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I601A Form Biographic Data Checklist

Although the final form may require different information, you may find the following checklist based on the draft form to be helpful:

Information About the Applicant

  • A Number
  • Social Security Number
  • Full Name
  • Other names used
  • Home address
  • Mailing address
  • Phone number
  • E-mail address
  • Date of birth
  • City or town of birth
  • Province of birth
  • Country of birth
  • Country of citizenship

Information About Applicant’s Last Entry to the United States

  • Date of last entry
  • Place of last entry (city/town and state)
  • Immigration status at time of last entry

Information About Each of Applicant’s Previous Entries to the United States

  • Place of entry (city/town and state)
  • Date entered the United States
  • Date departed the United States
  • Immigration status at time of entry

Note: Your immigration lawyer will also want to know if you spoke with any immigration officers when you entered the United States and if you were ever arrested by immigration officers or placed in deportation proceedings at any time when you have been in the United States.

Immigration or Criminal History Records

  • Are you currently in removal proceedings?
  • Are you subject to a final order of removal, deportation, or exclusion, or to the reinstatement of a prior removal order?
  • Have you ever given false or misleading information to a U.S. Government official while applying for any immigration benefit or to gain entry or admission to the United States?
  • Have you ever assisted the entry of someone, even a family member, into the United States without the benefit of a valid travel document?
  • Have you ever committed a crime for which you were not arrested?
  • Have you ever been arrested, cited, or detained by a law enforcement officer (including immigration and military officers) for any reason other than traffic violations in the United States, your home country, and/or any other country?
  • Have you ever been charged, indicted, imprisoned or jailed for any crime or offense?
  • Have you ever been convicted of a crime?
  • For each arrest, citation, detention, charge, indictment, imprisonment or time in jail, you’ll need all cour dispositions and information about the event (city/town, state, country, date, and description of the event)

Information About Immigrant Visa Petition and Consular Visa Processing

  • USCIS receipt number for the approved visa petition
  • Petitioner’s full name
  • Relationship between the petitioner and the applicant
  • Consular case number (NVC case number)
  • Have you already been scheduled for an immigrant visa interview?

Information About Qualifying Relative

  • Full name
  • Relationship to the applicant (US citizen spouse or US citizen parent)
  • Name and relationship of any other qualifying relatives

I601A Form Is Different Than The I601 Form

The I601A form is different than the form used for I601 waivers. When you are preparing your I601A waiver package, make sure that you include the correct form for the type of waiver that you need. If you submit the wrong form, your package will not be approved and you could lose your application fee.

Extreme Hardship Standard Is The Same for I601A Waivers and I601 Waivers

Also don’t forget that the legal standard for getting and I601A waiver is the same as the standard for I601 hardship waivers. The forms are different and the application process is different, but you still need to show the same level of hardship to get your waiver. The I601A waiver process will allow you to minimize the time you are separated from your family, but it won’t make it easier to meet the extreme hardship standard.

How Much Does The I601A Form Cost?

The I601A form is free and you should never pay someone just for a copy of the form. When you finish preparing your package, you’ll need to include a government filing fee of $585 plus $85 for the biometrics fee for a total of $670. If you are 79 years of age or older, you won’t need to pay the biometrics fee. There is no fee waiver available for the filing fee. If you don’t have the filing fee, you’ll need to wait to file your I601A waiver package until you are able to include the fee. Please note that this fee is paid to the government.

Do I Need A Lawyer To Help Me Complete the I601A Form?

There is no requirement to hire a lawyer to help you apply for a waiver. The I601A form itself likely will not be very difficult to complete and you may not need a lawyer just to fill in the form. But keep in mind that the most important part of your package is the evidence of extreme hardship that you include. Many people will find the assistance of an immigration lawyer to be very helpful in identifying their strongest hardship factors, identifying the best evidence to support their hardship factors, preparing your hardship letters and preparing a legal letter to include with your package.

I strongly encourage you to learn as much as you can about the I601A provisional waiver process before you talk to a lawyer. To learn more about the waiver process, feel free to check out the informational articles and waiver videos on this website, get your free copy of the Immigration Waiver Guide or sign up for an immigration waiver webinar.

You also can download your I601A form the USCIS I601A form download page.

About Kimberley Schaefer

Kimberley Schaefer is an immigration lawyer with offices in Boise, ID and Rexburg, Idaho. She helps future Americans become citizens by assisting them with immigrant visas, fiance visas, adjustment of status and green card applications, applying for immigration waivers, fighting deportation and applying for asylum. To contact her, you can call (208) 918-0852 or send Kimberley an email now.


  1. Mateo DeMateus says

    Hi Kim

    how much do charge to file the I-601A Waiver i maid need your help…

    • Kimberley Schaefer says


      Please contact me using the contact form on this website so that we can discuss your situation in more detail.


  2. Thank you for all the information you have in this website, it is really helpful, but I’m still not able to open the instructions page, any other suggestions?
    Thank you.

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