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A quick guide to I-601a Waver

If you had any experience with the US emigration office, you’ve probably heard of I-601a waver. It is a document that allows the family of the citizens or residents to request a waiver of the multi-year bars for unlawful presence before they leave the US instead of after. Perhaps you might’ve heard of its alternate name which is provisional waiver application.

The great thing about I-601a is that it simplifies a previously confusing process. Back in the day, you had to go through much more loopholes in order to get the document. The US government decided to make everything easier so that a person can now stay within the US territory while waiting for the results of the application. This is very important as the whole process can take years to end which would prevent an individual from seeing their family during the period.

Who can apply for I-601a?

The requirements are pretty straightforward:

  • You have to be currently in the US
  • Only those who are 17 or above can apply for it
  • Individual’s immigrant visa application is in process
  • You have an in-process of obtaining an immigrant visa based on a form I-130 petition by a family relative, a form I-140 petition by an employer or an I-360 petition on a qualifying basis.
  • You can’t get to the USA as your 180 days of the unlawful visit have ended
  • Person applying should be willing to leave the country in order to obtain a visa
  • Person applying has to show proof that the family will suffer without him or her
  • You still haven’t received an interview date by the Department of State before January 2013.

Keep in mind that the whole process is quite complex and may vary from case to case. Depending on your particular situation, it might take months and months until you get a response. There is no clear explanation as well when everything is finished; you simply have to trust the office to make the best decision.

Who can’t apply for I-601a?

Of course, there are also people who aren’t allowed to apply for a waiver. Here are some of the restrictions:

  • The person is younger than 17
  • Certain reasons not including criminal charges or health issues (you should consult your attorney to learn more about these potential issues)
  • The individual has a history of deportation or deportation-connected issues
  • The applicant is barred for life
  • The I-485 application is pending
  • Person applying doesn’t have proof that the family will suffer without him or her

The list of things that may potentially prevent you from getting the visa may extend beyond these points. It is best to consult immigration lawyers like Ruby Powers before proceeding so that you can get a better understanding of a particular situation.

No matter what, the whole asylum process should be coordinated by an asylum expert. Keep mind that there is a big difference between lawyers specialized in this particular question and those who are practicing other branches of the law. Make sure to get informed properly and only then, start the process.

Burke Williams Celebrates Moms with Luxurious Mother’s Day Gift Card Packages

Burke Williams offers gifts of love this Mother’s Day with three special Gift Card Packages. Celebrate mothers this season with the gift of a transformative Mother’s Day experience they will never forget. Each package includes a collection of Burke Williams signature treatments that are sure to make mothers feel valued and appreciated. Packages are available now at all ten spa locations. Standard packages are listed below, prices vary by location.

Honor her with “Give Me Life” for $150 (valued at $180), including a 50-minute Pure Relaxation Massage or 50-minute Spa Style Facial, Spa Pedicure, and a 3-Day Spa Pass (bonus value of $225).

Delight her with “Renew My Life” for $250 (valued at $300), including an 80-minute Burke Williams Signature Massage, Spa Manicure, Spa Pedicure, and a 3- Day Spa Pass (bonus value of $225).

Cherish her with “Nurture My Soul” for $350 (valued at $425), including a Regenerate: Anti-Aging Facial, Spa Manicure, Spa Pedicure, and a 3-Day Spa Pass (bonus value of $225).


April 18, 2019 – May 12, 2019


Gift Card Packages are available at all Burke Williams spas, prices vary by location. For information on Burke Williams and to find a spa near you visit or call 1-866-239-6635.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Give the Royal Treatment with Opulent Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Dining Aboard the Queen Mary!

Royal Sunday Brunch entertains with champagne, live music, and decadent signature menus

In celebration of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, the Queen Mary invites families and friends to set sail on a culinary escapade fit for royalty. With an impressive history for tradition and excellence, dine in decadence with signature menus offered in Sir Winston’s Restaurant & Lounge, Chelsea Chowder House & Bar or truly indulge with her majesty’s award-winning Royal Sunday Brunch.


