I-601A Provisional Waivers

I-601 and I-601A (Provisional) Unlawful Presence Waivers

Beginning March 4, 2013, certain immigrant visa applicants who are spouses, children and parents of U.S. citizens (immediate relatives) can apply for provisional unlawful presence waivers before they leave the United States. The provisional unlawful presence waiver process allows individuals, who only need a waiver of inadmissibility for unlawful presence, to apply for a waiver in the United States and before they depart for their immigrant visa interviews at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad.

The new process is expected to shorten the time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives while those family members are obtaining immigrant visas to become lawful permanent residents of the United States.

Under current law, immediate relatives of U.S. citizens who are not eligible to adjust status in the United States must travel abroad and obtain an immigrant visa. Individuals who have accrued more than 180 days of unlawful presence while in the United States must obtain a waiver of inadmissibility to overcome the unlawful presence bars under section 212(a)(9)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act before they can return to the United States. Under the existing waiver process, which remains in effect, immediate relatives cannot apply for a waiver until after they have appeared for an immigrant visa interview abroad, and a Department of State (DOS) consular officer has determined that they are inadmissible to the United States. Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens who are eligible for the new provisional unlawful presence waiver can still choose to apply for a waiver using the existing process by filing a Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility, after a DOS consular officer has determined that he or she is inadmissible to the United States.

 

 What You Need to Know

  • The new provisional unlawful presence waiver process does not change the immigrant visa process. Even if your provisional unlawful presence waiver is approved, you are still required to depart the United States for your immigrant visa interview with a U.S. consular officer abroad.
  • If a provisional unlawful presence waiver is approved, it will only take effect after:
  1.  You depart the United States and appear for your immigrant visa interview, and
  2. A DOS consular officer determines that you are otherwise admissible to the United States and eligible to receive an immigrant visa.   NOTE:  Do not depart until the National Visa Center (NVC) notifies you of your scheduled immigrant visa interview date and time at the designated U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for a provisional unlawful presence waiver you must fulfill ALL of the following conditions:

  1. Be 17 years of age or older.
  2. Be an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen (not a preference category immigrant who has a visa available). An immediate relative is an individual who is the spouse, child or parent of a U.S. citizen.
  3. Have an approved Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, or Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant.
  4. Have a pending immigrant visa case with DOS for the approved immediate relative petition and have paid the DOS immigrant visa processing fee.
  5. Be able to demonstrate that refusal of your admission to the United States will cause extreme hardship to your U.S. citizen spouse or parent.
  6. Be physically present in the United States to file your application for a provisional unlawful presence waiver and provide biometrics.
  7. Not have been scheduled for an immigrant visa interview by DOS before January 3, 2013.
  8. Meet all other requirements for the provisional unlawful presence waiver, as detailed in 8 CFR 212.7(e) and the Form I-601A and its instructions.

You are not eligible for a provisional unlawful presence waiver if any of the following conditions apply to you:

  1. You are subject to one or more grounds of inadmissibility other than unlawful presence.
  2. DOS initially acted before January 3, 2013, to schedule your Immigrant Visa (IV) interview for the approved immediate relative petition upon which your provisional unlawful presence waiver application is based, even if your immigrant visa interview has been canceled, you failed to appear for the interview, or your interview was rescheduled on or afterJan. 3, 2013.Note: The date and time that you are scheduled to appear for your immigrant visa interview at the designated U.S. Embassy or Consulate is not the date USCIS will use to determine if you are eligible to file a Form I-601A. If DOS initially acted before January 3, 2013, to schedule your immigrant visa interview, you are not eligible to file a Form I-601A, even if you failed to appear for your interview or if you or DOS cancelled or rescheduled your interview for a date on or after January 3, 2013.Instead, you may file a Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility, from outside the United States after you have been interviewed for your immigrant visa, and the consular officer has found that you are inadmissible for a ground that may be waived.
  3. You are in removal proceedings that have not been administratively closed.
  4. At the time of filing, you are in removal proceedings that have been administratively closed but have been placed back on the EOIR calendar to continue your removal proceedings.
  5. You do not meet one or more of the requirements, as outlined in the Form I-601A and its instructions.

