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9 FAM 305.2

Waivers for Immigrant Visa Applicants

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)
(Office of Origin:  CA/VO)

9 FAM 305.2-1  Waivers for Immigrant Visa Applicants Ineligible based on Inadequate Documentation or Qualification - INA 212(a)(5), INA 212(a)(7), INA 214(b), INA 221(g), and INA 222(G)

9 FAM 305.2-1(A)  Presumption of Immigrant Status - INA 214(b)

(CT:VISA-1;   11-18-2015)

a. Not Applicable: INA 214(b) does not apply to immigrant visa applicants. 

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 214(b) see 9 FAM 302.1-2.

9 FAM 305.2-1(B)  Documentation Requirements for Immigrants - INA 212(a)(7)(A)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available:  No waiver is available at the time of visa application.  However, under INA 212(k), the Department of Homeland Security may waive this ineligibility for an immigrant visa holder at the port of entry.

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(7)(A) see 9 FAM 302.1-3.

9 FAM 305.2-1(C)  Documentation Requirements for Nonimmigrants - INA 212(a)(7)(B)

(CT:VISA-1;   11-18-2015)

a. Not Applicable: INA 212(a)(7)(B) is not applicable to immigrant visa applicants. 

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(7)(B) see 9 FAM 302.1-4.

9 FAM 305.2-1(D)  Labor Certification Requirements - INA 212(a)(5)(A)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available: No waiver is available at the time of visa application.  However, under INA 212(k), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may waive the ineligibility for an immigrant visa holder at the port of entry. 

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(5)(A) see 9 FAM 302.1-5.

9 FAM 305.2-1(E)  Unqualified Physicians - INA 212(a)(5)(B)

(CT:VISA-1;   11-18-2015)

a. No Waiver Available:  No waiver is available.   

b. Additional Information:  For additional information on INA 212(a)(5)(B) see 9 FAM 302.1-6.

9 FAM 305.2-1(F)  Uncertified Foreign Health-Care Workers - INA 212(a)(5)(C)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available: No waiver is available, but the ineligibility may be overcome. 

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(5)(C) see 9 FAM 302.1-7.

9 FAM 305.2-1(G)  Failure of Application to Comply with INA - INA 221(G)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available: No waiver is available, but the ineligibility may be overcome. 

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 221(g) see 9 FAM 302.1-8.

9 FAM 305.2-1(H)  Applicants Subject to INA 222(g)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. Not Applicable: INA 222(g) does not apply to immigrant visa applicants. 

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 222(g) see 9 FAM 302.1-9.

9 FAM 305.2-2  WaiverS for immigrant VISA applicants Ineligible based on Medical Grounds

9 FAM 305.2-2(A)  Communicable Diseases - INA 212(a)(1)(A)(i)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. Waiver Available: An INA 212(g) waiver is available for:

(1)  The spouse, unmarried son or daughter of:

(a)  A U.S. citizen;

(b)  An LPR; or

(c)  An individual who has been issued an immigrant visa (IV); or

(2)  The parent of:

(a)  A U.S. citizen;

(b)  An LPR; or

(c)  An individual who has been issued an immigrant visa (IV); or

(3)  A Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) self-petitioner.

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(1)(A)(i) see 9 FAM 302.2-5.

9 FAM 305.2-2(B)  Vaccination Requirements - INA 212(a)(1)(A)(ii)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. Waiver Available:

(1)  If the applicant receives vaccines that are initially missing, you may approve a waiver under the blanket delegation of authority by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) pursuant to INA 212(g)(2)(A).

(2)  If the panel physician determines that required vaccinations would be medically inappropriate, you may approve a waiver under the blanket delegation of authority by USCIS pursuant to INA 212(g)(2)(A).

(3) If there is religious or moral objection to vaccination, a waiver may be approved by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) pursuant to INA 212(g)(2)(C).

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(1)(A)(ii) see 9 FAM 302.2-6.

