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Updated: Apr 7, 2023

What is the I-601 waiver?

In order to allow you to resolve certain inadmissibility issues, the I-601 waiver allows you to submit documentation to overcome the reasons that you may not be able to immigrate to the U.S. To obtain the waiver, the applicant must present a showing of how the U.S. qualifying relative would suffer extreme hardship if their foreign-born relative is not granted the waiver and is forced to return to their country of origin.

What can we define as “extreme hardship”?

Extreme hardship can be a set of circumstances that goes beyond the typical difficulties that come from having to be separated from your loved one who is requesting a waiver. There is no clear definition, but typically a collection of different factors are used to demonstrate how extreme hardship would result from denying family reunification in the United States.

A few general examples discussed are:

  • health reasons (mental and physical medical conditions)

  • Educational grounds

  • Economic reasons

  • Reasons for instability in the immigrant's country (political, economic, social)

How to apply for the I-601 waiver?

If you believe that you may require a waiver, it is important to speak with an immigration attorney. There is more than completing forms with the stipulated filing fee. There are important considerations in deciding the types of evidence and documentation that you submit to USCIS. Connect with us

The Mundo Legal team has the necessary experience and knowledge to guide you through the process of your I-601 waiver application or any other inadmissibility waiver types.

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