On January 3, 2013, the USCIS published the final rule for provisional waivers with the effective date of March 4, 2013. Meaning, the USCIS will not accept waiver regulations until then. However, if you have not filed the I-130 petition, a step necessary to file the provisional waiver, you can do this now. What is this new rule?
According to USCIS officials, the Proposed Rule on Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers (also known as the Stateside Waivers of Unlawful Presence) is expected to be published in the Federal Register by the end of the calendar year 2012. The immigration agency is preparing a field guidance and training manuals, and expects that adjudication standards will be very close to those currently in place for centralized I-601 waivers.