Your Next Chapter
A few years ago, you did something reckless and were charged with a crime. You took full responsibility for your actions and completed the sentence imposed on you: imprisonment, probation, community service, a fine… it’s in the past, and you are now in a better, more stable place in your life. You’ll never do something like that again.
Flashforward to now: you now want to come to the United States for a temporary (non-immigrant) purpose, but your criminal history is getting in the way. Did you know that Canada and the United States share information via travel documents (passports), making your criminal history accessible to border officers?
Grounds for Inadmissibility and Waiver Eligibility
Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, grounds for criminal inadmissibility and removal include foreign nationals who are:
- Convicted of, or who admit to committing, either a crime involving moral turpitude (CIMT) or a violation of any law or regulation related to a controlled substance;
- Convicted of two or more offenses with an aggregate period of confinement of five years or more;
- Who are controlled substance violators;
- Who have engaged in prostitution and/or commercialized vice within the past 10 years;
- Who have engaged in controlled substance trafficking;
- Who have engaged in human trafficking; or
- Who have engaged in money laundering activities.
The Matter of Hranka case sets forth a three-pronged balancing test for determining waiver eligibility for nonimmigrant visas:
- The risk of harm in admitting the applicant;
- The seriousness of the acts that caused the inadmissibility; and
- The importance of the applicant’s reason for seeking entry into the United States.
Criminal inadmissibility is serious, and the United States’ laws are complex. If you have been denied entry to the United States based on criminality, or think that you might be found inadmissible, it’s important to understand what options may be available to you.
The lawyers at Sisu Legal are immigration experts, and will help you understand what options may be on the table. With proven systems and strategies to navigate cross-border admissibility issues, you can stop worrying about what your next step should be.
This Service will:
- Guide you through the process - including checklists, a client portal, and a kanban-style visual board that allows you to track the process;
- Ensure you understand everything and that your questions are answered quickly; and
- Support you with any difficulties along the way.
Sisu Legal’s I-192 Waiver Service starts at $1,000 USD, though your fees may be higher if your case is complex. We operate on a flat-fee service model, meaning that you will be quoted a fee before you retain us to avoid any surprises.
Let’s give you peace of mind. A criminal conviction doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t have options!
What You Can Expect
When you unwrap the way this service works, here’s an overview of what you can expect…
A Strategic Plan
We don’t believe in “winging it”. This service includes an initial meeting with a lawyer to discuss your goals, your concerns, and to answer any questions you have. We will go over the visa requirements and will guide you through the entire process. You will feel comfortable, knowledgeable, and confident.
An Execution Strategy
A plan is nothing without execution. You’ll get a customized checklist so that you can start gathering the best possible evidence for your application. We will make document collection as painless as possible with a customized upload link and a secured shared folder that you can add to, whenever it is most convenient for you.
Attention to Detail - Always
We’ve got checks and balances along the way to ensure that nothing gets missed. You’ll do a few simple questionnaires and we will do all the heavy lifting behind the scenes. We have systems, processes, and technology in place to help reduce the chance of errors.
Support - Reach out anytime you get stuck
Schedule a call or email us with your questions - whenever, at no extra charge. You can always expect a response within one business day. However, the goal is to anticipate as many of your questions as possible and provide you with lots of resources and information so that you always have a clear picture of what comes next.
Snapshot of our Process
Here's a snapshot of our process:
This will allow us to get to know each other and figure out if we are a good fit. If you decide to move forward within 30 days of your consultation, the consultation becomes free.
After you agree that we are a good fit, it is time to come up with a tailored plan and execute. We will go over strategy and a roadmap of how to gather the best evidence, what affidavits are required, and how to put together flawless forms.
Amazing—now that we are almost there, we will put your entire application through an error-proofing review system and discuss how it can be made even better. No cutting corners here.
Please note, to keep up with our high service standards, there are limited spots available each month.