For more than a year now, individuals with previous removal and deportation orders looking to reopen their cases so that they can pursue I-601A provisional waivers have been facing stiff opposition from government counsel. The Office of Chief Counsel has virtually instituted a blanket policy of refusing to join in motions to reopen, or if a case is already pending, refusing to consent to administrative closure so that the respondent can pursue a provisional waiver. In practical terms, this posture has critically impaired the ability of individuals to fix their immigration status and disheartened a good part of the population from even trying-which was probably the intended effect in the first place. In some cases, especially if the Immigration Court does not flex its own judicial authority, an individual's seeking to pursue permanent residence in the face of an outstanding, unexecuted removal or deportation order should consider exploring the I-212 with counsel. Under the final iteration of the I-601A, which took effect in August of 2016, those subject to final orders of removal, deportation, or exclusion may now apply for the provisional waiver, provided, of course, that certain eligibility requirements are met.