i-601a Waivers and Extreme hardship Explained By Immigration Attorney Kaushik Ranchod






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I-601a Waiver Explained By Immigration Attorney Serving Stockton CA

Another success story by the Ranchod Law Group. Watch this video where immigration attorney Kaushik Ranchod illustrates how they were able to prove extreme hardship.

The Story

The Client, a U.S. Citizen working a job had been demoted, completely relied on her husband for financial support. The couple has a U.S. citizen child. They have had a life together for many years – Juan came into the U.S. without an inspection and without a visa.

At this point they sought help to avoid their family be ripped apart by separation .

We worked relentlessly here at the Ranchod Law Group to prove all the extreme hardship factors – one of the hardship factors is not being separated. Although this may seem to be the most important one, it is not according to the laws and USCIS: unfortunately that is not extreme hardship.

We were able to build a case around a few key factors:

  1. Extreme hardship to the child
  2. Consequent extreme hardship to the parent who is the U.S. citizen
  3. Extreme hardship caused by career disruption
  4. Extreme hardship caused by financial disruption

You may be going through a very difficult moment in your life, you’re probably scared.

We are here to help you. Contact us to learn about your options

We will tell you if you do have an option or not.

The i-601a waiver and extreme hardship waiver described in this video is one great option that we focus on at the Kaushik Ranchod and with which we have had great success.

We have had only one denial since the i-601a came out.

We cannot guarantee the end result, but we will be honest with you and tell whether you have a case or not.

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I-601a Waiver Approval Document and Success Story







I601-A Waiver Approval Document for Client with DACA

I601-A Waiver Approval Document for Client with DACA

I-601A Waiver for Illegal Entry and for Being in the U.S. Illegally Approved for Client with DACA

Filed: December 12, 2016
Approved: September 18, 2017

The Facts of this Case

  • Client is a young man with DACA
  • He is married to a U.S. Citizen
  • Thankfully he was never too sure about DACA‘s future and began the process to obtain his lawful permanent residence (his green card)
  • Since his parents brought him into the U.S. illegally, he needed to obtain an I601-a waiver before he could receive his lawful permanent residence

In order to win these waivers we have to prove that his qualifying relative, in this case his U.S. citizen wife, would suffer extreme hardship both if she remained in the U.S. without client and also if she relocated abroad to be with client.

Additional Facts Proving Extreme Hardship

  • Client’s wife was dependent on client as he is the primary financial provider for the family, a role he could not fulfill from abroad
  • The couple recently purchased their own home which she could not pay for if he was forced to go abroad
  • The wife is in college and she could not continue her education without client’s support and she also could not continue her education abroad
  • If client left his job his wife would lose her health care coverage

Finally,. We crafted arguments around these circumstances and we are so happy client is able to become a lawful permanent resident, especially now that DACA has been discontinued.

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I601A Waiver Approval for Client entering illegally the U.S. from Mexico



I601A Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver (Form I-797 NOTICE OF ACTION)

Approval of I601A Waiver for Entering Illegally and Staying in the U.S. Illegally for Mexican Client

Filed October 11, 2016
Approved August 14, 2017

The Facts About This Case

  • Client entered into the U.S. in the early 2000s
  • He married a U.S. citizen
  • At the time we filed the case the couple was expecting their first child

How We Managed the Case

In order to win this case, we had to prove to immigration that client’s U.S. Citizen wife would suffer extreme hardship if she relocated to Mexico to be with client. Furthermore, she would suffer extreme hardship if she remained in the U.S. while client was in Mexico.

In support of the former, we argued relocation was not possible because she would lose her health care coverage if she relocated and she needs access to prenatal care.

We also argued she cannot even visit Mexico because of the risk of Zika. She is also very attached to her family (parents, siblings, nieces, and nephews) and a separation would be catastrophic to her mental health. In terms of extreme hardship in the scenario of separation (client returns to Mexico and wife stays in the U.S.), we argued wife needed husband’s continued support. She was seeing a therapist for anxiety.

Another valid point we argued was that husband contributed financially and this will be even more important when wife takes a period of unpaid leave after their child’s birth.

Finally, we argued that wife would need to depend on her husband to co-parent their child.

Our argument proved successful

This was a particularly difficult case to win because husband has a prior conviction for a crime involving moral turpitude but we were able to research an exception to qualify the client.

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I-601a Hardship Waiver Approval Notice



I-601a Waiver Approval (July 20, 2017) Form I-797, Notice of Action

The Facts about this i601a waiver approval for Mexican Client

Filed: November 11, 2016
Approved: July 20, 2017

We also argued exceptional emotional hardship in both the scenario of relocation and separation because after suffering a miscarriage the US citizen wife suffered from profound depression. We try to approach each case with multifaceted arguments in order to prove the extreme hardship necessary to win the case. The case was delayed for an entire year but ultimately the case was approved and we are so happy that the client will be able to receive his lawful permanent residency “greencard” which will open new doors of opportunities and give this family a new level of stability.

