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Houston 212(h) Waiver Attorney

Experienced Immigration Lawyer in Texas

A 212(h) waiver under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) gives the U.S. Attorney General the discretion to waive certain criminal offenses that would make an alien inadmissible to the U.S. An individual may apply for a 212(h) waiver when applying for an adjustment of status, to emigrate through consular processing, or when seeking to enter the U.S. at a border crossing. It is most often used as a waiver of inadmissibility after being deported for a criminal conviction or for entering the U.S. unlawfully.

Schedule a consultation with our Houston 212(h) waiver lawyer at (713) 597-5642 today.

To determine if you qualify for a 212(h) waiver, you can turn to Galaviz Law Firm, PLLC. Our Houston immigration lawyer is well-equipped to handle all of your legal issues regarding immigration, including 212(h) waivers and other legal relief for deportation. Our firm offers one-on-one service where you will never be referred to a paralegal for help. We are dedicated to providing you with responsive and competent personal assistance.

What Crimes May be Waived in a 212(h) Waiver?

The requirements and scenarios for obtaining a 212(h) waiver can be complex and confusing.

The following crimes can be waived under this process, allowing you to re-enter the country after being removed:

  • Crimes considered to be of moral turpitude
  • Multiple convictions that led to imprisonment of five or more years
  • Prostitution
  • Crimes for which immunity from prosecution was involved
  • A one-time offense of simple marijuana possession

Crimes for which you would be ineligible for a 212(h) waiver include murder, attempted murder, and crimes involving torture. Other qualifications for this waiver vary depending on whether you entered the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident or whether you adjusted your status to permanent residency after entering and living here.

Skilled Legal Help for Those Who Wish to Re-Enter the U.S.

If you or a loved one has been deported and need a 212(h) waiver, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your case. We can evaluate your situation to determine how best to proceed on your behalf. If you are inadmissible to this country based on any other grounds, we can initiate legal action to help you seek a favorable outcome.

We are available at (713) 597-5642 to schedule a case review today. You can also contact us online.

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    Abraham J Galaviz

    Founding Attorney

    Abraham is very passionate about his work. He empathizes with Clients because he knows that his parents once traveled the same road his clients are now traveling. The people he helps all have a story behind them. He knows that his clients want the opportunity to work and have a better future. 

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    Robert Zavaleta

    Associate

    Roberto R. Zavaleta, Esq. (“Robert”) has exclusively practiced Immigration Law for 11 years, primarily in Houston. He was born and raised in Brownsville, Texas and is fluent in English and Spanish. Robert has worked for several large national and local law firms as an Immigration Litigation Writer, and is now happy to be part of the Galaviz Law Firm. He previously had his own immigration law office, where he helped many immigrants obtain their desired immigration benefits. In his tenure as an ...
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  • I was highly impressed with this attorney as he is highly skilled in immigration matters, prepared, knowledgeable, thorough, professional, affordable fees, keeps clients informed and involved, always returns calls [even after hours].

    “Mr. Galaviz is a unique advocate with a sincere vision to helping the immigrant community. Without any reservation, I would highly recommend him to anybody for their immigration matters.”

    - Maria & Luis
  • He won his case and was released without a bond. He is now legally working and back home with his family.

    “When I explained my father's case to Mr. Galaviz he knew it wouldn't be an easy case but he didn't turn me down.”

    - Melissa
  • Now my mother is in the process of becoming a US Citizen, my family will always be grateful that Mr. Galaviz helped us keep our mother here with us.

    “Mr. Galaviz informed us each step of the way and fought for my mom to the last minute.”

    - Former Client
  • When hiring a lawyer, communication is the number one key. You can call, email and text Mr.Galaviz and within minutes he will respond.

    “Today was our final hearing and WE WON!! I thank God for putting Mr.Galaviz in our path to help us.”

    - Cindy
  • Mr. Abraham was able to keep my husband here and not get deported. I am very grateful and pleased.

    “But Mr. Abraham worked very hard and kept fighting to get my husband out of that situation.”

    - Maria M.
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The Results that Matter

  • Lawful Permanent Resident Keeps Green Card Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Police Officer

    Immigration Officials placed Client in removal proceedings because of a previous conviction for – Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Police Officer.

  • Lawful Permanent Resident Status Won Alien in Possession of Firearm - Aggravated Felony

    Client was arrested and charged in Federal Court for the offense of Alien in Possession of a Firearm – an Aggravated Felony for immigration purposes.

  • Case Dismissed Arrested for Possession of Marijuana

    Arrested for possession of 1,300 pounds of marijuana and in danger of deportation.

  • Charges Dismissed Client Released from Custody Practice Area Removal Defense / Immigration Detention

    Accused with 3 DWI charges and in danger of being deported after being a permanent resident for 34 years.

  • Lawful Permanent Resident Keeps Green Card Medicaid Fraud - Loss was more than $10,000

    Immigration Officials placed Client in removal proceedings because she had previously been convicted of Medicaid Fraud – more than $10,000, which is an aggravated felony.

  • Lawful Permanent Resident Keeps Green Card Possession of 862 Pounds of Marijuana.

    Client was arrested and convicted of Possession of more than 800 pounds of Marijuana in the Rio Grand Valley, and sentenced to several years in State Jail.

  • Charge Reduced Released on Bond

    Judge grants a reasonable bond after proving client was not subject to mandatory detention for previous criminal history.

  • Charge Reduced Removal Defense / Adjustment of Status

    Case terminated and Lawful Permanent Resident status granted for the wife of U.S. Combat Veteran.

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At Galaviz Law we understand first hand what you're going though.

Having parents who have gone through the immigration process, has not only allowed us to be more compassionate and understanding but has also given us a more competitive advantage. Our success rate speaks for itself. We're here to help you.