What is a 601 waiver?

When you live in Arizona but are not a U.S. citizen, you may be worried about what will happen to your family if for some reason you are deported. Depending on the facts of your case, you may be able to file a 601 waiver to stay in the country.

A 601 waiver allows immigration services to temporarily overlook your legal standing while you work toward changing your immigration status. You may receive this waiver if your family would experience severe difficulties if you were deported. But there are qualifications you need to meet to show that you are eligible for this waiver.

To qualify for a 601 waiver, you typically need to demonstrate that you have a qualifying relative who is a legal resident of the U.S. and requires your presence in the county. If you have aging parents who need your care, for example, or if your qualifying relative cannot move to another country because of a medical problem, you might be eligible. Additionally, you may also be eligible if the country of your birth is about to experience political turmoil. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services generally utilizes a four-tier system of eligibility. You may need to demonstrate that your reasons for remaining in the country fall under more than one tier.

In some situations, a 601 waiver may be used even if you have a criminal record.

This information is general in nature. It should not be considered as legal advice.

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