Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver

On January 2nd, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that certain immediate relatives of U.S. citizens present in the United States, who are in the process of seeking immigrant visas, may apply and be approved for provisional unlawful presence waivers before departing the United States to attend their immigrant visa interviews. The new rules will allow undocumented immigrants to avoid lengthy separations from U.S. family members while applying for legal status. Current U.S. policy forces immigrants who entered the country without authorization to return to their native countries for visas, then bars them from re-entering the United States for as long as 10 years. The new policy could potentially saves hundreds of thousands of families from being kept apart.

USCIS will begin accepting provisional unlawful presence waivers on March 4th, 2013.

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