Form I-601 Centralized Lockbox Filing
USCIS conducted a teleconference on March 9, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. EST to discuss the transition to centralized Lockbox filing of Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility, filed by applicants outside the United States.
Currently, applicants for immigrant visas outside the United States must file a Form I-601 at a U.S. Embassy or consulate if a consular officer finds the individual inadmissible for a reason that may be waived. USCIS will phase-in a new requirement that Forms I-601 be filed and adjudicated in the U.S. This procedural change will also affect the filing and adjudication of Forms I-212 and I-290B associated with Form I-601 filings. USCIS is undertaking this change to more efficiently centralize operational processes and improve customer service with standardized filing and adjudication procedures.
During this session, USCIS provided an overview of the Form I-601, Form I-212, and Form I-290B centralized lockbox filing and address questions and comments from participants. This new process change is separate and distinct from the Notice of Intent that was published in the Federal Register on January 09, 2012, which outlines a proposed process for provisional unlawful presence waivers.