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Guillermo J. Senmartin, Esq., Immigration Lawyer
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Experience:  10+ years of experience in various aspects of U.S. Immigration Law.
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Hello there! I would like to know the best option to follow with regards ***** ***** for my dad. He was deported in 1984, and has been away from the US since then. Any guidance you provide is appreciated.
JA: Have you been deported from the United States before?
Customer: No, I'm a US born citizen. I'm interested in filing for my father
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer?
Customer: no, I haven't
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: no, nothing I can think of

Hello! My name is***** and I am a licensed attorney with more than 15 years of experience. I am here to assist you with your questions. Please understand that if I ask you for additional information, you are NOT charged again and our communications are NOT timed. So please see this as a relaxed conversation between friends. I am here to help. Also, please do NOT click on the Opt Out button because if you do, it would prevent me from communicating with you and then it could take a long time before another expert responds to you.

Please give me a few minutes to review your question and I will be right with you with an answer. Sorry for any delay. I may have to do some research and at the same time I read and type fast, but not that fast! Thank you for your patience.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
OK, thanks

Sorry for the delay. I just ask that if it is bad news that you not shoot the messenger. Shooting the messenger is either leaving a negative rating (usually reserved for rude or unprofessional experts) or not leaving a positive rating at all.

What was the reason he was deported? Any crimes? Some crimes make a person permanently inadmissible to the U.S. What country is he from?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Not that I know of. He came in as a student. he's from Nigeria

And you are over 21?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I am

Ok, then file an I-130 to start the process. It will take about 6 months for the I-130 to be approved. After that they send it to the National Visa Center (NVC). Then a few weeks later you will get a letter asking for some fees to be paid for an I-864 Affidavit of Support and biometrics. Once you pay those, then you will get another letter asking to fill out an I-864, provide supporting evidence, and submit other documentation listed on the letter. Once you send all of that in, they will forward the file to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate nearest to your father and they will schedule him for an interview. If that goes well, then he will get a visa to come to the U.S. The process should take around 4 to 6 months or more after the I-130 is approved. Because it has been more than 10 years since his deportation, he should not have a penalty to return, but he should not try to hide anything and should be truthful about any overstay, violations and deportation. Here is a link to the process:

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Customer: replied 2 months ago.
OK thanks. what is the process if he committed a crime?

As I said, he could be permanently inadmissible with no waiver available. So it depends on what crime he committed and the sentence.

Let me know if you need anything else, but please do not forget that positive rating. Thank you!

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
OK. So, if I file the I-130 and he's turned down because he committed a crime, is that when the waiver is filed? how do I know when to file a waiver and when not to? I'm trying to understand the process before I start it.

No. They will approve the I-130, it's after you spend all the money for processing and he's at the interview where he would be denied if he committed a serious enough crime. So best to find that out before you go through the process.

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Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Got it. thanks so much for all of your help!

You are very welcome! Thank you for the positive rating. If you would like to request me in the future for a different topic, please remember to put FOR GUILLERMO in the subject line and message box. Good luck to you!