Provisional Waiver Approved

In a celebration of the new year (in my opinion) Secretary Napolitano has announced that the provisional waiver, discussed previously by myself and others, to allow close relatives of US citizens who are applying for permanent residence based on that familial relation, but are in the US currently and entered illegally, to await the adjudication of his/her waiver in the US. It does not work for those who were previously deported or have a criminal record. The applicant still has to leave the US in order to officially immigrate, and the ultimate decision is still made by the consulate, but this is a huge benefit for families facing long-term separation during this wait time.

For more information from the USCIS, please see here.

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