There are exceptions for Filing of Form I-601,
Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility, and any associated Form I-212,
Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States
After Deportation or Removal, at CIS outside the US
The prior position of CIS was that visa applicants who required waivers
waiver applicants and were outside the US filed for the waiver to the
US Consulate. Waivers of inadmissibility are filed on form I-601 and the
Application to Reapply for Admission to the US is filed on Form 1-212.
After the I-212 or I-601 were received at the consulate the applications
were forwarded to CIS for adjudication.
In 2011 CIS changed the filing procedures and CIS that were located at
the US consulate abroad began to accept the I-601 and the I-212. Theses
applications were in turn decided by the CIS office having jurisdiction
over the country where the application was filed.
In June of this year, CIS again changed the process for waiver applicants
outside the US requiring the filing of Forms I-601 and I-212 applications
at a CIS Lockbox in the Lincoln Nebraska Service Center (NSC). Except
for those coming from Mexico. Those Forms I-601 and Forms I-212 filed
from Mexico before December 5, 2012, were given the option of filing their
applications either with Nebraska or with the CIS Juarez office. Starting
December 5, all Forms I-601 and I-212 need to be filed with the NSC
Except in some situations. Such as where is no direct mail service as between
the US and Cuba and cases that involve exceptional and compelling circumstances
that require the immediate attention to address the urgency of the situation.
Exceptions to this rule are:
Any applicants residing in Cuba may continue to file Form I-601 and associated
Form I-212 with the USCIS Havana Field Office or at the NSC.
Any applicant in a country other than Cuba may seek a determination by
the CIS to accept filing outside the US under the existence of exceptional
and compelling circumstances that necessitates expedited processing due
to the urgency of the situation. The CIS office abroad will also take
any Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion, associated with a denial
of a Form I-601 or Form I-212. If Form I-290B is filed as a motion is
decided abroad if filed as an appeal is forwarded to the Administrative
Appeals Office (AAO). Special circumstances exist for persons unable to
travel tot he CIS office abroad.
Some examples when a Form I-601 and associated Form I-212 may be filed abroad:
Threats to safety;