I-601 Hardship Waivers

For many immigrants, U.S. immigration law seems hopeless. One option, however, is the I-601 Hardship Waiver, offered to immigration who otherwise have no path to obtain a green card.


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Overcoming Inadmissibility through an I-601 Hardship Waiver

I-601 Hardship Waivers

Hardship waiver circumstances often require the help of an immigration attorney. If you aren't sure whether you qualify for the I-601 or you have questions about what the application involves, contact McGregor & Oblad.

When the U.S. immigration law deems a person "inadmissible," it does not mean that all hope is gone. With an I-601 Hardship Waiver, you get an opportunity to explain your unique situation. The application allows you to explain why a qualifying relative needs you to stay within in the United States. Hardships include financial necessity, serious illness or handicaps, or other unusual situations.

Many people run into an issue when they submit their applications for waivers. They are denied residence because their application does not include the necessary information or does not present the situation in a convincing way. Before you turn in the paperwork, give us an opportunity to help you choose the most important information to include.

If you need an honest assessment of your hardship waiver application, contact us. From the very beginning, we look over your case and let you know whether we can help you.

Who needs an I-601 Hardship Waiver?

Most inadmissible cases are due to immigrants who are living in the U.S. illegally, often termed  an "unlawful presence." Other grounds that render someone inadmissible include:

  • Health-related grounds
  • Criminal and related grounds
  • Security reasons
  • Financial reasons

How is an I-601 Hardship Waiver Approved?

To be granted an I-601 Hardship Waiver, an applicant must demonstrate that "extreme hardship" to a qualifying relative would result if the immigrant were not permitted entry into the country. A qualifying relative is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, typically a spouse or child. Good I-601 Hardship Waiver cases usually revolve around a qualifying relative needing the inadmissible immigrant due to serious illness, handicaps, and other unusual and burdensome situations.

What makes a good I-601 Hardship Waiver Application?

Every case is different. Furthermore, the adjudicators assessing your case have different personalities and respond differently to each situation. Our job as hardship waiver immigration attorneys is to assess your case and put together the strongest application possible.

As noted above, strong cases usually include situations where the qualifying relative is subject to handicaps, chronic medical conditions, serious illness, and severe depression. Unfortunately, economic hardship alone tends to not be as persuasive. Persons considering the I-601 Hardship Waiver who do not have obvious hardships are still invited to contact us. Often we can determine if you have enough smaller factors to consolidate and present a strong case.

Why Choose McGregor & Oblad

McGregor & Oblad, PLLC has helped immigrants from several countries prepare and submit their Hardship Waiver Applications. Since the government often takes up to a year or more in adjudicating these applications, it is vital to get it right the first time. Our attorneys will prepare the strongest case possible to demonstrate that you or your loved one will suffer an extreme hardship if you are unable to be together in the U.S. With Hardships, the stakes are extremely high and the consequences of losing a case are very severe, often resulting in a 10-year ban on entering the U.S.—or worse! Our immigration lawyers know the law, understand the legal processes and how to relate to our clients in order to provide the best service possible. Our attorneys will help you weigh your options so you can know the best course of action in your individual case.


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