Individuals who have been unlawfully present in the U.S. for certain periods of time may be found inadmissible to remain in or reenter the U.S. based on that unlawful presence. These individuals may be eligible for an I-601 Waivers for Unlawful Presence.
There are “time-bars” that may be imposed based on an individual’s unlawful presence. The first time-bar is the three year bar which prevents admission to individuals who have been continuously unlawfully present in the U.S. for at least 180 days but less than one year. The second time-bar is the ten year bar which prevents admission to individuals who were continuously unlawfully present in the U.S. for more than a year. These bars may be waived with an I-601 Waiver for Unlawful Presence and the individual allowed to immigrate to the United States if they can show that extreme hardship to their U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse or parent would occur if they were forced to remain outside the U.S. separated from them, or if their qualifying relatives were forced to relocate to preserve the family’s unity.
Surowitz Immigration, P.C.'s immigration attorneys are experts at I-601 Waivers for Unlawful Presence processes and procedures. If you have questions for an I-601 lawyer or would like more information, contact us today.