Expedite I-601Waivers Requires Hard Evidence

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If you are interested in expediting I-601, Application for Waiver of Ground of Inadmissibility, prepare to present evidence of extraordinary circumstances.

You cannot simply pay an additional fee to have United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) consider your application for expedited review or approval. What you can do is show that your reason for requesting admission to the U.S. is time-sensitive and compelling. USCIS officials look at each application individually, considering the total package of evidence that an applicant presents.

In order to expedite an application, USCIS is often looking to see that the qualifying relative, the individual who makes the applicant eligible for admission, is in severe need. The applicant must show that he or she is able to be of assistance. Likely circumstances include a serious, possibly life-threatening medical condition; a terminal illness; or a vulnerable state resulting from old age or disability. The applicant should present medical reports related to the qualifying relative’s condition as well as any documents that verify that the applicant is able to help. Documents of this type would include verification of medical training on the part of the applicant, including CPR and First Aid certification.

USCIS is also looking for evidence of similar circumstances surrounding the applicant. USCIS tends to expedite applications showing that the applicant has urgent, critical medical needs that cannot be addressed in the applicant’s home country; the applicant is at risk of serious harm because of personal circumstances that differ from the general safety conditions of individuals living in the applicant’s country; or that is in the national interest of the U.S. to have the applicant in the U.S. For the last circumstance, the applicant should provide any documents generated by the U.S. government. USCIS may also expedite applications for an applicant whose qualifying relative is a member of the U.S. military who is deployed or will soon be deployed, if the applicant demonstrates that because of the deployment there are compelling reasons to expedite the request, due to the impact on the applicant, qualifying relative, and their children because of the applicant’s absence from the U.S.

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