Client: Family
Client’s Country of Origin: Guatemala
Case Type: I-601A Waiver
Date of Application: Month 2015
Date of Approval: Month 2017

Chief Paralegal Connie Cook of Herman Legal Group assisted our client in the process of visa application. Our client entered the US from Guatemala without inspection for personal travel. During his time in the US, our client connected with a friend established a long-term relationship, and the two became parents to a US-born child. Following this relationship, his partner sponsored him in filing an I-130 Petition in order to apply for US lawful permanent resident status. However, because our client held an unlawful presence in the country, the process to obtain a visa would become more challenging.

Cook assisted our client in filing an I-601A waiver after the sponsored petition was granted. An I-601A waiver is when the federal government excuses the applicant’s immigration violation under its discretion. Here, if granted, the waiver would assist with excusing our client’s unlawful presence in the country and allow him to adjust his status. With the assistance of Herman Legal Group counsel, our client’s waiver was accepted for consideration by the Immigration Visa Office in the applicant’s home country.

Our client was then required to return to Guatemala for the interview where he would be considered for waiver. Although not required, our client’s partner insisted on attending the interview with him for support. In conclusion, the Immigration Visa Office decided to approve the I-601A waiver and grant our client his visa allowing him to enter back into the US as a lawful permanent resident.