Centralized Filing for Waivers of Inadmissibility

August 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

From June 4, 2012, persons who live outside the US who were found inadmissible for some visa classifications by a US consular officer and want to waive an inadmissibility ground should no longer apply for a waiver at their country. They are now required to file requests directly to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). They have to mail their application to a USCIS Lockbox facility in the US. This change is only in situations where persons outside the US, who were declared inadmissible for an immigrant visa or a non immigrant K or V visa, must file their waiver applications. Decisions on such waiver applications will be made at the USCIS Nebraska Service Center (NSC).

This change is for the following forms:

  • 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 (if filed together with a Form I-601), and
  • Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion (if filed after a denial of a Form I-601 or Form I-212 by the NSC).

Persons who are in Mexico filing a waiver application can continue to file with the local USCIS Field Office in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, apart from the Lockbox, during a period until Dec. 4, 2012. But remember, those who file their waiver applications at the Lockbox will have a few benefits, such as:

  • Faster filing: Persons will be able to file a waiver application immediately after the consular interview. One filing with the Lockbox need not wait for an appointment at a USCIS Field Office to file the waiver application and also need not travel to the USCIS office.
  • Quicker processing time: The Nebraska Service Center aims to process the waiver applications within 3 months.
  • Tracking the progress of an application: Persons filing their waiver applications through the Lockbox can track the progress of their application online. But this facility is not available to applicants filing their waiver applications at USCIS international field offices.
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