Some people seeking entrance to the United States arrange all their documents,
attend the Department of State immigrant or nonimmigrant visa interview,
and still find themselves labeled “inadmissible.” This can
be a stressful and heartrending experience, but don’t lose hope.
If you find yourself inadmissible to the United States, you still have
another means of getting a visa and/or adjusting your status or immigration
benefits—the I-601 waiver. By visiting the
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website, you can download this 13-page document and the instructions for filling
it out and mailing it in.
First, you must determine if you are eligible for the wavier. Your consular
officer should know your case, and the immigration law concerning it,
best. He or she should have informed you whether or not you are entitled
to seek a waiver. If your consular officer did not inform you at the time
your inadmissibility was determined, attempt to contact them again to
determine your status.
Fill out the entire form, paying special attention to ensure that your
family name, mailing address, and date of birth are all correct. You can
then file it with the particular department that matches the benefits
you are looking for. The website includes a table that matches circumstances
with the department that oversees them (for example, those filing under
the Violence Against Women Act would file with the USCIS Vermont Service
Center). The filing fee is listed on the website—$930 as of December
23, 2016—but you may be eligible for a fee waiver. See the website
for more information.
Thousands of immigrants seek entrance to the United States every day.
If you are well informed of your rights, you will have a higher likelihood
of having your voice heard. If you have a case for us, or you need legal
counsel, contact a Baton Rouge immigration attorney at Ashley Foret Dees,