  • Client entered the U.S. in 2004 illegally by crossing the border with Mexico
  • He has remained in the U.S. without legal status
  • He married a woman of Mexican descent who was born in the U.S.
  • Together the couple has two children born in the U.S.

The Ranchod Law Group argued that if the waiver were denied, there would be extreme hardship to the US citizen wife because she was financially dependent on client.

Additional Elements used to Successfully Argue this case:

  • Client’s wife does not work
  • Even if she found a job she could not earn enough to support herself and their two children because she never even completed high school
  • The older of the two children was only going to school for a few hours a day and the younger of the two children was too young for school
  • Child care would offset the little money the wife could earn
  • Client also could not earn enough abroad to support his family

We Argued:

  • The family could not relocate due to the extreme hardship inherent to the country conditions abroad
  • The wife and children could not relocate because their health insurance was provided by the state of California and the education program for the oldest child was also state-sponsored
  • An exceptional emotional hardship in both the scenario of relocation and separation because after suffering a miscarriage the US citizen wife suffered from profound depression

Here at The Ranchod Law Group we try to approach each case with multifaceted arguments in order to prove the The family could not relocate due to the extreme hardship necessary to win the case. The case was delayed for an entire year but ultimately approved and we are so happy that the client will be able to receive his lawful permanent residency greencard which will open new doors of opportunities and give this family a new level of stability.

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I-601a Approval Document, Client Entered the U.S. Illegally from Mexico



i601-a Waivers, Hardship Waiver Document Approval

i601-a Approval Document (extreme hardship)

The Facts about another i-601a Approval for Illegally Entering the U.S.

Filed: July 27, 2016
Approved: December 23, 2016

  • Client is from Mexico
  • Client entered illegally in 2005
  • Client has remained in the U.S. illegally
  • Client is married to U.S. Citizen who has several children
  • Children are all U.S. Citizens

In order to win these i601-a cases we have to successfully argue that client’s U.S. Citizen wife would suffer extreme hardship if she were to relocate to Mexico with client and also if she remained in the U.S. without client.

Client’s wife and her youngest children receive medical coverage through the state of California and if she relocated to Mexico they would lose access to the medical care they require. Having client in Mexico while client’s wife remains in the U.S. would also result in extreme hardship to his wife because the client is the sole financial provider of the family. With these and many other arguments in favor of this client we were able to secure an approval of client’s i601-a waiver! Extreme hardship cases are not easy to win – The Ranchod Law Group has extensive experience and knowledge. We prepare the very best case possible for each client.

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I-601a Waiver Approvals, Waiver for El Salvadorian Client Who Entered the U.S. Illegally



i-601a waiver approval - exceptional hardship

i-601a waiver approval document (exceptional hardship)

The Facts about this i-601a hardship waiver approval for El Salvadorian Client Who Entered the U.S. Illegally

Filed: December 22, 2016
Approved: April 11, 2017

  • Client entered the U.S. illegally around 10 years ago
  • He is married to a U.S. Citizen
  • He has a U.S. Citizen child from a prior relationship
  • Client’s U.S. Citizen spouse has had some health conditions in the past including anxiety
  • Client’s U.S. Citizen spouse is a student

To win these i-601a cases, we were required to prove client’s wife would suffer extreme hardship both if she remained in the U.S. without client and also if she tried to accompany client to El Salvador.

We were able to successfully argue client cannot support his spouse physically, financially, or emotionally from abroad.

We also argued client’s wife cannot relocate to El Salvador because in El Salvador she would lack access to the medical care she needs, she doesn’t speak Spanish, she could not continue her education, and because of the dangerous country conditions. As a discretionary matter we also pointed out client has a U.S. Citizen child from a prior relationship who is dependent on his child support and their relationship for his well-being and development. The Ranchod Law Group has significant experience building and arguing waiver cases so we can present the best case possible for each client.

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i-601a Unlawful Presence Waiver APPROVED for Client from Central America



i-601a Waiver approval, Extreme Hardship

i-601a Extreme Hardship Approval Document

The Facts about this i-601a hardship waiver approval, how we successfully argued the case

Filed: January 17, 2017
Approved: April 21, 2017

  • The Client entered the U.S. illegally more than 15 years ago
  • He never had any trouble with the law
  • He is married to a U.S. Citizen
  • Client’s wife had dealt with some serious health issues in the past which had a possibility of recurring

In order to win these waivers we have to prove that client’s U.S. Citizen spouse would suffer extreme hardship both if she tried to relocate abroad and also if she remained in the U.S. without the client.

Relocation wasn’t an option for client’s wife because of the poor country conditions in client’s home country and also because of her health needs.

