughter who is: a U.S. citizen, a lawfully admitted permanent resident alien, or an alien who has been issued an immigrant visa; or
3. A Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) self-petitioner.
Failure to Submit Proof of Vaccination
INA 212(a)(1)(A)(ii)
(INA 212(a)(1)(A)(iii); (9 FAM 40.11)
Not Applicable. 1. If alien receives vaccines that are initially missing, a waiver may be approved by the consular officer under a blanket delegation of authority by USCIS. (9 FAM 40.11 N12.5-1; INA 212(g)(2)(A))
2. If the panel physician determines required vaccinations would be medically inappropriate, a waiver may be approved by the consular officer under a blanket delegation of authority by USCIS. (9 FAM 40.11 N12.5-2; INA 212(g)(2)(B))
3. If there is a religious or moral objection to vaccination, a waiver may be approved by Department of Homeland Security (DHS). (9 FAM 40.11 N12.5-3 and INA 212(g)(2)(C))
Physical or Mental Disorder and Behavior Associated with the Disorder Which May Pose, or Has Posed a Threat, to Property or Safety, of the Applicant or Others and Which is Likely to Recur
(INA 212(a)(1)(A)(iii);
9 FAM 40.11)
212(d)(3)(A) waiver is available, subject to conditions proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), such as a requirement that a family member or medical escort accompany the applicant.
(9 FAM 40.11 N13)
INA 212(g)(3) waivers are granted at the discretion of DHS in consultation with HHS. Waivers may be subject to conditions proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services, such as the giving of bond or requirement
that a family member or medical escort accompany the applicant.
Drug Abuser or Addict, one who has engaged in “non-medical use of a controlled substance.”
(INA 212(a)(1)(A)(iv);
(9 FAM 40.11 N12)
212(d)(3)(A) waiver available upon recommendation of the consular officer to DHS/USCIS. (9 FAM 40.11 N13.2 and N14) No waiver is available. However, a “CLASS A” inadmissibility finding by the panel physician may be overcome in the future according to CDC guidelines. (9 FAM 40.11 N13.2)

SECURITY AND RELATED GROUNDS

Class of Inadmissibility NIV Waivers IV Waivers
General Prejudicial Activities: Espionage, Sabotage, or Prohibited Export of Sensitive Technology, or Sensitive Information
(INA 212(a)(3)(A));
(9 FAM 40.31)
No waiver is available but the inadmissibility applies only to current circumstances.
Mandatory Security Advisory Opinion (SAO)
required for inadmissibility finding.
No waiver is available but inadmissibility applies only to current circumstances.
Terrorist Activities
(INA 212(a)(3)(B)); (9 FAM 40.32)
INA 212(d)(3)(A) waiver is available. SAO to VO/L/C is mandatory. No waiver is available.
Entry Would Have Potentially Serious Adverse Foreign Policy Consequences
(INA 212(a)(3)(C));
(9 FAM 40.33)
No waiver is available but inadmissibility applies to current circumstances. SAO is mandatory for inadmissibility finding. No waiver is available but inadmissibility applies to current circumstances. SAO mandatory.
Membership or Affiliation with Communist or Other Totalitarian Party, Domestic or Foreign (applies only to immigrants)
(INA 212(a)(3)(D));
(9 FAM 40.34)
INA 212(a)(3)(D) waiver available. Also, there are exceptions contained in INA 212(a)(3)(D) relating to past membership and/or involuntary membership.
Participation in Nazi Persecutions or Genocide and Commission of Acts of Torture or Extrajudicial Killings
(INA 212(a)(3)(E));
(9 FAM 40.35(a) and 9 FAM 40.35(b))
INA 212(d)(3)(A) waiver is available for acts of torture or extrajudicial killing.
SAO mandatory for finding.
No waiver is available.
Associations with Terrorist Organizations
(INA 212(a)(3)(F));
(9 FAM 40.36)
INA 212(d)(3)(A) waiver is available.
SAO mandatory
No waiver is available.
Recruitment or Use of Child Soldiers
(INA 212(a)(3)(G));
(9 FAM 40.38)
INA 212(d)(3)(A) waiver is available.
SAO mandatory
No waiver is available.

