Immigration waivers are “pardons” granted by the U.S. government for specific immigration violations. Immigration violations make you inadmissible. In other words, you cannot get a green card unless you receive an immigration waiver.
When a person applies for a U.S. visa or green card, an immigration officer must determine first if the applicant violated any U.S. laws and is inadmissible to the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security is in charge of ensuring that only admissible immigrants are admitted into the United States. Otherwise, the applicant must ask for a pardon from the government to obtain a green card.
REASONS FOR INADMISSIBILITY TO THE US
There are several reasons why you might be considered inadmissible to the United States. These are known as “grounds of inadmissibility,” and they can complicate your green card application.
Below are some of the reasons you can be inadmissible to the United States and require an inadmissibility waiver:
- Health-related reasons
- Certain criminal convictions
- Immigration fraud and misrepresentation
- Membership in a totalitarian party
- Human trafficking
- Being subject to a civil penalty
- The 3-year or 10-year bar due to previous unlawful presence in the U.S.