ANNOUNCEMENT FROM DHS/USCIS:
"Starting, Monday, June 4, 2012, waiver applications (I-601, Application for Waiver on Grounds of Inadmissibility), and I-212, Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States After Deportation or Removal must be mailed directly to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The appropriate address and filing instructions are on the USCIS website.
Forms I-601 and I-212
If you reside overseas and a Department of State Consular officer has found that you are ineligible to enter the United States based on an inadmissibility ground that may be waived, you may apply for a waiver by filing Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility. Depending on the applicable inadmissibility grounds, you may also need to file Form I-212, Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission Into the United States After Deportation or Removal.
Where to File
Beginning June 4, 2012, you must mail your waiver application and supporting evidence directly to a USCIS Lockbox. The appropriate address and filing instructions are on the USCIS website.
This may provide you with faster and more efficient application processing and will enable you to track your case status online. You may also request an email or text message confirming receipt of your waiver by completing and attaching Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance to your application.
If You Have Already Begun the Process
If you have already mailed your application to this office and:
- It is received between June 4 and July 3, 2012, we will process it here.
- It is received after July 3, 2012, we will return it to you. Please mail your application directly to a USCIS Lockbox. The appropriate address and filing instructions are on the USCIS website.
If you already have an appointment to file your application at this office before July 3, you may either keep your appointment, or cancel your appointment and mail your application to a USCIS Lockbox. The appropriate address and filing instructions are on the USCIS website.
Expeditious Adjudication of Form I-601
Applicants for Waivers of Inadmissibility, Form I-601, may request that the USCIS office expedite adjudication of the I-601 waiver application when there are extraordinary circumstances that are time-sensitive, compelling, and necessitate the applicant’s presence in the United States sooner than would be possible if the application were processed under normal processing times. The strong desire to immigrate to the United States as soon as possible is not by itself “extraordinary.”
A request to expedite adjudication must be made in writing and delivered to the USCIS Field Office Director. The applicant must provide evidence of the extraordinary and compelling circumstances. If the request to expedite the adjudication of an I-601 waiver is approved, the USCIS office will notify the applicant within 15 days of receipt of the request. If no response is received within 15 days, the applicant must presume the request for the expeditious adjudications has been denied. Please be aware that approval to expedite adjudication of an I-601 wavier application does not guarantee approval of the I-601 waiver application, but only the consideration and adjudication of the I-601 waiver application will be expeditiously handled.
Additional information may be found at the USCIS Manila Field Office website located at:
The Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHS/USCIS) has sole authority over the acceptance, processing and adjudication of waiver applications. Future inquiries regarding this application should be directed to the DHS/USCIS office at Embassy Manila by telephone at (632) 301-2000, extension 2224 or by fax at (632) 301-2208 (Attention: Field Officer Director). Inquiries can also be made by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org."