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Navigating the complex world of immigration law can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to understanding the various application processes and waiting times. One such process that often raises questions is the I-601 processing time. In this blog post, we’ll explore what an I-601 waiver is, the steps involved in applying for one, and how long you can expect to wait for a decision.

What is an I-601 Waiver?

The I-601 waiver, also known as the Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility, is a form used by individuals who are deemed inadmissible to enter or remain in the United States due to certain grounds. These grounds may include health-related issues, criminal history, security concerns, or previous immigration violations.

In order to overcome these grounds of inadmissibility and be granted permission to enter or stay in the U.S., applicants must demonstrate that their U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident family members would face extreme hardship if they were not allowed into the country.

Steps Involved in Applying for an I-601 Waiver

Step 1: Determine Your Eligibility

Before applying for an I-601 waiver, you should consult with an experienced immigration attorney who can help you determine whether you are eligible. The attorney will review your specific situation and advise on whether filing an I-601 waiver is appropriate.

Step 2: Gather Necessary Documentation

Once you’ve determined that you are eligible for a waiver, you’ll need to gather supporting documentation that demonstrates your admissibility and proves your claim of extreme hardship. This may include medical records, financial statements, letters from family members detailing their hardship if separated from you, and other relevant documents.

Step 3: Complete Form I-601

Next, fill out Form I-601 accurately and completely. This form will ask for detailed information about your personal history, grounds of inadmissibility, and your claim of extreme hardship. Be sure to provide all required information and answer all questions truthfully.

Step 4: Submit Your Application

Once you’ve completed the form and gathered your supporting documentation, you’ll need to submit your application to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The filing fee for Form I-601 is currently $930.

I-601 Processing Time

CategoryOffice80% of cases are completed within
Waiver of Grounds of InadmissibilityNebraska Service Center21.5 Months

The processing time for an I-601 waiver can vary depending on several factors such as the complexity of the case, the workload of the USCIS office handling your application, and whether any additional evidence or information is needed from you.

In general, you can expect the I-601 processing time to take anywhere from 6 months to a year or more. However, it’s important to note that each case is unique, so there is no guarantee on how long it will take for USCIS to make a decision on your waiver application.

To check the status of your I-601 waiver application or get an estimate of current processing times, visit the [USCIS Case Status Online]page.



While applying for an I-601 waiver may seem daunting at first glance, understanding what the process entails and knowing what to expect in terms of waiting times can help alleviate some stress. Remember that every case is unique, so consulting with an experienced immigration attorney is crucial when navigating this process. By following these steps and staying informed about current processing times, you’ll be better prepared as you work towards overcoming grounds of inadmissibility and achieving a favorable outcome in your immigration journey.

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