Provisional Waivers Lawyer Philadelphia
One of the changes implemented by the Obama administration to assist immigrants living in the United States is the introduction of provisional waivers. The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. are excited to now have the opportunity to help clients learn about this important new change, and to guide clients in applying for and obtaining provisional waivers.
Prior to March 2013, immigrants who had overstayed their visas by 180 days used to be facing 3-year bars from the United States following their departure. Immigrants who overstayed for more than a year were instead facing 10-year bars. Though some may long overstay and keep themselves under the radar, if attempting to obtain a green card or change status, their illegality would be found, and these bans would be enacted. These new provisional waivers allow a select group of qualifying individuals to surpass these 3- and 10-year bars, and make a swifter return to the U.S. to obtain a lawful status:
The Requirements for a Provisional Waiver Include:
- Must be an immediate relative (spouse, child, or parent) of U.S. citizen
- Must have a qualifying relative
- A qualifying relative is a spouse or parent to a U.S. citizen who would suffer extreme hardship without the applicant.
These provisional waivers offer a new sense of peace-of-mind for immigrants looking to change their status. While they will still need to leave the country for the visa interview they will, unlike before, leave knowing whether or not they can reenter the country. These provisional waivers offer immigrants a much quicker process; allowing a shorter time of leave from their families.
Like all new immigration laws, it is essential that an applicant has a full understanding of this new process. Quickly filling out an application before compiling all the information needed could easily cost an applicant the status change they’re hoping for. The Philadelphia Immigration Attorneys of The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. keep up to date on these new changes, and are ready to guide clients in learning more, finding if they have eligibility, and applying for provisional waivers.
Do you think you or a loved one may qualify for a provisional waiver? Contact a lawyer at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. online or call for a consultation: 215-673-7733 (Philadelphia) and 609-656-0909 (Trenton).
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.