Friday, May 25th, 2018

USCIS to Centralize Filing and Adjudication for I-601, I-212, I-290B

"Beginning June 4, 2012, individuals abroad who have applied for
certain visas and have been found ineligible by a U.S. Consular Officer,
will be able to mail requests to waive certain grounds of
inadmissibility directly to a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
(USCIS) Lockbox facility. This change affects where individuals abroad,
who have been found inadmissible for an immigrant visa or a nonimmigrant
K or V visa, must send their waiver applications.

Currently, applicants experience processing times from one-month to
more than a year depending on their filing location. This centralization
will provide customers with faster and more efficient application
processing and consistent adjudication. It is part of a broader agency
effort to transition to domestic filing and adjudication; it does not
reflect a change in policy or the standards by which the applications
are adjudicated. Individuals filing waiver applications with a USCIS
Lockbox