9 FAM 305.2-2(C)  Physical or Mental Disorders with Associated Harmful Behavior Including Substance-Related Disorders - INA 212(a)(1)(A)(iii)

(CT:VISA-588;   05-22-2018)

a. Waiver Available: An INA 212(g)(3) waiver may be granted at the discretion of DHS in consultation with Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  Waivers may be subject to conditions proposed by HHS, such as the giving of bond or requirement that a family member or medical escort accompany the applicant. 

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(1)(A)(iii) see 9 FAM 302.2-7.

9 FAM 305.2-2(D)  Drug Abuse or Addiction - INA 212(a)(1)(A)(iv)

(CT:VISA-1;   11-18-2015)

a. No Waiver Available: No waiver is available.  However, a "CLASS A" finding by the panel physician can be overcome in the future according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. 

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(1)(A)(iv) see 9 FAM 302.2-8.

9 FAM 305.2-3  WaiverS for immigrant Visa Applicants Ineligible Based on Criminal Grounds

9 FAM 305.2-3(A)  Crimes of Moral Turpitude - INA 212(a)(2)(A)(i)(I)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. Waiver Available: An INA 212(h) waiver is available in cases where:

(1)  The applicant's admission to the United States would not be contrary to the national welfare, safety and security of the United States and the applicant has been rehabilitated, and the activities occurred more than 15 years before the date of the visa application;

(2) The applicant is the spouse, parent, son, or daughter of a U.S. citizen or LPR and, in the opinion of DHS, not granting a waiver would result in extreme hardship to the U.S. citizen or LPR; or

(3) The applicant is a VAWA self-petitioner.

b. No Waiver Available: No waiver is available if the applicant has been convicted of (or has admitted committing acts that constitute) murder, criminal acts involving torture, or conspiracy to commit either murder or criminal acts involving torture. 

c.  Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(2)(A)(i)(I) see 9 FAM 302.3-2.

9 FAM 305.2-3(B)  Crimes Involving Controlled Substance Violations - INA 212(a)(2)(A)(i)(II)

(CT:VISA-471;   11-30-2017)

See 9 FAM 305.2-4(A) for information on waivers for crimes involving controlled substance violations.

9 FAM 305.2-3(C)  Multiple Criminal Convictions - INA 212(a)(2)(B)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. Waiver Available: An INA 212(h) waiver is available in cases where:

(1)  The applicant's admission to the United States would not be contrary to the national welfare, safety and security of the United States and the applicant has been rehabilitated, and the activities occurred more than 15 years before the date of the visa application;

(2) The applicant is the spouse, parent, son, or daughter of a U.S. citizen or LPR and, in the opinion of DHS, not granting a waiver would result in extreme hardship to the U.S. citizen or LPR; or

(3) The applicant is a VAWA self-petitioner.

b. No Waiver Available: No waiver is available if the applicant has been convicted of (or has admitted committing acts that constitute) murder, criminal acts involving torture, or conspiracy to commit either murder or criminal acts involving torture. 

c.  Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(2)(B) see 9 FAM 302.3-4.

9 FAM 305.2-3(D)  Controlled Substance Trafficking - INA 212(a)(2)(C)

(CT:VISA-471;   11-30-2017)

See 9 FAM 305.2-4(B) for information on waivers related to controlled substance trafficking.

9 FAM 305.2-3(E)  Prostitution and Commercialized Vice - INA 212(a)(2)(D)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. Waiver Available:

(1)  Prostitution and Procuring Prostitution: An INA 212(h) waiver is available in cases of prostitution or procuring prostitution if:

(a)  The applicant's admission to the United States would not be contrary to the national welfare, safety and security of the United States and the applicant has been rehabilitated;

(b) The applicant is the spouse, parent, son or daughter of a U.S. citizen or LPR and, in the opinion of DHS, not granting a waiver would result in extreme hardship to the U.S. citizen or LPR; or

(c) The applicant is a VAWA self-petitioner.

(2)  Other Commercialized Vice: An INA 212(h) waiver is available in cases of other commercialized visa if:

(a)  The applicant's admission to the United States would not be contrary to the national welfare, safety and security of the United States and the applicant has been rehabilitated, the activities occurred more than 15 years before the date of the visa application;

(b) The applicant is the spouse, parent, son or daughter of a U.S. citizen or LPR and, in the opinion of DHS, not granting a waiver would result in extreme hardship to the U.S. citizen or LPR; or

(c) The applicant is a VAWA self-petitioner.

