About 8 years ago I traveled the US using the visa waiver program. Because of an overstay of 3 months a was given a 10 year ban. According to the lawyer I have hired back then this amount of time is very unusual for so little time of overstay. I didn't commit any crime, had no criminal records, didn't work, never got in touch with police... Probably the officer that was issuing the ban just happened to have a bad day, obviously they are pretty much free in their decisions. Anyway after I got home I didn't care about the ban too much.
Last year I signed up for the greencard lottery and have now been selected. I would have really good chances to actually get a greencard. The only one issue is the ban because I have to enter the US in order to activate the greencard before September 2013. Can I try to file I212? Or do I need to file something else? I dont want to hire a lawyer. Since there are many uncertain factors I dont want to end up paying thousands of dollars for nothing. But I would like to try at least something myself.
Maybe you guys can give me some advice