Written by attorney Veronica Tunitsky

I-601A (Provisional Waiver Program) vs. I-601 Waiver: What's the Big Difference Anyway?

On January 3, 2013, USCIS published the Provisional Waiver Rule in the Federal Register allowing immediate relatives of US citizens who are currently in the United States to apply for the extreme hardship waiver in the US BEFORE departing to attend their visa appointment. The new rule will provide thousands of families with an opportunity to legalize their loved ones’ status without subjecting families to an often lengthy separation that is so common for the traditional I-601 waiver applicant. Every day I work with people who are confused about what to do, where to file, and what to file. And for good reason! In an effort to dispel some of this confusion, I put together a chart comparing the current I-601 process with the Provisional Waiver process. The information offered is certainly not intended to be comprehensive or a substitute for legal advice as I-601 waiver cases – indeed most immigration cases – are complex and require a thorough legal analysis. It should thus be used for educational purposes only!.

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