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Immediate Relatives Can Apply for Provisional Waivers for Unlawful Presence before they Leave the United States

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Beginning today, certain immigrant visa applicants who are spouses, children and parents of U.S. citizens (immediate relatives) can apply for provisional unlawful presence waivers before they leave the United States. The provisional unlawful presence waiver process allows individuals, who only need a waiver of inadmissibility for unlawful presence, to apply for a waiver in the United States and before they depart for their immigrant visa interviews at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad.

The new process is expected to shorten the time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives while those family members are obtaining immigrant visas to become lawful permanent residents of the United States.

Until today, immediate relatives of U.S. citizens who were not eligible to adjust status in the United States had to travel abroad and obtain an immigrant visa. Please know, under the current process, which continues to remain in effect, immediate relatives of U.S. citizens who are not eligible to adjust status in the United States have to travel abroad and be found inadmissible at their immigrant visa interview before they can apply for an inadmissibility waiver.

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Written by MithrasLaw

March 4, 2013 at 3:59 pm

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