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Below is an excerpt from an AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) bulletin sent to me by our Associate Fadi Minawi, an AILA member.
I think it is a good summary regarding information on US Waivers:
There are many reasons why a person may be ineligible to enter the United States.
The legal descriptions are lengthy and complex therefore a list of the most common reasons is provided below. This information should not be interpreted to be a comprehensive list of reasons you may be denied entry into the United States.
In general, you might be denied entry:
Again, this list is not comprehensive. The list of crimes of moral turpitude that are reasons for exclusion from the United States is also quite detailed. The most common types of crimes involving moral turpitude that would make you inadmissible are murder, manslaughter, rape, theft, bribery,forgery, aggravated battery, prostitution, and fraud.
Depending on the reason for your inadmissibility into the United States, and if you are a class of nonimmigrant where a visa is not required, e.g., most citizens of Canada, or you are a nonimmigrant with appropriate documents who subsequently becomes inadmissible, you may be eligible to apply in advance of your travel directly to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for a temporary waiver of inadmissibility.
The waiver application process can be lengthy (up to a year) and there is a cost of US $545.00 per application regardless of the decision on the application.
The temporary waiver application, Form I-192, Application for Advance Permission to Enter as Nonimmigrant [Pursuant to Section 212(d)(3)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)], is on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ web site, as well as instructions for filling it out.
The Form I-192 can be downloaded at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Immigration Forms website (Form I-192). ( Form I-192 ) This form should be filed with CBP if you are an inadmissible visa exempt nonimmigrant or a nonimmigrant with appropriate documents who subsequently becomes inadmissible under Section 212(a) of the INA. (Please refer to Section 212(d)(3)(A)(ii) of the INA and Title 8 Code of Federal Regulation 212.4(b) for pertinent statute and regulation). Please note that only forms with the expiration date 11/30/2009 in the upper right hand corner are acceptable.
After February 20, 2009, older versions of the form www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/PrintMe.xml?x… 1/10
AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 10083038. (Posted on 8/30/10).
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