I don’t consider this to be huge news, but yesterday USCIS announced that as of June 4, 2012, all immigrant visa applicants who need waivers of inadmissibility must mail their waiver applications to a USCIS service center in the U.S. for adjudication. THIS IS NOT THE PROVISIONAL WAIVER PROGRAM WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR. This announcement only changes the filing location for the waiver applications and nothing else. For example, nowadays waiver applicants in Cd. Juarez need to return to the consulate to personally file their waiver applications. As of June 4, they’ll mail the waiver applications to a USCIS service center in the U.S. and save themselves yet another trip to Juarez.  Again, this is not huge, but hopefully it’ll be a step in the right direction. You can read the USCIS news release on centralization of filing and adjudication of I-601s for more information about this centralization, and stay tuned to The Pineda Law Firm for more developments on the provisional waiver program.

José Pineda
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