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(2)(D) see 9 FAM 302.3-6.

9 FAM 305.2-3(F)  Criminal Activity Where Immunity Asserted - INA 212(a)(2)(E)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. Waiver Available: An INA 212(h) waiver is available in cases where:

(1)  The applicant's admission to the United States would not be contrary to the national welfare, safety and security of the United States and the applicant has been rehabilitated, and the activities occurred more than 15 years before the date of the visa application;

(2)  The applicant is the spouse, parent, son or daughter of a U.S. citizen or LPR and, in the opinion of DHS, not granting a waiver would result in extreme hardship to the U.S. citizen or LPR; or

(3)  The applicant is a VAWA self-petitioner.

b. No Waiver Available: No waiver is available if the applicant has been convicted of (or has admitted committing acts that constitute) murder, criminal acts involving torture, or conspiracy to commit either murder or criminal acts involving torture. 

c.  Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(2)(E) see 9 FAM 302.3-7.

9 FAM 305.2-3(G)  Human Traffickers - INA 212(a)(2)(H)

(CT:VISA-471;   11-30-2017)

a. No Waiver Available: No waiver is available for an immigrant visa applicant ineligible under INA 212(a)(2)(H).   

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(2)(G) see 9 FAM 302.3-8.

9 FAM 305.2-3(H)  Money Laundering - INA 212(a)(2)(I)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available: No waiver is available for an immigrant visa applicant ineligible under INA 212(a)(2)(I).

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(2)(I) see 9 FAM 302.3-9.

9 FAM 305.2-4  WaiverS for Immigrant visa Applicants Ineligible Based on Controlled Substance violations

9 FAM 305.2-4(A)  Crimes involving Controlled Substance Violations - INA 212(a)(2)(A)(i)(II)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. Waiver Available: An INA 212(h) waiver is available in cases where:

(1)  The applicant's admission to the United States would not be contrary to the national welfare, safety and security of the United States and the applicant has been rehabilitated, and the activities occurred more than 15 years before the date of the visa application;

(2) The applicant is the spouse, parent, son or daughter of a U.S. citizen or LPR and, in the opinion of DHS, not granting a waiver would result in extreme hardship to the U.S. citizen or LPR; or

(3) The applicant is a VAWA self-petitioner.

b. Limitation: An INA 212(h) waiver is only available if the violation relates to a single offense of simple possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana. 

c.  Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(2)(A)(i)(II) see 9 FAM 302.4-2.

9 FAM 305.2-4(B)  Controlled Substance Trafficking - INA 212(a)(2)(C)

(CT:VISA-1;   11-18-2015)

a. No Waiver Available: No waiver is available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under INA 212(a)(2)(C).

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(2)(C) see 9 FAM 302.4-3.

9 FAM 305.2-5  WaiverS for immigrant Visa Applicants Ineligible Based on national security Grounds

9 FAM 305.2-5(A)  Intent to Commit Espionage or Sabotage - INA 212(a)(3)(A)(i)(I)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available: No waiver is available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under INA 212(a)(3)(A)(i)(I), but ineligibility applies only to current circumstances.

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(3)(A)(i)(I) see 9 FAM 302.5-2.

9 FAM 305.2-5(B)  Intent to Violate Export Control Laws Related to Goods, Technology or Sensitive Information - INA 212(a)(3)(A)(i)(II)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available: No waiver is available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under INA 212(a)(3)(A)(i)(II), but ineligibility applies only to current circumstances.

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(3)(A)(i)(II) see 9 FAM 302.5-3.

9 FAM 305.2-5(C)  Intent to Commit an Unlawful Activity in the United States - INA 212(a)(3)(A)(ii)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available: No waiver is available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under INA 212(a)(3)(A)(ii), but ineligibility applies only to current circumstances. 

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(3)(A)(ii) see 9 FAM 302.5-4.

