Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Port Parole Granted

Our client is a Canadian citizen. He is a respected businessman in his community. Over 30 years ago, he was convicted of possessing one marijuana cigarette, and such conviction has rendered him inadmissible to the United States for life.

Three years ago, he retained us to apply for a nonimmigrant waiver of inadmissibility so that he could legally enter the United States for business and pleasure. We prepared an application for him, which included a legal brief showing why a favorable exercise of discretion should be granted under the law, as well as submitting appropriate documentation concerning his eligibility for a waiver. The application was granted for an initial period of three years.

 The three years expired, and our client elected to file an application for a renewal on his own. Unfortunately, the application was not adjudicated by the Department of Homeland Security by the time he was required to enter the United States for a previously arranged trip. He called us in a panic and we made an application for what is known as Port Parole to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

We immediately put together a compelling application with appropriate supporting documentation. The application was made on a Friday afternoon and his parole was granted early Monday morning. The client was able to enter the United States for his trip as a result.

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