We also argued client’s wife would suffer extreme hardship if client was abroad because even though she worked he was the primary financial provider for their family and her mental health would decline due to the separation.

Most importantly she might need to depend on client again if her health issues reoccurred.

Finally, we argued client was worthy of a favorable exercise of discretion, remarkably he had been working for the same employer for nearly his entire stay in the U.S. We are so happy to have been able to help another hardworking client and his lovely wife.

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i-601a Waiver Approved for Client Who Entered the U.S. Illegally






i-601a Waivers: Waiver Approval Document - The Ranchod Law Group

i-601a Waiver Approval (2017-04-13)

The Facts about this i-601a hardship waiver case

Filed: December 4, 2016

Approved: March 17, 2017

  • Client is from Mexico
  • Client entered the U.S. via the border when he was 15
  • Client is married to a woman of Mexican descent born in the U.S.
  • Client does not have a criminal history

Our Approach

These waivers are not easy to win. In order to win these cases we have to prove client’s wife would suffer hardship both if she tried to relocate to Mexico with client and also if she remained in the U.S. without client.

Client’s wife suffered from chronic pain in her feet and allergies. She was also experiencing depression and anxiety because of the stress of the immigration process.

Client’s husband is her main source of support physically, emotionally, and financially and client relies on her husband’s continued presence in the U.S. Client also couldn’t relocate to Mexico due to country conditions and also because she is responsible for her parents who live in the U.S.

Even though Client has DACA DACA he wanted to pursue an immigration option that would give him lawful permanent residency and eventually U.S. citizenship. This is a wise choice because the future of DACA is uncertain and we’ve already seen one DACA recipient unlawfully detained. We are happy to give this nice couple stability.

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i601a Waiver Success Story

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i601a waiver approval


Filed 2/23/2016
Approved 3/3/2017

I601A Waiver Approved for Mexican Client Who Entered the U.S. Illegally and Has Been residing Illegally for Nearly 20 Years

The Facts

  • Client entered the U.S. illegally by crossing the border nearly 20 years ago
  • Client does not have a criminal record
  • Client is married to a U.S. Citizen of Mexican descent
  • The couple have children, all born in the United States

Our Approach to this Case

In terms of health hardship, we provided evidence that client’s wife suffers from migraines, minor asthma, and stomach problems. We argued, among many other points, that the health of client’s wife would suffer if she tried to relocate to Mexico with client. We also argued that client’s wife relies on client’s presence in the U.S., among other reasons, because he is the family’s sole source of income and the client’s wife does not know how to drive.

Each i601a waiver success story is highly specific and our arguments are based on the actual facts in each case. Our office has extensive experience helping clients from all sorts of backgrounds and different circumstances. This case was very delayed in immigration because of client’s background check but we stuck with client providing support every step of the case and inquiring through our liaison within the American Immigration Lawyers Association until we finally received his approval. We are so happy for our Client’s future!

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Our Latest I i 601a Success Story » Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver

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i 601a Waiver Approval Notice


Our Latest i 601a, Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver was approved on January 26, 2017. It is with great joy that we can bring such wonderful news to our clients during this time of turmoil and uncertainty.

Mr. and Mrs. Grey (not their real names) contacted our office to see if we could help Mrs. Grey become a legal resident. From the beginning, they were wary about the process because Mrs. Grey’s previous case had been botched by a notary public. We reassured them that we could help them through this difficult process and we would be there every step of the way.

During our initial consultation, we determined that Mrs. Grey was an excellent candidate for an i 601a Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver. Mrs. Grey was brought to the U.S. illegally by her parents at the young age of two. Her mother and siblings went on to become lawful permanent residents but they neglected to get the proper legal assistance to file her paperwork and therefore left her without any viable options. Because Mrs. Grey had an unlawful entry and accumulated unlawful presence, we needed to figure out a way to cure this.

Mrs. Grey had been married to Mr. Grey (a U.S. Citizen) for over a decade and they had three U.S. citizen children. Mr. Grey had several medical conditions that left him dependent on Mrs. Grey to take care of their children. Although, Mr. Grey had a decent job, if he had to procure child care for three young children, he would not be able to take care of his other financial responsibilities such as his mortgage. We were confident that these facts, in combination with others that we could help them identify, would be useful in presenting a case for extreme hardship to Mr. Grey if Mrs. Grey’s waiver was not granted. We worked diligently alongside our clients to put together the best case and legal argument possible and it paid off.

While it brings us great satisfaction each time we help our clients obtain immigration benefits, this case was particularly satisfying because not only did we get Mrs. Grey’s i 601a waiver approved, but we also restored her faith that had been damaged by previous ineffective legal assistance.
i 601a Waivers are complicated and it is important that you obtain competent legal assistance.

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