USCIS Public Engagement Division: Invitation to Stakeholder Engagement on Centralized Form I-601 Filing

Dear USCIS Stakeholders,

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in one of two teleconferences on May 31, 2012 from 8:00 am to 9:00 am or 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (Eastern) to discuss the transition to centralized Lockbox filing of Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility, filed by applicants outside the U.S. The same engagement will be held at two different times to accommodate participants domestically and abroad.


Currently, applicants for immigrant visas outside the U.S. must file a Form I-601 at a U.S. Embassy or consulate if a consular officer finds the applicant inadmissible on a ground that may be waived. Beginning June 4, 2012, USCIS will phase-in a new requirement that Forms I-601, and associated Forms I-212 and I-290B, be filed and adjudicated in the U.S. An exception will be made for applications filed at the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, for a limited period of time. USCIS is undertaking this change to more efficiently centralize operational processes and improve customer service with standardized filing and adjudication procedures.


During this session, USCIS will provide an overview of the centralized Lockbox filing process and address questions and comments from participants. This new process is separate and distinct from the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that was announced on March 30, 2012, which outlines a proposed process for provisional unlawful presence waivers.


To Participate in the Session

Please email the Public Engagement Division no later than May 30, 2012 at and reference the following in the subject line of your email:


  •      If you wish to join the 8:00 am teleconference, please reference “May 31 Lockbox-8”
  •      If you wish to join the 12:00 pm teleconference, please reference “May 31 Lockbox-12”

 Please include your full name and the organization you represent, if any, in the body of the email.


To Join the Session

On the day of the engagement, please use the information below to join the session by phone. We recommend calling in at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the teleconference.


Call-in Number: 1-800-779-9469

Overseas Toll Number: 1-312-470-7002

Passcode: Lockbox


Kind Regards,


Office of Public Engagement

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services