Waivers can excuse inadmissibility due to a deportation order or permanent bar (I-212), unlawful presence in the United States, fraud or other issues (I-601 and I-601A).
I-212 requires a discretionary review of applicant’s favorable and unfavorable factors.
I-601 and I-601A require a “qualifying relative,” which may be a US citizen or permanent resident spouse or parent (but NOT child), who would suffer “extreme hardship” if the application is denied. Applicant must warrant favorable exercise of discretion.
Average processing time: I-212: 3 to 6 months; I-601 3 to 6 months; I-601A: 15 to 19 months.
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