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 6; Instructions 14.
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
131 S. Dearborn, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517
The fee is $585. If you are younger than 79, you must also pay $85 for biometric services.
Since you will file your form at a USCIS Lockbox facility:
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:
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
This page can be found at: http://www.uscis.gov/i-601a
Last Reviewed/Updated: 06/27/2013