What Happens After My I 601 Waiver Is Approved?
One of the major milestones of the visa process is getting the I 601 waiver.
Unfortunately, this is not the last step to achieve permanent residency or to enter the U.S. But do not worry, these steps are relatively simple. We will walk you through everything here and will explain what happens after form I 601 is approved by the USCIS.
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I 601 Waiver Processing Times
If you are filing from outside the country, the I 601 approval process can take from 6 to 12 months. If you are filing from within the U.S., the process usually takes somewhere between 4 to 6 months.
What Happens After I 601 Waiver Is Approved?
Congratulations! You are through the most difficult part of the process.
Along with the notice of your I 601 waiver approval, you should receive a packet outlining the next steps of the process, the first of which is to set up an appointment at the Embassy or Consulate for an interview, for which the scheduling is done online.
Depending on how long it has been since your last interview, you’ll likely be asked for an updated DS-260 and I-864 Affidavit of Support forms. You may also be asked to complete an updated medical exam or submit biometrics.
When to Contact the Embassy or Consulate?
A few weeks after approval, you should receive a packet from your country of origin’s Embassy. You can contact your embassy or consulate, find out when it was sent, and confirm your address.
If you have a changed marital status, different home address, or changes of any other relevant information, make sure you have the right documentation. You also need to bring your current passport, and you should make sure that your passport photo follows the exact requirements outlined on the Department of State’s website. Any mistake here could result in your request either being delayed, or worse, denied.
Even though you had your I 601 waiver approved, there is no guarantee that you will get your visa and/or green card. It may seem difficult and take a long time, but we can assure you the process is worth it.
If you have committed yourself to achieve your goal of legal permanent residence within the U.S., you need a strong team and support system behind you to make sure you make your dreams a reality. Our legal experts are dedicated to keeping you focused and taking the right steps, and we will guide you to the finish line. With your green card in hand, we will be more than excited to celebrate with you.
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