The United States provides a refuge of opportunity and relief from crisis for many and is committed to save lives, alleviate human suffering and maintain human dignity.  There are many immigration programs designed to respond to humanitarian crisis, whether as a result of natural disaster or human conflict.  Our dedicated public interest focused Milwaukee immigration lawyer is here to help you or your loved one escape from crisis through United States humanitarian immigration programs.  

For an initial consultation with dedicated immigration attorneys in Milwaukee and Waukesha doing their best to help with your immigration issues or concerns contact us today.  Also visit our immigration law resources page.  We have a Milwaukee attorney available to help with all your legal needs.

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Are there some grounds of inadmissibility that can't be waived?
Some grounds of inadmissibility create a permanent bar for admission to the United States as an immigrant (permanent resident).  Grounds that create a permanent bar to obtaining an immigrant visa include: most ineligibilities for controlled substances offenses except single offense of simple possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana, false claims of United States citizenship.  Some grounds of inadmissibility create a 10 year bar to applying for a waiver, including generally anyone who: spent one year or more illegally in the United States, entered or tried to reenter the United States without inspection, reentered illegally after a prior deportation.  However, persons ineligible or inadmissible under those circumstances may still be able to apply for a non-immigrant waiver.

Factors that may be considered in determining extreme hardship:
​To meet the burden of demonstrating extreme hardship, the hardship must be to a qualified family member, not to the person seeking a visa.  Extreme hardship can be demonstrated based upon factors including: health; education; financial considerations; personal considerations such as separation from spouse or children, ages of people affected, length of residence and community ties in the United States; or other issues of culture, language, religion or ethics; and fear of persecution or personal harm.
United States immigration law humanitarian relief programs include:
  • Amnesty Programs 
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) - Non-immigrant discretionary decision by USCIS to allow people who came to the US as children to remain without fear of removal, renewable every 2 years and may apply for work authorization. Form I-821D  *** On 9/5/17 USDHS issued a memorandum formally rescinding the DACA program through a process designed to wind down the program by 3/5/18.  According to the memo, effective immediately however, USCIS would stop accepting new applications; renewal DACA applications for those that would expire before 3/5/17, and that are received by 10/5/17, will be determined on a case by case basis; renewal DACA applications received after 10/5/17 will be rejected.  The 9/5/17 DHS memo also informed of policy changes affecting advanced parole to travel outside the US (it will no longer be granted) and  previously granted advance parole (will be generally honored subject to the USCBP authority to determine admissibility of any person presenting advanced parole documents).  According to the memo, individuals with current DACA status will not have their EAD Cards and previously granted deferred action automatically revoked, and their deferred action and employment authorization will be valid until the current EAD card expiration date.  However, USCIS will continue to use their discretion to terminate deferred action when such authorities make a decision that termination of deferred action is warranted.
  • Deferred Enforced Departure - non-immigration status that allows qualified individuals to stay in the U.S. and apply for work for a limited time according to a presidential directive.
  • Disaster Relief - may remedy a lack of status due to a natural or catastrophe or other extreme situation that caused someone to become out of status by extending or changing status.
  • Fee waivers - may defer some costs of petitions or applications for immigration benefits.
  • Humanitarian Parole - may authorize an otherwise inadmissible applicant to the U.S. to come to the US for a limited time due to a compelling emergency, urgent humanitarian reason, or significant public benefit. I-131 Application for Travel Document.
  • Humanitarian Reinstatement - at the discretion of Attorney General, it allows for the reinstatement of a revoked approved family sponsored petition using an eligible family member substitute sponsor following the death of the petitioner before the alien beneficiary has obtained permanent residence. I-864 Affidavit of Support. 
  • U Visa - Non-immigrant visa providing protection to crime victims suffering substantial mental or physical abuse from the crime during the investigation or prosecution of the crime.
  • Victims of Domestic Violence and Abuse - confers immigrant status to spouses, children, and parents who have been battered or abused by, or are parents of children who have been abused by, a United States citizen or permanent resident. I-360 Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant.
  • Victims of Human Trafficking and other Crime Victims
  • Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissiblity - a discretionary determination of extreme hardship that can waive a finding or grounds for inadmissibility to the United States for persons seeking an immigrant visa, non-immigrant visa (the process differs for waivers for non-immigrant benefits), or adjustment of status.  Waivers may be available for applicants for the following grounds of inadmissibility:  health related;  certain criminal grounds;  membership in a totalitarian party;  certain immigration fraud or misrepresentation;  smugglers;  the 3 or 10 year bar to admission based on prior unlawful presence in the United States, or after a prior immigration violation, for certain petitions; due to a prior removal or deportation specific to certain petitions;  certain grounds specific to TPS applicants; many grounds specific to T-visa holders; certain petitions
  • Waivers for Reapplication for Admission - a discretionary determination by immigration officer that can waive the 5, 10, or 20 year bar to readmission after a deportation.  
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  • LIFE Act - INA 245(i) allows some admissible individuals and grandfathered individuals physically present in the US on December 21, 2000 to adjust status by paying a fee if the person was a beneficiary of a properly filed and approvable I-130 o I-140 immigrant petition filed on or before April 30, 2001 and a visa is immediately available to them.
  • Permission to reapply for admission to the United States after deportation or removal.
  • Refugee Status /Asylum - if you have been persecuted or fear persecution due to race, religion, nationality, or social/political membership using form I-589 within 1 year of arrival. You may also bring your children, using I-730 Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition.
  • T Visa - Non-immigrant visa providing protection to victims of human trafficking during investigation and prosecution of trafficking cases.
  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS) - stay in the U.S. for a limited time when extraordinary conditions temporarily prevent a safe return to your Homeland Security designated TPS home country; often due to on-going armed conflict, environmental disaster or other temporary and extraordinary condition. Form I-821.
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