For foreign nationals who are looking into visiting the United States for
a temporary period of time, sometimes, certain immigration laws will prevent
them from being admitted into the United States at a port of entry or
consulate office. These immigration laws are referred to as the "grounds
of inadmissibility" and often include: criminal history, record of
illness, using a visa inappropriately, or other negative factors.
Fortunately, for these foreign nationals, immigration law also provides
waivers for most of these "grounds of inadmissibility." A waiver
is a form of forgiveness granted by the government. There is one waiver
in particular, the "Hranka" waiver that tends to apply in most
of these cases. Keeping in mind that the "Hranka" waiver can
only be used by someone who is traveling to the United States for a temporary
period of time, it can be applied for at both a United States consulate
and port of entry.
Before a foreign national can apply for a waiver, the foreign national
must first qualify for a nonimmigrant visa. In other words, a waiver can
only be issued if the foreign national legally qualifies to enter the
If you are a foreign national and you are not sure if you need a nonimmigrant
waiver, please contact our office at (562) 464-6934 for a free consultation
with one of our licensed attorneys. Our attorneys have experience in preparing
the "Hranka" nonimmigrant waivers and have numerous success stories.