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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...

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...

July 11, 2014
Alix Strunk

USCIS Reviewing Vast Majority of Previously Denied Provisional Waiver Applications

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has released new numbers on its approvals, denials, and applications under review for Form I-601A, Application for a Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver. The provisional waiver allows those who are eligible for residency but require...

USCIS Issues Positive Guidance for Review of Provisional Waivers Filed by Applicants with a Criminal History

Since March 4, 2013, certain immediate relatives of U.S. citizens have been eligible to apply for an I-601A Application for a Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver with the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) prior to going abroad to apply for...

August 13, 2013
Magdalena Faust

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...

January 04, 2013
Alix Strunk

USCIS Publishes Final Rule on Provisional Waivers for Unlawful Presence

On January 3, 2013, the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published its final rule, amending the existing regulations, for provisional waivers for unlawful presence (so-called “Stateside waivers”) in the Federal Register.  The provisional waiver program...

December 26, 2012
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

USCIS Announces New Fee for Immigrant Visas at Consulate

On December 13, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that as of February 1, 2013, it will begin to collect an additional $165 fee from individuals who have been issued immigrant visas by the U.S. Department of State...

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