I-601A

Provisional Waiver of Inadmissibility

Obtaining a pardon: I601A Waiver of Inadmissibility

Below is a description of the legal process and recommended arguments often used to obtain the I601A pardon of inadmissibility – which is often necessary in order to gain permanent residence in the U.S

There is also a list of the documents we often use to support the application for the pardon.

Standards of Eligibility:

In order to obtain the pardon for inadmissibility, it is necessary to convince the immigration service that a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR) family member will suffer “extreme hardship” if the immigrant is forced to return to their country of origin.

That family member must be either a spouse or parent; having a US citizen or LPR child does not make one eligible for the I601A pardon.

It is important that you submit a declaration by the US citizen or LPR relative, explaining the importance of the immigrant in their lives – personally, financially, psychologically.

What documents should be submitted to obtain an I601A pardon?
You should to document extreme hardship with the following documents:

Generally I601A applications without these supporting materials are denied.

We generally recommend that, in your arguments and supporting documentation, you make it clear that the U.S. citizen or LPR spouse or parent legally here will suffer extreme hardship under both of two scenarios:

Arguments and Documents which help you obtain a Pardon:
Some of the arguments considered in the evaluation of the extreme hardship” are:

Anyone requesting pardon must submit all possible documentation to support the arguments of the difficulties.

Psychological or medical evaluations in support of I601A waiver?

It is helpful for the spouse or parent to meet with a counselor or psychologist to document any type of anxiety, depression or trauma they will suffer if the immigrant is required to return to their home country.

What should personal statements in support of I601A waiver say?
It is also recommended that your personal statements include the following:

We also recommend making other statements of support that focus on the good moral character of the immigrant and its importance to family members.

Include a family budget to support your I601A waiver:

Finally, please make a list describing your monthly expenses (i.e. rent, gas, food, PG & E, Comcast, etc.). Also, make a separate list of all your debts (i.e. car loans, credit cards, school loans, etc.). Please also get documents to check your expenses and debt.

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