9 FAM 305.2-5(D)  Intent to Overthrow the U.S. Government - INA 212(a)(3)(A)(iii)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available: No waiver is available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under INA 212(a)(3)(A)(iii), but ineligibility applies only to current circumstances. 

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(3)(A)(iii) see 9 FAM 302.5-5.

9 FAM 305.2-5(E)  Immigrant Membership in Totalitarian Party - INA 212(a)(3)(D)

(CT:VISA-222;   10-20-2016)

a. Waiver Available: An INA 212(a)(3)(D) waiver is available.  Also, there are exceptions within INA 212(a)(3)(D) relating to past membership and/or involuntary membership.  

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(3)(D) see 9 FAM 302.5-6.

9 FAM 305.2-6  Waivers for immigrant Visa Applicants Ineligible Based on Terrorism-Related Grounds

9 FAM 305.2-6(A)  Terrorist Activities - INA 212(a)(3)(B)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available: No waiver is available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under INA 212(a)(3)(B).  However, certain exemptions do exist that allow the Secretary of Homeland Security or the Secretary of State, following interagency consultations, to determine that the ineligibility for terrorist activities “shall not apply” in the particular case.  For a detailed discussion of exemptions of INA 212(a)(3)(B) inadmissibility's, see 9 FAM 302.6-2(B)(5). 

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(3)(B) see 9 FAM 302.6-2.

9 FAM 305.2-6(B)  Association with Terrorist Organizations - INA 212(a)(3)(F)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available: No waiver is available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under INA 212(a)(3)(F).

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(3)(F) see 9 FAM 302.6-3.

9 FAM 305.2-6(C)  Section 306 of the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Reform Act of 2002 - 8 U.S.C. 1735, Applicants from a State Sponsor of Terrorism

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. Not Applicable:  Immigrant visa applicants are not subject to Section 306.

b. Additional Information: For additional information on Section 306 see 9 FAM 302.6-4.

9 FAM 305.2-7  Waivers for immigrant Visa Applicants Ineligible Based on Human Rights Violations

9 FAM 305.2-7(A)  Participation in Particularly Severe Violations of Religious Freedom - INA 212(a)(2)(G)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available: No waiver is available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under INA 212(a)(2)(G).

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(2)(G) see 9 FAM 302.7-3.

9 FAM 305.2-7(B)  Participation in Nazi Persecutions - INA 212(a)(3)(E)(i)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available: No waiver is available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under INA 212(a)(3)(E)(i).

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(3)(E)(i) see 9 FAM 302.7-4.

9 FAM 305.2-7(C)  Participation in Genocide - INA 212(a)(3)(E)(ii)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available: No waiver is available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under INA 212(a)(3)(E)(ii).

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(3)(E)(ii) see 9 FAM 302.7-5.

9 FAM 305.2-7(D)  Participation in Torture - INA 212(a)(3)(E)(iii)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available: No waiver is available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under INA 212(a)(3)(E)(iii) for participation in acts of torture.

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(3)(E)(iii) see 9 FAM 302.7-6.

9 FAM 305.2-7(E)  Participation in Extrajudicial Killings - INA 212(a)(3)(E)(iii)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available: No waiver is available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under INA 212(a)(3)(E)(iii) for participation in extrajudicial killing(s).

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(3)(E)(iii) see 9 FAM 302.7-7.

9 FAM 305.2-7(F)  Participation in the Use or Recruitment of Child Soldiers - INA 212(a)(3)(G)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available: No waiver is available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under INA 212(a)(3)(G).

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(3)(G) see 9 FAM 302.7-8.

9 FAM 305.2-7(G)  Participation in Forced or Coercive Abortion or Sterilization - 8 U.S.C. 1182e

(CT:VISA-698;   10-15-2018)

a. A waiver of 8 U.S.C. 1182e is available if the Secretary of State determines that it is important to the national interest of the United States to do so and provides written notification to the appropriate congressional committees containing a justification for the waiver.

b. Additional Information: For additional information on 8 U.S.C. 1182e see 9 FAM 302.7-9.

