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Covered by New York Times, and other outlets. Fake heiress accused of conning the city’s wealthy, and has an HBO special being made about her.

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Accused of stalking Alec Baldwin. The case garnered nationwide attention, with USAToday, NYPost, and other media outlets following it closely.

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The Spodek Law Group understands how delicate high-profile cases can be, and has a strong track record of getting positive outcomes. Our lawyers service a clientele that is nationwide. With offices in both LA and NYC, and cases all across the country - Spodek Law Group is a top tier law firm.

Todd Spodek is a second generation attorney with immense experience. He has many years of experience handling 100’s of tough and hard to win trials. He’s been featured on major news outlets, such as New York Post, Newsweek, Fox 5 New York, South China Morning Post, Insider.com, and many others.

In 2022, Netflix released a series about one of Todd’s clients: Anna Delvey/Anna Sorokin.

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How To Qualify for a 212(i) Immigration Waiver

How To Qualify for a 212(i) Immigration Waiver

A 212(i) waiver allows certain immigrants who have committed fraud or misrepresentation to still qualify for a green card or other immigration benefit. This waiver forgives the fraud or misrepresentation if it is proven that refusing the immigrant’s admission to the U.S. would result in extreme hardship to their U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse, parent, son, or daughter.

Who Qualifies for a 212(i) Waiver

To qualify for a 212(i) waiver, the immigrant must:

  • Have a spouse, parent, son or daughter who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
  • Be able to prove that refusing their admission to the U.S. would result in extreme hardship to that qualifying relative
  • Have committed only a single offense of fraud or misrepresentation to obtain an immigration benefit

The fraud or misrepresentation must have been made to a U.S. government official who had the authority to grant immigration benefits, such as a consular officer, USCIS officer, or immigration judge. Common examples include[1]:

  • Lying on a visa application
  • Using fake documents to try to enter the U.S.
  • Marrying solely to obtain immigration status

Proving Extreme Hardship

To qualify for this waiver, the immigrant must prove that their qualifying relative would suffer extreme hardship if the immigrant is refused admission. Extreme hardship is determined case-by-case, but USCIS provides guidance on factors that may contribute to extreme hardship[2].

These factors can include[3]:

  • Health problems that require the immigrant’s presence in the U.S.
  • Financial hardship due to loss of household income or medical expenses
  • Harm to the qualifying relative’s education, career, or business interests
  • Psychological harm due to family separation

Documentary evidence like medical records, financial statements, and affidavits from employers or mental health professionals can help prove these hardships.

Filing the 212(i) Waiver

The 212(i) waiver is filed on Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility. This form is filed with:

  • The USCIS service center, if applying for adjustment of status in the U.S. [4]
  • The National Visa Center (NVC), if applying for an immigrant visa at the U.S. consulate[5]

The waiver application must include[6]:

  • Form I-601 filing fee
  • A signed statement explaining the fraud or misrepresentation
  • Proof of the qualifying relationship (birth/marriage certificates, etc.)
  • Evidence to demonstrate extreme hardship if waiver is denied

Since USCIS and consular officers have broad discretion in granting 212(i) waivers, it is strongly recommended to consult with an experienced immigration attorney when applying[7]. The attorney can help compile a persuasive waiver application that convinces the officer to approve the waiver despite the fraud.

After Approval

If the 212(i) waiver is approved, the next steps depend on the applicant’s situation:

  • Adjustment applicants can then complete the green card application process.
  • Immigrant visa applicants can then attend their consular interview and receive their visa.

However, even after waiver approval, there is no guarantee the green card or visa will be granted. The applicant must still meet all other eligibility criteria.

It is also important to note that unlike some waivers, a 212(i) waiver can only be used once in an applicant’s lifetime. If an immigrant later commits fraud again, they cannot obtain another 212(i) waiver[8].


While overcoming fraud or misrepresentation is difficult, the 212(i) waiver provides immigrants a second chance if their denial would harm their close relatives. With strong documentary evidence of qualifying relationships and extreme hardships, as well as legal guidance, immigrants have an opportunity to still fulfill their dreams of living in the United States.


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