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AFU Welcomes Intent to Change I-601 Waiver Processing, Asks for Finalization Now and More Changes

01/06/2012 12:00 PM | American Families United (Administrator)
American Families United welcomes USCIS's announcement of the intent to change I-601 waiver processing for some cases. The proposed change, if finalized, would be a positive step in recognizing the importance of family and the interest of American citizens in the legal immigration process.

Since American Families United has led this fight for many years now, we are encouraged by this progress.

The proposed change would affect US citizens who are sponsoring their spouses or children from inside the US, and would allow the family to remain together while an I-601 waiver application is being processed.  However, the proposed change would apply only to the bars described under section 212(a)9(B)(i)(I) and 212(a)9(B)(i)(II) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and would not alleviate the difficulty in successfully applying for an I-601 waiver.

We need this change and more.

We urge President Obama to issue a final regulation change to implement the proposed I-601 changes without delay, and we urge Congress to make the necessary changes to legal immigration to recognize the rights and interests of Americans.


  • 02/28/2012 4:02 PM | Anonymous

    I have suffered along with my family since April 2007, when my husband went to his appointment in Juarez, Mexico, thinking that he would be eligible to appply for a waiver to the 10 year ban from re-entry to USA. He found out that since he stayed longer than 12 months he was banned for 10 years, and ineligible to apply for waiver because he went out of country in 2005 and re-entered illegally. When is our suffering going to ever end!!!!!!!! I have 6 year old twin girls and a 15 month baby girl, who are having to adjust between two different cultures, and who miss their daddy so much!!!!! We have tried several times to move to Mexico with my husband, but we always end up having to return. In 2010, I had to return due to pregnancy complications with my baby. In June 2011, I had to return to work for a while, because our finances gave out, and it is awful to try to make a decent living there. For a while, we lived off rice, beans, and tortillas, but then it got to the place where we had to borrow money to even be able to eat that, and we decided that I would come back to US for a couple months to work. It has now turned into at least a year before my girls see their daddy. My baby doesnt hardly even know her dadddy. That is so sad to me, because my other girls adore their daddy. How can I go about trying to help change something so he can come here sooner than 2017 (if they let him come then)?


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