U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services Expands Program That Keeps Immigrant Families United

U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services Expands Program That Keeps Immigrant Families United

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a final rule expanding the existing provisional waiver process. The waiver program promotes family unity by reducing the time that eligible individuals are separated from their family members. This final rule builds on a process initially established through President Obama’s 2013 executive order to support family unity. Under Obama’s order, certain immediate relatives of U.S. citizens subject to the unlawful presence ground of inadmissibility can apply for a provisional waiver in the United States. Where the prior version of the rule applied only to those who could show an extreme hardship to a U.S. citizen spouse or parent, the expanded rule applies to any eligible applicant, so long as they are not inadmissible for other reasons. This includes those married to or whose parents are lawful permanent residents.
Cohen Forman Barone, LLP, welcomes the expansion of the provisional waiver process and looks forward to continuing in its uncompromising representation of those seeking a better life in the United States.
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