PUBLIC CHARGE

Class of Inadmissibility NIV Waivers IV Waivers
Public Charge
(INA 212(a)(4)(A));
(9 FAM 40.41)
The refusal on this ground may be overcome.
Typically, refusals are overcome if an applicant presents evidence that convinces the consular officer that the inadmissibility no longer applies.
No waiver is available. Applicants may overcome the finding by presenting evidence to convince you that the inadmissibility no longer applies. While there are provisions for overcoming the inadmissibility by posting a bond with DHS, the applicant is still subject to Affidavit of Support (AOS) and income requirements. Consequently, there are few circumstances in which a bond would be offered as an alternative to the AOS.

LABOR AND QUALIFICATIONS FOR CERTAIN IMMIGRANTS

Class of Inadmissibility NIV Waivers IV Waivers
Aliens Entering the United States to Perform Skilled or Unskilled Labor Whose Intended Employment Has Not Been Certified by the Department of Labor or Who is Unqualified for His/Her Certified Employment.
(INA 212(a)(5)(A));
(9 FAM 40.51)
Not applicable to NIV. No waiver is available at time of visa application. However, under INA 212(k), DHS may waive this inadmissibility for an IV holder at the port of entry.
Unqualified Physicians
(INA 212(a)(5)(B));
(9 FAM 40.52)
Not applicable to NIV. No waiver is available.
Uncertified Foreign Health Care Workers
(INA 212(a)(5)(C));
(9 FAM 40.53 Notes)
Discretion must be applied on a case-by-case basis; reference 9 FAM 40.53 N3. No waiver is available, but this can be overcome. See 9 FAM 40.53 N1.

INELIGIBLE FOR CITIZENSHIP

Class of Inadmissibility NIV Waivers IV Waivers
Permanently Ineligible for Citizenship (Immigrant Visas)
(INA 212(a)(8)(A));
(9 FAM 40.81 Notes)
Not applicable. No waiver is available. INA 212(c) relief is available for certain returning residents. Advisory Opinion required.
Any Alien Who Departed from or Remained Outside the United States to Avoid Service in the Armed Forces in Time of War or National Emergency
(INA 212(A)(8)(B));
(9 FAM 40.82 Notes)
INA 212(d)(3)(A) waiver is available. Factors to be considered in deciding whether to recommend the waiver include the nature and date of the offense, possible rehabilitation of the alien’s character, and the necessity for, or urgency of, the alien’s proposed trip to the United States. No waiver is available. INA 212(c) relief is available for certain returning residents.

MISCELLANEOUS

Class of Inadmissibility NIV Waivers IV Waivers
Practicing Polygamists
(INA 212(a)(10)(A));
(9 FAM 40.101)
Not applicable. No waiver is available.
INA 212(c) relief is available for certain returning residents.
Guardian Required to Accompany Helpless Alien (INA 212(a)(10)(B));
(9 FAM 40.102)
Not applicable at time of visa application. This is applied only at the port of entry (POE) by DHS. Not applicable at time of visa application.
International Child Abduction
(INA 212(a)(10)(C));
(9 FAM 40.103 Notes)
212(d)(3)(A) waiver is available.
Factors to be considered in deciding whether to recommend the waiver include the nature and date of the offense, possible rehabilitation of the alien’s character, and the necessity for, or urgency of, the alien’s proposed trip to the United States.
No waiver is available.
Unlawful Voters
(INA 212(a)(10)(D));
(9 FAM 40.104 Notes)
212(d)(3)(A) waiver is available.
Factors to be considered in deciding whether to recommend the waiver include the nature and date of the offense, possible rehabilitation of the alien’s character, and the necessity for, or urgency of, the alien’s proposed trip to the United States.
No waiver is available.
Former Citizens Who Renounced Citizenship to Avoid Taxation
(INA 212(a)(10)(E));
(9 FAM 40.105 Notes)
212(d)(3)(A) waiver is available.
Factors to be considered in deciding whether to recommend the waiver include the nature and date of the offense, possible rehabilitation of the alien’s character, and the necessity for, or urgency of, the alien’s proposed trip to the United States.
No waiver is available.

