I-601A Provisional Waiver Expanded to Include Permanent Resident Spouses and Parents as Qualifying Relatives
The rule change that was first proposed in July 2015 will go into effect on August 29, 2016. The previous rule required that I-601A waiver applicants show that refusal of a visa would cause a US citizen spouse or parent extreme hardship. Hardship to permanent resident spouses or parents was not considered a valid basis for the waiver. With the new rule, applicants can qualify for the waiver by showing hardship to US citizen or permanent resident spouses or parents. The new regulations can be found here. This will open the door to many more I-601A applicants.
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