Effective June 4, 2012, applicants abroad who have been deemed ineligible for certain visas can now mail their waiver applications for certain grounds of inadmissibility directly to a USCIS Lockbox facility. This centralized procedure is aimed at improving the processing and adjudication of waiver applications as applicants are currently subject to processing times ranging from one month to over a year depending on their filing location. The applications effected by this change include the following:
• Form I-601, “Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility”
• Form I-212., “Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the U.S. 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)
Applicants submitting waiver request forms via mail are instructed to use the address indicated in the revised form instructions on the USCIS website. Additionally, applicants can now track the status of their case on-line and may receive a text message or email confirmation of receipt of their waiver request by submitting Form G-1145, “E Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance.”
Please note that during a limited 6 month transition period, immigrant visa waiver applicants in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico can either mail their waiver request to the USCIS Lockbox or file in person at the USCIS office in Ciudad Juarez.