Effective June 4 2012, ineligible IV applicants (and nonimmigrant K and V visa applicants) for whom a waiver is available must file form I-601 by mailing it to a USCIS Lockbox. Complete instructions and forms may be found on the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov/i-601.
Immigrant Visa (IV), K and V visa applicants are required to mail their I-601 and any supporting documentation to the USCIS Phoenix Lockbox as follows:
For U.S. Postal Service:
P.S. Box 21600
Phoenix, AZ, 85036
For Express Mail or Courier Deliveries:
Attn: 601/212 Foreign Filers
1820 E Skyharbor, Circle S, Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ, 85034
IV Applicants requiring consent to reapply for admission in addition to an I-601 waiver of inadmissibility must file their Form I-212 along with the I-601 with the Lockbox. However, IV applicants should NOT file stand-alone I-212s with the USCIS Lockbox. Such individuals should file stand-alone I-212s according to the form instructions available at www.uscis.gov/i-212.
Specific guidance regarding exceptions to domestic filing are on the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov/i601centralizationexceptions. There are five exceptions to centralized filing:
-IV applicants in Mexico will, for six months (until December 4, 2012), have the option of filing with the Lockbox or via current procedures at the USCIS Ciudad Juarez Field Office. This is to provide a phased-in transition to centralized filing because of the large volume of Mexico cases.
-Posts without USCIS presence may honor already scheduled appointments to file Form I-601 with the consular section through July 4, 2012. Appointments scheduled past July 4 should be canceled and posts should advise affected applicants of the new filing procedure. Posts should not schedule any new Form I-601 filing appointments.
-Residents of Cuba will file with the USCIS Havana Field Office because of mailing restrictions.
-Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) self-petitioners must file at the Vermont Service Center regardless of where they reside.
-At posts co-located with USCIS, the Field Office Director at the USCIS international office may, as a matter of discretion, accept and process Form I-601 when necessary to expedite visa issuance because of exceptional and compelling circumstances. NOTE: This provision applies only to posts co-located with USCIS.
If an applicant at a post not co-located with USCIS believes that extraordinary circumstances warrant the expeditious adjudication of their I-601, the applicant should request expedited processing at the time of filing with the Lockbox. I-601 applicants can find guidance on requesting expedited adjudication at www.uscis.gov/i-601.
Upon receipt of an I-601 at the USCIS Lockbox, the Lockbox facility will capture the case information and transmit it to the Computer Linked Application Information Management System (CLAIMS), send a receipt notification to the applicant and forward the case to NSC for adjudication. During adjudication, applicants will be able to view their case status online by searching the USCIS receipt number (which is located on the receipt notice) in the "Case Status" field on the USCIS homepage (uscis.gov). Applicants can also call the USCIS National Customer Service Center to request the status of their case. Contact information for USCIS is available at www.uscis.gov/contact.