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Waivers in Removal Proceedings

Did you commit a crime and now facing deportation?
Are you in removal proceedings because you lied on your ‘green card’ application?
Are you accused of  committing a crime of moral turpitude? 

We’re Here to Help!

The Immigration and Nationality Act provides certain waivers of inadmissible and/or removable offenses, which essentially “forgive” a foreign national for having committed a various offense(s) that would otherwise subject them to deportation from the U.S. These waivers have certain eligibility requirements which must be met, and the “waiving” of a particular offense is generally based upon a review of the positive and negative equities present. As with all forms of relief, eligibility requirements must be met and granting of a waiver is to a great extent left to the discretion of the Immigration Judge.

Waivers may be available to you if you are undocumented and are in removal proceedings after having been charged as inadmissible due to lacking legal status. Waivers may also be available to you if you are in removal proceedings because you are a permanent resident who committed a crime that makes you deportable or lied to obtain your green card. Even if you did not know about a waiver possibility and have an existing removal order from years ago, it still may be possible for you to reopen your case and qualify for a waiver in certain circumstances. In order to be  successful with any waiver application in court, you will have to have the right documentation to back up your arguments.

That is why you need  an experienced Immigration attorney to assist you in preparing and presenting a waiver before the Immigration Court.

Call us today to discuss  your case. We will analyze your options and strategies that may be available to you in immigration court and prepare your case carefully. We represent our clients  in the initial filing and through the entire court case and trial, increasing your chances of approval.

About Our Firm

The Law Offices of David S. Santee is a Philadelphia-based law firm that represents individuals and businesses in a variety of immigration matters, including family-based applications for permanent residency and naturalization, employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant petitions, asylum petitions, and removal defense. We have  extensive experience with the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, having worked on more than 175 projects seeking EB-5 financing. Our firm’s founder, David S. Santee, Esquire, has nearly two decades of experience practicing law. A seasoned courtroom advocate, Mr. Santee is the former Director of Trial Advocacy Programs at Villanova University School of Law, where he continues to teach a course in Trial Advocacy as an Adjunct Professor. In addition to representing clients in immigration matters, Mr. Santee has also tried hundreds of criminal cases. He often represents individuals who are at risk of being removed from the United States due to pending or past criminal charges.

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  • “I have had the privilege of working closely with Mr. Santee for over 5 years and have relied on his superb skills and excellent judgement to assist me in completing complex cases to successful outcomes. Our organization wouldn’t be where we are today without the strong relationship we have with Mr. Santee.”

    Thomas Martin Vice President, Baker Tilly Capital
  • “Mr. Santee represented me on my appeal. He got my conspiracy charge reduced and my sentence cut in half so that I ended up with time-served. He saved me four years of parole!”

    K.T. Lawncrest
  • "I thought I was going to die in prison. However, today I can see the light at the end of the tunnel because of the dedication and hard work of Attorney at Law David Santee. Anyone who is seeking true representation from an attorney who is not going to take your money and sell you out should consider David Santee because he will ensure your rights are protected."

    Luis Gonzalez Former Juvenile Lifer

More About Our Immigration Practice


Family Petitions

We represent individuals who are seeking to immigrate to the United States through a family member who is a United States Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident. This includes spouses, finances, children, siblings, and other family members.


Employment Petitions

We represent individuals who are seeking to travel or immigrate to the United States based on their employment status. This includes priority workers, skilled workers, professionals with advanced degrees, and foreign investors.


Removal Defense

We represent individuals in removal proceedings in Immigration Court. If you or a loved one has been served with a Notice to Appear in Immigration Court, contact us now to find out what defenses are available.

Based in Philadelphia
Serving all of Pennsylvania

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