Form I-601A

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What Is Form I-601A?


Form I-601A is an application for provisional unlawful presence waiver. An I-601A application is used for individuals who entered the United States illegally and have immediate family members who are U.S. citizens or green card holders (legal permanent residents), such as parents or spouses. The process of applying for a green card in these circumstances requires individuals to leave the United States and apply for a visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate.

Unlawful presence refers to a person’s time in the United States without being authorized by the government to be in the country. The consequences of unlawful presence are severe and can lead to you being barred from returning to the US. By completing the I-601A form, you may be able to waive the unlawful presence exclusion before leaving the country.

If a DOS consular officer determines that the relative is inadmissible to the United States, immediate relatives can still file Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility.

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Eligibility Requirements for Form I-601A


The provisional unlawful presence waiver allows you to request a waiver of the three-year and ten-year bars to admission based on your unlawful presence in the US. To be eligible for a provisional unlawful presence waiver, you must meet certain requirements, including:

  • Being at least 17 years of age

  • Being the beneficiary of an approved immigrant visa petition (such as Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative)

  • Being physically present in the US at the time of the application

  • Having a spouse or parent who is a U.S. citizen or LPR

  • Demonstrating that your qualifying relative would suffer extreme hardship if the waiver is denied.

  • Having an immigrant visa interview scheduled with the U.S. Department of State

  • Having an approved immigrant visa petition from a qualifying relative

  • US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has not initiated (ICE) deportation proceedings against you

  • You must have an immigrant visa interview appointment scheduled

If you are granted a provisional unlawful presence waiver, you can return to the United States without waiting outside the country for an extended period. 

Nevertheless, a provisional unlawful presence waiver does not guarantee admission to the United States. The immigrant visa interview determines whether you receive a visa or not.

When to Submit Form I-601A?

In order to obtain a provisional unlawful presence waiver, all other immigration requirements must be met, including the submission of Form I-601A. Therefore, you must have an approved immigrant visa petition filed by a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident spouse, or qualifying relative to submit the provisional waiver application.

It is important to consult with an experienced immigration attorney before submitting this form, as mistakes can lead to serious delays or even denial of immigration benefits.


Form I-601A Checklist

Before you file Form I-601A, ensure you have all the necessary documents to complete the form correctly. Here is a checklist of items to help ensure that your application is complete:

  • Proof of relationship to a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident, such as a birth certificate.
  • A copy of your passport.
  • Proof of your presence in the US, such as employment and school records.
  • Proof of financial hardship, if applicable.
  • A current medical examination report.
  • Evidence of any criminal convictions.
  • Two passport-style photographs.
  • The filing fee.
  • Proof of your payment history for any fees owed to USCIS, including any fees paid for a prior visa application.
  • A signed and completed Form I-601A.
  • A waiver request letter explaining the facts and circumstances surrounding your unlawful presence in the United States.
  • A copy of your visa or other immigration document issued by USCIS, such as an I-94 Arrival/Departure Record.
  • Evidence of any prior applications or requests for relief from removal that have been denied.

Form I-601A Processing Time

The processing time for Form I-601A, or the Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver, is generally around 6 months. However, depending on the individual case, this timeline can be longer or shorter.

The waiver application must be properly filled out, and all required documentation must be included for the application to be processed without delay.


What Evidence Must I Submit with Form I-601A?

When you file Form I-601A, Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver, you must submit evidence to support your application.

The specific evidence you will need to submit depends on the grounds of inadmissibility that you are trying to waive and the specific circumstances of your case.

Your Form I-601A will generally require the following types of evidence:

  • Proof of your identity, such as a copy of your passport or other government-issued identification.

  • Evidence of your relationship to your qualifying relative (such as a marriage certificate or birth certificate).

  • Evidence of your qualifying relative’s status as a US citizen or legal permanent resident (such as a copy of their US passport or green card).

  • Evidence that you have an approved immigrant visa petition (such as Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative).

  • Evidence that you have an immigrant visa interview scheduled with the US Department of State.

  • Evidence that you meet the eligibility requirements for a provisional unlawful presence waiver

Ensure you carefully review the instructions for Form I-601A and submit all required evidence. Your application may be denied if you fail to submit the required evidence.

What Happens When You Get Approved for an I-601A?

If your unlawful presence waiver application is approved, it means that you have been granted a waiver of inadmissibility for unlawful presence in the US.

If your unlawful presence waiver application is approved, it means you are no longer inadmissible based on your unlawful presence. As a result, you will not be subject to the three-year or ten-year bars to admission based on your unlawful presence in the country.


Need Immigration Help? Talk To An Immigration Attorney

If you are looking for immigration help in Atlanta, contact a top-rated immigration attorney today to discuss your case and get the immigration assistance you need. 

A skilled immigration attorney can assist you with everything from completing the provisional waiver application to representing you in immigration court if necessary. 

Our top-rated immigration attorneys in Atlanta understand the complexities of the immigration process and will be there to guide you every step of the way.

We can help you assess your eligibility and provide guidance on filling out the provisional waiver application and Form I-212, Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States After Deportation or Removal.

No matter what immigration issue you are facing, our qualified lawyers can provide you with the legal advice and assistance you need to secure your future in the US. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with experienced child custody lawyers.