OTHER INADMISSIBILITIES

Class of Inadmissibility NIV Waivers IV Waivers
Educational Visitor Status: Foreign Residence Requirement; Waivers
(INA 212(e));
(9 FAM 40.202)
The foreign residence requirement of INA 212(e) may be waived by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) upon recommendation from CA/VO/L/W. The foreign residence requirement of INA 212(e) may be waived by the DHS upon recommendation from CA/VO/L/W.
Presumption of Immigrant Status
(INA 214(b));
(9 FAM 40.203 Notes)
No waiver is available. Not Applicable.
Alien Who Knowingly Made a Frivolous Application for Asylum
(INA 208(d)(6));
(9 FAM 40.206)
No waiver is available. No waiver is available.
Aliens Involved in Confiscation of Property of U.S. Nationals
(Section 401 of Public Law 104-114);
(9 FAM 40.207 Notes)
Where the Secretary of State finds, on a case by case basis, that the entry into the United States of the person who would otherwise be inadmissible under this section is necessary for medical reasons or for purposes of litigation of an action under Title III. No waiver is available.
Aliens Involved in Confiscation of Property of U.S. Nationals
(Section 401 of Public Law 104-114);
(9 FAM 40.207 Notes)
Where the Secretary of State finds, on a case by case basis, that the entry into the United States of the person who would otherwise be inadmissible under this section is necessary for medical reasons or for purposes of litigation of an action under Title III. No waiver is available.
Aliens Involved in Political Killings
(Section 616 of Public Law 105-277);
(9 FAM 40.208)
No waiver is available. No waiver is available.
Suspension of Entry or Imposition of Restrictions by President
(INA 212(f))
No waiver is available. No waiver is available.
Visa Overstay
(INA 222(g));
(9 FAM 40.68 and 9 FAM 41.101)
No waiver except where extraordinary circumstances are found by the Secretary of State to exist. Not applicable.
Persons Engaged in Forced Abortions or Sterilization
(8 U.S.C. 1182(e))
If the Secretary of State determines that it is important to the national interest of the United States to do so and provides written notification to the appropriate congressional committees containing a justification for the waiver. Not applicable.
Chinese and Other Nationals Engaged in Coerced Organ or Bodily Tissue Transplantation
(8 U.S.C. 1182(f))
If the Secretary of State determines that it is important to the national interest of the United States to do so, and no later than 30 days after the issuance of a visa, the Secretary provides written notification to the appropriate Congressional committee containing a justification for the waiver. Not applicable.
Persons Credibly Alleged to Have Aided and Abetted Colombian Insurgent and Paramilitary Groups
(Section 3205 of Public Law 106-246)
1. If the Secretary of State finds, on a case by case basis, that the entry into the United States of a person who would otherwise be inadmissible under this section is necessary for medical reasons.
2. To permit the prosecution of such person in the United States or when the person has cooperated fully with the investigation of crimes committed by individuals associated with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC), the National Liberation Army (ELN), or the United Columbian Self Defense Organization (AUC).
3. The President may waive the limitation if he determines that the waiver is in the national interest.
No waiver is available.

 

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  • “Angela has the best service in this field, she is quick to response and her work is 110% she is the best deal you can get in immigration matters, she really cares about her clients and explaines so well legal complications regarding each case I recomnend her 110% Angela is the best one in LA!!” – O.L.

  • “Angela was our lucky charm; if she’s an object it would be the lucky cat figure you find waving at you, all smiles in every counter of businesses. Angela has been such an important person in our lives, winning my ICE case/USCIS adjustment of status from Sep 2014-Sep 2017 (3 years). Thank you for your kindness and very professional service with regards to our case. Angela have made my wife, my mom and loved ones welcome, at home and family oriented. I have nothing much to say but high regards to the woman who is trustworthy, made us laugh, comfortable in our interviews, on time with our appointments,all the way full support and most importantly pass our test interviews with flying colors. We will definitely recommend The Law Office of Angela Suh to anyone and I guarantee you will have success. God Bless us all.”  R.R.

  • ‘I was recommended by a friend to use Angela Suh for my immigration issues that I was having. The attorney I had before Angela was a nightmare, the experience I had with him was just disgusting, getting to speak to him was IMPOSSIBLE, he had no work ethics no concern, the only thing he was concerned was if his fees were paid in full, long story short, I hope no one ever should have to go thru what I went thru with my last attorney. Then I get to speak to Angela on the phone for the first time, I just can’t express the kind of relief I felt with just our first conversation, she made me feel so comfortable, and most importantly she wanted to hear my concerns, I was on the phone with her for over 45 minutes and when we were done talking I was so relieved, it gave me a peace of mind with my immigration issues I was facing. A week later she flew to New Orleans so we could meet up and she could gather more info on my case at the USCIS. I still remember how friendly and concerned she was in regard to my case, I felt like I was talking to a friend and not an attorney. Every time that I have called her office to speak I would be able to and if I had to leave her a message I would get a call back from her no later than an hour, it was that easy to get in touch with her.  All in all, in my personal opinion she is by far the best Immigration Attorney out there and I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER TO ANYONE ANY DAY. If you are out there looking for an immigration attorney who cares about her clients and goes out of her way to help you, She is the one you need to call. I give her a 10 on 10 for everything she has done for me and helped me. Thank you, Angela Suh.”  S.G.