  • Queen Mary’s Mother’s Day Celebration, May 12: Mother’s Day aboard the Queen Mary will offer a culinary journey throughout the historic decks. Celebrate the Queen of your life with the Mother’s Day Royal Sunday Brunch or delight in prix-fixe menu offerings at Chelsea Chowder House & Bar or Sir Winston’s Restaurant & Lounge.
    • Mother’s Day Royal Sunday Brunch: Full steam ahead to the Grand Salon where guests will be laced with elegance as they indulge in over 50 globally inspired dishes.
  • Mother’s Day at Chelsea Chowder House & Bar, Prix-Fixe Menu: Grab your loved ones and delight the taste buds with a mouthwatering menu selection from Chelsea Chowder House & Bar. The four-course gourmet meal includes:
    • First Course: Choice of Vichyssoise Soup or Lobster Bisque
    • Second Course: Baby Kale and Rocket Arugula
    • Third Course: Choice of Aspen Ridge 16 oz. Porterhouse or Duet of Land and Sea or Simply Sea Risotto or Herb Crusted Sea Bass
    • Fourth Course: Choice of Chocolate Cream Pie or Lemon Meringue Tartelette
  • Mother’s Day at Sir Winston’s Restaurant & Lounge, Prix-Fixe Menu: Dine in the world-famous Sir Winston’s Restaurant & Lounge where guests can experience a stunning view and luxurious cuisine. The five-course gourmet meal includes:
    • First Course: Choice of Lobster Bisque or Corn and Poblano Chowder
    • Second Course: Choice of Sir Winston’s Caesar or Petite Greens and Watercress
    • Third Course: Intermezzo of Mango Sorbet
    • Fourth Course: Choice of Seared Scallops of Prime Filet or Half Roasted Chicken or Roasted Vegetable and Quinoa Harvest Bowl
    • Fifth Course: Choice of Red Velvet Marquise or California Fresh Fruit Tart
  • Queen Mary’s Father’s Day Celebration, June 16: Father’s Day aboard the Queen Mary will treat all fathers as Kings.
    • Father’s Day Royal Sunday Brunch:  Flowing champagne, live music and a tantalizing signature menu with worldwide elegance, the Queen Mary’s Father’s Day Royal Sunday Brunch is sure to please even the most discerning palates.


Mother’s Day Dining, Sunday, May 12

  • Royal Sunday Brunch
    • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Chelsea Chowder House & Bar
    • 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Sir Winston’s Restaurant & Lounge
    • 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Father’s Day Dining, Sunday, June 16

  • Royal Sunday Brunch
    • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Mother’s Day Dining, Sunday, May 12

  • Royal Sunday Brunch – $69 without champagne, $79 with champagne, $24 children (ages 4-11)
  • Chelsea Chowder House & Bar, Prix-Fixe Menu – $78 Adults
  • Sir Winston’s Restaurant & Lounge, Prix-Fixe Menu – $82 Adults, $24.95 children 12 and under

Father’s Day Dining, Sunday, June 16

  • Royal Sunday Brunch – $69 without champagne, $79 with champagne, $24 children (ages 4-11)


The Queen Mary

1126 Queens Highway

Long Beach, CA., 90802

Credit: The Queen Mary. Images and information were provided.

Come Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Harbor!

The Ocean Adventures Catamaran at Dana Wharf is welcoming all moms aboard for their Mother’s Day Cruise on Sunday, May 12, at 10 a.m.. This special two hour cruise offers “MOMosas” or Champagne, fresh seasonal fruit, rich juices, and fresh out of the oven pastries for every mom to relax on the glistening waters of sunny SoCal.

With whale migration in season, the Harbor’s whale watching cruises are a hot spot for families and guests of all ages to enjoy some of nature’s most magnificent creatures. As a celebration of all moms on their special day, each Dana Wharf cruise will offer these ladies of the day a complimentary glass of sparkling champagne to enjoy.

Throughout the weekend, Dana Point’s Fine Art Association will be hosting a Fine Art Show and Sale along the Harbor’s scenic boardwalk from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Choose from a variety of gorgeous paintings as a special gift for the mom in your life, or enjoy these masterpieces as you stroll along the peaceful Harbor.

Enjoy waterfront dining and seaside delights with mom at one of the Harbor’s many restaurants, catering to every taste and desire. Sip a barista-made latte by the water, grab a deli sandwich and head over to Baby Beach, or indulge in a leisurely brunch with a picturesque harbor view.

Dana Point Harbor is excited to celebrate all the moms in our lives on this special weekend and is the perfect local getaway for any last minute family planning.

Credit: Dana Point Harbor.