When you have family, you don’t want to live without them. And if your loved one has an opportunity to work in the Chicago area, you don’t want to be thousands of miles away. But what happens if you have been in the country without a valid visa?
If you spend too much time in the country without a visa or green card, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can make you wait before applying for permanent residence with your family. But with a provisional waiver, you can reduce the time you must spend outside of the U.S.
An unlawful stay can lead to a ban from the US
When the USCIS examines your application for a visa or permanent residency, they look at how long you have been in the U.S. If you stayed over 180 days without a valid visa, they could make you go back to your home country and wait three years. If you have been in the country for more than a year, the USCIS may bar you for 10 years.
During this time, you cannot enter the U.S. even to visit. You also cannot work on an application for a visa or a green card.
A provisional waiver can lift the ban
To prevent this bar, you can apply for a provisional waiver. This waiver can remove the three- or 10-year ban to reenter the U.S. You will have to leave to apply for your visa in your home country, but you won’t have to wait years before coming back.
As long as you currently have a visa application in process, you can apply for the provisional waiver. If USCIS approves the waiver, they won’t consider your unlawful stay when they review your visa application.
A waiver can keep you close to your family
The waiver makes sure that you don’t have to spend years away from your loved ones. You can show that you have a strong connection to the Chicago community where your family lives.
With a waiver, you don’t have to be years and miles away from rejoining your family.