I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility

Purpose of Form

If you are inadmissible to the United States and are seeking an immigrant visa, adjustment of status, certain nonimmigrant statuses or certain other immigration benefits, you must file this form to seek a waiver of certain grounds of inadmissibility. Please refer to the instructions to determine whether you should use this form.

You must submit all 12 pages.

Number of Pages

Form 12; instructions 21.

Edition Date

08/21/17. You can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the form and instructions.

Where to File

The filing location depends on the immigration benefit you are seeking. To view a complete list of addresses, go to our Direct Filing Addresses webpage. If you file at a Lockbox, read our filing tips.

Filing Tips for Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility

Complete all sections of the form. We will reject the form if these fields are missing:

  • Part 1 – Information About You
    • Family Name
    • Mailing Address
    • Date of Birth

Don’t forget to sign your form! We will reject any unsigned form.

Filing Fee

$930. You may pay the fee with a money order, personal check, or cashier’s check.  When filing at a USCIS Lockbox facility, you may also pay by credit card using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions. If you pay by check, you must make your check payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Please note that service centers are not able to process credit card payments.

Special Instructions

E-Notification: If you want to receive an e-mail and/or text message that your Form I-601 has been accepted at a USCIS Lockbox facility, complete Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance and clip it to the first page of your application.

Fee Waiver: A fee waiver request will be accepted from a VAWA self-petitioner, an applicant for a T visa, battered spouse or child of a lawful permanent resident or U.S. citizen, an applicant for Temporary Protected Status, or an alien for whom a determination of their likelihood of becoming a public charge under section 212(a)(4) of the Act is not required at the time of their application for admission or adjustment of status. Please see uscis.gov/feewaiver for more information.

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