 

How to Apply

Carefully follow the Form I-601A instructions and fully complete the application. USCIS will reject any application that is not accompanied by the proper filing and biometric fees OR that does not meet the filing criteria specified in 8 CFR 212.7(e)(5). Use the checklist available on the last page of the form instructions to make sure your application is complete before filing.

Do not concurrently file Form I-601A with any other application or petition.

Please make sure that you follow these steps to prevent your application from being rejected and returned to you:

  1. Complete Form I-601A.
Form nameFee
I-601A, Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence WaiverThe fee is $585. If you are under 79 years of age, you must also pay the $85 biometric services fee. If you are 79 years of age or older, you do not have to pay the $85 biometrics fee.The Form I-601A fees cannot be waived.

Form Filing Tips

  • Use black ink only to complete forms. Do NOT use highlighters or red ink when completing forms because entries written with highlighters or red ink do not show up when the forms are scanned.  Be sure to sign all of your form(s).
  • Complete the entire Form I-601A application, especially these required fields:

Family Name

Home Address

Date of Birth

Receipt number for your approved immediate relative petition (i.e. Form I-130 or Form I-360)

NVC Case Number

Immigrant Visa Interview Status

Signature

  • Include all required supporting documentation and evidence listed in the form instructions, including:

Evidence that you are the beneficiary of an approved immigrant visa petition classifying you as the immediate relative of a U.S. citizen, and

A copy of your DOS immigrant visa fee receipt.

See the DOS Web site at www.immigrantvisas.state.gov, to learn how to obtain your immigrant visa fee receipt and more.

  • Submit Form I-601A with the correct fees or USCIS will reject your application.
  • If you need to change responses on the form, we recommend that you re-start with a new form.  Responses that have been “whited out” or erased can lead to scanning errors.
  • USCIS prefers that you download forms from our website, fill them out electronically, and then print your forms prior to submission to USCIS.
  • Be sure that you mail all pages of the form.
  • If you have any attachments, make sure each attached page has your name and either your A-Number (if available) or your I-130 or I-360 receipt number.  You may also number the pages and include the total amount of pages being attached (i.e. “Page 1 of 11”).
  • If you move after filing your Form I-601A, notify USCIS of your new physical address within 10 days of your move. You should also notify USCIS if your mailing address changes. You may not receive notices from USCIS if you do not notify USCIS that your address has changed.
  • You should also include Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance, with your application if you want to receive an email and/or text message notifying you that your form has been accepted by USCIS.

If you have questions call the Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283. Do NOT visit a USCIS field office in person.

2.     Mail your application to the USCIS Chicago Lockbox.

If U.S. Postal Service

USCIS
P.O. Box 4599
Chicago, IL 60680

If USPS Express Mail/Courier

USCIS
Attn: I-601A
131 S. Dearborn, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517
3.     Visit an Application Support Center (ASC) to provide biometrics. After USCIS receives your Form I-601A application with fees, we will send you a notice scheduling you to visit an ASC to provide your biometric and biographic information.

Approval of Form I-601A

The USCIS National Benefits Center will adjudicate all Form I-601A applications.

Having a pending application for a provisional unlawful presence waiver or an approval of such a waiver will NOT:

  • Grant you any benefit or protect you from being removed from the United States.
  • Allow you to apply for interim immigration benefits such as work authorization or advance parole.
  • Guarantee you will be issued an immigrant visa.
  • Guarantee your admission into the United States by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
  • Give you a legal immigration status.
  • Change the requirement that you must depart the United States in order to obtain an immigrant visa.  NOTE: Until your approved unlawful presence waiver takes full effect, USCIS may reopen or reconsider its decision on the Form I-601A at any time.

