Last March, the USCIS began allowing spouses of US citizens to file I-601A Waivers of the ten-year-bar while their loved one was still in the United States. This was a welcomed change to the previous procedure of filing once the immigrant had left the country for an uncertain period of time.
Unfortunately, in the last year, many families had their applications denied based on minor criminal issues that would otherwise not prevent the immigrant from becoming a permanent resident.
The USCIS recently stated that it will take a closer look at these cases and process more applications, keeping more families together. If you are waiting to file your permanent residency papers because you don’t want to spend a long time in your home country, call our office today to find out if this new announcement helps you!