Where in the world is this?

The U.S. consulate at Cd. Juarez is taking longer to adjudicate waivers of inadmissibility for immigrant visa applicants. Nowadays, if things go very well, adjudication of the waiver may take about 6 months (up from 2-3 months not long ago), and if things don’t go too well, then it’ll take between 12-18 months. Here’s how the waiver process works:

About two months after the immigrant visa interview at the consulate, the immigrant–who remained in Mexico–must return to Cd. Juarez to file the waiver package. About two to six months later, the consulate notifies the immigrant via DHL either that (a) the waiver was approved, or that (b) it was transferred to another office for adjudication.

If the waiver was approved, the DHL envelope will contain the immigrant’s passport, visa, and a sealed envelope that must be turned in (still unopened) at the port of entry upon return to the U.S. After turning in said sealed envelope, the immigrant and family may celebrate their good fortune.

If the waiver application was instead transferred, however, then there’s nothing to celebrate because adjudication will take from 6 to 12 more months. Nobody likes this additional delay, but it’s part of the adjudication process and you must prepare for this possibility. You’ll be permitted and encouraged to submit additional hardship documentation during this delay.

All that said, remember that the upcoming provisional waivers will completely eliminate these delays, but only in cases of spouses and children (unmarried and under 21) of U.S. citizens. Stay tuned for more news.


PS: In case you’re wondering, the picture above doesn’t have anything to do with Juarez/El Paso, but it’s of a place with great meaning to many other immigrants. Do you know what place this is?