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An I-212 waiver allows someone who has been deported from the U.S. to apply lawfully for permission to enter before their period of ineligibility is up. The full name of an I-212 waiver is a “Reapplication for Admission After a Prior Deportation Order.” Applicants may not return to the United States until your I-212 application has been filed with the Department of Homeland Security and is subsequently approved. Failure to do so may result in your permanent inadmissibility from the United States.


I-212 waivers are discretionary. In other words, the government has the power to deny these applications if they chose to do so. Factors that go into the government’s decision include:


  • The applicant’s criminal and immigration history,

  • Evidence of moral character and rehabilitation, and

  • Hardship to family members lawfully present in the United States.

  • The reason the alien was deported.

  • How long ago the alien was deported.

  • The length of the alien’s lawful residence in the U.S. (if any).

  • The applicant’s moral character and respect for law and order

  • Whether the applicant is inadmissible to the U.S. under other sections of law

  • The applicant’s family responsibilities in the United States

  • Hardship to family members who are lawfully present in the U.S.

  • The need for the applicant to work in the U.S.

I-212 Waivers are complicated and often require the help of knowledgeable professionals to obtain a successful outcome. At the Jurado Firm, we have the experience you need in handling I-212 Waivers to ensure that you obtain the best possible outcome in your I-212 Waiver case. Give us a call, our initial consultations are free of cost.

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