Friday, March 4, 2011

I-601 Waivers - CIS Ombudsman Teleconference

I-601 Waivers - CIS Ombudsman Teleconference

1. Why do some I-601 waivers of inadmissibility take so long to adjudicate?

2. Why are processing times for I-601 waivers of inadmissibility not posted on the USCIS website?

3. What are the current processing times?

4. How can a customer find out where his/her case is being adjudicated?

5. Where should additional evidence be sent?

6. How can a customer find the status of his/her case?

7. Once a case is denied, what are a customer’s options?

8. Once an Appeal or Motion to Reopen or Reconsider is filed, is there anything else a customer can do to have his/her case resolved?

9. What is USCIS protocol if an I-601 waiver of inadmissibility is denied, the case is appealed, and it is determined that the USCIS adjudicator did not follow proper procedures?

10. After the USCIS office in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico reopened following their H1N1-related closing, it seemed that a high volume of cases were denied or referred. Is this accurate, and if so, is there reasoning behind this?

11. USCIS will oftentimes issue boilerplate letters and/or requests for evidence, which are not specific enough to be helpful to the applicant. In fact, this often results in the applicant re-sending much of the same information. Does USCIS plan to issue more detailed, case-specific requests for evidence in the future?

12. Many applicants are under the impression that they can file an I-601 waiver of inadmissibility without any supporting documentation and provide additional information during the interview. However, it seems as though a high volume of cases have been denied because of insufficient information. Is there a preferred way of submitting supporting documentation?

13. Oftentimes, notarios erroneously file I-601 waivers of inadmissibility, leading to denials or detailed requests for evidence to clients. Is there a way that USCIS can specially handle these types of cases?

14. Is there a formal process for inquiring into pending Forms I-212 at local USCIS offices?

15. A customer requested expedited processing of an I-601 waiver of inadmissibility case due to complications with her pregnancy. The expedite request was denied; however, there still continues to be other types of hardship that are not related to her medical condition. What can she do?

16. Are I-601 waiver applicants eligible for fee waivers?

17. How would the removal of HIV from the list of communicable diseases of public health significance affect I-601 waiver of inadmissibility processes and procedures?

18. Do different consulates have different criteria for adjudicating I-601 waivers of inadmissibility?

19. Will USCIS be reviewing and/or revising its criteria for extreme hardship?

20. There seems to be little communication between USCIS and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for cases involving medical waivers. Is anything being done to address this issue?

21. Would USCIS consider expediting the adjudication of I-601 waivers of inadmissibility for individuals who are overseas over individuals who are in the U.S.?

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Smith Williams said...

Some people will want to seek professional help as soon as they see the mountain of forms, checklist and supporting documents needed. The forms used for adjustment of status based on marriage can also be used for other adjustment applications, hence the confusion and the likelihood to make mistakes. Any mistake in the form can return the case back to you, resulting in delays and even denials.

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