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Inadmissability – Waivers

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Admissibility is the Controlling Concept in U.S. Immigration.

Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Field Operations oversees admission (entry) to the United States.

U.S. Immigration law requires most travelers to prove to immigration officers that they should be admitted. If an applicant cannot meet this burden of proof, they will not be admitted to the United States. Punitive actions such as the Expedited Removal (“5 year bar”) may also occur at the border, under certain circumstances.

With offices on both sides of the border, we are experienced with denial of entry issues. We represent individuals who apply for waivers and exceptions to inadmissibility.

If you find yourself in a position where you think you may need an immigration lawyer because you have difficulty entering the United States, please contact our firm to set up a consultation with one of our lawyers.

Grounds for inadmissibility may include:

  • Criminal convictions or admissions of criminal conduct
  • Failure to overcome presumed immigrant intent
  • Prior unlawful presence in the United States
  • Likelihood of becoming dependent on the United States welfare system


If you would like legal assistance, a consultation is the best place to start. Spend up to a full hour with an immigration attorney to discuss the details of your situation, gain an understanding of how the law operates, and work through issues and supporting documents to plan an immigration strategy.


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