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Everything You Need to Know About the 601A Waiver in U.S. Immigration Law

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U.S. immigration law is a complex subject that covers a variety of aspects, including the different types of waivers available for immigrants. One of the most significant is the 601A Waiver. This article aims to provide an overview of this waiver and clarify who is eligible to apply for it.

What is the 601A Waiver?

The 601A Waiver is a form of pardon granted to immigrants to allow them access to certain immigration benefits. This waiver is particularly relevant for those who have entered the United States without documentation and remain in the country in the same status.


To be eligible for the 601A Waiver, there are certain requirements that must be met:

  • Be over 17 years old.
  • Have an approved I-130 petition.
  • Have a spouse or parents who are residents or citizens of the United States.

Who Doesn’t Qualify?

Not all immigrants are eligible for this waiver. Those who have had irregular entries and exits from the United States, have been previously deported, or have committed serious crimes are not eligible for the 601A Waiver.

Additional Requirements

It is crucial to demonstrate something known as “extreme hardship” to the related citizen or resident. This refers to the negative impact that the immigrant’s deportation would have on a U.S. citizen or resident, and these vary depending on the case. An example of “extreme hardship” could be a severe medical condition for which the immigrant is required to care for a close family member. If it is shown that the citizen or resident could suffer extreme harm when the immigrant is the sole caregiver, then “extreme hardship” could be demonstrated. However, as mentioned earlier, each case is unique and should be evaluated by an experienced immigration attorney.


The 601A Waiver is a vital but complex aspect of U.S. immigration law. It is always advisable to seek legal advice to fully understand the requirements and the application process. This article is just an introduction to the subject and should not be considered legal advice. Contact us at Abogados Centro Legal; you can call us at 205 940 2233 or program your consultation.

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