New 601A Rule Effective August 29, 2016


New 601A Waiver rule rule will take effect August 29, 2016 so get started now. 




Who is Eligible for 601A Waiver under Amended Rule?


Any person who is physically present in the United States who:


  • Is over the age of 17;

  • Has any Approved Immigrant Visa (Family Preference, or Employment-based) or is the derivative beneficiary of an approved immigrant visa petition;

  • Has USC or LPR parent/spouse (child still not qualifying relative for Hardship);

  • Is otherwise admissible to the US; and

  • Can establish Good Moral Character for the exercise of favorable discretion.  



When can Newly Eligible 601A Waiver Applicants begin to Apply?

The new 601A form will be available on August 29, 2016, and may be file starting that day. Eligible individuals should begin the process immediately as to be avoid being caught in a backlog of newly filed cases.


Currently, 601A waivers are taking over 10 months to be processed. This new rule will make the number of people eligible for a 601A waiver exponentially larger, which will likely result in an even larger back log of 601A waiver cases.


Full Text of Final Rule:





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You can submit any questions you may have here or feel free to email nyimmigrationesq@gmail.


If you believe you may be eligible under the amended rule you should contact an experienced immigration attorney as soon as possible.


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This document is a very brief summary provided for informational purposes and is NOT to be considered legal advice or a substitute for legal advice.

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