Since the early days of immigration law in this nation, the United States has provided a form of relief to otherwise ineligible individuals seeking to immigrate to the United States. Individuals seeking to overcome inadmissibilities may do so by filing Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Ground of Inadmissibility. The Ombudsman learned that challenges in the current waiver process oftentimes discourage applicants, many pro se, from applying. As well, immigration practitioners are often reluctant to advise their clients to enter into the waiver process. Supporting feedback from the public, the Ombudsman recommends specific actions that USCIS can take to improve the Processing of Waivers of Inadmissibility.
Last Published Date: February 21, 2019