Do you need an Immigration Fraud Waiver?
You may if you, by fraud or willful misrepresentation of a material fact, have sought to procure, or have procured a visa, other documentation, or admission into the US or other benefit under US immigration laws. You may have omitted certain information on a previous application for a visa or a green card. You may have failed to reveal that you were married. The possibilities are endless. Fraud is lifetime bar to remaining in the US.
I-601 Fraud Waivers
The government may waive your fraud if your spouse or parent is a US citizen or a green card holder. However, you need to show that if you were not granted a fraud waiver, these relatives would suffer extreme hardship. Note that fraud waivers are more limited than section 212(h) criminal waivers. Unlike 212(h) waivers, in deciding fraud waivers, hardship to your children is not considered.
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What is Extreme Hardship? Extreme hardship Factors include whether your qualifying relatives have family ties to the US; the extent of the qualifying relatives’ family ties outside the US; conditions in your home country; financial impact of your departure from the US; and significant health conditions, particularly when tied to an unavailability of suitable medical care in your country.
What Do You Need to do to Obtain a Fraud Waiver? If you are applying for a fraud waiver in the US, you need to submit form I-601 and extensive documentation to the USCIS, or if you are in removal proceedings, to the Immigration Judge. If you applying abroad, submit these materials to the US Embassy or Consulate where your interview takes place. An 212(i) fraud waiver cannot be granted to a person who falsely represents, or has falsely represented himself to be a citizen of the US for any purpose or benefit under the immigration law.
Applying for a fraud waiver is an extremely complex process. A person represented by an immigration attorney is more likely to obtain a fraud waiver.
Resources for Applying for a Fraud Waiver
- Instructions for I-601 Waiver Applications (USCIS)
- Extreme Hardship Policy (USCIS)
- Understanding Extreme Hardship in Waivers (ILRC)
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