Today we received exciting news! The provisional waiver program will soon include more immigrants.
In 2013, the Department of Homeland Security created the provisional waiver program, which improves the waiver application process for some mixed-nationality couples. The process is simpler, and families are separated for less time. These days, most immigrant spouses go abroad for a couple of weeks finalize their cases. In the past, immigrants had to leave for months or even years. And the best part about the provisional waivers is that they have almost completely eliminated the risk of the immigrant spouse not begin able to return to the U.S. (Please be careful, though — there are some horror stories out there where immigrants did not get a good legal assessment before starting their cases.)
We love provisional waivers because they help so many families be together! However, until now, only U.S. citizens could use the program. Permanent residents who wanted to apply for their undocumented spouses either had to apply using the older, more risky process… or else they had to wait to become a U.S. citizen. Most of the time it is still best for a person with a green card to become a citizen as quickly as possible, but sometimes it is not a good idea or is not possible. The good news is that this expansion will allow permanent residents to use the provisional waiver process beginning on August 29, 2016. We can’t wait!
Have you been holding off on your application for a provisional waiver because your spouse is a permanent resident? Leave us a message about your situation, and we can help get you started.