USCIS Grants Waivers for Fraudulent Entry and Crimes


Some people are not eligible for their green cards because they entered the U.S. under an assumed name. Others are not eligible because they committed crimes after arriving in the U.S. In this case, our client was ineligible for both reasons! Nevertheless, we are happy to say that we were able to help him get a green card and to become a U.S. citizen.

Our client, who we will refer to as Paul to protect his identity, has made a lot mistakes in his life. But despite his many mistakes, he still thought he deserved to be granted permanent resident status (green card). He decided to consult with Reeves Immigration Law Group to ask if it was possible. And now, just a few years after that initial consultation, RILG is happy to say that Paul not only received his green card, but he has also become a naturalized U.S. citizen!

Paul’s case presented many issues. However, Attorney Devin Connolly, the Managing Partner of RILG, happily accepted the challenge of assisting Paul and his family. The first issue facing Paul was that he was inadmissible to the U.S. because he had used an assumed name to enter the U.S. In addition, after coming to the U.S., Paul had been convicted of several criminal offenses. These crimes included theft, battery, and domestic violence.

Attorney Connolly explained to Paul that he would need to be granted multiple waivers by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service before he would be able to receive his green card. Attorney Connolly stated that Paul was indeed eligible to apply for the necessary waivers, but that the process would not be easy. Paul was willing to do what it took to get his green card.

Attorney Connolly began preparing an argument that Paul’s U.S. citizen parents would suffer an extreme hardship if Paul was forced to return to his native Philippines.  He discussed how Paul’s parents were dependent on Paul’s caregiving services due to their age and poor health. Attorney Connolly also stated that Paul’s parents’ health would still suffer even if they returned to the Philippines with Paul due to their financial status and the lack of health care options in the Philippines.

In addition, Attorney Connolly also argued that Paul was a person of good moral character despite his prior arrests. He conceded that Paul had indeed made mistakes in his life, but that these mistakes happened when Paul was a much younger man. He has matured and now prefers spending his time with his parents at church rather than drinking with friends.

Paul was granted waivers of both his fraudulent entry to the U.S. and his criminal conduct. He continued to lead his life the right way after receiving his green card, and that allowed him to also become a naturalized United States citizen. Paul is extremely grateful to Attorney Connolly and RILG for helping him overcome the mistakes he has made in his life. He knows that he never would have been able to be granted U.S. citizenship without their assistance.


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