"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 will now be able to track the status of their case online.
The change affects filings for:
Applicants who mail their waiver request forms should use the address provided in the revised form instructions on the USCIS website. Applicants who wish to receive an email or text message when USCIS has received their waiver request may attach Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance, to their application.
During a limited six-month transition period, immigrant visa waiver
applicants in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, will have the option to either mail
their waiver applications to the USCIS Lockbox in the United States or
file in-person at the USCIS office in Ciudad Juarez. USCIS is aware of
the pending caseload for applicants in Ciudad Juarez and is taking
proactive steps to work through these cases. USCIS will significantly
increase the number of officers assigned to adjudicate the residual
cases filed before June 4, and those filed during the interim six-month
transition period. USCIS has already begun to test this process and has
transferred applications from Ciudad Juarez to other USCIS offices in
the United States.
This change is separate and distinct from the provisional waiver proposal published in the Federal Register on Mar. 30, 2012." - USCIS, May 23, 2012.