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Looking for an attorney to prepare an I-601 for admission of prior cannabis use.

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Basically as per the title. I just had my interview at the Sydney consulate and everything went well, bar my admission of having used cannabis/marijuana before.

I was told that I am eligible to apply for a waiver, and I want someone well aware of the ins and outs of the I601 as regards prior use of illegal drugs, to look over and correct my packet before I submit it, and suggest any changes to improve my chances of success.

I've read that Scott Immigration is recommended, but they are not taking new cases until November.

Can anyone recommend anybody else?

As an aside, can anyone tell me:

- The period of disqualification if my waiver is denied (permanent?)

- The period of disqualification if my waiver is approved (1yr, or none?)

- If DQ for one year, when that one year is counted from (time of use, being a little under five years ago? My interview date? The date of waiver approval?)

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Liz Cannon is also a highly-regarded lawyer when it comes to waivers.

http://www.lizzcannonlaw.com

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Thought I'd update this thread for the benefit of anyone else who might find themselves in a similar position and searching for info.

I just received an email from the Sydney consulate stating that they wish to proceed with my visa application and asking me to post in my passport. It's my understanding that this is for issuance of my visa, so it looks as though I should be successful without waiver or further messing around.

I can thoroughly recommend Lizz Cannon; she provided me with an initial consult and explanation of my options and what her arguments/approach would be (in general terms). I then contracted her to put together the formal request to reconsider my denial and supporting documents and deal with USCIS on my behalf and she was a pleasure to deal with throughout the process.

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Thought I'd update this thread for the benefit of anyone else who might find themselves in a similar position and searching for info.

I just received an email from the Sydney consulate stating that they wish to proceed with my visa application and asking me to post in my passport. It's my understanding that this is for issuance of my visa, so it looks as though I should be successful without waiver or further messing around.

I can thoroughly recommend Lizz Cannon; she provided me with an initial consult and explanation of my options and what her arguments/approach would be (in general terms). I then contracted her to put together the formal request to reconsider my denial and supporting documents and deal with USCIS on my behalf and she was a pleasure to deal with throughout the process.

. Congrats. So was it Liz CAnnon who made it possible for Consulate to consider giving you a visa?

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. Congrats. So was it Liz CAnnon who made it possible for Consulate to consider giving you a visa?

Yes and no (but from a practical standpoint, yes).

Without getting into details, our (her) initial argument centered around the fact that the law had been misapplied, which is not something that a layman would necessarily be privy to or likely to pick up. It's also thanks to her that was directed to the right people, and she included relevant case law in support of our arguments. This is not something that a layman would have sufficient access to or familiarity with to find/use on his own.

Had I not sought out an attorney who specialises in immigration law and has extensive experience with this particular type of case (prior cannabis-use admission inasmissibility) as I am given to believe Ms Cannon does, then I may still have been successful, but I would have followed the recommendation of the consular officer to apply for a waiver that I was not necessarily eligible for (since there were no criminal grounds to waive in the first place), I would still be out the cost of the waiver application (~600 bucks, IIRC), and I'd have been looking at <6mth to resolve it as opposed to the 30 days it took (and some of that because the consular officer involved was on leave)

I realise this sounds a bit sales-pitchy, but it's an honest assessment of my situation and the services I received.

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She has a good reputation as a straight-shooter.

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Day 0 (4/23/12) Petitions mailed (I-360, I-485, I-765)
2 (4/25/12) Petitions delivered to Chicago Lockbox
11 (5/3/12) Received 3 paper NOAs
13 (5/5/12) Received biometrics appointment for 5/23
15 (5/7/12) Did an unpleasant walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX
45 (6/7/12) Received email & text notification of an interview on 7/10
67 (6/29/12) EAD production ordered
77 (7/9/12) Received EAD
78 (7/10/12) Interview
100 (8/1/12) I-485 transferred to Vermont Service Centre
143 (9/13/12) Contacted DHS Ombudsman
268 (1/16/13) I-360, I-485 consolidated and transferred to Dallas
299 (2/16/13) Received second interview letter for 3/8
319 (3/8/13) Approved at interview
345 (4/3/13) I-360, I-485 formally approved; green card production ordered
353 (4/11/13) Received green card

 

Naturalisation

Day 0 (1/3/18) N-400 filed online

Day 6 (1/9/18) Walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX

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