We just received the excellent news that an I-601 Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility (commonly referred to as an Extreme Hardship Waiver) was granted for a client in Mexico. He entered the United States when he was 3 years old, when his parents came across illegally. He attended school here and never had any criminal trouble. When he was 21 years old, he decided to return to Mexico, because he felt like he was breaking the law by even being in the United States.
He worked for a Church doing missionary work in Mexico and helping at-risk teenagers and adolescents avoid gangs and the drug cartel culture. He met his wife (a US citizen) and the couple married a few years ago. They both live in Mexico and work for a Christian Missionary Service. They are two of the sweetest people you could meet. The couple lived together in Mexico for several years.
In Summer 2010, the couple learned that they were pregnant with their first child. At that time, they decided they needed to leave Mexico. They had seen too much violence including murders, burglaries and gunfights to raise their child in Mexico. They hired The Nunez Firm to help them consular process and prepare an I-601 waiver that would allow the husband to return to the United States despite his many years of unlawful presence.
All I-601 cases are different, but we decided to focus on the husband’s exceptional moral character and his voluntary departure from the United States without any INS/USICE involvement. We emphasized that he had been in Mexico for many years already, and he never chose to enter the US illegally. His parents did. We pointed out that his US citizen wife was of Asian descent, and the couple’s child would clearly have some Asian features. We provided evidence that foreigners are often targets of violence, kidnappings and ransoms by the drug cartels in Mexico. We provided evidence that the couple had had their home burglarized already once and multiple people had been killed by gunfire just down the street from the husband’s Church. We hired a psychologist to provide a psych evaluation regarding the stress the pregnant wife was experiencing due to the uncertainty of where her child would be raised.
The husband attended his interview earlier this month and the extreme hardship waiver was approved on the spot. The couple is now in the United States, and the wife is scheduled to give birth in the next few weeks. We at The Nunez Firm are overjoyed for this young family and so happy that they obtained the result they desired. They can look forward to a future of safety and certainty and most of all being together. Congratulations again.
If you are considering consular processing and an I-601 waiver, contact The Nunez Firm to discuss your situation and the chances of success. Managing attorney Jay Nunez will personally meet with you for a free consultation to review and explain your options.