Reasons Your Provisional Waiver May Be Revoked

Your approved provisional unlawful presence waiver is automatically revoked if:

  • DOS ends the immigrant visa application process.
  • USCIS revokes the underlying approved immigrant visa petition (Form I-130 or Form I-360).
  • The consular officer at the U.S. embassy or consulate determines that you are inadmissible on grounds of inadmissibility other than unlawful presence.
  • You reenter or attempt to reenter the United States without being inspected and admitted or paroled, before or after your provisional unlawful presence waiver is approved or before your immigrant visa is issued.

If You Are in Removal Proceedings

If USCIS approves your Form I-601A, you and/or your legal representative should take steps immediately to have your removal proceedings formally terminated or dismissed by EOIR before you depart the United States to attend your immigrant visa interview. If you leave the United States before your removal proceeding is terminated or dismissed, you may experience delays in the processing of your immigrant visa or risk becoming ineligible for an immigrant visa based on another ground of inadmissibility.

After you receive the approval notice for your Form I-601A, you and/or your legal representative should contact the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to make arrangements to have those proceedings dismissed. Do not contact ICE until after USCIS approves your Form I-601A.

A list of the ICE Chief Counsel phone numbers is available on the internet at: http://www.ice.gov/contact/opla/. When you contact ICE, you should have a copy of the approval notice available for ICE’s review.

Denial of Form I-601A or Withdrawal of Form I-601A 

If USCIS denies your provisional unlawful presence waiver, you cannot file an administrative appeal or a motion to reopen or reconsider.

However, if your provisional unlawful presence waiver request is denied or if you withdraw your provisional unlawful presence waiver application before USCIS makes a final decision, you may file a new Form I-601A, in accordance with the form instructions and with the required fees. Your immigrant visa case must also be pending with DOS. In the case of a withdrawn Form I-601A, USCIS will not refund the filing fees because USCIS has already taken steps to adjudicate the case.

Alternatively, if USCIS denies your Form I-601A or you withdraw your Form I-601A before USCIS makes a final decision, you can apply for a traditional waiver using the existing process and Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility.  You cannot apply for a Form I-601 until after you attend your immigrant visa interview and after DOS determines that you are subject to other grounds of inadmissibility.  If you decide to file Form I-601 after the interview abroad, you must file the Form I-601 in accordance with its instructions and with the required fees.

Avoid Immigration Scams

Please be aware that some unauthorized practitioners may try to take advantage of you by claiming they can file a provisional unlawful presence waiver. These same individuals may ask that you pay them to file such forms. To learn the facts about how to protect yourself and your family from scams, please visit www.uscis.gov/avoidscams.

For more information or to Schedule a Personal Consulation Contact

Jeffrey Y. Bennett
Jeffrey Y. Bennett Law

1828 Swift Avenue, Suite 425
North Kansas City, MO 64116
Tel: 816-759-2776 English
Tel. 816-759-2777 Espanol
Fax: 816-759-2769
www.JYBennettLaw.com

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I-601 WAIVER – LIST OF SUGGESTED EVIDENCE

(Photocopies are acceptable, except for affidavits)

1.  EVIDENCE OF QUALIFYING RELATIVE (QR)

  • Copy of Marriage certificate

2.  EVIDENCE OF QUALIFYING RELATIVE’S US CITIZEN STATUS

  • Copy of U.S. Passport/U.S. Birth Certificate

3.  EVIDENCE OF RELATIVE’S FAMILY TIES WITHIN THEUS

  • Photographs with family in the US
  • Naturalization certificates (or US Passport) for each family member in theUSor Lawful permanent resident (LPR) card
  • Affidavits by family members regarding hardships on QR if Applicant had to leave theUS; or if QR had to relocate to the country of origin with Applicant.
  • Letter from children regarding their relationship with Applicant and how they would miss him/her if he had to leave; young children may provide a drawing (something cute to elicit emotions from the reviewer)

