USCIS recently came out with a bulletin warning the public that the “stateside waiver” it proposed as a new regulation last month is not yet in effect. If the provisional waiver regulations do go into effect, they will of course dramatically affect the status of thousands of people and potentially allow families to stay together. Nevertheless, it is not yet reality. In fact, USCIS explicitly instructs the public not to send an application requesting provisional waiver, as it will not process such applications until a final rule is issued and the process change becomes effective. Moreover, the public is reminded to be vigilant and be wary of “consultants” who are going around claiming that they can file the waivers and asking for payment now. Good advice. It is incumbent upon those potentially affected by this proposed regulation to keep abreast of what’s going on by going to trusted, reliable sources.
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