The Obama Administration has announced a MAJOR change that will potentially affect thousands of hopeful immigrants here. The rule change–which is not effective–would essentially allow spouses and children of US citizens who are affected by the three and ten year bars to file their “extreme hardship” waiver applications here in the United States. Applicants would receive a decision here in the United States, and if their waiver applications are approved, they would be able to go back to their home countries, pick up their immigrant visas, and return to the United States without being held back by the three or ten year bars. In other words, applicants would be able to know whether their hardship waivers are approved before taking a major risk in traveling back to their home countries, applying for a waiver there, and being stranded there separated from family if the waiver is not approved. It is important to understand that this is not law yet, nor is it some sort of amnesty. Nevertheless, this is a huge development and can potentially impact countless families here. Subscribe to or keep following our blog to remain abreast of the changes.