9 FAM 305.2-7(H)  Participation in Coercive Organ or Tissue Transplantation - 8 U.S.C. 1182f

(CT:VISA-698;   10-15-2018)

a. A waiver of 8 U.S.C. 1182f is available if the Secretary of State determines that it is important to the national interest of the United States to do so and provides written notification to the appropriate congressional committees containing a justification for the waiver within 30 days of the issuance of the visa.

b. Additional Information: For additional information on 8 U.S.C. 1182f see 9 FAM 302.7-10.

9 FAM 305.2-8  Waivers for Immigrant visa applicants ineligible based on public charge Grounds - INA 212(a)(4)(A)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver: No waiver is available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under INA 212(a)(4)(A).   Applicants may overcome the finding by presenting evidence to convince you that the ineligibility no longer applies.  While there are provisions for overcoming the ineligibility by posting a bond with DHS, the applicant is still subject to Affidavit of Support (AOS) and income requirements.  Consequently, there are few circumstances in which a bond would be offered as an alternative to the AOS.

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(4)(A)  see 9 FAM 302.8.

9 FAM 305.2-9  Waivers for immigrant Visa Applicants Ineligible Based on Illegal Entry, Misrepresentation and other Immigration Violations -- INA 212(a)(6)

9 FAM 305.2-9(A)  Present without Admission or Parole - INA 212(a)(6)(A)

(CT:VISA-1;   11-18-2015)

a. Not Applicable: INA 212(a)(6)(A) does not apply to immigrant visa applicants.

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(6)(A) see 9 FAM 302.9-2.

9 FAM 305.2-9(B)  Failure to Attend Removal Proceeding - INA 212(a)(6)(B)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver: There is no waiver available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under INA 212(a)(6)(B).  The ineligibility applies for 5 years following departure or removal after a removal hearing.   

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(6)(B) see 9 FAM 302.9-3.

9 FAM 305.2-9(C)  Misrepresentation - INA 212(a)(6)(C)(i)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. Waiver Available: An INA 212(i) waiver is available if the applicant is:

(2)  The spouse, son, or daughter of a U.S. citizen or LPR, but only if the qualifying relative would suffer extreme hardship if the waiver were not granted, or

(3)  A VAWA self-petitioner and the applicant can demonstrate extreme hardship to the applicant, or the applicant's U.S. citizen or LPR relative.

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(6)(C)(i) see 9 FAM 302.9-4.

9 FAM 305.2-9(D)  Falsely Claiming Citizenship - INA 212(a)(6)(C)(ii)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver: There is no waiver available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under INA 212(a)(6)(C)(ii).     

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(6)(C)(ii) see 9 FAM 302.9-5.

9 FAM 305.2-9(E)  Stowaways - INA 212(a)(6)(D)

(CT:VISA-1;   11-18-2015)

a. Not Applicable: INA 212(a)(6)(D) does not apply at the time of immigrant visa application.   

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(6)(D) see 9 FAM 302.9-6.

9 FAM 305.2-9(F)  Smugglers - INA 212(a)(6)(E)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. Waiver Available:

(1)  INA 212(d)(11):  The Secretary of Homeland Security may, in their discretion for humanitarian purposes, to assure family unity, or when it is otherwise in the public interest, waive visa ineligibility and ineligibility under INA 212(a)(6)(E) if the applicant has encouraged, induced, assisted, abetted, or aided only an individual who at the time of such action was the applicant’s spouse, parent, son, or daughter.  DHS has advised that a waiver under INA 212(d)(11) is only available to immigrant visa applicants in the following categories:

(a)  Immediate relatives (IR categories);

(b)  Unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens;

(c)  Spouses and unmarried sons and daughters of LPRs; and

(d)  Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens.

(2) INA 212(c): DHS may grant a waiver under former INA 212(c) to a LPR who is returning to the United States after a temporary absence abroad; had illegally assisted only their spouse, son, daughter, or parent, and no other others; and is otherwise eligible for admission.  In this way, DHS avoids penalizing too heavily applicants already admitted to the United States who were not ineligible prior to the 1990 amendments to the law, who would now be ineligible because of the 1990 amendments, and who had assisted only a close family member’s entry into the United States.

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(6)(E) see 9 FAM 302.9-7.

