WHAT MAKES A GOOD LETTER OF CIRCUMSTANCES?

Admission of guilt.

You can be 100% sure to screw things up and get a waiver refusal by either minimizing your crime or your involvement in it. Mention that the only reason you pleaded guilty was because it was cheaper than a trial or because you had a bad lawyer or a million other excuses...and you make yourself look like an idiot.

This is not the correct forum for making lame excuses. This is the place to tell the story of your criminal activity. Don't embellish or exaggerate. Just tell it the way you lived it. Start with the when where and how of your crime then the when how and where of your arrest and finish with the when how and where of your trial.

Acceptance of the consequences.

You didn't file an appeal? Live with it. You lost your appeal? Live with it. You are inadmissible because you have a criminal conviction. That is a fact and this is today. You served your time, paid your fine, made restitution, went thru parole or probation. These were all consequences of the bad choices that you made. Here is a chance to show remorse and to explain how this has contributed to your new sense of self-awareness and to your resolve to do better in the future.

Evidence of rehabilitation.

Don't make anything up. The truth lies in the way you have lived your life since your last conviction. If all you did is put your children thru college and been steadily employed this is what you need to mention. Lived at the same address for a long time? This shows a certain stability. Mention your community involvement. Do you coach needy children or visit the sick and the disabled? Have you been thru detox? Have you undergone any kind of therapy? Have you made any efforts to better yourself and give back to society?

Try to find what it is that you do now that differentiates you from the person that was committing those crimes. There must be something that you are proud of.

OPEN THE DOOR TO THE USA

THE KEY

This is probably the most important letter that you will ever have to write. Make sure that it presents you in your most favorable light. Make it compelling. Make them want to forgive you.

The adjudicator will be reading between the lines and will be passing judgement on you.

DO COME ACROSS AS:

MATURE
SELF-AWARE
REPENTANT
HONEST
FORTHRIGHT
RESPONSIBLE
RESOLVED
REHABILITATED

DON'T COME ACROSS AS:

INNOCENT
UNREPENTANT
VICTIM
EVASIVE
DENIAL
BLAMELESS
UNCONTRITE