Getting the I-601 waiver form itself is as easy as it gets. However, filing the form and getting it approved is a whole different bargain. If you do not pay attention to the Form I-601 waiver checklist, your application will no doubt end with a rejection.
This post contains all you need to know about the waiver checklist for Form I-601. Read on! This will come in handy!
Obtaining a visa into the United States comes with a critical requirement. You must not fall under any of the grounds of inadmissibility – they determine if you would be granted entry into the U.S.
However, the Form I-601 was specially designed for certain persons who fall under one or more of the grounds of inadmissibility. With this form, waivers can sometimes be obtained concerning certain grounds of inadmissibility. Thus, allowing entry into the United States.
Think of a waiver as “forgiveness.” You’re admitting that there is something in your background (usually a criminal record, or lying on a previous immigration form) that makes it impossible to get a green card. So you have to prove that not getting your green card will cause extreme hardship to certain family members.
The “problems in your background” are what we mean when we say “ground of inadmissibility.” A waiver cures, or forgives, those grounds of inadmissibility.
However, not all grounds of inadmissibility are forgivable! And even if you qualify to apply for forgiveness, there’s no guarantee it will be forgiven. (Just like applying for admission to a university: just because you are allowed to apply doesn’t mean you’ll be admitted.)
In order to secure the waivers promised under the Form I-601 however, there are certain requirements that must be met. They make up the Form I-601 Waiver Checklist.
Note: This form comes with spaces provided for the statement explaining your reason(s) for inadmissibility, and the persuasive statement requesting relief/waiver.
Other categories of persons who can file Form I-601 include:
This form comes with a filing fee of $930 that you must pay to the Department of Homeland Security. However, for applicants outside the United States, contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate about the filing fee.
Note: Form I-601A (for “stateside waivers”) is a separate type of waiver application, and the filing fee is only $630. There is also an $85 biometric fee, for a total of $715. Do not confuse these applications or it will be rejected!)
USCIS will only accept filing fee waiver requests from;
Filing the Form I-601 is highly subjective, and you’d be losing your chance of persuasion by making mistakes. The slightest error in filing your Form I-601 can also result in rejection, and a whole repeat of the process.
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