MLF’s Drinan Instructs Other Attorneys on New Waiver Procedure

At a recent continuing legal education seminar, Chris Drinan, a supervising attorney in the Murthy Law Firm’s H1B department, shared his knowledge of an important development in U.S. immigration law: a new process that allows immediate family members of U.S. citizens to seek a provisional waiver of unlawful presence in certain circumstances. [See Provisional Waivers of Unlawful Presence, MurthyDotCom, 11.Mar.2013.] The event was held on May 10, 2013, at the Sheraton Inn in Columbia, Maryland, and was attended by 52 attorneys from Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. It was sponsored by the Maryland State Bar Association and the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland.

In a 75-minute presentation, entitled An Overview of the New Provisional Form I-601 and the Traditional Form I-601 Waiver, Chris explained the nuances of the new procedure, which was introduced in March. He noted that, in many cases, the new waiver obviates the need for immediate relatives to leave the United States while they await a ruling on their unlawful presence waiver. For those who qualify, it means shorter stays outside the United States during the consular processing phase of their immigrant visa cases – in other words, less time away from family members here.

The presentation was in keeping with the Murthy Law Firm’s commitment to improving the practice of immigration law for the benefit of all immigrants, including those being served by other firms. Our lawyers are in the front rank of immigration practitioners, admired and respected not only for their exceptional knowledge of the law, but also for their generosity in sharing that knowledge at continuing legal education events, here and around the country. Like the hundreds of articles we make available to the public, free of charge, on MurthyDotCom, it’s another way our firm gives back to the community. We are very proud of Chris Drinan’s contribution to this effort!

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