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What waivers does my father qualifies for? I-601, I-601(A), 212(d)

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As a US Citizen, I have an approved I-130 for my father. He has 10 yr bar of inadmissibility. He is in the foreign country now, no criminal records, not deported, left US voluntarily. Me (USC) and my sister (Green Card holder) here in US.
I am confused, does he qualify for I-601(A) waiver or any other waiver? Can I get him a tourist visa?
What options do I have?
Do we have to wait until 10 yr expires (2017), or can he qualify for I-601(A) even though he is not in US.

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This is posted in the workers compensation section- for people who are hurt at work. You need to post this in the immigration section.


The I-601(A) is for individuals present in the United States. You will have difficulty securing a tourist visa for him as he inadmissible. There is a waiver process for such visa, but the consulate will likely suspect he intends to immigrate.

However, your father may be eligible for a waiver of inadmissibility filed on Form I-601. This will require your father to demonstrate his qualifying relative would suffer extreme hardship if forced to wait for the 10 year bar period to run. I would encourage you to consult with an experienced immigration attorney about the matter to discuss the hardship factors and process.


The only thing that can be determined from your posting is that he does not qualify for an I-601A. Whether he qualifies for any other waiver can only be determined through a complete review of all immigration documents.

You should retain an experienced immigration lawyer to review all the facts, advise you, and handle the case. You can find one through

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