I-601A Provisional Waiver Processing Time
On January 2, 2013, the following guidance was given by USCIS regarding the expected I-601A provisional waiver processing time:
- Processing goals had not been set. This means that at this point in time, no one should be promising you that they can get you a decision on your I-601A waiver within a certain amount of time. Even the government doesn’t know the answer to this question yet.
- The processing time will be determined by how many applications are submitted and the flow of those applications. Until USCIS begins to accept applications on March 4, 2013, there is no way to make an estimate on the processing times for I-601A waivers.
The best thing that you can do to get the fastest processing time for your application is to make sure that you submit the strongest package possible. You need to make sure that you provide all of the required information, that all forms are filled out correctly and completely, and that you submit supporting evidence that is easy for the reviewer to understand. By making it easy for the reviewer to understand the extreme hardship in your case, the reviewer will be able to make a faster decision on your case.
I-601A Provisional Waiver Processing Time Additional Information
If someone promises you that they have “inside connections” that can get your application special treatment, accepted before the March 4, 2013 opening date for I-601A waivers, or moved to the front of the line, they simply aren’t telling you the truth.
There are no special connections or tricks to get your application to the front of the line. You can’t pay a “special fee” to the government to get your application processed faster. In general, USCIS will consider requests to expedite an immigration case only in very special circumstances where the wait for normal processing times could have significant negative impact. Most of the special circumstances simply won’t apply to I-601A waiver applications.
For example, although there may be very limited special circumstances in which a person can request expedited review of an I-601 hardship waiver, this is very rare in practice and only applies to very special circumstances. If it is extremely difficult to receive expedited processing for an I-601 hardship waiver for families that are already separated and living apart, you should not expect that there will be many circumstances in which an I-601A provisional waiver will be expedited. After all, families who are applying for an I-601A provisional waiver are living together already. The desire to get through the process as quickly as possible simply isn’t enough to receive expedited treatment.
If you have any questions about the process, you can find the official I-601A provisional waiver USCIS information here.