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A Testimonial from Waiver Client

To whom this can help decide on whether or not to hire Janis Peterson Lord the answer is in this testimony:

 In 2008 after a couple of years of being married to my wife who was undocumented and is originally from Mexico I decided to petition for her. Which unfortunately I did not do my homework and chose a very unqualified lawyer (name redacted) She had said that my wife qualified under a certain law i245 in which she did not and so we went to the hearing she set up at the offices of INS. So we were excited just so the agent can tell us that the lawyer lied to us and my wife got denied.

 A few weeks later we received a letter stating that my wife had a court date in downtown at the immigration courts for removal it was not something we expected. So we went to court and our so-called lawyer (9000$) tried to represent us and we dropped her to buy us more time with an extension. It worked and so I started looking for a new lawyer we found one a good person only he was limited on what he can do for my wife since she was already in the removal stage.

 So we dropped him and looked for a lawyer that specialized in the I-601 waiver which was our only way to be able to adjust my wife's status. So I did some research and came across Janis Peterson-Lord. At first I was not sure if this was the best choice but as soon as we left her office after meeting her for the first time we knew and felt that this was the one. We hired her and started to get all information together as much as you can and always be Honest tell her the truth you have to trust someone and who better than Janis. With the truth she will be able to guide you in the most appropriate way.

 So as soon as they took my case they appointed Christina to assist in the voluntary departure. And extended my wife's stay here until the last days prior to her first appointment in Ciudad Juarez. Janis gave me a list of all the things they needed (there is no such thing as too much of anything). You will have to put in effort and leg work so don't be discouraged hustle for what you want and remember it better to lose a day of work but get it done right.

 My end results were great my wife was approved in 10 months. The best things of working with Janis and Mary is their patience and positive attitude that comforts you on every visit at times it may feel hard but remember anything worth having doesn't come easy so stay focused and trust in god and Janis to do the right things. And take it from me at the end of the road there is a rainbow with a pot of gold we are now a happy family and there is no better feeling than to do things the right way and with honesty now we hold are heads up high with pride that we have overcome very difficult circumstances. My wife had been caught twice crossing the border once with false papers at the line and once in the mountains and Janis and her staff were able to make it happen for us. So if you ask me for the price you will pay not only is it the best from others but you will receive everything needed to do what needs to be done. Thanks Janis Peterson for your honesty and help with everything.

From the Barrios familia Angel and Irma and of course Jennifer so smile god is great.

New Program: Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers I-601A

Beginning March 4, 2013, certain immigrant visa applicants who are spouses, children and parents of U.S. citizens (immediate relatives) can apply for provisional unlawful presence waivers before they leave the United States. The provisional unlawful presence waiver process allows individuals, who only need a waiver of inadmissibility for unlawful presence, to apply for a waiver in the United States and before they depart for their immigrant visa interviews at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad.  Read more

February 22, 2012

I-601 Provisional Waiver Is Not Yet in Effect

USCIS is considering changes that would allow certain immediate relatives (the spouse, children or parents of a U.S. citizen) who can demonstrate extreme hardship to a U.S. citizen spouse or parent to receive a provisional waiver of the unlawful presence bars before leaving the United States.

These procedures are not in effect and will not be available to potential applicants until USCIS publishes a final rule in the Federal Register specifying the effective date. USCIS plans to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking in the coming months and will consider all comments received as part of that process before publishing a final rule.

Do not send an application requesting a provisional waiver at this time. USCIS will reject any application requesting this new process and we will return the application package and any related fees to the applicant. USCIS cannot accept applications until a final rule is issued and the process change becomes effective.

Be aware that some unauthorized practitioners of immigration law may wrongly claim they can currently file a provisional waiver application (Form I-601) for you. These same individuals may ask you to pay them to file such forms although the process is not yet in place. Please avoid such scams. USCIS wants you to learn the facts about protecting yourself and your family against scammers by visiting uscis.gov/avoidscams.