4.  EVIDENCE OF QUALIFYING RELATIVE’S SPECIAL MEDICAL OR PSYCHOLOGICAL NEEDS

  • Evidence of medical problems such as letters from doctors, prescriptions, medical records, proof of appointments
  • Evidence of cost of care for medical problems, such as receipts for medications or medical bills
  • Evidence of health insurance policy with exclusion for expenses incurred outside theUS(to show inability to pay for medical care outside theUS)
  • Evidence of time QR has taken off in the past for medical appointments for her or for children (may help to show that she needs Applicant to work and support her due to her need to take time off from work for such appointments)
  • Evidence of psychiatric or social problems, such as letters from psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, counselors, copies of treatment records; the evidence must describe psychological impact of client’s deportation on family members
  • Evidence of medical problems of children/parents/grandparents QR and Applicant take care of

5.  EVIDENCE OF POTENTIAL ECONOMIC HARDSHIP TO QUALIFYING RELATIVE IN THE EVENT APPLICANT IS REMOVED

  • Evidence of high unemployment in country of return showing that applicant may not be able to find work and help support family
  • Evidence of family members’ inability to support themselves in theU.S.if Applicant is removed from theUS
  • Evidence of qualifying relative’s debt in theUS(outstanding medical bills, student loans, credit cards, car loan, etc.)
  • Evidence of qualifying relative’s expenses in theUS(utility bills, rent, phone bill, childcare, school tuition, etc.)
  • Evidence of alien/applicant’s financial assistance to qualifying relative (e.g. paystubs from work in theUS, evidence alien/applicant helps with childcare, household, etc.)
  • Evidence that Applicant will be unable to support a family in the country of origin
  • Evidence of QR’s income (if any)

6.  HISTORY OF QUALIFYING RELATIVE’S EMPLOYMENT IN U.S. (if any)

  • Letters from employers
  • Pay stubs/W-2s which show employers’ names
  • Business records

7.  EVIDENCE OF QUALIFYING RELATIVE’S TIES TO THE COMMUNITY

  • Property or business ties (title to vehicle, property ownership documents, etc.)
  • Degree of integration into society – Memberships in religious organizations, community organizations, clubs (letter from religious leader/pastor; membership cards; letter from individuals who are members of the same organization)
  • Education history (diplomas from elementary, middle, high school, college, etc.)
  • Any steps taken by the QR to apply to further her education

8.  EVIDENCE OF HARSH OR DANGEROUS COUNTRY CONDITIONS IN COUNTRY OF RETURN

  • Country Reports of current political security and economic conditions in the country to which the client would be returned to
  • CIA World Factbook
  • Human Rights Report
  • U.S. Department of State Country Conditions and Travel Alerts forU.S.Citizens CIA
  • News Articles regarding harsh/dangerous conditions
  • Affidavit/letter from individuals who have experienced a traumatic event in the country of origin due to the conditions

9.  EVIDENCE OF POOR EDUCATIONAL/HEALTH SYSTEM IN COUNTRY OF RETURN

  • CIA World Factbook
  • United Nations Materials regarding education/health
  • Scholarly/Web/News Articles
  • Affidavits by people who have experienced hardships in country of return

10.  EVIDENCE OF APPLICANT’S TIES TO THEU.S.

  • List of all relatives who areU.S.Citizens or LPRs (needed for Form I-601)
  • Letters from employers
  • Pay stubs/W-2s which show employers’ names
  • Business records
  • Property or business ties (title to vehicle, property ownership documents, etc.)
  • Degree of integration into society – Memberships in religious organizations (letter from religious leader/pastor), community organizations, clubs, etc.
  • Education history (if any)
  • Need for his services in the community
  • Job prospects/job offers

