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I-601A, Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver

Purpose of Form

Certain immediate relatives of U.S. Citizens may use this form to request a provisional unlawful presence waiver under Immigration and Nationality Act Section 212 (a)(9)(B) and 8 CFR 212.7(e), before departing the United States to appear at a U.S. Embassy or consulate for an immigrant visa interview. For more information see the Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver web page.

To file Form I-601A:

  • You must be the beneficiary of an approved immigrant visa petition classifying you as an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen. An immediate relative is an individual who is the spouse, child (unmarried and under 21), or parent of a U.S. citizen.
  • You must have already paid the Department of State immigrant visa processing fee (IV Fee) for the case associated with the approved immigrant visa petition.

Number of Pages

Form 9; Instructions 19.

Edition Date

07/08/15. (On Sept. 24, 2015, USCIS will only accept the 07/08/15 edition. USCIS will not accept editions dated 03/04/13 or earlier on or after Sept. 24, 2015.) The edition date can be found at the bottom of every page on the Form and Instructions.

Where to File

Mail your Form I-601A to the Chicago Lockbox facility:

U.S. Postal Service

P.O. Box 4599
Chicago, IL 60680
USPS Express Mail/Courier

Attn: I-601A
131 S. Dearborn, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517

Filing Fee

The fee is $585. If you are younger than 79, you must also pay $85 for biometric services.

Special Instructions

Since you will file your form at a USCIS Lockbox facility: 

  • Please read our Lockbox filing tips
  • We will send you a text message and/or e-mail when your Form I-601A has been accepted if you complete Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance, and clip it to the front of your petition.

To ensure your Form I-601A is accepted for processing:  

  • Pay the correct filing fee.
  • Important! Submit a copy of your fee receipt for your Department of State immigrant visa processing fee.  Place the fee receipt on top of the Form I-601A when you submit your application.
  • Fill out the form completely and accurately, particularly these required fields: 
    • Family Name
    • Home Address
    • Date of Birth
    • Receipt Number for your approved immediate relative petition (i.e., Form I-130 or Form I-360)
    • NVC Case Number
    • Immigrant Visa Interview Status
    • Signature

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Last Reviewed/Updated: 07/23/2015