Our office received approval of the I-601 Application of Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility for a citizen of Vietnam who was subject to a life-time bar from being admitted to the United States for conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude under INA Section 212(a)(2)(A)(i)(I). Our client was previously convicted of Robbery and served 5 months in prison in his native country of Vietnam before being released.
In order to obtain approval of the I-601 waiver, I initiated our firm’s comprehensive process for preparation of compelling and persuasive immigration waiver applications. This is a process that has been crafted and improved over a period of 12 years of preparing I-601, I-212, and 212(d)(3) immigration waivers on behalf of our clients located across the U.S. and around the world.
I began by forwarding our Extreme Hardship Worksheet to my clients, which contains a comprehensive list questions designed to elicit extreme hardships and other persuasive factors from their lives. It also contains a long checklist of supporting documents that help document and prove the hardships and persuasive factors relevant to the case.
I recommended the couple to a clinical psychologist who I have worked closely with for over a decade. The psychological evaluation for immigration waivers is a specialized practice area for clinical psychologists and I provide in-depth guidance should my clients wish to utilize a psychologist who they already have a relationship with (please refer to my post on the elements of a powerful psychological evaluation for I-601 waiver applications for more details).
Once we identified the most important factors of the case, we prepared a comprehensive 27-page legal brief going over how the facts and circumstances of my client’s situation met the legal standards used to define “extreme hardship.” We also discussed and presented evidence of my client’s rehabilitation, good moral character, and his long history of bettering himself in his professional capacity.
We made sure every single facet of our case was documented including a proven history of mental disorder in the life of the U.S. citizen; her personal family history that makes her particular vulnerable to psychological hardship; as well as her daily support of her lawful permanent resident mother who relies upon her U.S. citizen daughter for every facet of her life in the U.S. Additionally, a table of exhibits referenced a variety of objective evidence in support of a showing of “extreme hardship”.
As a result of our efforts, the couple’s I-601 “Extreme Hardship” Waiver Application was approved and this family is now able to lawfully reside together in the United States.