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04 March 2013

Provisional Waivers Introduced

Beginning March 4, certain immigrant visa applicants who are the spouses, children and parents of U.S. citizens (immediate relatives), and have been unlawfully present in the United States, can start applying for provisional unlawful presence waivers through a new process.

The new provisional unlawful presence waiver process is for certain individuals who seek a waiver of inadmissibility only for unlawful presence. They can now apply for a provisional unlawful presence waiver while in the United States and before departing for their immigrant visa interview at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad. Under the current process, which continues to remain in effect, immediate relatives of U.S. citizens who are not eligible to adjust status in the United States have to travel abroad and be found inadmissible at their immigrant visa interview before they can apply for an inadmissibility waiver. 

The new process is expected to shorten the time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives while those family members go through the process of becoming lawful permanent residents of the United States. For eligibility details and information on the process, please visit:


At March 21, 2013 at 9:11:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My daughter-in-law came to US as a twelve year old. She graduated from high school and has continued living in the US illegally, so she qualifies for Deferred action for childhood arrivals. She married my son(a US citizen by birth) after an almost two year courtship. She wants to be come a citizen. Which route should they take?

At March 22, 2013 at 3:01:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

does this affect slowness on other visa application like k-1?

At May 3, 2013 at 2:18:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We filed I-601A during the first week of March and received receipt notice on Mid March. It has been almost two months and we have not received the biometrics appointment or anything else. Called 800# and they could not give me the status of my case.

What is the estimated processing time for I-601A

At July 15, 2014 at 3:45:00 PM EDT , Blogger Diana In said...

Our law firm just experienced the poor training that the I-601A adjudicator officers have. We were not given the opportunity to explain. There was not an RFE.

My client was in removal proceedings and had filed a E-42b and he was issued a receipt for fees on E-42b. Receipt is issued by the Texas Service Center and it comes with case type I-485 application to Register.Case was admin close.

I-601A was denied because client has a pending I-485!!. This shows the lack of training. Even when I showed the error USCIS wants client to resubmit I-601.


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