Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Ombudsman Recommendation Update: USCIS Processing of Waivers of Inadmissability

On June 10, 2010, the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman recommended enhancements to the administration of Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility. While specifically focused on the USCIS Ciudad Juarez Field Office, many of the recommendations applied to all overseas posts: (1) Centralize I-601 processing; (2) Allow applicants to concurrently file Form I-601 and Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative; (3) Prioritize the finalization of the overseas case management system, already under development, to ensure accurate statistical reporting on Forms I-601, to allow processing times to be posted, and to enable customers to track a Form I-601 application via the "My Case Status" feature on the USCIS website; (4) Publish clear instructions for customers seeking expedited waiver processing; (5) Increase coordination between Department of State (DOS) and USCIS officers who work with I-601 waivers; and (6) Allow USCIS employees to request digitized A-Files upon receipt of interview schedules. This Recommendation update provides the status of recommendations made by the Ombudsman at least twelve months after the recommendations were issued.

Read more: http://www.ilw.com/immigrationdaily/news/2011,1209-inadmissibility.shtm


Sammy 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.

lucesitas said...

It would be ideal for these recommendations to be adopted, not only agreed upon. As things are now, an applicant cannot check for his/her application status online, and if one calls, they are all given a standard answer: to wait 8-15 months. And, an applicant doesn't know whether to wait for a response via a phone call, letter, or DHL packet. There is no standardized procedure and all this causes confusion.

Also, a couple of months time would be saved if the initial "Cita to Ciudad Juarez" and the "Perdon" (I-601) could be turned in on the same date.