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August 03, 2016
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

Finally, provisional waivers will be available to spouses of residents: DHS to expand eligibility for the I-601A provisional waiver

After August 29, 2016, eligible spouses and adult children of lawful permanent residents, and others as outlined below, will finally be able to take advantage of the provisional waiver. Up until now, this waiver has only been for spouses of...

March 04, 2016
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

I-601A Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver: 5 Common Grounds to Show Extreme Hardship

Obtaining permanent residency is not as easy as just marrying a U.S. citizen or having U.S. citizen parents. Many such individuals still are not eligible to apply for residency inside the U.S.  For example, many individuals who unlawfully entered the...

August 05, 2015
Tahreem Kalam

Expansion to the I-601A Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers of Inadmissibility

Foreign nationals who are not eligible to adjust their status to permanent resident in the United States must travel abroad to obtain an immigrant visa. This includes individuals who have unlawfully entered the United States or have remained in the...

May 15, 2015
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

A look at the numbers: USCIS provides statistics on its decisions for waivers, including I-601A provisional waivers

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently provided new data on its processing of waiver applications. The numbers reveal that USCIS is still approving a majority of waiver (I-601) and provisional waiver (I-601A) applications it receives. What do the...

August 13, 2013
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

Recent Trends in I-601A Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver Applications

The I-601A, Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver, allows certain eligible individuals to apply for a waiver in the United States prior to departing for an immigrant visa interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad. This differs from a...

July 12, 2022
Aaron Lawee

Three and Ten Year Unlawful Presence Bars Can Be Served within the United States

On June 24, 2022, USCIS issued an important clarification about the rules governing unlawful presence bars, commonly referred to as either the “three” or “ten” year bars. This will have very important benefits for people who are eligible to apply...

August 11, 2020
Aaron Lawee

USCIS Will Double the Fee for Applying for a Green Card and Citizenship! Consider Applying Before the Change Takes Place.

On November 14, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security proposed a new rule which would increase U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) fees by a weighted average of 21%. After many months of review, the final fees have been published...

November 26, 2019
Aaron Lawee

USCIS Proposes to Nearly Double the Fee for Applying for a Green Card and Citizenship! Consider Applying Before the Change Takes Place

On November 14, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security proposed a new rule which would increase U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) fees by a weighted average of 21%. The fee changes have not yet gone into effect, and members...

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