Pedro and Tomas are a gay couple. Tomas is a USC. Pedro was an immigrant from El Salvador. Pedro entered the US with a visitor’s visa and overstay with his husband. The couple wanted to adjust Pedro’s legal status, but they did not want to spend money and wanted to do it themselves. The couple did not consult with an attorney. They searched over the internet and thought it was a great idea to do all the immigration paperwork themselves. The couple filed all the initial paperwork and it was approved. When the visa was available, Pedro left the country to wait for his visa. Unbeknown to them, when Pedro left, he triggered inadmissibility and a 10-year bar for being unlawfully present in the United States for over a year. Tomas and Pedro went the visa interview in the home country, and it was denied because Pedro needed an I-601 waiver. Pedro is now stuck in his home country and cannot come back to the US unless he applies for a waiver.
The problem with this case, the couple never consulted with any licensed attorney for legal advice. Pedro never needed to leave the country to adjust his status. He could have filed for adjustment status and go to his interview in the US. Second, the couple tried to do the paperwork and their original waiver was denied because they failed to submit all the paperwork. The couple came to our office for help. Our office assisted with applying for an I-601 waiver so Pedro can return to the United States. We gathered all the evidence, statements, and legal support. Our office successfully got the waiver approved and Pedro was able to obtain his visa and return to the United States. If you need a waiver or you are not sure about your case, give us a call.
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