USCIS has revised Form
I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility (Revision Date
04/06/09 N, OMB Expiration Date 04/30/11) to make it easier for applicants to
complete. Applicants may now select from a list of grounds of inadmissibility
on the form itself and mark all which apply to them in order to request a waiver.
In addition to the list, the form includes a section where applicants can describe,
in their own words, why they believe they are inadmissible. In the previous
edition of Form I-601, information about grounds of inadmissibility could only
be found of the form's instructions.
In accordance with 8 CFR 103.7(c)(5), USCIS may waive the filing fee in an
individual case based on the individual’s inability to pay, only if the
individual filing the a Form I-601 is:
- An alien who in valid T
or U nonimmigrant status;
- An approved VAWA self-petitioner; or
- An alien, seeking Adjustment
of Status, to whom section 212(a)(4) of the Act does not apply, so that
the alien is not required to prove that he or she is not likely to become
a public charge.
USCIS will continue to accept the previous version of the form, dated
10/30/08 Y, through November 20, 2009. Beginning November 21, 2009
USCIS will only accept the revised Form I-601, dated 04/06/09 N, and will reject
all requests using previous editions of the form.