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June 21, 2019
Ana Maria Echiburu Tyrrell

Department of State Has Started Collecting Social Media Information from Visa Applicants

On May 31, 2019, the Department of State updated its nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applications, Form DS-160 and DS-260 respectively, to include questions related to social media identifiers. This update to the forms was initially announced in the Federal Register...

May 28, 2019
Zeena Barazanji

Visa Denials Under Section 221(g) of the Immigration & Nationality Act

When a foreign national applies for an immigrant or nonimmigrant visa to the United States, he or she must attend an interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in their home country. During the interview, a consular officer will review...

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
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

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
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...

January 04, 2013
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

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...

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