March 4, 2013. The new regulation takes effect today, and coincidentally, the new form was published and released at the same time.
This is tremendous news for many people who have been hesitant to immigrate because of the fear of long separation times while I-601 waivers were processing. It is important to note that anyone interested in this waiver go over their case carefully with an experienced immigration attorney to confirm eligibility.
The standards are not easy and many people may find that they are not eligible for the Provisional Waiver. After all, it only waives 1 ground of inadmissibility and there may be multiple.
More thoughts to come, but for a preview, check out the new form and its instructions here.