Thanks for the additional information. I'll take your questions, one-by-one. Please keep in mind that sometimes, the law does not provide a good solution to your questions; so no matter how much I would like to change it, I cannot.
QUESTION 1: would like to know if my sister can apply for a i601 waiver for my mother...
ANSWER: Your sister does not file the I-601 for your mother. Your sister only is involved in this to the extent that she file the I-130 petition for her mother, and continues with the sponsorship of the immigrant visa. The I-601 belongs to your mother, and only she can apply for the waiver, based on the extreme hardship of a US citizen or permanent resident who is an immediate relative of your mother.
QUESTION 2: In regards XXXXX XXXXX sister has some medical conditions that needs some one close from family to be with her...is this enough??
ANSWER: It certainly is helpful, but I cannot make a judgment as to whether or not it is enough. It depends on how much help and assistance she needs, and how much she currently is getting, the type of hardship she faces with this medical condition if her mother is not here, etc. That is something she needs to discuss with an attorney who knows all of the facts; this is not really the appropriate forum through which a judgment should be made as to the usefulness of this reason.
QUESTION 3: What are the chances of i601 approval?
ANSWER: Each case is reviewed on a case by case basis, and determinations are made when considering the totality of the circumstances, including the severity of the hardship, how much help the alien can be in alleviating the hardship if she were allowed to enter, how egregious the offense that caused the inadmissibility, etc. So it is very hard to say what the chances of success are in each case, without knowing and seeing the entirety of the situation. I can say that these are not very easy to get approval, but approvals do happen in large number of cases.
Here is some great information on the I-601 process, including information on the hardship requirement: http://www.scottimmigration.net/content/i601memo
QUESTION 4: Any lawyers in chicago area with good i601 waiver experience?
ANSWER: We are not allowed to recommend attorneys or to take on customers as clients ourselves. But the best way to find a good, reputable attorney is to go through the professional association for immigration
attorneys, AILA. Here you can find attorneys in the areas you want: www.ailalawyer.com. These attorney's credentials and disciplinary histories are checked by AILA, so you should be able to find someone who can help you in this situation.
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