USCIS Denies Applications for Provisional Waiver of the Punishment Act

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has rejected many applications for the provisional waiver of punishment law (Form I-601A) because individuals are not following the instructions.

For example, many people have not sent proof that they have already paid the immigrant visa fee to the U.S. Department of State (DOS), as required by law.

USCIS cannot accept a Form I-601A unless it includes proof that you paid the visa application fee.

Please be sure to do the following:

  • Pay the Immigrant Visa Application Fee before applying for a provisional waiver of the penalty law (Form I-601A).
  • Send the payment receipt proving that you paid the immigrant visa application fee along with your Form I-601A.
  • Send the official DOS receipt clearly showing the National Visa Center case number. Other types of receipts, such as money order receipts, will not be accepted.

If you do not present the payment receipt issued by the DOS, the USCIS will reject the application for the provisional waiver.

I recommend that you hire an immigration attorney or federally accredited representatives to help you apply for this very complicated immigration benefit.