Filing Process for the I-601 Waiver

The filing procedures for a Form I-601 request for a waiver of inadmissibility changed in 2012; here is a rundown of the newer procedures.

Where and how you file your Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility, depends primarily on where you are physically residing at the time of filing. It will also depend on what you are mainly applying for; an immigrant visa or green card, a green card under VAWA, adjustment of status as a T nonimmigrant, or Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

Filing an I-601 From Outside the United States

For the most up-to-date information, you can view the  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) direct filing addresses  for  Form I-601.

If you are seeking an immigrant visa—or a nonimmigrant fiancé K visa or immediate relative of a lawful permanent resident (LPR) V visa—through consular processing and a consular officer found you to be inadmissible to the U.S., you must file your Form I-601 at the USCIS Phoenix Lockbox at:

USCIS
P.O. Box 21600
Phoenix, AZ 85036.

If there is an emergency, people outside the U.S. can in limited circumstances file their Form I-601 directly with the international USCIS Field Office Director. This option is only available to persons with grounds of inadmissibility who have a USCIS field office in their home country. A list of international field offices can be found on the  USCIS website. This process should be used for true emergencies only, such as severe medical issues or threats of imminent harm.

Filing an I-601 From Inside the United States

If you are filing your I-601 application in the United States as part of an application to adjust status, you have two options; to either

If you are filing both applications (the I-601 and I-485) together, you must send both of them to the filing location indicated in the  I-485 application instructions. If you have already filed your I-485 application, you will send your I-601 application to one of three USCIS Lockbox facilities, depending on your I-485 receipt number. Your receipt number can be found on your receipt notice that USCIS sent to you approximately three weeks after you filed your I-485 application.

If your receipt number begins with “MSC” or does not have a three-letter code at the beginning, you will file your application at the USCIS Chicago Lockbox at:

USCIS
P.O Box 805887
Chicago, IL 60680-4120.

If your receipt number begins with “EAC” or “SRC,” you will file your application at the USCIS Dallas Lockbox at:

USCIS
PO Box 660867
Dallas, TX 75266.

If your receipt number begins with “LIN” or “WAC,” you will file your application at the USCIS Phoenix Lockbox at:

USCIS
P.O. Box 21281
Phoenix, AZ 85036.

VAWA Petitioners and T Nonimmigrants' I-601 Filing Procedures

If you are seeking an immigrant visa as a self-petitioner under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)(either through consular processing or by adjusting status in the U.S.), you must file your form I-601 at the Vermont Service Center at:

USCIS Vermont Service Center
75 Lower Welden Street
St. Albans, VT 05479-0001.

If you are a victim of human trafficking T nonimmigrant applying for adjustment of status, you must also file your I-601 application at the VSC.

TPS I-601 Filing Procedures

If you are applying for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), you must file your I-601 application along with your Form I-821,  Application for TPS. USCIS maintains updated information about  TPS filing information.

The I-601A Provisional Waiver Option

Another waiver option is available for those immigrants living in the U.S. who are seeking a green card based upon a qualifying relationship with a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and are not eligible for adjustment of status. This option is only available for those who are inadmissible due to extended unlawful presence in the United States. You can read more about the Form I-601A, Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver  here.

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