9 FAM 305.2-9(G)  Subject to Civil Penalty - INA 212(a)(6)(F)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. Waiver Available: An INA 212(d)(12) waiver is available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under INA 212(a)(6)(F).  DHS may grant a waiver to:

(1)  Certain LPR applicants who have been abroad temporarily and are not under an order of deportation or removal; or

(2)  To applicants seeking admission or adjustment of status as immediate relatives or family-based beneficiaries (but for applicants seeking adjustment it must have been committed solely to assist, aid, or support the applicant's spouse or child).

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(6)(F) see 9 FAM 302.9-8.

9 FAM 305.2-9(H)  Student Visa Abusers - INA 212(a)(6)(G)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available: There is no waiver available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under INA 212(a)(6)(G).

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(6)(G) see 9 FAM 302.9-9.

9 FAM 305.2-10  Waivers for immigrant Visa Applicants Ineligible Based on Citizenship Restrictions - INA 212(a)(8)

9 FAM 305.2-10(A)  Ineligible for Citizenship - INA 212(a)(8)(A)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available: There is no waiver available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under INA 212(a)(8)(A).  Relief under former INA 212(c) is available for certain returning residents. 

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(8)(A) see 9 FAM 302.10-2.

9 FAM 305.2-10(B)  Applicants Who Departed or Remained Outside the United States to Avoid Military Service - INA 212(a)(8)(B)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available: There is no waiver available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under INA 212(a)(8)(B). INA 212(c) relief is available for certain returning residents. 

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(8)(B) see 9 FAM 302.10-3.

9 FAM 305.2-11  Waivers for Immigrant Visa Applicants ineligible based on Previous Removal and Unlawful Presence in the United States - INA 212(a)(9)

9 FAM 305.2-11(A)  Individuals Previously Removed - INA 212(a)(9)(A)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available:  There is no waiver available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under INA 212(a)(9)(A).  However, DHS may grant permission to reapply for admission to the United States to an applicant otherwise ineligible.  Permission to reapply does not remove the grounds which led to the applicant's denial of admission to or removal from the United States.  The reason for such denial or removal may lead to another ground of inadmissibility.

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(9)(A) see 9 FAM 302.11-2.

9 FAM 305.2-11(B)  Individuals Unlawfully Present - INA 212(a)(9)(B)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. Waiver Available: DHS has sole discretion to grant an INA 212(a)(9)(B)(v) waiver in the case of an immigrant visa applicant ineligible under INA 212(a)(9)(B) who is the spouse, son, or daughter of a U.S. citizen or LPR, if the refusal of admission to such applicant would result in extreme hardship to the citizen or LPR spouse or parent. 

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(9)(B) see 9 FAM 302.11-3.

9 FAM 305.2-11(C)  Individuals Unlawfully Present After Previous Immigration Violation - INA 212(a)(9)(C)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available: There is no waiver available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under INA 212(a)(9)(C). However, DHS may grant permission to reapply for admission to the United States to an applicant otherwise ineligible provided at least ten years have passed following the applicant's last departure from the United States. 

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(9)(C) see 9 FAM 302.11-4.

9 FAM 305.2-12  Waivers for immigrant Visa Applicants Ineligible Based on Other Activities

9 FAM 305.2-12(A)  Practicing Polygamists - INA 212(a)(10)(A)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available: There is no waiver available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under INA 212(a)(10)(A).  Relief under former INA 212(c) is available for certain returning residents. 

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(10)(A) see 9 FAM 302.12-2.

9 FAM 305.2-12(B)  Guardian Required to Accompany Helpless Applicant - INA 212(a)(10)(B)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. Not Applicable: INA 212(a)(10)(B) does not apply at the time of visa application. 

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(10)(B) see 9 FAM 302.12-3.

9 FAM 305.2-12(C)  International Child Abduction - INA 212(a)(10)(C)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available: There is no waiver available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under INA 212(a)(10)(C). 

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(10)(C) see 9 FAM 302.12-4.

9 FAM 305.2-12(D)  Unlawful Voters - INA 212(A)(10)(D)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available: There is no waiver available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under INA 212(a)(10)(D). 

