In a recently issued notice regarding centralized filing for waivers of inadmissibility, USCIS has stated that since June 4, 2012, individuals outside the U.S. who have been found inadmissible for certain visas by a U.S. consular officer, and seek to waive an inadmissibility ground, should no longer apply for a waiver at their foreign location, but should file requests directly to USCIS by mailing the application to a USCIS Lockbox facility in the United States. USCIS has informed that this change only affects situations where, individuals outside the U.S., who have been found inadmissible for an immigrant visa or a nonimmigrant K or V visa, must file their waiver applications. The change affects 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 (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).
Special Provision for Individuals in Mexico
USCIS has also informed that individuals in Mexico, who seek to file a waiver application, continue to have the option to file with the local USCIS Field Office in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in addition to the Lockbox, during a transition period until December 4, 2012. However, those who choose to file their waiver applications at the Lockbox will experience certain advantages like faster filing, shorter processing time, and ability to track the progress of an application online.