Form I-601A, the Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver, was introduced in March 2013 as a way for the immediate relatives of U.S. citizens to apply for provisional unlawful presence waivers before leaving the U.S. The intention behind this waiver process is to reduce the amount of time that citizens may be separated from their spouses, children and/or parents who have to leave the U.S. in an effort to obtain immigrant visas and become lawful permanent residents of the U.S.
As with many forms and processes for immigration status changes in the U.S., the Form I-601A and the process associated with completing it and filing it is not always straightforward. This could, in turn, lead to many applicants making some common mistakes and to USCIS officials:
- Not being able to process a Form I-601A as quickly or efficiently as possible
- Rejecting and/or returning these forms to applicants
- Denying the application for the waiver entirely.
To help applicants not run into such problems, USCIS officials have outlined the top 5 common mistakes people make with their Form I-601A and how to avoid them. We’ll highlight these issues in this two-part blog. If you are preparing to file for this waiver or need any assistance with an immigration matter, contact a Los Angeles immigration lawyer at the Hanlon Law Group for superior assistance and representation.
Mistakes to Avoid with Form I-601A Waivers
Mistake 1 – Failing to Pay the Immigrant Visa Application Fee
Before filing a Form I-601A, the Immigrant Visa Application Fee must have already been paid to the Department of the State. This is essentially a processing fee that may also be referred to as the IV fee, and the amount of the fee will vary according to the specific type of visa a person is trying to obtain. It’s important to note, however, that these fees are typically nonrefundable (in other words, once they have been paid, people cannot get this money back).
Not paying this fee before filing a Form I-601A can result in unnecessary delays in the processing of this application.
Be sure to look for the upcoming second part of this blog for our continued discussion regarding common mistakes people make on their Form I-601A waivers and how to avoid them.
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