Waiver: Remorse Carries the Day

Alien smuggling is a serious offense that rarely evokes sympathy from US immigration and embassy officials.  A client who, against her better judgment,  tried (and failed) to help another child enter the US with her child’s passport was found inadmissible for attempted alien smuggling.   Fifteen years later, she sought our help to apply for a waiver so she could visit her US citizen daughter and granddaughter.  We made the case for her genuine remorse over her past actions as well as her strong ties to her residence abroad, which persuaded the consular section to recommend a waiver for her.  Ultimately, following the embassy’s recommendation, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which must approve all waivers, agreed to a waiver.