USCIS To Issue Final Rule on Stateside Provisional Waivers

Early this morning, January 2, 2013, USCIS announced the posting of its final rule which permits a foreign national who is presently in the U.S., is married to a U.S. citizen, and is applying to become a lawful permanent resident, to apply for  waiver of unlawful presence before departing the U.S. for an immigrant visa interview abroad.   The goal of the rule is to reduce the time that a U.S. citizen and the foreign national spouse are separated.

The effective date of the new rule is March 4, 2013.   Stay tune for more information as it becomes available.