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I-601/I-212 Processing

Effective May 1, 2011, the USCIS New Delhi Field Office will begin accepting Form I-601 - Application for a Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility and Form I-212 Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission to the United States after Deportation or Removal, for those cases in the Jurisdiction  of New Delhi.

Filing the Form I-601 Application

In certain circumstances, the Department of State, Consular Officer may find an individual ineligible for an immigrant visa under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).   An alien, who is ineligible to be admitted to the United States as an immigrant, may file an Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility (Form I-601 PDF 308KB) to seek a waiver of certain grounds of inadmissibility. Section 212 of the INA covers the general classes of aliens ineligible to receive visas.   The Form I-601 and the Extreme Hardship Evidence (PDF 12.1KB) must be filed simultaneously at the U.S. Embassy, New Delhi where the beneficiary of the petition applied for the Immigrant Visa. Please review the USCIS site (forms) for current associated fees.

Filing the Form I-212 Application

In certain cases, where an applicant was ordered deported/removed or departed the United States while under deportation proceedings from the United States he/she may need to file another application – Form I-212 [Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States After Deportation or Removal].  Such an application must be submitted along with the Form I-601.  There is an additional fee for this application. Please review the USCIS site (forms) for current associated fees.

Jurisdiction for adjudicating the I-601 Application

The New Delhi Field office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has jurisdiction for adjudicating all I-601 applications submitted to the Department of State, Consular Office, Immigrant Visa Section, New Delhi, India. However, all form I-601 applications associated to beneficiaries who are in the jurisdiction of New Delhi, India must file at the USCIS New Delhi Field Office, US Embassy. If you are not in the USCIS New Delhi jurisdiction you must file at the Department of State, Consulate or US Embassy in your area. This application must be filed in person with the USCIS New Delhi Field Office, US Embassy. The USCIS Office New Delhi Field Office also reviews and adjudicates K-1 and K-3 Nonimmigrant Visa I-601 Waivers. 

Jurisdiction for adjudicating the I-212 Application

The New Delhi Field office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has jurisdiction for adjudicating all I-212 applications submitted to the Department of State, Consular Office, Immigrant Visa Section, New Delhi, India. However, all form I-212 applications associated to beneficiaries who are in the jurisdiction of New Delhi, India must file at the USCIS New Delhi Field Office, US Embassy. If you are not in the USCIS New Delhi jurisdiction you must file at the Department of State, Consulate or US Embassy in your area. This application must be filed in person with the USCIS New Delhi Field Office, US Embassy.

Fees and Where to File

You must submit the form I-601 and form I-212 fee(s) (see our USCIS fee page) to USCIS in Indian Rupees or US Dollars by demand draft/cashier’s check at the US Embassy, New Delhi, India. The demand draft should be made out only to the: American Embassy, New Delhi. The Indian rupee bank draft(s) must be drawn from a nationalized or foreign bank. The rate of exchange can fluctuate and it is recommended that applicants check the current consular rate of exchange here or contact the USCIS New Delhi Field Office to obtain the current consular rate of exchange. 

USCIS New Delhi accepts the filing of Forms I-601 and I-212 on Mondays between the hours of 8:30 am to 12:00. The USCIS Office can be contacted via email at cis.ndi@dhs.gov.  The USCIS fee(s) is not refundable.

Processing Times

The current processing time for this application is approximately 180 days from the date this office receives an application and all supporting documentation.

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