11.  EVIDENCE OF APPLICANT’S GOOD MORAL CHARACTER AND IMMIGRATION HISTORY

  • Evidence of volunteer/community involvement
  • Evidence of charitable contributions
  • Evidence of being a good father/mother (could be through affidavits)
  • Other evidence (describe in affidavits from family)
  • Photocopy of passports issued in the past – only if available
  • Proof of applications to U.S. Embassy – only if available

12.  APPLICANT AND QR AFFIDAVITS

  • Affidavit of Applicant explaining inadmissibility and describing hardships to qualifying relative(s)
  • Affidavit of QR describing hardships

For more information or to Schedule a Personal Consulation Contact

Jeffrey Y. Bennett
Jeffrey Y. Bennett Law

1828 Swift Avenue, Suite 425
North Kansas City, MO 64116
Tel: 816-759-2776 English
Tel. 816-759-2777 Espanol
Fax: 816-759-2769
www.JYBennettLaw.com

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I-601 Solicitud de Exención o Perdón Causal de Inadmisibilidad

(Las fotocopias son aceptables, a excepción de declaraciones juradas)

 

  1. Evidencia de calificación del pariente
  • Copia del certificado de matrimonio.
  1. Evidencia  de calificación del pariente y condición de ciudadanía en los Estados Unidos
  • Copia del pasaporte/Certificado de nacimiento en los Estados Unidos.
  1. Evidencia de lazos familiares con el pariente dentro de los Estados Unidos
  • Fotografías con la familia en los Estados Unidos.
  • Certificado de naturalización (o pasaporte de los Estados Unidos) de cada miembro de familia en los Estados Unidos o tarjeta de residente legal permanente.
  • Declaraciones juradas de los miembros de la familia sobre las penurias del QR. Si el solicitante ha tenido que abandonar los Estados Unidos; o si el QR tuvo que trasladarse a Brasil con el solicitante.
  • Cartas de los niños en respecto a su relación con el solicitante y cómo le extrañarían si tuviese que salir; niños de corta edad pueden proporcionar un dibujo (algo que atraiga emociones al agente de inmigración).
  1. Evidencia de calificación del pariente con respecto a necesidades médicas o casos especiales psicológicos
  • Evidencia de problemas médicos como cartas de los doctores, las recetas, registros médicos, y comprobante de las citas.
  • Evidencia del costo de cuidado con respecto a problemas médicos, como recibos para medicinas o cuentas médicas.
  • Evidencia de póliza de seguro de salud con exclusión de los gastos que se efectúen fuera de los Estados Unidos. (para mostrar incapacidad de pagar por el cuidado médico fuera de los Estados Unidos).
  • Evidencia del tiempo de descanso que el QR ha tenido que pedir para citas médicas para él/ella o por cualquier hijo(a) (esto dará muestra que el solicitante necesita trabajar para mantenerse así mismo (a) cuando tenga que descansar por las citas médicas).
  • Evidencia de problemas sociales o psiquiátricos, tales como cartas de los psicólogos, psiquiatras, terapeutas, consejeros, copias de registros de tratamiento; las pruebas deben describir impacto psicológico que la deportación del cliente traerá sobre los miembros de la familia.
  • Evidencia de los problemas médicos de los niños, padres, o abuelos de los cuales el QR y el solicitante toman cuidado.
  1. Evidencia de las posibles dificultades económicas para el pariente calificante en caso que el solicitante se retirara fuera de los Estados Unidos.
  • Evidencia de la elevada tasa de desempleo en el país de retorno que muestran que el solicitante puede no ser capaz de encontrar trabajo y ayudar a apoyar a la familia que dejó en los Estados Unidos.
  • Evidencia de los miembros de la familia con respecto a la incapacidad de mantenerse a sí mismos si el solicitante se retirara de los Estados Unidos.
  • Evidencia del pariente calificado con respecto a deudas en los Estados Unidos. (pagos sobresalientes, préstamos estudiantiles, tarjetas de crédito, préstamos de carro, etc.).
