Centralized Filing and Adjudication for Certain Waivers of Inadmissibility – USCIS

May 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

The USCIS has planned a new system which will standardize the immigrant visa process for the applicants across the globe. This new centralization is more likely to provide the customers with faster and more prompt application processing and consistent adjudication.

Certain applicants who had applied for visas are at times found to be ineligible for visas by the US Consular officer. Starting from the 4th of June, 2012, such applicants who had been found to be ineligible for visas will be allowed to mail requests, in order to request a waiver towards certain grounds of inadmissibility. They can send a mail directly to the USCIS Lockbox facility. This change affects the overseas applicants who were found to be inadmissible for an immigrant visa or K or V non-immigrant visas. They are required to send their applications to request a waiver.

At present, the application processing time varies from one-month to more than a year which depends on the applicants filing location. This change will not result is a policy change and it also will not change the standards by which the petitions are adjudicated. This change is only a part of a wider effort from the agency to transition to domestic submission of applications and adjudication. Applicants on filing waiver applications with a USCIS Lockbox can monitor the status of their applications online.

The filings for Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility, Form I-212, Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States After Deportation or Removal, Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion, (if filed after a denial of a Form I-601 or Form I-212) have been affected by the new change.

Individuals may now mail the waiver request forms to the new address given in the revised form instructions on the USCIS website. The applicants also have an option to attach Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance, if they wish to receive an e-notification or a text message when the USCIS receives their waiver request application.

Immigrant visa waiver applicants in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico may choose to mail their waiver application or file in person. As a limited six-month transition period is available, they may file the application during that period. If they wish to mail their waiver applications, they must send it to the USCIS Lockbox in the United States or they may directly file their applications at the USCIS office in Ciudad Juarez. The USCIS has also planned to increase the number of officers to judge the residual cases filed before the 4th of June and also to adjudicate the applications filed during the transition period of six-months.


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