U.S. Waiver Process for Family Immigration Announced

On April 2, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a very much anticipated proposed rule to amend regulations that will reduce the amount of time that U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate family members during processing of applications for lawful permanent residence.  

The process will be effective on March 4, 2013.

The rule will allow certain immediate relatives of U.S. citizens who are physically present in the United States to request provisional unlawful presence waivers prior to departing from the United States for consular processing of their immigrant visa applications. This final rule implements the provisional unlawful presence waiver process. The rule also finalizes clarifying amendments to other provisions within our regulations.  For more information on the rule visit www.uscis.gov.

By Monica Guizar

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