  • Evidencia del pariente calificado con respecto a gastos en los Estados Unidos (factura de los pagos de utilidades, renta, teléfono, guardería, matrícula escolar, etc.).
  • Evidencia de la asistencia financiera que el solicitante provee al pariente calificado (ejemplos como el comprobante de pago, evidencia de la ayuda del solicitante al pariente con respecto a la guardería, casa, etc.).
  • Evidencia que el solicitante no podrá proveer por su familia en Brasil.
  • Evidencia de ingreso del QR (si tiene).
  1. Historial de empleo del pariente en los Estados Unidos (si tiene)
  • Cartas del empleador.
  • Comprobante de pago/W-2s (esto muestra el nombre del empleador).
  • Registro de negocios.
  1. Evidencia de vínculos del pariente con la comunidad
  • Propiedades o vínculos de negocios (título del vehículo, documentos de la propiedad.
  • Grado de integración en la sociedad – membrecía en organizaciones religiosas, organizaciones comunitarias, clubs (carta del líder religioso, tarjetas de membresía, carta de individuos quienes son miembros de las misma organización).
  • Registros educativos (diplomas de escuela elemental, intermedio, secundaria, colegio, etc.).
  • Cualquier paso que el QR haya tomado para mejorar su educación.
  1. Evidencia de las duras condiciones o peligros en el país de retorno
  • Reportes actuales de seguridad política y condiciones económicas del país al cual el solicitante será retornado.
  • Perfiles del CIA sobre países y territorios alrededor del mundo
  • Reporte de los derechos humanos.
  • Departamento de estado en los Estados Unidos. con respecto a las condiciones y alertas de viaje del país para los ciudadanos Estadunidenses (que se puedan obtener).
  • Artículos de noticias sobre las duras y peligrosas condiciones.
  • Declaraciones juradas por individuos quien han experimentado eventos traumáticos en Brasil debido a las condiciones.
  1. Evidencia del mal sistema educativo y sistema de salud en el país de retorno
  • Perfiles del CIA sobre países y territorios alrededor del mundo.
  • Materiales de las Naciones Unidas sobre educación/salud.
  • Evidencia escolar/en la red/artículos de noticias.
  • Declaraciones juradas por personas quienes han experimentado condiciones difíciles en el país de retorno.
  1. Evidencia de vínculos del solicitante con los Estados Unidos
  • Lista de todos los parientes que son ciudadanos Estadounidenses o residentes legales permanentes (es necesario por la forma I-601).
  • Cartas de los empleadores.
  • Comprobante de pago/W-2’s (esto muestra el nombre del empleador)
  • Registro de negocios.
  • Propiedades o vínculos de negocios (título del vehículo, documentos de la propiedad).
  • Grado de integración en la sociedad – membrecía en organizaciones religiosas, organizaciones comunitarias, clubs (carta del líder religioso, tarjetas de membresía, carta de individuos quienes son miembros de las mismas organizaciones).
  • Registros educativos (diplomas de escuela elemental, intermedio, secundaria, colegio, etc.).
  • Necesidad de los servicios en la comunidad.
  • Prospectos de empleo/ofertas del empleo de trabajo.
  1. Evidencias del solicitante de buen carácter moral e historial migratorio
  • Evidencia de participación voluntario/comunitario.
  • Evidencia de donaciones caritativas.
  • Evidencia de ser un buen padre (puede ser bajo declaraciones juradas)
  • Otra evidencia (descritas en las declaraciones juradas por miembros de la familia).
  • Fotocopia del pasaporte Brasileño remitido en el pasado (prueba de la aplicación de la embajada de los Estados Unidos) solamente si está disponible.

 

For more information or to Schedule a Personal Consulation Contact

Jeffrey Y. Bennett
Jeffrey Y. Bennett Law

1828 Swift Avenue, Suite 425
North Kansas City, MO 64116
Tel: 816-759-2776 English
Tel. 816-759-2777 Espanol
Fax: 816-759-2769
www.JYBennettLaw.com

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