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    International Processing Times for Form I-601

    [h=International Processing Times for Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility]1[/h]

    Last updated 1/20/12 - the latest posted file shows Dec 2011.

    This report contains monthly information on Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility.
    The chart in the report lists, by USCIS international office, the:
    • Number of I-601 applications received and completed
    • Number of cases pending
    • Percentage of cases completed within 0-3 months, 4-6 months, 7-9 months, 10-12 months and over 12 months.


    The chart below shows overseas completion data for Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility
    Processing time encompasses the period starting the date U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
    Services (USCIS) received the application and ending the date USCIS notified the applicant of
    the decision. For applications filed overseas with the Department of State where USCIS does not
    have a presence, reported processing time does not include time taken to transfer the application
    from the Department of State to USCIS.


    Note that the times reflected below show processing times only for completed cases. Thus if you
    see that 90% of completed cases were finished within 3 months, it means that, of all the cases
    completed, 90% were finished within 3 months of receipt. Cases pending may have been pending
    longer than 3 months.


    The chart also includes the total number of Forms I-601 filed overseas that were pending as of
    Dec. 31, 2011, and the total number of cases received and completed during December 2011.
    Approximately 75% of all overseas Forms I-601 are filed with the USCIS Field Office in Ciudad
    Juarez, Mexico. This Field Office has a unique process for identifying and approving Forms I-601
    that are readily approvable, and then forwarding those cases not found readily approvable to
    other offices for adjudication.


    Processing times shown below for cases filed in Ciudad Juarez reflect only completions of
    readily approvable cases. Referred cases take longer to process. For more details
    regarding unique processing of Forms I-601 filed in Ciudad Juarez and their processing
    times, please visit our Ciudad Juarez Field Office Overview page.

    Finally some sort of tracking tool!
    Last edited by Tropical; 02-02-2012 at 09:33 PM.
    Timeline:
    08/2003 - Hubs EWI from El Salvador
    08/08/08 - Married in NYC
    11/22/11 - Visa Interview
    04/16/12 - Expedite request submiited, approved 2 days later
    05/17/12 - Waiver approved!!! (6 months)
    05/27/12 - Stepped in the US as LPR
    02/27/15 - Eligible for citizenship
    **Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12**


    Getting started - Process overview*Selective Service applies to male immigrants*FOIA request
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    Hablo Espaņol*El Salvador Interviews Log
    **Nothing I say should be considered legal advice. Consult with an experienced attorney regarding your specific case.**


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    I think the most interesting would be New Dehli taking 10-12 months for everything,

    The amount of cases going through Mexico and that DF and Monterrey are adjudicating waivers for Juarez still in addition to CA and NB. There are over 7000 cases pending. I wonder how many adjudicators are at these 5 locations. The case load is astounding.

    El Salvador and Honduras have really busy pending case loads, too.

    I wonder what "Other" is?

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    Thank you for posting this Tropical! I will have something to obsess over in the near future.
    Our Immigration Timeline:

    05/2005 - EWI from El Salvador
    10/2008 - Detained by ICE
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    04/2009 - Released from ICE Custody
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    04/2010 - Submitted I-130 Petition
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    09/2011- Submitted Visa Application to NVC
    12/2011- Visa/Consulate Interview(s) Nightmare Saga Begins (missing documents, psych evaluation, 221g & AP)
    10/2012 - Visa/Consulate Saga Ends Finally Able to Submit I-601 Waiver
    03/2013 - I-601 Waiver Approved
    10/2013 - Visa Finally Issued After Round 2 of Consulate Saga and Luis Returns Home!
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    Our immigration journey was long but with persistence and patience we finally prevailed!

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    I'm trying to figure how they reconcile....should be:

    pending of the last month + received - completed = beg case load for new month

    So then,

    Beg case load for new month + received - completed = pending cases

    Doesn't work that way.
    Timeline:
    08/2003 - Hubs EWI from El Salvador
    08/08/08 - Married in NYC
    11/22/11 - Visa Interview
    04/16/12 - Expedite request submiited, approved 2 days later
    05/17/12 - Waiver approved!!! (6 months)
    05/27/12 - Stepped in the US as LPR
    02/27/15 - Eligible for citizenship
    **Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12**


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    I-601-Resources for Proving Extreme Hardship*How to Assemble I-601 packet*Sources of evidence
    Hablo Espaņol*El Salvador Interviews Log
    **Nothing I say should be considered legal advice. Consult with an experienced attorney regarding your specific case.**


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    I think very simply you are right, but I wonder if number of adjudicators changes month to month which is why so El Salvador has a 7-12 month processing time, plus expedites and advisory opinions. I don't know if those are included in their basic calculations, especially expedites. Maybe?

