I-601A Waiver

Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers

Certain immigrant visa applicants, who are not eligible to adjust their status in the United States, can apply for provisional unlawful presence waivers in the United States before they leave the United States for their consular interview.  

This process shortens the time that U.S. citizens and lawful permanent resident family members are separated from their relatives while those relatives are obtaining immigrant visas to become lawful permanent residents of the United States.

Individuals who do not wish to seek or do not qualify for a provisional unlawful presence waiver can still file Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility, after a DOS consular officer determines that they are inadmissible to the United States.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

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

  • Be physically present in the United States to file your application and provide biometrics.

  • Be 17 years of age or older.

  • Be in the process of obtaining your immigrant visa and have an immigrant visa case pending with Department of State (DOS) because you:

    • Are the principal beneficiary of an approved Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative; an approved Form I-140, Petition for Alien Worker; or an approved Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant who has paid the immigrant visa processing fee;

    • Have been selected by DOS to participate in the Diversity Visa (DV) Program (that is, you are a DV Program selectee);

    • Are the spouse or child of a principal beneficiary of an approved immigrant visa petition who has paid the immigrant visa processing fee to DOS; or

    • Are the spouse or child of a DV Program selectee (that is, you are a DV Program derivative)?

  • Be able to demonstrate that refusal of your admission to the United States will cause extreme hardship to your U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident spouse or parent.

  • Believe you are or will be inadmissible only because of a period of unlawful presence in the United States that was:

    • More than 180 days, but less than 1 year, during a single stay;  or

    • 1 year or more during a single stay 

  • Meet all other requirements for the provisional unlawful presence waiver,

 

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

  • You do not meet all of the conditions listed under eligibility mentioned above.

  • You are in removal proceedings that have not been administratively closed.

  • At the time of filing, you are in removal proceedings that have been administratively closed but have been placed back on the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) calendar to continue your removal proceedings.

  • You have a final order of removal, exclusion, or deportation (including an in absentia order of removal under INA 240(b)(5)).  Note: If you have a final order of removal, exclusion, or deportation, you can only seek a provisional unlawful presence waiver if you have applied for, and we have already approved Form I-212, Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States After Deportation or Removal at the time you file the Form I-601A.

  • You do not meet one or more of the requirements outlined in the Form I-601A and its instructions.

FEATURED EXPERIENCE CASES:

October 2020 Obtained I-601A approval for a client who had been unlawfully present in the United States since 2005

June 2020 Obtained I-601A approval for a client who had been unlawfully present in the United States since 2013

October 2019 Obtained I-601A approval for a client who had been unlawfully present in the United States since 2004 

June 2019 Obtained I-601A approval for a client who had been unlawfully present in the United States since 2007

February 2019 Obtained I-601A approval for a client who had been unlawfully present in the United States since 2000

February 2018 Obtained I-601A approval for a client who had been unlawfully present in the United States since 2007

October 2017 Obtained I-601A approval for a client who had been unlawfully present in the United States since 2008

November 2016 Obtained I-601A approval for a client who had been unlawfully present in the United States since 2004 

November 2016 Obtained I-601A approval for a client who had been unlawfully present in the United States since 2005 

December 2015 Obtained I-601A approval for a client who had been unlawfully present in the United States since 1998

Contact Us 

To discuss your I-601A waiver with an experienced Jacksonville immigration attorney from Gjoka Law Firm, feel free to contact us by email at ag@ag-legal.com or call us at 904-351-8749.