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(10)(D) see 9 FAM 302.12-5.

9 FAM 305.2-12(E)  Former Citizens Who Renounced Citizenship to Avoid Taxation - INA 212(a)(10)(E)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available: There is no waiver available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under INA 212(a)(10)(E). 

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(10)(E) see 9 FAM 302.12-6.

9 FAM 305.2-13  Waivers for Immigrant Visa Applicants With Miscellaneous Ineligibilities - INA 208(d), INA 212(e), 22 U.S.C. 6091 and 22 U.S.C. 6713

9 FAM 305.2-13(A)  Former Exchange Visitors - INA 212(e)

(CT:VISA-471;   11-30-2017)

a. Waiver Available: The foreign residence requirement of INA 212(e) maybe waived by DHS upon recommendation from CA/VO/DO/W. 

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(e) see 9 FAM 302.13-2.

9 FAM 305.2-13(B)  Unauthorized Disclosure of United States Confidential Business Information - Section 103 of Public Law 105-277

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available: There is no waiver available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under Section 103 of Public Law 105-277. 

b. Additional Information: For additional information on Section 103 see 9 FAM 302.13-3.

9 FAM 305.2-13(C)  Frivolous Asylum Applications - INA 208(d)(6)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available: There is no waiver available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under INA 208(d)(6). 

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 208(d)(6) see 9 FAM 302.13-4.

9 FAM 305.2-13(D)  Waivers of Rights, Privileges, Exemptions, and Immunities - INA 214(b) and INA 247(b)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available: There is no waiver available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under INA 214(b) and INA 247(b) because of occupational status, without execution of Form I-508, Waiver of Rights, Privileges, Exemptions, and Immunities. 

b. Additional Information: For additional information see 9 FAM 302.13-5.

9 FAM 305.2-14  Waivers for immigrant Visa Applicants Ineligible Based on sanctioned activities - INA 212(A)(3)(C), INA 212(f) and PP 8693

9 FAM 305.2-14(A)  Adverse Foreign Policy Consequences - INA 212(a)(3)(C)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available: There is no waiver available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under INA 212(a)(3)(C). 

b. Additional Information: For additional information on INA 212(a)(3)(C) see 9 FAM 302.14-2.

9 FAM 305.2-14(B)  Suspension of Entry by the President - INA 212(f)

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available: There is no waiver available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under INA 212(f). 

b. Additional Information: For additional information on Section 401 see 9 FAM 302.14-3.

9 FAM 305.2-14(C)  Individuals Who Aided and Abetted Colombian Insurgent and Paramilitary Groups - Section 3205 of Public Law 106-246

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available: There is no waiver available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under Section 3205 of Public Law 106-246.

b. Additional Information: For additional information on Section 3205 see 9 FAM 302.14-4.

9 FAM 305.2-14(D)  Individuals Involved in Confiscation of Property of a U.S. National - Section 401 of Public Law 104-114

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available: There is no waiver available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under Section 401 of Public Law 104-114. 

b. Additional Information: For additional information on Section 401 see 9 FAM 302.14-5.

9 FAM 305.2-14(E)  Specially Designated Nationals – PP 8693

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available: There is no waiver available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under visa sanctions. 

b. Additional Information: For additional information see 9 FAM 302.14-6.

9 FAM 305.2-14(F)  Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 - Section 501 of Public Law 112-158

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available: There is no waiver available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under Section 501 of Public Law 112-158. 

b. Additional Information: For additional information on Section 501 see 9 FAM 302.14-7.

9 FAM 305.2-14(G)  Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 - Section 405 of Public Law 112-208

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available: There is no waiver available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under Section 405 of Public Law 112-208. 

b. Additional Information: For additional information on Section 405 see 9 FAM 302.14-8.

9 FAM 305.2-14(H)  Participation in Certain Political Killings - Section 616 of Public Law 105-277

(CT:VISA-1354;   09-01-2021)

a. No Waiver Available: There is no waiver available for immigrant visa applicants ineligible under Section 616 of Public Law 105-277. 

b. Additional Information: For additional information on Section 401 see 9 FAM 302.14-9.

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