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ANSWER: Yes, form I-212 can be approved, even if the I-601 is not approved. And approval of the I-212 does not indicate the outcome of the I-601.
The I-212 has its own requirements, and is used for anyone who was deported int he past, but who wants to return. There are people who are eligible to apply for a non-immigrant waiver based on INA 212(d)(3), but who may not be otherwise eligible to enter as immigrants. The I-601 is a waiver for immigrant entry, and has different requirements than the 212(d)(3) waiver.
So it is possible to get the I-212 approved, and yet the I-601 denied. Remember the I-212 is for permission to seek another visa. But theI-601 is for permission to seek entry to the US, by overcoming inadmissibility.
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