Typically, the criteria for getting an I-212 application approved depends on whether the person has been a person of good moral character or who can show, for someone who was in a criminal situation, that they have reformed for the last 10 years. The recent nature of their deportation or removal, meaning immigration is not generally going to allow you to approve an I-212 application if you are just deported or removed, but it is possible given the circumstances.
The person in the United States needs to be here for work, family, or a combination of the two. The length of time the person was in the U.S., but for whatever reason they had to be deported.
For example, if they were deported for no criminal reasons but that they came to the attention of immigration, but they were here for many years, were a person of good moral character, paid taxes, and did everything properly in the U.S., but for their immigration status, that is something that is also taken into account in looking at the application. They also want to look at the type of violation that occurred.
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