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  • Fort Walton Beach Office

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    362 Beal Parkway, NW
    Suite 103
    Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548

  • Enterprise Office

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    210 East Grubbs Street,
    Suite 210
    Enterprise, Alabama 36330

  • Pensacola Office

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    101 East Government Street,
    Pensacola, Florida 32504

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  • 5.0/5.0

    Mr Walker and his staffs they are truly 5star professionals. He is going to help you all the way through your process, very reliable and committed. You won't regret giving your case to this team.

    — Client

  • 5.0/5.0

    I highly recommend Attorney Stanley for all your Imigration Needs. You will not regret it, we are very grateful whit Him for helping us in our situation.

    — Client

  • 5.0/5.0

    After applying for citizenship status here in the US ,my husband had an issue resulting in possible deportation.Mr Walker and his team helped my husband out of his problem and continue to help on on this "journey". We are blessed to have s...
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    — Client

  • 5.0/5.0

    We had an amazing experience with Stanley Walker and his team. I became a US citizen in a very short time, we were away and he took care of all the necessary documentation. Peace of mind and everything went smoothly. {newline}Couldn't recom...
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Navigating the Waiver Process

As immigration attorney and his team, we get many questions from couples where one is a United States citizen and the other is not.  Usually, these couples think that all it takes is marriage to a United States citizen to fix all immigration problems.  Unfortunately, there are many cases where marriage is just the first step towards gaining a green card.  Generally speaking, if the non-citizen spouse entered the country lawfully, he or she can apply for “adjustment of status” and receive a green card without having to leave the United States.  However, if the non-citizen spouse entered the United States without a visa, and has been in the United States for more than six months, the situation becomes much more difficult.  In these types of cases, a waiver application may be necessary.

In a waiver application, the initial petition is filed in the United States, but the actual visa interview takes place in the non-citizen spouse’s home country.  If the visa is initially denied (as it will be if the non-citizen spouse has more than six months of unlawful presence in the United States), a waiver application is then filed in the home country.  The non-citizen spouse must show that not allowing him or her to return to the United States will cause an extreme hardship to the citizen spouse (or a citizen parent).  If the waiver is granted, the non-citizen spouse will be able to return to the United States with a green card, and will be able to legally live and work in the United States.  If the waiver is denied, the non-citizen spouse will have to appeal the denial while waiting in the home country or spend enough time outside the United States (usually 10 years) so that a waiver is no longer needed.

The waiver process is long and difficult, and it does not fix all problems.  Not every case qualifies for a waiver.  However, for many couples, the waiver process provides the only current path to legal residence in the United States and a future in this country together.  If you would like to know more about the waiver process, and whether your case might qualify, please call us at (850) 226-7092 for a consultation.

Originally published October 2011