If you already have an immigrant visa interview with the U.S. Department of State, we strongly encourage you to attend or to notify the Consulate that you wish to reschedule it. The Department of State may cancel your immigrant visa registration if you fail to appear at this interview or to contact them.

January 6, 2012


Citizenship and Immigration Services proposes to allow the immigrants to obtain a provisional waiver in the United States, before they leave for their countries to pick up their visas. Having the waiver in hand will allow them to depart knowing that they will almost certainly be able to return, officials said. The agency is also seeking to sharply streamline the process to cut down the wait times for visas to a few weeks at most.

On Friday, the agencypublished a formal notice in the Federal Register that it is preparing a new regulation governing the waivers: Provisional Waivers of Inadmissibility For Certain Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizens
But agency officials, speaking on condition of anonymity on Thursday before the proposal was formally announced, stressed that this was only the beginning of a long regulatory process that they hoped to complete by issuing a new rule before the end of this year.

December 26, 2011

USCIS Ombudsman Update

DHS Roundtable Discussion: I-601 Waivers of Inadmissibility: Does the Current Process Work? When is Hardship Extreme? Do Alternative Models Exist?

USCIS Refugee Asylum and International Operations (RAIO) has been working towards a goal of completing adjudications of I-601 applications within six months from the receipt date. In FY 2011, there was an 82 percent reduction in the number of cases that remained pending over six months.

The Ciudad Juarez Field Office (CDJ) receives approximately 75 percent of the annual world-wide case load. CDJ operates with three adjudicators and a field office director, Ms. Yolanda Miranda. (Not nearly enough).

November 2011

USCIS Ombudsman Update

USCIS is considering plans for centralized filing through a Lockbox facility in the United States with adjudication to be performed at the Nebraska Service Center (NSC). To date, USCIS has not finalized these plans or provided an implementation timeline. USCIS' goal appears to be processing all I-601 waivers at a single service center, rather than distributing applications to various international and domestic offices for adjudication. USCIS has also indicated that it hopes that centralizing processing will: 1) Eliminate the existing three-month appointment delay; and, 2) enable I-601s that are not readily approvable to be reviewed and processed more quickly than those that are referred by Ciudad Juarez and sent to other USCIS facilities for adjudication, which may currently take up to eleven months.

October 18, 2011


In a report released by USCIS with statistics for Fiscal Year 2010 it is apparent that the ground of inadmissibility being waived matters a lot. In FY 2010 over 85% of those charged with the unlawful presence bar overcame it. Compare this to a crime involving moral turpitude or fraud where only 34% and 25% percent overcame it, respectively. Although the standard for these waivers is the same, the huge difference in approval percentages makes clear that those grounds are not treated the same.  Note: report appears at the last page of linked document.

September 20, 2011


Currently, applicants who reside overseas must file a Form I-601 at a U.S. Embassy or consulate after a consular officer finds the individual inadmissible for a ground that may be waived. USCIS will be implementing a plan to have all Form I-601s filed and adjudicated domestically in the U.S. This procedural change will also affect the filing and adjudication of Forms I-212 and I-290B associated with the Form I-601 filings.

As part of this process change, all overseas applicants will file their Forms I-601 through the mail at a USCIS Lockbox that will then forward to the Nebraska Service Center (NSC) for adjudication. During the first 6 months of this change, applicants who reside in Mexico would be given the option of filing their I-601 applications with the USCIS Field Office in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, (CDJ) or filing their applications with the Lockbox for adjudication by the NSC. USCIS will monitor and assess the implementation of the changed procedures throughout this 6-month timeframe.

What this probably means is an end to the fast-track processing currently available only in Ciudad Juarez for Mexican I-601 waivers for "clearly approvable" cases to be adjudicated within a month or less.  Now all the cases from Mexico will take at least 6 months and maybe more time to receive a decision.  The good news is that more officers will probably be assigned to waivers and perhaps current non-Mexico and Mexico-referred waivers processing times will be reduced.

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