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    December is skewed because of vacations/holidays, I can't wait to see January!!!
    Timeline:
    08/2003 - Hubs EWI from El Salvador
    08/08/08 - Married in NYC
    11/22/11 - Visa Interview
    04/16/12 - Expedite request submiited, approved 2 days later
    05/17/12 - Waiver approved!!! (6 months)
    05/27/12 - Stepped in the US as LPR
    02/27/15 - Eligible for citizenship
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    I-601-Resources for Proving Extreme Hardship*How to Assemble I-601 packet*Sources of evidence
    Hablo Espaņol*El Salvador Interviews Log
    **Nothing I say should be considered legal advice. Consult with an experienced attorney regarding your specific case.**


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    Quote Originally Posted by cupcake View Post
    I think very simply you are right, but I wonder if number of adjudicators changes month to month which is why so El Salvador has a 7-12 month processing time, plus expedites and advisory opinions. I don't know if those are included in their basic calculations, especially expedites. Maybe?
    But in Oct, the 0-3 month processing time for those 16 completed cases was 50%. I would think expedites just get thrown in with the rest of them, received and completed...it would just skew it to shorter times.

    I can say I am surprised to read 8, 16, 12 cases process per month (Oct, Nov, Dec respectively). October a slow month? Didn't expect that one.
    Timeline:
    08/2003 - Hubs EWI from El Salvador
    08/08/08 - Married in NYC
    11/22/11 - Visa Interview
    04/16/12 - Expedite request submiited, approved 2 days later
    05/17/12 - Waiver approved!!! (6 months)
    05/27/12 - Stepped in the US as LPR
    02/27/15 - Eligible for citizenship
    **Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12**


    Getting started - Process overview*Selective Service applies to male immigrants*FOIA request
    Useful links - Lockbox filing timelines* User Recommended Attorneys*Guide for NVC* TPS AOS after Advanced Parole
    I-601-Resources for Proving Extreme Hardship*How to Assemble I-601 packet*Sources of evidence
    Hablo Espaņol*El Salvador Interviews Log
    **Nothing I say should be considered legal advice. Consult with an experienced attorney regarding your specific case.**


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    Mexico Cases -updated Jan 2012

    Current Processing Times (Updated January 2012)
    • For cases found readily approvable through the vetting process, current USCIS processing time is approximately 2 months.
    • For cases that are not readily approvable, known as "referred cases", current USCIS processing time is approximately 9-10 months after completion of vetting, for a total processing time of 11-12 months.
    • These estimates do not include the time the Department of State needs to issue the immigrant visa subsequent to a USCIS approval.
    Backlog Elimination Plan: The Ciudad Juarez Field Office is now transferring cases to other USCIS offices for adjudication to reduce the processing times. We expect the processing times to significantly decrease in the coming year. Our target processing time is one month or less for vetting and 6 months or less for full adjudication of cases that are not readily approvable. This target does not include time resulting from any delays in responses from the applicant. We will post additional information as the processing times change.
    Timeline:
    08/2003 - Hubs EWI from El Salvador
    08/08/08 - Married in NYC
    11/22/11 - Visa Interview
    04/16/12 - Expedite request submiited, approved 2 days later
    05/17/12 - Waiver approved!!! (6 months)
    05/27/12 - Stepped in the US as LPR
    02/27/15 - Eligible for citizenship
    **Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12**


    Getting started - Process overview*Selective Service applies to male immigrants*FOIA request
    Useful links - Lockbox filing timelines* User Recommended Attorneys*Guide for NVC* TPS AOS after Advanced Parole
    I-601-Resources for Proving Extreme Hardship*How to Assemble I-601 packet*Sources of evidence
    Hablo Espaņol*El Salvador Interviews Log
    **Nothing I say should be considered legal advice. Consult with an experienced attorney regarding your specific case.**


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    Do you have the link for the January update? I'm going to put it in the FAQ sticky in the Mexico section.

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    Or is that from the USCIS page of the consulate specific directions?

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