The last major overhaul of immigration law, the Illegal Immigration and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IRAIRA), was passed in 1996 and went into effect on April 1, 1997. While the change in the law occurred over twenty years ago, the design of the law makes the impact cumulative, increasing the aggregate repercussions every year. One of the primary changes of the 1996 law was the dramatic expansion of inadmissibility, a type of disqualifier for certain immigration benefits such as a visa or permanent residence. One of the new types of inadmissibility created by IRAIRA is a ten year bar for previous unlawful presence of more than a year.
In the year 2000, only about 5300 immigrant visa applicants were denied a visa on this ground at the consulates. In the year 2016, this inadmissibility ground was applied to almost 43,000 immigrant visa applicants, an eight-fold increase. For many types of inadmissibility, most notably unlawful presence, the foreign national can apply for a waiver, or exception, of that inadmissibility.
Including all grounds of inadmissibility, the number of waiver applications filed annually now rivals the number of affirmative asylum applications filed, making waivers of inadmissibility a major area of immigration law — and arguably a new field of law in itself. In this presentation, by immigration practitioner Laurel Scott, who specializes in waivers of inadmissibility, the viewer will be introduced to inadmissibility, procedures for applying for waivers, and standards for approval.
Laurel received a BA from Simon's Rock College, a Master's Degree from Duke University, and a Law Degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA where she completed the Temple University Immigration Law Clinical. She spent a year studying at the Queen's University of Belfast and completed an internship at the European Parliament. She started work on her first waiver of inadmissibility in 2003 and quickly realized that waivers were an ideal niche for her new firm. Over the years, she emerged as one of the nation's leading experts in this type of case, publishing numerous articles on the subject and speaking at many events for immigration lawyers. Licensed in Texas.
Excellent job on keeping it interesting and getting through the material.
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Wonderful speaker. Very informative.
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