On March 16, 2017, CLINIC was pleased to welcome staff from the National Benefits Center to our two-day training on inadmissibility grounds and waivers conducted in Kansas City. In a presentation and Q&A session on provisional waivers, Assistant Center Director Robert Blackwood, along Section Chiefs Crystal Kelley and Dale James, reported on how the provisional waiver adjudication process has changed with the new extreme hardship guidance and the elimination of the “reason to believe” assessment of other grounds of inadmissibility.
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In 1996, Congress amended INA § 212(h) to bar waiver eligibility for an alien with an aggravated felony conviction if that individual had "previously been admitted to the United States as an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence..."