- Should be faster for applicants. They also hope a new centralized place to submit the foreign filed waivers should stop great variations on processing times at different consulates; overseas offices cannot grow easily – some CIS offices abroad only have one officer to decide these case and the backlogs created are inevitable. In contrast, service centers are huge (can pull staff from other units) and can respond quickly to increases in receipts of applications to avoid backlogs.
- Case status info will be available online through US CIS’s website once the application is filed and receipted.
- Process applies to all I-212s (Advance Permission to Reapply After Removal Packages) filed with Inadmissability Waivers as well
- E notification will be available – if you provide email address – can get receipt number emailed to you.
- Implementation of this new policy is expected in late spring, early summer 2012.
- Applicants cannot apply from Havana – must file with intrasection there (only 10 cases a year)
- There could be certain situations overseas where CIS offices are available and could be faster for expedites than lockbox decisions which are expected to take no more than 6 months on average.
- Transition period for CDJ cases – between 75-79% are filed at CDJ. Now takes two months to review if instantly approvable. If not, the case referred to another office to adjudicate. For the first six months of this new process, the applicant will have the choice to file at a lockbox or at CDJ. After this, will then all go to lockbox filings.
- As of today’s teleconference, CIS is not sure if will be transferring pending cases from consulates at the time the new procedure becomes effective or if CIS offices abroad will continue to decide those pending cases.
- Refiles as the lockbox if the NBC denies the case will be available if the applicant chooses this route instead of appealing the denial to the CIS Administrative Appeals Office which could take over a year.
Although this a positive step in streamlining how waivers are decided, it’s still frustrating because this new policy will not include those waiver applications that are determined to be necessary after an adjustment of status (green card process in the US) or for those applying for adjustment of status who know they will have to file a waiver. Those waivers will still be decided on the local level at the local field or district office. Scary, since there’s no consistent training on waivers at the local level.
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