  • “BEST immigration attorney ever!! Absolutely love her. She’s been my attorney for 4 years and she does such a good job!! She has great customer service, she’s very nice and gets things done fast. I definitely recommend her :)” S.P.

  • “La abogada Angela me represento en todas mis audiencias en corte desde el año 2014. Le agradezco por todo lo que hizo por mi. Ella peleó muy duro por mi caso y ganó. Estoy muy agradecida porque puede recuperar mi residencia. Yo tuve 2 abogados antes que Angela pero no estuve satisfecha con sus servicios porque no me devan esperanza y no les confiaba con mi caso. No valía la pena que gaste mucho dinero y tiempo en un abogado que no estaba dispuesto a pelear por mi caso. La abogada Angela es diferente de ellos. Ella trabajó muy duro y me dio esperanza durante todo el proceso. Ella me hizo sentir cómoda dejandole mi caso en sus manos. Estoy muy feliz ahora porque tengo mi residencia de vuelta. Esto significa mucho para mi porque ahora ya no me tengo que preocupar por mi estado migratorio y pronto puedo empezar a aplicar para mi ciudadania.”  E.B.

  • “I was told to appear for my asylum interview on short notice. I searched online for immigration lawyers with good reviews and, fortunately, I found Angela.
    She is one of the most hard-working people I’ve met. Angela was able to supplement my file with important materials and prepare me for the interview in a short period of time. Furthermore, I was able to contact her office and get quick responses through every step of the process, which is something my previous attorney was terrible at. I love how devoted and organized Angela is, even though she is busy, she somehow manages to take good care of her clients.
    My asylum case got approved two days ago.  I am relieved, happy and grateful to be able to live the peaceful life I didn’t get in my country. I really couldn’t have done it without her. I definitely recommend her to anyone” – M.A.

  • “Where do I begin with what an amazing immigration attorney Angela is. My situation from speaking to multiple immigration attorneys was unique and seemed like a tough case to win, but after speaking to Angela, which she also recognized as a challenging case as well, had a strategic approach to give us the best chance to get my citizenship denial reversed and approved. Immigration has lost some key documents and proof of payment in my file when I became permanent resident 10 yrs ago. This became a problem when I applied for my citizenship in 2018. I passed the civics and written test but when they reviewed my file there they said I will need to prove that I had filed and paid for that document. I told them I had to otherwise I would not have gotten my permanent resident card in the first place. Angela was honest that my case was going to be tough as she have not dealt with this scenario before, but her plan to resolve this matter was well thought out. She had found a piece of information in my FOIA that gave us an opportunity to prove those documents and fees were indeed paid. And with a little patience and her knowledge and persistence Us Citizenship services reversed the decision and approved my citizenship a year later after I hired Angela. I would highly recommend Angela Suh if you have any immigration issues and need a great attorney to represent you.”  J.T.

  • “Thanks for all.  You were there to support us being a good lawyer and a friend.”

  • “Thank you again…and we really appreciate your great help thus far. We will definitely refer your name if any of our friends need your services.”

  • “Angela, just wanted to thank you and congratulate you on a great job you did for us.  To you this may have been another day at work but to me it meant my freedom. Thank you so much.”

  • “La Abogada Angela Suh me ayudo con mi caso de emigracion.  Yo sentia que mi caso era muy dificil de ganar porque yo ya tenia deportacion y ella gano mi caso.  Ella fue muy amable con migo y con mis hijos.  Yo pude comunicarme con ella porque ella habla y entien muy bien mi idioma espanol.  Es un abogada muy Buena y gana casos dificiles.”

  • “Thank you for all of your hard work on my father’s case.  We were blessed to have you as our attorney.”

  • “Angela, We can thank you enough for all your help.  Wow!  J and I want to say thank you, thank you.  From me a special thank you.  (Yes, I received my card last week).  Thank you.”

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